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To get lost, on purpose

Nothing is more abandoned than the desert. Yet, there is nothing more stimulating than letting the imagination fill in the empty space.

The blank page work the same way. We fill it in with fiction and truth, recasting observations and thoughts about our surroundings.

Curiosity is the best book. As more land becomes visible, we realize how much more hides away in the distance. It’s vital to get outside the bubble that is our screen-obsessed culture. We’ve let entertainment replace reading and thinking. We’ve outsourced our memory to social media. Society is becoming plastic.

Jettison the map. It is arbitrary, anyway. As the Polish-American scientist Alfred Korzybski once said, “the map is not the territory.”

We shall explore the world as a desert, as William Atkins writes “a library whose shelves have never been occupied.” The cost of distance is nothing compared to the rich expansion of the mind’s eye.

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Life & Philosophy Productivity & Work Psychology

Make believe 

The story you tell yourself is just as important as the one you tell others. Ideally, both thoughts and actions align. But cognitive dissonance often pits your beliefs and actions against each other.

To achieve what you want, you need both desire and competence. The challenge for all beginners is a lack of practice and experience. If you can accept failure as part of the experiment while feeling the aura of success — even if it’s the smallest win — you’re more likely to keep doing it.

“The more we do, the more we can do.”

William Hazlitt

Your attitude is an essential part of your motivation. You don’t just fake it until you make it; you fail until you succeed. Failure is really progress in disguise. Your self-beliefs and perspective will predetermine how you’ll act and deal with any setbacks.

Stories encourage dreams until one day they become real.

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

William James

What do you feed the world?

They offer all types of food at some resorts in order to appeal to a wide global audience. The hope is that by offering guests a taste of back home that they’ll enjoy their trip even more.

But when you offer as diverse food selection as Amazon does books, the point of the trip gets lost in the long-tail.

We travel to get away from the ordinary rituals of daily life. Travelers should embrace surprises, and start doing so by simply eating the local food.

One fact of life is that you can’t possibly know something until you’ve tried it. Deep learning occurs only when you escape your comfort zone and get familiar with the unfamiliar.

The propensity to stick with only what you know begets ignorance. All life is an experiment, and experiments fail. But sometimes they work. You may end up favoriting a new dish.

Success and failure are fungible; whichever results, at least you can say you tried.

Life & Philosophy Quotes

Design within Life

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People are born responsive.  When you’re a baby, your brain is open to all influences.  The only problem is that you don’t have control of your surroundings.  You just have to be lucky enough to grow up with people that are open-minded.

The world is a huge, disparate place.  Travel is a great way to learn about these differences.  But you can also spark your curiosity by merely reading a book and allowing your mind to travel vicariously.  Creativity is a result of knowing that there’s always more to explore.

The more experiences you have when you’re young, the more likely it is you’ll be able to connect the dots as you grow older.  Your greatest risk is your ignorance.  A stagnant personality blinds you from seeing things that others don’t.

Open minds are platform agnostic.  They conform to their environment like a chameleon while leaving open the possibility of change.  The most interesting people are the ones that have indefinite identities, not in the sense of a personality disorder, but a curiosity for everyone and everything.  They keep asking questions.

“Most men die at 25…we just don’t bury them until they are 70.” – Benjamin Franklin

Innovators see the obvious things that others don’t and build on top of those ideas while maintaining the desire to learn even more.  It behooves everyone therefore to embrace brain plasticity, to never fully concede to one thing over the other.  As Ray Dolby, the founder of Dolby Laboratories once said:

To be an inventor, you have to be willing to live with a sense of uncertainty, to work in the darkness and grope toward an answer, to put up with the anxiety about whether there is an answer.

We’re always changing.

Life & Philosophy Quotes Travel Uncategorized

First sight


“We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time.”

T.S. Eliot

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