Child’s play

In our culture, when something is easy, you refer to it as “child’s play,” even though play is the work of children, and it requires enormous focus and effort. (Anybody who thinks a child’s play is always easy and fun should witness the passion and epic fits of frustration my sons manage to throw themselves into.)

Hard at play – Austin Kleon

Don’t fail

A while back Ben Brooks set the record straight on the meaning of word failure.

Fail early, fail often?
No.
Don’t let the fear of failure hold you back from doing something you think you can do?
Yes.

Failure isn’t something to seek nor is making mistakes. These things happen because we attempt something new, we venture in areas unknown to us.
Mistakes happen because we haven’t understood the implications or we made errors of judgment.
These are important lessons and the critical element is the need to actually learn form them. But wearing failure as badge of honor is totally misplaced.

Who would like to work with someone who likes to fail or give steering wheel to someone that’s good at making mistakes?
Why even start with assumption of failure, it’s better to read a book or talk to someone who been there, done that. It can save a lot of time and effort.

There are the pivots, jumps, mistakes (non fatal) and these things are examples of reacting to changing environment. When you adjust the direction, respond to circumstances away from original plan this isn’t a failure. It’s being smart, responsible, adaptable. That’s how human species survived for thousands of years.

There should be no glory in failure nor there should be any shame.
It’s about learning really.

Indie Life

New podcast from Shawn Blanc is called The Weekly Briefly, episode 1 Indie Life is out.

What’s the podcast about? “The Weekly Briefly is a short, weekly podcast about creativity, technology, and the like”

It’s already in my podcast queue.

Pick up your blank slate

Part of the reason we’re at the top of the food chain is that we are chemically rewarded when we are industrious – it is evolutionarily advantageous to be productive.

— Michael Lopp

 The Builder’s High

I really enjoyed this piece and I’m working to get two types of high this year. The one Michael talks about when I create and ship something and a second one when I’m out on the run. 

We need more artists

Fascinating talk by sir Ken Robinson explaining how current school system favor other disciplines over arts and dance and how important it is to bring up more balance.
To date arts and dance were neglected and considered less important as they don’t give students tangible skills or a trade. When we hear people decide to go to arts school most ask them with polite smile: what are you going to to after that? how are you going to make living.

These are valid questions but what we seem to miss and where Ken Robinson makes a good case, is the fact that arts help us develop creativity. Stuff can be outsources or made for nothing but creativity will the thing which will help us realise our potential.

 

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Now go buy crayons or drawing pencils, go to dance classes express yourself. See what are the effects.

Weekly links for 26th of September

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Weekly Links for 15th of August

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    How To Drive Your Professional Development With A Self-Directed Learning Program
    WorkFlowy – Organize your brain.
    Are You An Armchair Creative? :: Tips :: The 99 Percent
    Action Plan Guide: 7 Questions, 7 Answers
    MPU 054: Q&A: Your Questions & An Announcement « Mac Power Users

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Weekly Links for 1st August

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Weekly links for 11th of July

A weekly collection of posts and articles about productivity, time management, tools and technology.

  1. Taskpaper+ – super simpler web app
  2. Your Weekly Tutor: Mind Map Vision Boards
  3. The Autofocus Productivity Method: Stop Maintaining To-Do Lists and Start Getting Stuff Done
  4. Developing Systems That Work
  5. Getting The Energy Right
  6. 29 ways to stay creative | Moleskinerie

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Weekly links 9th of May

A collection of posts and articles about productivity, time management, tools and technology.

  1. Five Best Time-Tracking via Lifehacker
  2. 10 Awesome Videos On Idea Execution & The Creative Process via The99percent
  3. Being More Productive  via Harvard Business Review
  4. 10 Ways to Stop Multitasking & Be More Effective  via PickTheBrain
  5. Why the 80/20 Rule Could Make You Less Productive via DragosRoua.com

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Weekly links 18th of April

A collection of posts and articles about productivity, time management, tools and technology.

  1. How to Better Control Your Time by Designing Your Ideal Week
  2. Top 10 Ways to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing
  3. How to Maintain Forward Movement
  4. Productivity and “The Art of War”: Applying Sun Tzu’s Teachings to Business
  5. 100 Different Evernote Uses
  6. 100 MORE Evernote Uses

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Weekly Links 4th April

A collection of posts and articles about productivity, time management, tools and technology.

  1. 4 Creative ways to Start Your Day « Leadership Freak
  2. The right side of inertia: a backup workflow story
  3. Recipes | chrisbrogan.com
  4. Collabtive: Project Management Simplified
  5. What gets in the way of delegating? | GTD Times

 

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