In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.
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.
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.
There is always this hype to start something up! A business startup, a social startup; whatever. The point mostly is to ACT and do something useful. Which is GREAT, but it can fireback.
The “Impossible Project”, coined by Seth Godin, is “a project that you plan to carry out but it is so hard and so big that there are no clear steps that you can take now”. Consequently you never take the first step.
Having an impossible project gives the soothing feeling of “I’m good because there is something I’m working on”. However, the impossible project never moves you forward.
If you think you’ve a project, here’s a simple question:
When was the last time you took external action (like reaching out to investors/partners/potential customers/audience) regarding your project?
If it was more than a week ago, your project is impossible. You’re far better off not having a project at all.
We are surrounded by tools everywhere. Good ones and bad ones.
Tools make us better at what we do making the task at hand easier.
Good tools makes us powerful and extends our capabilities without making us feel we are being helped.
The beauty of tools is that they disappear when you use them, leaving the focus on the task at hand. Good tools do that at least.
Well designed tools are subtle. You can only tell good tools when you use bad ones.
Think about all the tools you use daily. From your pencil to your knife to your car. Behind each tool is a designer.
Good designers find problems people don’t feel, make up tools to help people effortlessly solve them.
If there were no designers, there would be no tools and we would go back to be cavemen.
Mitchell Waldrop notes in his book Complexity:
There’s nothing very complicated about the water molecule; it’s just one big oxygen atom with two little hydrogen atoms stuck to it like Mickey mouse ears. Its behavior is governed by well-understood equations of atomic physics. But not put a few zillion of those molecules together in the same pot. Suddenly you’ve got a substance that shimmers and gurgles and sloshes. Those zillion molecules have collectively acquired a property, liquidity, that none of them possesses alone … The liquidity is ’emergent’. …The mind is an emergent property, the product of several billion neurons obeying the biological lows of the living cell.
He continues quoting Kenneth Anderson:
‘At each level of complexity, entirely new properties appear. At each stage, entirely new laws, concepts and generalizations are necessary, requiring inspiration and creativity … Psychology is not applied biology, nor is biology applied chemistry’.
Your consciousness is not your neoral signals.
Your soul is not your beating heart.