In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.
This post goes to my two friends who tried to commit suicide driven by mental distress, to all those who are out there struggling and to all the time I’ve personally spent depressed under the effect of chemicals.
I know that no words can describe what you feel inside.
I know that everything is much harder once you don’t own the man in the mirror.
I know that inner conflict that doesn’t make sense most of the time, yet it persists to always exist.
I know that you feel like “playing” the game of life in an “infinity” level while everyone else has their settings to “beginner” .
I know that it doesn’t make sense that it’s happening to you.
I know that you don’t know the reason, that you don’t know the meaning of it all.
I know how lost you feel.
I know that it all feels so unfair.
I know that things happen for a reason even if you don’t know it yet.
I know that there is always a meaning in every experience; especially in suffering.
I know it’s only those worth of suffering who can survive it.
I know that good lessons never come about the easy way.
I know it’s hard to believe.
Please know that I’ll always be here whenever you need me.
Although in it’s most beautiful form it is, innovation doesn’t always have to be about leading a revolution. Innovation can be about solving humble day to day problems ordinary people face.
Helping people perform better at task they they are deeply connected to. Giving delightful experiences even in the simplest of tasks.
Improving every little experience people go through, by providing delightful and intuitive workflow, gives rise to the biggest revolution of all.
The design revolution.
It’s always good to strive for excellence. To be better. To advance yourself. To do good for yourself. After all there’s so much to learn and so many things you have to master.
This pursuit hides a black hole behind it.
Look at your mindset and the things you do daily. Deeply. If they are concerned with you learning something new, getting your work done, getting your body in shape ,etc… then you have a problem.
All of that will make you feel like you’re advancing and that you’re doing very well. It might as well feel like you’re getting closer to your goal day by day.
You’ve to be careful. Behind all those well meant actions is something that will destroy you. When everything you do is all about YOU, then selfishness will kick in. Selfishness can easily consume you. There will always be something you need to do, something you need to learn, something you need to catch up with or check out. The list is endless, isn’t it!
If you delve into this endless circle where everything is about you, nobody will be there to pick you up when you fall.
It’s good to strive for excellence. It’s really bad to only see yourself.
What Apple does best is launching a product(idea) to the customers and watching closely how people will use it and tweak it to fit them more.
It takes a huge amount of humbleness to say “I created this, but I’ve no idea how people will use it”. To KNOW that in the core of what you do is building tools/platforms. That your products are not means in themselves, they serve a specific purpose that you have no means of knowing when you’re creating it. You can only speculate and guess beforehand. However, when It’s out there in the wild you’ve to watch carefully how your idea is being adapted and accept that way whatever it is. Moreover, you’ve to build upon it.
What about your next idea, your next project?
Do you arrogantly design it to fit only specific uses that you assume it will be used for?
Human Centered Design is about dealing with uncertainty, you have to accept that.
It always pays off to have a plan. A strategy. Specific steps you have to do in order to reach your goal. It gives you feedback whether you’re on track or off track. Yet, that will not always work out…
When the goal is too far, too hard to reach or too important, your best bet becomes the “Brute Force” strategy. You’ve got to use every weapon in your arsenal, close your eyes and have faith that the best is going to come (regardless of what it is).
While it takes all your energy, Brute Force pays off.
Use it carefully.