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The beginning of the white desert

The beginning of the white desert

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Self-Realisation, Uncategorized

Questions for the underinformed

For the jingoistic sign carrier, the impatient shareholder, the late-night goofball and the nascent entrepreneur in search of cash…

We’ve heard your rants, your threats, your plans. We understand that you are in a hurry for a simple, dramatic, obvious solution to whatever problem you face.

“And then what happens?”

“Has this ever worked before?”

“How is this different (or the same) from those times?”

“What will you do when it doesn’t work the way you hoped?”

Innovation is essential, but innovation isn’t lazy. It takes insight and patience and experience to bring a new solution to an old problem.

Impatience is not a strategy.

Experience isn’t free, but it’s valuable.

And history doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.

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Self-Realisation, Uncategorized

Airbrushing

When they began airbrushing the models in fashion magazines fifty years ago, no one complained much. Everyone knew, we thought, that it was some sort of make believe.

But then they started airbrushing our food.

And then vacations.

And family photos.

And brands.

And jobs.

Spend enough time looking through the glass on your tablet and you’ll come to believe that you’re the only one with a less-than-perfect situation. With the right filter, the grass really is greener…

Which may very well cause you to amplify the differences, to magnify the distance between you and the airbrushed person with the online life. It’s gotten to the point where people even airbrush their difficulties, making them ever more dramatic in their drama.

“Compared to what?” is not always a great question. It might be better to merely say, “this is pretty good.”

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Self-Realisation, Uncategorized

Common traps, worth avoiding

Don’t be trapped into accepting shame from someone who is trying to keep you from doing something you have every right to do.

Ignore the mob that would like you to feel badly for not fitting in. Categories are rarely permanent, and most important work is done by people who don’t easily fit in.

Realize that no one is more aware of your minor flaws than you are. No one else is noticing the little nick in your tooth or the fact that your shoelaces don’t match.

Someone else’s fear doesn’t have to be your fear unless you want it to be.

Don’t use time and money to paper over insecurity.

…When in doubt, do the generous thing. It usually works out the best.

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“I have fear”

There’s a common mistranslation that causes us trouble.

We say, “I am afraid,” as if the fear is us, forever. We don’t say, “I am a fever” or “I am a sore foot.” No, in those cases, we acknowledge that it’s a temporary condition, something we have, at least for now, but won’t have forever.

“Right now, I have fear about launching this project,” is quite different from, “I’m afraid.”

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