use how often you laugh or even smile as a measurement of how comfortable you are in a situation.
growth is a product of history. innovation is just novelty without memory. every memory is a new construct different from it’s source, a potential for growth itself.
Play can only happen when people feel in control of their lives. you can’t be a free agent if you’re not free.
financial control=creative control.
by listening to other’s subtle details, ambitions, and desires in their speech you mold their world with your own. mutually beneficial.
the bandwidth of the world is much greater than that of any device.
design is birthed through research. don’t be ashamed to borrow.
when your at a loss for words, make up something else, just not words.
- Break it, Stretch it, Bend it, Crush it, Crack it, Fold it.
trying using technology that’s considered old & outdated. use pen & paper instead of a QWERTY keyboard.
- Coffee breaks, Cab rides, & Green rooms
sometimes growth/inspiration happens outside of where you thought it was intended to. the “waiting room.”
- Avoid fields. Jump fences.
break free of boundaries when it comes to being creative. don’t allow them to have control over what is meant to be a manifold and dynamic process.
if you like something, do it again, and again. if you don’t like something, do it again.
tools amplify our capacities, so even a small tool can make a big difference. even simple tools that are your own can yield new avenues of understanding.
- Stand on Someone’s Shoulders
you’ll go farther being carried on the accomplishments of others, plus it’s a better view ahead.
everyone has it.
you may find something in the morning you couldn’t see tonight.
- Don’t Enter Award Competitions. You good.
they’re not good for you.
- Read Only Left-Hand Pages
strange i know. Marshall McLuhan did this. cutting the amount of info we take in leaves room for what he called, “our noodle.”
Expand a lexicon, demand a new way of thinking by doing so. the new thoughts will demand a new form of expression. that expression demands new conditions. 💎
forgot technology. don’t limit creativity to devices. 💎
innovation in design happens in context. that context is usually some form of cooperatively managed expertise. the myth of a split between “creatives” and “suits” is what Leonard Cohen calls a “charming artifact of the past.”
ideas need the space to be dynamic & fluid to flourish properly.
don’t let the reinforcement you receive for your successes drive you. instead, allow failure & migration to.
you don’t need to operate according to “standard” time frames.
free yourself from the fear of how you’ll be perceived, just go.
assess the answer, not the question. imagine learning as if you were an infant soaking up EVERYTHING they’re exposed to.
there’s always massive creative potential when you combine two different perspectives in any capacity.
leave room for ideas that have yet to present themselves to you clearly. the ideas of others as well.
great things tend to happen when you push past the limits you thought had to stop at in your creative mind.
look at what things stand for rather than what they actually are.
the work you produce today will help shape your future, so nurture it as such.
- Allow events to Change You
be willing to grow. growth is different than something that happens to you. you produce & live it yourself.
growth is not necessarily ‘good.’ growth is about exploration, if you stick to only what’s good you’ll never truly grow.
- Process is more than Outcome
when the payoff or outcome drives the process you’ll never break new ground. when the process itself drives the outcome you’ll at least know you’ll actually want to be wherever you end up.
look at the big picture when it comes to trying new things, try to find fun in your failures.
the deeper you go into anything the more likely you are to find something of value.
you either win or you Learn something.
use the necessity to produce as an excuse to study, it’ll prove to be beneficial either way.
allow yourself to get lost in your own thoughts as well as the world. lack judgement, postpone criticism.
thinking that there’s a set place or way to begin something can be crippling until you let that notion go.
whenever/wherever growth happens allow it. follow it when it identifies with you, don’t be afraid to follow someone else’s lead.
as soon as 2015 began I made a promise to myself that this year I wasn’t going to fold on any and all issues, especially when it came improving my own life. now i realize turning ones entire life around isn’t an overnight process, which is why i sought out different practices to aid myself and #W2TM on the path to improvement.
- Create habits, not goals or resolutions. Resolutions are like wishful thinking, that fade away inevitably as the year’s newness wears off. Goals are great, but it’s hard to juggle 5-10 new goals when you have a lot of other things always going on. Instead, focus on one new habit at a time, and give it your full attention, until it becomes automatic. Then do another new habit. After a year, you could have 12 new habits, and you’ll be a lot closer to any goals you might have wanted to reach.
- Be all in. Most people fail at their resolutions because they write them down, start taking action, and then let themselves quit when things get hard. But what if you committed to doing the habit of meditation in January, or you’d have to give up your favorite food for a year? What if you had to pay $10,000 if you missed two straight days of meditation? Would you stick to the habit then? Of course you would — because you’d be fully committed. Find a way to be all in, and you’ll make your habits stick.
- Focus on weekly adaptations. Most people try to focus on something that will take a year to achieve, but you lose motivation, and what if things change during that year? Instead, focus on one week at a time. That’s a doable chunk of time — you can do a week at a time, but you can’t really do a year at a time. And each week, see how you can adapt what you’re doing so that your method gets better and better over time. Review how you did, find the obstacles, and plan around them for the next week.
- Find your crew. You can do great things on your own, but you’re much more likely to get them done if you have a group of friends who are holding you accountable, and who you’re holding accountable too. Hold each others’ feet to the fire. Root each other on. Hold regular meetings to make sure everyone is staying on track, and don’t let your crew fall off track.
- Fill your year with curiosity and a learning stance. Many people get discouraged if they fall off their goals or habits, but that’s because they have an all-or-nothing mindset. They see failure as evidence that they can’t do it. Far from it: failure is evidence that things need adjusting. It’s a way to learn, so that you can get better. Be curious about what will work for you, about what this new habit will be like (instead of having a preconceived idea), and about what happens when you make adjustments. See all your successes and failures as learning, not a sign that you are good or not good. With this flexible mindset, you’ll be able to weather out any kinds of disruptions, missteps, obstacles or changes.
February: Healthy eating
July: Debt reduction (saving/investing)
August: Quitting a bad habit
September: A good start (waking early, yoga or MITs)
December: Letting Go
“What you perceive as the “reality” of your life is an illusion. It’s a holographic projection of a culmination of your past experiences. It’s what you think life looks like based on what you have learned in your past.”
that may sound like an early quotable pulled from the first Matrix movie but the sooner you realize this the better.
think of all the shit you avoid based on a “reality” you’ve construed in your mind. a relationship. a new job path. a chance to travel. a friendship. an adventure. you end up avoiding the truly good pleasures of life because “the reality of the situation” is that you’ve already decided in your mind, based on your past experiences and influences, that you know the trajectory of whatever opportunity you have in front of you. you’ve seen divorce throughout your family history, so what you perceive to be the “reality” is that relationships never last. you’ve seen your friends try to make it as a graphic designer on their own, but the “reality” is that there’s not really any money in it(initially). you want to travel the world, but the “reality” is that you don’t have money now and think you won’t ever have the money or you’re not “one of those people” who travel. good news is that whatever reality you subscribe to, that’s the reality you will see. but think about this: if you’re already good at constructing the reality you don’t want, think about how good you could be at constructing the reality you actually fucking want.
yes, you may not be able to alter your beliefs or deconstruct your reality over night, but you certainly can begin at some point today.
your reality is exactly what you make it. once you change your perception of your reality and change your beliefs, you start wanting different things, different people, careers, friends. whether those things are good for you you must figure out on your own but nothing’s as valuable as experience, especially one that’s tailored by you.
so start observing what thoughts you are taking as truth or what beliefs you are assuming are the “reality” of the world. be that curious person. get brave. ask questions. challenge what you think you know. and the world’ll be yours.