A big believer in boredom

“I’m a big believer in boredom. … All the [technology] stuff is wonderful, but having nothing to do can be wonderful, too.”  Steve Jobs Boredom adds to the mystery of life. When we sit alone with our thoughts, the world breaks open. Nature comes alive. Time slows down and insights emerge from dormancy. The ransacking […]

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Watch Steve Jobs introduce the original iMac

“We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us,” said philosopher Marshall McLuhan. Twenty years ago today, Steve Jobs released the original iMac. I own the exact one Steve Jobs presents on stage. And he’s right, the back is still just as beautiful as the front. Writes The Loop: The original iMac popularized technologies like USB […]

The Connection Machine that inspired Steve Jobs

Product designer and mechanical engineer Tamiko Thiel turned computers into sculptures in the early 1980s before the Macintosh came out. Said Thiel: “The general image of computers was IBM computers, racks of electronics. They looked like refrigerators or heating units. They didn’t have any identity” Years later she found out that Steve Jobs wanted to […]

‘Everybody sees it coming, but no one wants to talk about it’ 🐎🚗📱

There inevitably comes a time when our ideas, no matter how prolific, become extinct and get replaced by new ones. Just look at the emergence of autonomous cars. Writes former product head of General Motors Bob Lutz: “The auto industry is on an accelerating change curve. For hundreds of years, the horse was the prime […]

Remembering Steve Jobs: ‘Stay hungry, stay foolish’ 📱

Steve Jobs died six years ago today. He was 56 years old. His uniqueness, unconventional leadership, and big-picture thinking will never be forgotten. Jobs made tech fashionable. He made sure to remind us that we are the creators. Below are some of my favorite Jobs’ quotes. “Make something wonderful, and put it out there.” “Don’t […]

Obama’s final exit interview

President Obama talked with historian Kearns Goodwin at the White House for one of his last open-ended interviews before leaving office. The two discussed the president’s legacy, Lincoln, the importance of long-term thinking and Obama’s ‘writer’s sensibility.’ But the discussion over FDR’s ambitions and his struggle with polio is particularly interesting. GOODWIN: For example, young […]

Do you love the work or the idea of it?

Do what you love. Love what you do. These cliches, however, are missing important pieces: Do the work and be good at what you do. People think they can write a book, but they never set aside the time to work on it. People want to get in shape, but they never hit the gym. […]

The odd piece out

There are some basic principles of every art. Take the rule of thirds or rule of odds for painting and photography for instance. Mastering the fundamentals helps guide the creative process. But learning how to make art prevents more creativity than it unleashes. True art goes beyond the basic skills in the back pocket. It […]

Why is the sky blue?

Great minds don’t think alike; they think different. That’s how we got great thinkers like Einstein and Steve Jobs. They excelled in breaking tradition. Something happens when people reject the status quo.  By going in the opposite direction, new possibilities come to light. For Einstein, it was reversing traditional physics.  It wasn’t light that was […]

The Narrative Fallacy: Why You Shouldn’t Copy Steve Jobs

“Once your mind is inhabited with a certain view of the world, you will tend to only consider instances proving you to be right. Paradoxically, the more information you have, the more justified you will feel in your views.” – Nassim Taleb We don’t need another Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg.  We need the unique you. 

7 articles to read this weekend

Every week I like to collect a bunch of articles on creativity, culture, and tech. Below are my 7 favorites. 1. Team Genius Behind every genius there’s another partner. People are social animals; they need other people to bounce off ideas and to collaborate with. One could say that the mind engages in its own […]

Forward Thinking

Guessing the future is easier than writing it. Steve Job did both. He knew what people wanted and built it for them. Most people are either one of the other: analyst/forecaster or developer. The analysts’ information generally direct the developers what to do, mostly because the developers just want to do the work. They want […]

Acceptable

Acceptable is good enough. Acceptable is what gets you through high school and college. Acceptable gets you paid at work. But acceptable only gets you so far in life. If you want to be remembered, you’re either going to have to do something extraordinary, make a ruckus, or make something different that lasts. Only a […]