January 12, 2012
December 9, 2011
Anything that, in happening, causes something else to happen, causes something else to happen.
Anything that, in happening, causes itself to happen again, happens again.
It doesn’t necessarily do it in chronological order, though.
~ Douglas Adams
[no matter how] they encounter such things,
nor do they understand what they learn;
they believe only themselves.
If you plant crab apple, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious.
~ Bill Meyer
Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power.
The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small.
The bee fertilizes the flower it robs.
When it is dark enough, you can see stars.
Don’t you worry about life, the universe, and everything; let me worry about blank… 42. We believe in the interconnectedness of all things. 41. Everything is about inclusion. 40. Everything is everythang. 39. Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for. 38. As human beings, our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. 37. Let it go. This too shall pass. 36. SIMPLIFY. 35. Lessons are repeated until they are learned. 34. The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return. 33. Reflect on happiness. 32. People are very bad at predicting what will make us happy. 31. There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them. 30. We are feedback loops. We are the stories we tell ourselves. 29. Love is when you open your heart to pain. 28. To get over grief, be there for someone else’s grief. 27. Kittie heaven is mousie hell. 26. Bird is the word! 25. The ride does not require an explanation. Just occupants. 24. It’s not going to stop till you wise up. 23. Character is destiny. 22. Reflection creates identity. 21.
You can do anything. 20. We can change the world with a pen and paper. We keep waiting, waiting. 19. Starting is hard. 18. We’ll see. 17. Life is… delicious ambiguity. 16. Beware drift. Do what you love! 15. True happiness comes from within. 14. Get yourself a giant panda! (Super kawaii!) 13. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. 12. That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet. 11. It goes to 11. (Be sure to read through to Andy Weir’s story, “The Egg”!) 10. Life is like business. It’s 20 percent what happens to you, and 80 percent how you respond. 9. 80 percent of success is showing up. 8. Our attitudes produce our luck. 7. Love more, fear less. 6. Be grateful for every breath. 5. Be who you are, as hard as you can. 4. Be here now. 3. Be excellent. 2. There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. 1. Only kindness matters in the end. ********* …enlightenment… *********
November 11, 2011
On 11/11/11, it goes to 11.
- San Jose Mercury News
- Redwood City Patch
- LA Times
- Chicago Tribune
- OMG Facts
- USA Today
- San Francisco CBS
- Photos – Robot Hackathon
- Photos – 11/11/11 Event
- Facebook LIKES: 927 (plus 127)
- Twitter TWEETS: at least 3879
- Groupons sent to: 1.2 million people (110 + 96 = 306 bought)
- #nerdnewyear trended on Twitter 11/11/11
- Estimated Redwood City attendance: 1500
- We’re still figuring out how much we made for charity…
We’re on a mission from God… Hit it!
August 12, 2011
Be who you are, as hard as you can.
That was the most meaningful advice I’ve had in a long time.
“Be who you are, as hard as you can” is so easy to say and so hard to do. It takes courage.
Easiest when you are cast out and have no choice.
July 12, 2011
is waiting to be known.
I’ve been excited about 11/11/11 ever since January 11.
u looked around. There was nothingness. Just you and me. “What is this place?” You asked. “Is this the afterlife?” “More or less,” I said. “Are you God?” You asked. “Yup,” I replied. “I’m God.” “My kids… my wife,” you said. “What about them?” “Will they be all right?” “That’s what I like to see,” I said. “You just died, and your main concern is for your family. That’s good stuff right there.” You looked at me with fascination. To you, I didn’t look like God. I just looked like some man. Some vague authority figure. More of a grammar school teacher than the Almighty. “Don’t worry,” I said. “They’ll be fine. Your kids will remember you as perfect in every way. They didn’t have time to grow contempt for you. Your wife will cry on the outside, but will be secretly reliveved. To be fair, your marriage was falling apart. If it’s any consolation, she’ll feel very guilty for feeling relieved.” “Oh,” you said. “So what happens now? Do I go to heaven or hell or something?” “Neither,” I said. “You’ll be reincarnated.” “Ah,” you said. “So the Hindus were right.” “All the religions are right in their own way,” I said. “Walk with me.” You followed along as we strolled in the void. “Where are we going?”
A human mind can only contain a tiny fraction of what you are. It’s like sticking your finger in a glass of water to see if it’s hot or cold.
“Just me? What about everyone else?” “There is no one else,” I said. “In this universe, there’s just you, and me.” You stared blankly at me. “But all the people on earth…” “All you. Different incarnations of you.“ “Wait. I’m everyone!?” “Now you’re getting it,” I said, with a congratulatory slap on the back. “I’m every human who ever lived?” “Or who will ever live, yes.” “I’m Abraham Lincoln?” “And you’re John wilkes Booth, too,” I added. “I’m Hitler?” you said, appalled. “And you’re the millions he killed.” “I’m Jesus?” “And you’re everyone who followed him.” You fell silent. “Every time you victimized someone,” I said, “You were victimizing yourself. Every act of kindness you’ve done, you’ve done to yourself. Every happy and sad moment ever experienced by any human was, or will be, experienced by you.” “Why?” You asked me. “why do all this?” “Because someday, you will become like me. Because that’s what you are. You’re one of my kind. You’re my child.” “Whoa.” you said, incredulous. “You mean I’m a god?” “No. Not yet. You’re a fetus. You’re still growing. Once you’ve lived every human life throughout all time, you will have grown enough to be born.” “So the whole universe,” you said. “Its just…” “An egg of sorts.” I answered. “Now its time for you to move on to your next life.” And I sent you on your way…
June 20, 2011
Like Evan Williams’ startup advice, I want to say something positive and useful.
My main message is that it’s important to have a network, because you can trade notes with other people who are doing similar things. This is why we started 106 Miles — so that any founder, engineer, or friend who joins us at our meetups will have a network to exchange knowledge and connections, and listen and learn.
That said, if I could tell entrepreneurs one more thing, I would say:
Come to think of it, actually…
It’s hard starting a company even if you’ve done it before.
I’ve done it three times, and it’s still hard.
Off the top of my head here are 11 reasons why.
2. Designing an excellent and simple product is hard. User experience is hard to make excellent, and user interfaces are hard to make simple. Product-market fit is extremely hard.
4. Getting traction is hard. Users are hard to satisfy. Attracting and retaining great users is hard, and attracting great content and quelling bad content is hard. Network effects are hard.
5. Keeping the damn thing up and running is hard. Technical operations are hard. “The Cloud” means some computer somewhere out there that you don’t control is going to go down at the worst possible moment.
6. Implementing a scalable business model is hard. Revenues are hard. Not all advice comes in three words. Although there is a lot of three-word startup advice, that matters not. Revenues require continual improvement of sales knowledge and the market, and that takes time, patience, and unbelievable tenaciousness.
7. Building a great team is hard. Finding a great co-founder is hard, and hiring is hard. Even if you read a lot about hiring, it’s hard. And sweet sassy molassy, managing people is hard. And being tough is very hard.
8. Raising seed money is hard. Angels are hard to understand. And finding a great fit between investor and entrepreneur is hard, very hard.
9. Raising venture capital is hard. Venture capitalists are hard to understand. Once upon a time you could
raise money with just a great idea. Then you needed a great idea and a great team. Then you needed a great idea, great team, and great prototype. Then you needed all those things and great traction. Now you also need a great business model, great revenues, great press, and if it’s not too much trouble, make the world a better place, too.
10. Turning away all the free advice is hard. People are unpredictable, and making decisions is hard. But it’s better to make any decision than no decision. Furthermore, the right people make all the difference in the world.
If it were easy to start a company, everyone would do it.
But it’s not easy. And not everyone does it.
It’s hard. Really, really hard.
There’s a great analogy here: starting a company is like you’re 106 miles from Chicago, you have a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and you’re wearing sunglasses. Hit it!
- Learn the difference between important and urgent.
- Learn the difference between working smart and working long.
- Learn the difference between an opportunity and a problem.
- Learn the difference between lucky and smart.
- Learn the difference between focus and activity.
- Learn the difference between publicity and reality.
- Learn the difference between prepared and over-prepared.
- Learn the difference between output and throughput.
- Learn the difference between managing up and managing down.
- Learn the difference between managing expectations and just riding the roller coaster unmanaged.
- Learn the difference between knowing the path and walking the path.
Remember, you can do it. But it’s hard:
Keep your eye on the ball,
Your head above the clouds,
Your ear to the ground,
Your shoulder to the wheel,
Your nose to the grindstone,
Your finger on the pulse,
Your feet on the ground, and
Your head on your shoulders.
Now… try to get something done.
In summary: Activate your network, work smart, work hard, open yourself to opportunities, close off some opportunities, overcommunicate, underspend, hang in there, stop things that aren’t working, collaborate, and listen.
June 12, 2011
I want to be truly great.
I want to do something great.
So the question is, how do we become excellent?
You don’t become great by trying to be great. You become great by wanting to do something, and then doing it so hard that you become great in the process. ~ xkcd 896
Interconnectedness takes me from that illustration, to a place that makes me want to watch a Tony Robbins video.
To be excellent, we train ourselves emotionally. Get rituals.
Incantations, not affirmations, embody what we want.
Incantations help us navigate MUSTs vs SHOULDs.
As we move from within our own minds out to interactions with others, influence is essential.
Because when two people are having a conversation, the one who is more certain is going to influence the one who is less certain. Always.
This is why I’ve been thinking a lot about conversations lately.
And conversations are the foundation of 106 Miles.
11) “Greatness doesn’t take two months, or even a year. It takes years of focused practice to achieve even an ounce of it.” ~ Trizle
10) “Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.” ~ Albert Einstein
9) “On the road to great achievement, the late bloomer will resemble a failure.” ~ Malcolm Gladwell
8) “Success is moving from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” ~ Winston Churchill
7) “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” ~ Will Durant, not Aristotle
5) “You do not possess a natural gift for a certain job, because targeted natural gifts don’t exist. (Sorry, Warren Buffett.) You are not a born CEO or investor or chess grandmaster. You will achieve greatness only through an enormous amount of hard work over many years. And not just any hard work, but work of a particular type that’s demanding and painful.” ~ Geoffrey Colvin
4) “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
3) “Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” ~ Swami Sivananda
2) “It’s not what you take but what you leave behind that defines greatness.” ~ Edward Gardner
1) “It’s not where you take things from; it’s where you take them to.” ~ Jim Jarmusch
Now, I am incanting to take excellence to me.
I want PandaWhale to be excellent.
I want 106 Miles to be excellent.
I want my favorite pizza place to be excellent, too. (This will take time. Right now, people hate us on Yelp.)
And in my state of incantation, I include greatness.
As if I’m climbing the Ron Swanson pyramid of greatness.
Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.
Don’t just be excellent. Be excellent to each other.
Be excellent. Go beyond a limit.
After a party like that, it’s difficult to focus.
I want to hear Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory“!!!
I’m on the edge… of glory…
And I’m hanging on a moment of truth…
And I’m dancing like no one’s watching!!!
Did YouTube invent Lady Gaga or vice versa?
No worries. Hakuna matata!! Or is that…
Where was I?
Oh, right, dividing my attention.
Now, where does motivation come from again?
That said, being good at something makes us like it more.
And there is much power in perseverance aka “grit”.
Thinking about all of this puts my mind into a state of flow.
Which brings us back to where we started: xkcd 896.
Repeat after me: Do something so hard that you become great in the process.
February 12, 2011
is waiting to be known.
January 1, 2011
1. OWN AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE. I will be more thankful for who (and what) is in my life. I will not take my health or my happiness for granted.
2. THINK ABOUT WHAT I WANT, NOT WHAT I DON’T. Inclusion says my brain doesn’t understand negation so my thoughts will be more about what I want to attract, not what I want to avoid.
3. CONFIDENTLY TAKE A STAND MORE. When I disagree, I will be assertive in my position instead of politely demurring. When needed, I will be more fierce. I will get up one more time than I am knocked down.4. BE EXCELLENT. Do something truly great. In the real world, not just in the online world. I want to show up, be part of an insanely awesome endeavor, and help make it even better.
5. BE PRESENT. I will be here now and spend more time engaging people and less time with my head down staring at a mobile device.6. CONNECT MORE. And not just connect in a 106 Miles sense, but in a human-to-human, compassionate sense. Only connect. With empathy.
10. BE HAPPY. There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.
11. BE KIND. Only kindness matters in the end.
—— …reposted from my Quora; here’s an update… ——
In the comments on this post, Albo P. Fossa adds: ‘A caution. I saw an interesting ecard for New Year’s this morning: “I can’t believe it’s been a year since I didn’t become a better person.”
‘[Also] I saw on the Today show this AM (12/31/10), an interesting idea for resolutions. Instead of proposing “godlike” aspirations doomed to failure, choose discrete (maybe even one-day’s-worth) goals. Such as, “I will make a $5 donation to xxx charity.” Or “I will wash my dishes on January 11th.” …’
So my discrete goal in 2011 is to buy Lucas and Joyce some Psycho Donuts in Campbell, CA on or before April 1, a date we picked together for shipping the first software for the 106 Miles community to use to connect with each other online. (Code name: PandaWhale!) Til then, it’s 106 Miles to Chicago …
For now, I leave you with this kitten in a box.
June 23, 2010
A hundred days ago I created this ifindkarma posterous because bakadesuyo inspired me with his. I love to read what he writes, and in particular I love when he reflects about subjects such as happiness.
June 8, 2010
~ Doc Jensen on LOST
~ M.C. Escher
We believe in the interconnectedness of all things.
I’m very glad you asked me that, Mrs Rawlinson. The term `holistic’ refers to my conviction that what we are concerned with here is the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. I do not concern myself with such petty things as fingerprint powder, telltale pieces of pocket fluff and inane footprints. I see the solution to each problem as being detectable in the pattern and web of the whole. The connections between causes and effects are often much more subtle and complex than we with our rough and ready understanding of the physical world might naturally suppose, Mrs Rawlinson. Let me give you an example. If you go to an acupuncturist with toothache he sticks a needle instead into your thigh. Do you know why he does that, Mrs Rawlinson? No, neither do I, Mrs Rawlinson, but we intend to find out. A pleasure talking to you, Mrs Rawlinson. Goodbye.— Douglas Adams, Dirk Gentley’s Holistic Detective Agency
We believe in the interconnectedness of all things.
Intertwingularity is not generally acknowledged —
people keep pretending they can make things deeply hierarchical, categorizable and sequential when they can’t.
Everything is deeply intertwingled.
ch reminds me of some of my favorite words that Robbye Bentley has posted recently…
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” ~ Og Mandino
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Life and Jah are one in the same. Jah is the gift of existence. I am in some way eternal, I will never be duplicated. The singularity of every man and woman is Jah’s gift. What we struggle to make of it is our sole gift to Jah. The process of what that struggle becomes, in time, the Truth.” ~ Bob Marley
“We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.” ~ Stephen Covey
- If everything is everythang, are being and becoming just limited beings’ perspective of the oneness?
- If happiness is part of the oneness, why is it so difficult to be here now and connect to that happiness?
- If lessons are repeated until they are learned, is learning just finding the right connection to the oneness?
to trust in something, your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference.“
March 10, 2010
“Whoever is happy will make others happy, too.” I couldn’t find the true source of this quote, which has been attributed to Mark Twain at times, Anne Frank at other times. In any case, I believe it.
When it comes to true happiness, lessons are repeated until they are learned:
- Breathe deeply. Anyone can find happiness, writes Amy Lukima.
- The Happiness Project studied everyone from Aristotle to Oprah, and found you’re not happy unless you think you’re happy. Also, our days are long but the years are short, says Gretchen Rubin.
- Happiness is all around us, if we take time to see. Riding the bus changes your perspective, says Snob on a Bus blogger Jacki Carr.
- If life is a game, these are the ten rules for being a human being, according to Chérie Carter-Scott.
- There are twelve things happy people do differently, according to Jacob Sokol. (Thanks seablackwithink.)
- Life is like business. It’s 20 percent what happens to you, and 80 percent how you choose to react.
- Nothing stays the same. Life regularly changes things up on you. Stroke of insight is Jill Bolte Taylor‘s inspiring TED Talk about starting over.
- Got all that? Great. Now roll up your sleeves for some lessons on how to quickly and easily improve your life, an anthology of lessons from my favorite posterous author, Eric Barker.