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Universal Principles — Because some things never change

No matter what you do

Derek Sievers points out something which is really fairly obvious, but that is easy to forget.

You have to know your preferences well, because no matter what you do, someone will tell you you’re wrong.

Don’t try too hard to adjust yourself to what other people think. Other people don’t agree with each other anyway.

Soaring Magazine, by marsmettnn tallahassee

Or put differently, be yourself – everyone else is taken.

June 21, 2013   2 Comments

The fear of life

Mark Twain has said much. This is one of his more dramatic quotes.

The fear of death..., by Parée

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.

Quite a lot easier said than done, but why are we afraid, really?

June 17, 2013   Comments Off

It is probably wrong

Personal economy blog Per Penning provides a quote from American inventor Charles Kettering.

If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong.

R.I.P. Flicker Classic Photo Format, by Marsmettin Tallahassee

What do you need to do differently?

June 13, 2013   Comments Off

Not following the market

Tokyo: Tsukiji Jonai Shijo, by Wally Gobetz

Seth Godin talks about the problems with trying to give customers what they want.

No one actually understands what the market wants. When you choose to make something magical instead, when you bring passion instead of calculation to your work, you’re as least as likely to get it right as the guy who is selling out.

Do you dare to follow your passion rather than the market?

October 18, 2011   Comments Off

The more discussion

Kent Beck, software development expert, said in a course I attended, that he often found the following to be true.

The more discussion there is about something, the less important it is. Everyone agrees about the really important ones.

U.S. Army Africa discussion, by U.S. Army Africa

Obviously, it is not always true, but in many cases it is. People can get into almost religious wars about things like which brand of sports car is the best even though most of them are really similar, and any of them would be a great car.

September 8, 2011   4 Comments

You don’t need more time

So true, it almost hurts. From the great Seth Godin.

You don’t need more time
…you just need to decide.

Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own, by Henry0

It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

August 18, 2011   2 Comments

If you could not fail

Lifehacker published a quote from American pastor Robert Schuller. The quote represents a very good way of finding out what you really want.

What Would You Attempt to Do If You Knew You Could Not Fail?

If you could see his face, by Chris Mathers

What would you do?

August 14, 2011   Comments Off

Put your name on it

Something I believe strongly in, here expressed by Seth Godin.

If you can’t sign it, don’t ship it.

Easy to say, hard to do. Many people choose to work for a big organization precisely so they can avoid signing much of anything.

Are you proud of your work? Would you sign it?

How to get your kids to write thank-you notes, by MaX

August 9, 2011   Comments Off

The 5 Choices

FranklinCovey is an education company founded by Stephen R Covey, author of the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

The 5 Choices logo

Recently they have launched The 5 Choices, a set of five principles to improve one’s productivity. They are:

  1. Act on the important – don’t react to the urgent
  2. Go for extraordinary – don’t settle for ordinary
  3. Schedule the big rocks – don’t sort gravel
  4. Rule your technology – don’t let it rule you
  5. Fuel your fire – don’t burn out

To properly launch this new concept, they do a 175 city world seminar tour. These seminars are free and available in most countries, so take a look, they might be coming to you too. The seminars are obviously marketing for their concept, but they might very well contain something of value for you nevertheless.

August 5, 2011   Comments Off

The Courage to Live Consciously

Red Badge of Courage, by drogomossA short but in my opionion great read, is the article:

The Courage to Live Consciously by Steve Pavlina

It describes very well how we might easily live our lives “unconsciously” without realizing it. We often simply live out the expectations from our friends, parents, colleagues, neighbours, and the society in large. The article then describes why and how we can make concious choices about how to live our life.

A short summary of what Steve means by “courage”, and what the article is about:

By courage I mean the ability to face down those imaginary fears and reclaim the far more powerful life that you’ve denied yourself. Fear of failure. Fear of rejection. Fear of going broke. Fear of being alone. Fear of humiliation. Fear of public speaking. Fear of being ostracized by family and friends. Fear of physical discomfort. Fear of regret. Fear of success.

Both my life and this blog have to a large degree been inspired by this article.

July 21, 2011   Comments Off