Cal Newport on why “follow your passion” is terrifically bad advice – before we can follow it, we first have to find it.
Ito: There are nine or so principles to work in a world like this:
- Resilience instead of strength, which means you want to yield and allow failure and you bounce back instead of trying to resist failure.
- You pull instead of push. That means you pull the resources from the network as you need them, as opposed to centrally stocking them and controlling them.
- You want to take risk instead of focusing on safety.
- You want to focus on the system instead of objects.
- You want to have good compasses not maps.
- You want to work on practice instead of theory. Because sometimes you don’t why it works, but what is important is that it is working, not that you have some theory around it.
- It[’s] disobedience instead of compliance. You don’t get a Nobel Prize for doing what you are told. Too much of school is about obedience, we should really be celebrating disobedience.
- It’s the crowd instead of experts.
- It’s a focus on learning instead of education.
We’re still working on it, but that is where our thinking is headed.
A few thoughts:
The ‘risk/safety’ dichotomy is also ‘be biased toward speculative experiments that allow deeper understanding of implications, rather than optimizing around lowering disruption and short-term costs’.
One thing missing is the principle related to resilience: ‘go slow to go fast’. This means you need to step out of the flow of today’s operational frenzy to take new actions. In martial arts, this means you must relax your muscles and nerves to respond or attack quickly.
‘You don’t get a Nobel Prize for doing what you are told’ is priceless.
The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.
— Jim Rohn, on Leadership
People often ask me, ‘what’s gonna happen?’ And the answer is it’s up to you. You have to decide what will happen. This isn’t something playing out on a stage somewhere where big giants fight each other and you get to sit and watch popcorn. This is a fight you can join in.
— Aaron Swarts (@aaronsw) via http://warfortheweb.com/blog/2013/01/excerpts-from-aaron-swartz-interview-july-10-2012/
Art resides in the quality of doing; process is not magic.
— Charles Eames
COMFORTABLE ISN’T COMFORTABLE.
COMFORTABLE NEVER GOT UP BEFORE DAWN.
COMFORTABLE WON’T GET ITS HANDS DIRTY.
COMFORTABLE HAS NOTHING TO PROVE.
COMFORTABLE CAN’T GET THE JOB DONE.
COMFORTABLE DOESN’T HAVE NEW IDEAS.
COMFORTABLE WON’T DIVE IN HEAD FIRST.
COMFORTABLE ISN’T THE AMERICAN DREAM.
COMFORTABLE HAS NO GUTS.
COMFORTABLE NEVER DARES TO BE GREAT.
COMFORTABLE FALLS APART AT THE SEAMS.
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