Monday, January 28, 2013

The hard thing isn't being the "Architect of your Destiny"... it's building it.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A King and a Kingdom

John Phillips, "Distributing Water" Meredith March, Mississippi, 1966
Both Reverend Marsh and the civil rights workers [Marsh criticized in "The Sorrow of Selma"] were wrong, but in different ways. Reverend Marsh sought the King without the kingdom. The civil rights workers sought the kingdom without the King.

Friday, January 18, 2013

 Thinking means concentrating on one thing long enough to develop an idea about it.
I find for myself that my first thought is never my best thought. My first thought is always someone else’s; it’s always what I’ve already heard about the subject, always the conventional wisdom. It’s only by concentrating, sticking to the question, being patient, letting all the parts of my mind come into play, that I arrive at an original idea. By giving my brain a chance to make associations, draw connections, take me by surprise. And often even that idea doesn’t turn out to be very good. I need time to think about it, too, to make mistakes and recognize them, to make false starts and correct them, to outlast my impulses, to defeat my desire to declare the job done and move on to the next thing.
William Deresiewicz. Solitude and Leadership: If you want others to follow, learn to be alone with your thoughts

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

 Father Placidus, a Benedictine Monk, has an unusual way of seeing things, but that's bound to happen when you have prayed the psalms for over 50 years. When a friend asked Father Placidus what he had been reflecting on lately he answered, "I'm contemplating the deficiencies of God." He offered three examples. "God is bad at math; He leaves 99 to save one. God has a bad memory; He is always forgetting our sins. God is wasteful; He makes six stones jars (120 gallons) of the best wine, that's a lot of wine for one party."
Meal from Below: A Five Course Feast with Jesus. Second Course: Blessed - Week 07

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

If you want to make something new, start with understanding.
Seth Godin. Learning How To See.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

The Serendipity Equation

success of a project = project potential  x  serendipitous factors
Summary: You cannot count on luck or skill to generate remarkable outcomes in isolation. The most consistent path to meaningful accomplishment seems to be a combination of the two. Pick a small number of things and become so good they can’t ignore you. Along the way, however, keep taking your growing skill out for a spin, launching related projects, one after another, carefully studying the outcomes to see if you stumbled into something big.