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Life & Philosophy Productivity & Work

The young/old dynamic

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Younger people are generally more obsessed and driven. Older folks are generally more accepting of the status quo, albeit through jadedness rather than experience.

The juniors depend on the adults to help guide them through operational jungles. The seniors lean on younger folks to remain naive and use their lofty dreams to gather raw material. There’s no need to medicate the starlets out of their creative urges–they will figure out the harsh realities of survival later when they have to earn a paycheck.

The young and the old, the old and the young. The symbiotic relationship between generations breathes new elements of innovation, wisdom, and cynicism into the palette of life.

It is best to keep the dynamism moving, all believing, betting, and guessing what comes next.

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Productivity & Work

Doing more begets more productivity

Busy people get more done. Having multiple priorities creates a state of flow.

We worry more when we give too much form to the unknown.

The most productive days are those in which we go immediately into action, en medias res, with a to-do list baked in our head.

Of course, busyness is not a badge to wear either.

If we’re going to chase something, it better be something we enjoy. Passion helps absolves the grind.

Doing meaningful work centers us. But for that, we must also take responsibility and choose ourselves.

Own the confidence to discover and resolve anything by staying busy.

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Life & Philosophy Productivity & Work

Create your own luck

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Luck is magic. But magic tricks take preparation.

There’s a lot of work into making it look easy. It’s no surprise that the best things happen to people that are ready to welcome and execute opportunity.

If you’ve been lucky, you know immediately or not whether you deserve it. Even the meek recognize a moment of earned fortune.

Luck is preparedness

Beginner’s luck only happens in cards. The practice is non-negotiable. Diligence increases your chances of success.

So the experienced photographer is adept at capturing the key shot. The persistent scientist stumbles upon synchronicities between different compounds. Eureka moments are a myth to the dedicated.

Keep your eyes on the prize. Know when to focus down like a hedgehog and expose yourself to as many diverse experiences as possible like a fox.

Put in the effort and you’ll learn how to manufacture your own luck if it doesn’t already meet your halfway.

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Creativity Productivity & Work

Back of the envelope…for starters ✍️✉️

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It doesn’t matter where or how an idea emerges. What matters is that the concept exists somewhere on paper, a napkin, an envelope, a Tweet, or a blog post.

We can’t begin to assess and dissect our thoughts unless we can see its basic framework and bones visually.

I’m not writing it down to remember it later, I’m writing it down to remember it now.

Field Notes

It is an inherent response to draw what’s already in the mind — it is another to attack the stimulus and make it come to fruition.

Jack Dorsey sketched Twitter out on a napkin. Hugh MacLeod started drawing cartoons on the back of business cards.

Jack Dorsey’s original sketch for “twttr”

There isn’t a perfect time, place, nor medium to write out our ideas. But it has to get recorded somewhere as a sketch, an iPhone note, or as a sticky as the first step toward execution.

The heart to start is easier said than done. The trick is to avoid the perils of thinking too logically in the beginning. All ideas exist in rough draft before we can test, tweak, market, and sell the idea to see it actually works.

The struggle for answers and subsequent failures is where all the learning takes place.

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Productivity & Work

Ready, rock steady

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The more you work the more you make, at least it appears that way. But Søren Kierkegaard thought wiser:

“Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy — to be a man who is brisk about his food and his work.”

Søren Kierkegaard

Henry Miller also disdained to overwork:

“I’ve found that it isn’t necessary to work that much. It’s bad, in fact. You drain the reservoir.”

Henry Miller

More work may beget more money but also creates more stress, which may negatively impact productivity. There’s nothing wrong with taking a break or a vacation and letting the mind run on its own.

Even during those dull moments your mind is working, jettisoning the bad ideas and retaining the good ones much like a washing machine. This process intensifies during sleep.

Pace your work. Focus and relax once in a while and allow the brain to sort out the connections. Slow and steady wins the race.

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Life & Philosophy Productivity & Work

More than just a pipe dream

Dreams come and go but leave the loftiest impressions.

How is it that something can leave such a big imprint but rarely create a reality of the same intensity?

Accruing likes are rarely a good barometer of progress. The only validation of advancement is the grade you give yourself behind closed doors.

Imagination is one thing; dreams are another. The latter needs some hustle muscle. Life requires that you dream with the brain awake.

Visualization starts the heart and manifests the dream. Nothing is more lucid than real action itself.

Beyond ridiculous — that’s the point. Have the courage to deserve it. More than apparition is a dream come true.

Whatever musters both desire and fear, do that!

art via @krikrak