What an excellent list of things to remember. The kind thats worth reminding yourself of every single day.
The key is to stay weird. Just…make sure you stay weird.
So the company I’m working for right now is looking to do promo content, and I just thought up a pretty sweet commercial concept, fully storyboarded, shot, and put together in my head.
Sometimes I think I should’ve doing something far more creative with my life. There’s a difference between not brig able to do something, and being able to do it, and just not wanting to. As I begin to realize how much I can fixate on proofing myself to others, I realize how unhealthy it is, and also rather wasteful.
Wow, what an interesting way of looking at things. A logical exploration of how one person can live many different lives within their time on earth. What a magnificent person you could be.
Thanks to Joanna for passing this on.
My friend has this tattooed across his chest, and although I would not ink it on to my body, I too think it is a quote to live by. Accomplishments in life should be seen as stepping stones to the opportunity of greater things, not the end goal. And although it is important to reward and acknowledge our success, one should never stop pushing themselves onto further and greater things.
There’s a quote that goes:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
by Marianne Williamson.
It’s pretty powerful, and I think it does a good job of explaining what I’m going through right now with my education. I avoid wanting to learn; I feel like I don’t deserve it, or shouldn’t be doing it. I think it has to do with the people around me - I don’t want people to feel like I take pride or interest in what I do. But when I look deep inside, I really do/am. And I need to put my personal priorities ahead of anything else. Why are we afraid of learning? Why are we afraid of knowledge? Is it being afraid or power? It’s not valid, it’s silly.
Maybe it’s being afraid of people thinking coming across as obnoxious - engineers are known for that. Taking pride in their knowledge and sharing that with the world. But I don’t think not having that knowledge is the right way of going about it. It’s having the knowledge and being humble. Guess that’s a balance I need to work on. Take pride and don’t hide your interest in what you’re doing. Love it. At the end of the day, knowledge is power. And having too much knowledge never hurt anyone.
In the mean time, I hope you enjoy the quote.
PS, this speech from the pilot of The Newsroom is great and has some relevant parts. The speech is only the first five minutes, but it’s a great pilot and I recommend watching the entire thing.
I found this article through Ramit Sethi’s emails. I say I’m a busy person, but I don’t actually think I am. Because I spend a lot of time ‘working’ and don’t accomplish as much as I want to. So I’m going to start tracking my time, to show myself where I’m actually spending my time. I also like the thing about my priorities. Saying ‘it’s not a priority’ as opposed to ‘I don’t have time’. Because it’s usually the case, and it then makes you realize how you’re messing up.
I also think I’m afraid of being super productive. I’m not sure why. I think it’s the people who I look up to, the people I’m surrounded by, and my lack of strength to differentiate what I want to for myself and what others are doing. It’s something to work on. But an interesting though.
Regardless, I recommend reading the article which the title links to. It’s from Wall Street Journal, it’s short, and for some of you, might change your life.
I realized something pretty cool today.
When you meet someone who’s really awesome but you can’t take your relationship past being friends, the feeling of sadness is solely due to my inability to give to that person. I think that’s pretty cool, because it shows a) that humans are naturally givers and that our happiness is strongly correlated to how much we give and share, and b) the genuine nature of my feelings for that person, which is nice to see.
Next time you’re in a position like this, stop and really think about why you’re saddened by the circumstances. I’m not talking about a girl you couldn’t pick up at the bar last night, but someone that really caught you. I think you’ll notice that beyond the fact that they’re pretty damn gorgeous (and all those related thoughts), you’re really just upset that you’ll never be able to share all those amazing and wonderful things in your life, because giving and sharing those experiences with someone you care about is really what makes you happy.
I often struggle with my Engineering class work. I’ve realized that it is because a Engineering classes to not promote or enable self-expression.
This is a positive realization. I now better understand why I struggle with what I do, and I can do something about it. This is also a negative realization. The program which I am to spend 5 years of my life does not provide something which is apparently fundamental in my happiness.
This article starred on HackerNews a while back, but I love it. It’s the equivalent of watching Rocky for a developer. For all you people nerds, or people who just want to do something with you life, I suggest you give it a read.
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