A few weeks ago I discovered that someone, presumably one of my friends, had manipulated my iPhone so that every time I try to type “no” it gets replaced with “dick” and every time I use “also” it gets replaced with “ballsack.” I’m not kidding (see screenshots).Read More
There’s a lot of upstream swimming when you pursue a Creative Life (see fish, above). Also, let’s briefly define that: creativity is by nature varied, so by Creative Life I really mean “a life that prioritizes meaning and fulfillment over rote performance of expected tasks,” with the fulfillment part defined by whatever is personally fulfilling to you.
If you’re pursuing a Creative Life chances are you're going against the current at least some (if not most) of the time. You have to have solid conceptual grounding to keep you focused and from losing your mind. Here are my best tips so far:Read More
The next time you’re at the office supply store picking up something super boring like more printer paper, I suggest you take a detour to the sticker aisle and make an impulse buy. Why? For a very small amount of dollars you can make everyone’s day, including your own, at least 10x more awesome.Read More
Last week I put a call out for new words to describe those of us who are non-specialists, with the condition that they be neither overly self aggrandizing nor overly disparaging. I received lots of knowing responses from fellow non-specialists who, consciously or not, have been grasping for the same thing, a dignified and accurate way to describe themselves to others.
I also received some suggestions for things to call ourselves (as well as acknowledgement of some words we currently have that don’t quite work). In no particular order:Read More
A friend and former coworker recently sent me a link to this video (which you should watch). A second friend sent the same, accompanied by the message “this makes me think of you.” A TEDx by Emilie Wapnick, it introduces the concept of the Multi-Potential-ite, or a person who has many things that they do well instead of just one. In other words, a person who does not specialize.
As Emilie describes, the advantages of being one of these people is that you learn quickly, synthesize ideas from seemingly unrelated sources easily and are endlessly adaptable to the needs of any situation. The disadvantage is there's not really a dignified place for you in a culture that endlessly praises and prioritizes specialization.Read More
Whenever I start to take notes in public (which is often) I inevitably get this question:
HOW DO YOU GET ANYTHING DONE?
The implication is that my tiny, scrawled-in-all-directions doodle notes don’t actually lead to productive action. Totally untrue. Why? Because I have a workflow in place.Read More