ifindkarma. elegance is refusal.

January 24, 2012

Be lucky.

Robert X. Cringely’s first tip for would-be entrepreneurs is: 

 “Avoid stupid and unlucky people.

I’m taking his advice because starting a company is hard.

I want to be luckylike the kitten that adopted me last week.

For decades my father has told me that

It’s better to be lucky than to be good.

I don’t just want to be good; I want to be excellent.

My dad says that to be excellent I should surround myself with people who have good luck. He tells me that people with good luck are contagious — as are people with bad luck!

My dad regularly affirms:

Avoid the unlucky, the unethical, and the unhappy.

To find people who are ethical, I have a strategy. My startup co-founder has a sixth sense when it comes to sniffing out ethics; Detective Troutgirl is always on the case.

As for happiness, lessons are repeated until they are learned. There is no way to happiness because happiness is the way; consequently, people reveal true colors in conversation. But what about luck?

I want to find people who are as attracted to luck as cats are attracted to heat.

To create luck, I conjure up some scientistic sleuthing.

If 80% of success is showing up, then

80-90% of luck is an excellent attitude.

Those numbers are corroborated scientistically by business shark Daymond John and psychologist Richard Wiseman:

Daymond John boldly declared on Shark Tank

Life is like business. It’s 20% what happens to you, and 80% how you respond.

Richard Wiseman concurs,

Only about 10% of life is purely random.
The remaining 90% is defined by the way we think.
Our attitudes produce our luck.

I read those sentiments over and over, and think to myself: Still, there’s that remaining 10-20% that is pure luck, and that’s the part we need EVEN if we work hard and make wise choices and are as patient as a crouching kitten.

So… How can we MAKE more luck?

In 2010 I chuckled that with a luck factoryI’d make a fortune.

Since then, I’ve become aware that there are traits that we can practice to increase our ability to make our own luck.

On 106miles.net I summarized Bakadesuyo’s article How can you become more lucky? by noting that lucky people practice four traits: openness, intuition, optimism, and resilience.

Practice every day, as much as possible:

1. Openness to new experiences. Network. Meet new people. Re-engage with people you know.

2. Intuition. Listen to yourself. Meditate to clear your mind regularly.

3. Optimism. The mind is a feedback loop that creates self-fulfilling prophecies, so be positive.

4. Resilience. Success is moving from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” (Winston Churchill)

To that I add, don’t try to avoid pain:

Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you. You just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.

(mis-attributed to Bob Marley; actual author unknown)

Be open. Be intuitive. Be optimistic. Be resilient. Good luck!

In the meantime, I’m looking forward to Get Lucky: The Book.

I’m going to make it a habit to spend time with people who are lucky, and we’ll see what happens when I practice lucky traits.

I will stay interconnected and get enough sleep.

Yes, sleep


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Refer to me as @ifindkarma and I’ll be happy. You can also find this work as a chapter in Eric Ries’s and Hunter Walk’s wonderful Uncensored book for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Photo credits: All four pictures in this post were taken by me using Instagram on iPhone 4s, and are hosted on Flickr. These pictures feature the cats I humbly serve: Beavis, the 18-year-old silver Tabby; Coco, the 18-month-old Tuxedo kitty; and (unnamed), the 9-month-old lucky black cat who adopted me last week at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley. Not pictured is Lola, the 9-year-old Oklahoma runaway feline who is camera-shy.

January 12, 2012

Who’s got it better than us? NOBODY! #Harbaughisms

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — ifindkarma @ 12:49 am
Joyce reminds me that 1/11 PandaWhale turned one year old.

Right now we’re working on awesomizing PandaWhale, building on what we’ve learned from our alpha.

We draw on inspiration from Jim Harbaugh:

Who’s got it better than us? NOBODY! 

I repeatedly watch 0:55 into this clip…

The 49ers reached the NFC title game because of three things: The Team. The Team. The Team.

What transformed The Team from 6-10 last year to the NFC Championship this yearJim Harbaugh!

I’m sad that Harbaugh hasn’t tweeted his philosophy recently.

That philosophy was imbued in Jim and his brother John “early on, an approach, a way of looking at things in terms of football, or life… That comes from our parents.”

Their dad Jack Harbaugh would chauffeur the boys to school each day and utter the same 20 words:

Ok, men, grab your lunchboxes and attack this day with an enthusiasm UNKNOWN TO MANKIND.

And don’t take any wooden nickels.

They turned out to be words to live by.

“In this world, you can choose to be positive or you can choose to be negative,” Jack Harbaugh says. “You can choose to see things through a set of eyes that sees good or you can choose to see things in life that aren’t so good.

“At least every day, they were reminded to look at it through a positive set of eyes. Let the lens of your eyes be positive.

We try to stay positive as PandaWhale navigates our creative process to create a masterpiece.

Like Alex Smith after a 27-yard QB sweep!

Alex_smith

So in honor of PandaWhale’s anniversary, here are 11 of my favorite #Harbaughisms:

11. “I don’t like that kind of football where you try and talk and intimidate. It’s not real. You play with your feet, your legs, you play with your hands. Just play football. Shut up and play football.

10. “I just like being the guy who throws the rocks at the beehive every now and then.”

9. “I didn’t want to be in any kind of comfort zone. I didn’t want to be in any kind of guaranteed situation. The fact that it was uncharted waters, try to figure out ways to do things, gave me energy.

8. “I don’t take vacations. I don’t get sick. I don’t observe major holidays. I’m a jackhammer.”

7. “As long as everything that’s said is said against us, we feel a certain assurance of success. It’s when they go the other way, when flowery words of praise start to be heaped upon us — that’s when we start to feel exposed before our enemies.”

6. “ALL OBSTACLES CAN AND MUST BE OVERCOME. That’ll be our approach without excuse.

5. “We’re not sustaining a gosh darn thing. We despise the word sustaining. We despise the word satisfaction.

4. “What’s YOUR deal?” (“I’m great.”)

3. “We want to win with numbing repetition.

2. “Attack this endeavor with enthusiasm unknown to mankind.” (“EUTM” comes from Jack Harbaugh.)

1. “Who’s got it better than us? NOOOO-BODY!

It’s worth reading Jack Harbaugh’s story of “Who’s got it better than us? Noooo-body.”

To this day, it gets Jim Harbaugh all fired up.

Bay Area rapper Bailey even turned it into a rap.

Been there, done that, got the tee shirt.

Nobody has it better than us. NOOOO-BODY!!!

And on that note, it’s back to the creative process we go, to create a better “masterpiece”…

Creative_process
Go Niners! Go Niners! Go Niners!

Go_niners

Meanwhile, special props to the 49ers Special Teams for being DELIGHTFULLY QUIRKY!

The 49ers Special Teams Unit can be seen dancing before every kickoff to a song by Future called “Tony Montana”

There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.

Who dances better than us? NOBODY!

Who’s got a more colorful coach than us? Nobody!

Harbaughisms

Hail to Harbaughisms… 🙂

December 9, 2011

#42

Anything that happens, happens.
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
.
Most people do not comprehend,
[no matter how] they encounter such things,
nor do they understand what they learn;
they believe only themselves.
       ~ Heraclitus

.
Every thought is a seed.
If you plant crab apple, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious.
      ~ Bill Meyer

.
All the lessons of history in four sentences:
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.

       ~ Charles A. Beard


In the spirit of Thirty and Thirty-Five comes the following awesome, beautiful, and creative web of thoughts that occupy my brain.

No matter.

I’m not patient enough to write poetry or prose, so I’ll just count down after Futurama.

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… *********

 

 

Dont_just_give_up


December 8, 2011

Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.

The Internets say that Bob Marley said that everyone’s gonna hurt you but some people are worth it anyway.

No matter how much I search, I cannot find the context under which he said it or even if he said it…

 

The_truth_is_that_everyones_gonna_hurt_you

“Truth is” is a lesson that repeats until it is learned.

I speak “truth is”, and “truth is” speaks to me.

We are feedback loops.

We are the stories we tell ourselves.

Life is full of ups and downs. So get up.

“Truth is” is interconnected through time…
  1. “Be here now.” This began my wondering if Bob Marley even said it.
  2. I’m willing to believe that 6 million Facebook likes can’t be wrong.
  3. So I Facebook’d it too, looking for answers. None came.
  4. And I did it again.
  5. I tumbled for it. And I asked on Quora.
  6. But still no one on the Internets knows when or why Bob Marley said this.
  7. It reminds me that life is pain, highness; anyone who says differently is selling something.

    Fear of pain causes stress.

    Do not fear pain. Let go of fear.

    Maureen Killoran said, “Stress is not what happens to us. It’s our response to what happens, and the response is something we can choose.”

    Maybe I will wait forever and never find out if Bob Marley said it.

    The truth about forever is that it is happening right now.

    Maybe I will get lucky.

    Those who open ourselves to pain often find luck. 
    Truth_is_everyone_is_going_to_hurt_you

    It’s worth taking some time to learn to attract luck:
    1. Create your luck, says Altucher. Luck only takes 4 steps.
    2. There are 4 principles for making luck, says Bakadesuyo.
    3. Make your own luck, says 106 Miles paraphrasing Bakadesuyo.
    4. Happiness affects luck profoundly, says Tumblr. I repeat it.
    5. Invest in a luck factory and make a fortune, says ifindkarma.
    6. What traits do lucky people share? Optimism.
    7. Attitude affects luck, says Wiseman.
    Memo to self: include luck in my incantations to be great.

    Love_the_life_you_live_live_the_life_you_love

    I repeat: Don’t try to avoid pain.

    Instead, find someone or something worth suffering for.

    Open yourself to heaven and earth, then trust your natural responses; and everything will
    fall into place
    .

    Step out of your comfort zone.

    That is where the magic happens…
    Where_the_magic_happens

    Postscript, a few days later. Truth is, Bob Marley probably did not say this.

    Thank you, Spyridon Michalakis, in helping my quest for the truth.

    June 20, 2011

    11 Reasons Why Starting a Company is Hard …

    In books we find we are not alone.
           ~ Carl Sagan
     

    In stories we find we are not alone.
         ~ Jonathan Nelson

     

    I’m giving a pariSoma talk to the Hackers and Founders Co-op Startup Class of 2011 tonight. And like Paul Graham, I found it helpful to write down what I’m going to say.

    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:

    Being a first-time entrepreneur is hard.

    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.

    1. Having a great idea at the right time is hard. Big ideas are hard, and timing of ideas is hard. Being excellent is really hard but truly important, since nobody can steal an idea.

    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.

    3. Developing something people want is hard. Prototyping is hard, and iterating is hard. Minimum viable product definition is hard, and figuring out what people want is 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.

    11. Managing your emotions is really fucking hard…      
    Ben Horowitz said it best. Also, not quitting is quite hard.

    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!

    Here are 11 things you can learn to navigate those rough waters, ripped lovingly from a long Quora answer I once wrote about mistakes entrepreneurs make. 

    1. Learn the difference between important and urgent.
    2. Learn the difference between working smart and working long.
    3. Learn the difference between an opportunity and a problem.
    4. Learn the difference between lucky and smart.
    5. Learn the difference between focus and activity.
    6. Learn the difference between publicity and reality.
    7. Learn the difference between prepared and over-prepared.
    8. Learn the difference between output and throughput.
    9. Learn the difference between managing up and managing down.
    10. Learn the difference between managing expectations and just riding the roller coaster unmanaged.
    11. 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

    Be excellent.

    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.

    Tony says being great depends on tiny differences that put a person in a state of certainty, confidence, and flow.

     

    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.

    106miles3

     

    106 Miles recently had a conversation of greatness, which inspired me to find 11 great quotes…

    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

    6) “Excellence is not a skill; it is an attitude.” ~ Ralph Marston

    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.

     

    Be_awesome

     

    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.)

    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.

    Pyramid-jumbo

    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.

    This takes my mind to an epic night. A really epic night.

    190k_receipt_perezsolomon

    After a party like that, it’s difficult to focus.

    I want to hear Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory“!!!

    Sing it, Gaga!!!

    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…

    Hasa diga eebowai!!

    Um.

    Where was I?

    Oh, right, dividing my attention.

    Unlike attention, happiness is something that multiplies when it is divided. (Thank you, @aaker @padmasree @paulocoehlo!)

     

    Now, where does motivation come from again?

    Tony Robbins says understanding motivation is the key to happiness.

     

    Daniel Pink says we are happiest and most motivated in our work when we have the opportunity for mastery.

    Now, I’ve been told it takes 10,000 hours to master something.

    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.

    Challenge_vs_skill

     

    Which brings us back to where we started: xkcd 896.

    Repeat after me: Do something so hard that you become great in the process.

     

    April 11, 2011

    You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.

    Ashley tweeted, “We make friends by wasting time with them.

    So I tweeted it too. Which made me want to dance.

    “What does it feel like when you’re dancing?”

    “Sorta feels good. Sorta stiff and that, but once I get going… then I, like, forget everything. And… sorta disappear. Like I feel a change in my whole body. And I’ve got this fire in my body. I’m just there.”

    There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.

    Which brings us to Oprah.

    Oprah opined, “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.

    Which surfaced my love for The Little Prince, Chapter 21


    It was then that the fox appeared.

    “Good morning,” said the fox.

    “Good morning,” the little prince responded politely, although when he turned around he saw nothing.

    “I am right here,” the voice said, “under the apple tree.”

     

    Fox

     

    “Who are you?” asked the little prince, and added, “You are very pretty to look at.”

    “I am a fox,” the fox said.

    “Come and play with me,” proposed the little prince. “I am so unhappy.”

    “I cannot play with you,” the fox said. “I am not tamed.”

    “Ah! Please excuse me,” said the little prince.

    But, after some thought, he added:

    “What does that mean–‘tame’?”

    “You do not live here,” said the fox. “What is it that you are looking for?”

    “I am looking for men,” said the little prince. “What does that mean–‘tame’?”

    “Men,” said the fox. “They have guns, and they hunt. It is very disturbing. They also raise chickens. These are their only interests. Are you looking for chickens?”

    “No,” said the little prince. “I am looking for friends. What does that mean–‘tame’?

    “It is an act too often neglected,” said the fox. It means to establish ties.”

    “‘To establish ties’?”

    “Just that,” said the fox. “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world . . .

    “I am beginning to understand,” said the little prince. “There is a flower . . . I think that she has tamed me . . .”

    “It is possible,” said the fox. “On the Earth one sees all sorts of things.”

    “Oh, but this is not on the Earth!” said the little prince.

    The fox seemed perplexed, and very curious.

    “On another planet?”

    “Yes.”

    “Are there hunters on that planet?”

    “No.”

    “Ah, that is interesting! Are there chickens?”

    “No.”

    “Nothing is perfect,” sighed the fox.

    But he came back to his idea.

    “My life is very monotonous,” the fox said. “I hunt chickens; men hunt me. All the chickens are just alike, and all the men are just alike. And, in consequence, I am a little bored. But if you tame me, it will be as if the sun came to shine on my life. I shall know the sound of a step that will be different from all the others. Other steps send me hurrying back underneath the ground. Yours will call me, like music, out of my burrow. And then look: you see the grain-fields down yonder? I do not eat bread. Wheat is of no use to me. The wheat fields have nothing to say to me. And that is sad. But you have hair that is the color of gold. Think how wonderful that will be when you have tamed me! The grain, which is also golden, will bring me back the thought of you. And I shall love to listen to the wind in the wheat . . .”

    The fox gazed at the little prince, for a long time.

     

    Princefox

     

    “Please–tame me!” he said.

    “I want to, very much,” the little prince replied. “But I have not much time. I have friends to discover, and a great many things to understand.”

    “One only understands the things that one tames,” said the fox. “Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all ready made at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship, and so men have no friends any more. If you want a friend, tame me . . .”

    “What must I do, to tame you?” asked the little prince.

    “You must be very patient,” replied the fox. “First you will sit down at a little distance from me–like that–in the grass. I shall look at you out of the corner of my eye, and you will say nothing. Words are the source of misunderstandings. But you will sit a little closer to me, every day . . .”

    The next day the little prince came back.

    “It would have been better to come back at the same hour,” said the fox. “If, for example, you come at four o’clock in the afternoon, then at three o’clock I shall begin to be happy. I shall feel happier and happier as the hour advances. At four o’clock, I shall already be worrying and jumping about. I shall show you how happy I am! But if you come at just any time, I shall never know at what hour my heart is to be ready to greet you . . . One must observe the proper rites . . .”

    “What is a rite?” asked the little prince.

    “Those also are actions too often neglected,” said the fox. “They are what make one day different from other days, one hour from other hours. There is a rite, for example, among my hunters. Every Thursday they dance with the village girls. So Thursday is a wonderful day for me! I can take a walk as far as the vineyards. But if the hunters danced at just any time, every day would be like every other day, and I should never have any vacation at all.” 

    So the little prince tamed the fox. And when the hour of his departure drew near–

    “Ah,” said the fox, “I shall cry.”

    “It is your own fault,” said the little prince. “I never wished you any sort of harm; but you wanted me to tame you . . .”

    “Yes, that is so,” said the fox.

    “But now you are going to cry!” said the little prince.

    “Yes, that is so,” said the fox.

    “Then it has done you no good at all!”

    “It has done me good,” said the fox, “because of the color of the wheat fields.” And then he added:

    “Go and look again at the roses. You will understand now that yours is unique in all the world. Then come back to say goodbye to me, and I will make you a present of a secret.” 

    The little prince went away, to look again at the roses.

    “You are not at all like my rose,” he said. “As yet you are nothing. No one has tamed you, and you have tamed no one. You are like my fox when I first knew him. He was only a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But I have made him my friend, and now he is unique in all the world.

    And the roses were very much embarassed.

    “You are beautiful, but you are empty,” he went on. “One could not die for you. To be sure, an ordinary passerby would think that my rose looked just like you–the rose that belongs to me. But in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds of you other roses: because it is she that I have watered; because it is she that I have put under the glass globe; because it is she that I have sheltered behind the screen; because it is for her that I have killed the caterpillars (except the two or three that we saved to become butterflies); because it is she that I have listened to, when she grumbled, or boasted, or ever sometimes when she said nothing. Because she is my rose. “

    And he went back to meet the fox.

    “Goodbye,” he said.

    “Goodbye,” said the fox. “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

    “What is essential is invisible to the eye,” the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.

    It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”

    “It is the time I have wasted for my rose–” said the little prince, so that he would be sure to remember.

    “M
    en have forgotten this truth,” said the fox. “But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose . . .”

     

    “I am responsible for my rose,” the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.

     

    April 4, 2011

    The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.

    LEARN says Nature Boy. Casey Abrams’ version is 80% mesmerizing:

     

    A WORD ON STATISTICS, by Wislawa Szymborska

    Out of every hundred people,

    those who always know better:
    fifty-two.

    Unsure of every step:
    almost all the rest.

    Ready to help,
    if it doesn’t take long:
    forty-nine.

    Always good,
    because they cannot be otherwise:
    four — well, maybe five.

    Able to admire without envy:
    eighteen.

    Led to error
    by youth (which passes):
    sixty, plus or minus.

    Those not to be messed with:
    four-and-forty.

    Living in constant fear
    of someone or something:
    seventy-seven.

    Capable of happiness:
    twenty-some-odd at most.

    Harmless alone,
    turning savage in crowds:
    more than half, for sure.

    Cruel
    when forced by circumstances:
    it’s better not to know,
    not even approximately.

    Wise in hindsight:
    not many more
    than wise in foresight.

    Getting nothing out of life except things:
    thirty
    (though I would like to be wrong).

    Balled up in pain
    and without a flashlight in the dark:
    eighty-three, sooner or later.

    Those who are just:
    quite a few, thirty-five.

    But if it takes effort to understand:
    three.

    Worthy of empathy:
    ninety-nine.

    Mortal:
    one hundred out of one hundred –
    a figure that has never varied yet.

    (translated from the Polish by Joanna Trzeciak)

    SourceCaterina.net

     

    March 11, 2011

    Life is like business. It’s 20 percent what happens to you, and 80 percent how you respond.

    That secret to life I tweeted from Daymond John on Shark Tank.

    It reminded me that 80 percent of success is showing up.

    And that happiness is correlated with success. Additionally…

     True happiness involves the pursuit of worthy goals,” Csikszentmihalyi said. “Without dreams, without risks, only a trivial semblance of living can be achieved.”

     

    But how does a being discover worthy goals to pursue?

    I have a vision

    Worthy goals come from enlightenment.

    Enlightenment comes from living.

    Life itself is a process of continual improvement.

    In 21 easy pieces. We begin each cycle by waking up.

    1. Wake up.

    2. Breathe.

    3. Let go.

    4. Get up.

    5. Show up.

    6. Position.

    7. Include.

    8. Be here now.

    9. Be excellent.

    10. Dance!

    11. Give.

    12. LOVE.

    13. Reflect.

    14. Empathize.

    15. Encourage.

    16. Be kind.

    17. Connect.

    18. Learn.

    19. Simplify.

    20. Nap.

    21. Iterate.

     

    At any point, be open to enlightenment

    Fav_panda_pic



    See also:

     


    (photo sourceKeira Susan Dazi!)

     

    September 18, 2010

    Enlightenment…

    Express yourself completely,
    then become
    quiet.

    Open yourself to
    heaven and earth,
    and be like the forces of nature:

    when the wind blows,
    there is only the wind;
    when it rains,
    there is only rain;
    when the clouds pass,
    the sun promises to shine.

    If you open yourself to insight,
    you are
    at one with insight,
    and you can use it completely.

    Open yourself to heaven and earth,
    then trust your natural
    responses;
    and
    everything
    will
    fall into place.

    ~ Lao Tse


     

    We are all connected to each other,
    in a circle, in a hoop that never ends.

    How high does the sycamore grow?
    If you cut it down, then you’ll never know

    And if you can only know one thing, be here now

    Three things in human life are important:
    The first is to be kind.
    The second is to be kind.
    And the third is to be kind.
         ~ Henry James

    See, it’s all connected


    Nothing_is_original

     

    It’s like Jim Jarmusch says…

    It’s not where you take things from.
    It’s where you take them to…

    September 2, 2010

    Searching YouTube from Android is like chugging an Ipecac Colada.

    Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , — ifindkarma @ 5:12 pm

    I currently wield an Evo, which is widely considered a great Android smartphone.

    I'd LIKE to listen to "Fuck You" by Cee Lo Green??on my Evo so I pull up YouTube (which is owned by Google) on my Android (which is owned by Google) and do a Search (which is owned by Google).

    And YouTube Android Search completely and utterly fails to find the song or video. Instead it gives me a lot of spam and a lot of junk that is not what I'm searching for.

    So I'm going to have to embed the video below if I ever want to find it to play it on my mobile device in the future. This isn't??bad luck; this is FAIL.

    Once more, with feeling: if searching Twitter is like drinking an ipecac martini, then searching YouTube from a mobile device is worse:

    Searching YouTube from Android is like chugging an Ipecac Colada.

    So without further ado, here's "Fuck You"…

    And did I mention he released a second version?

    And perhaps someday I'd like to play the 50 Cent freestyle

    In any case, one thing is clear:

    It's much easier to search my Posterous than YouTube or Twitter. Especially on a mobile device.

    So in the future if I know I will want to find something on my iPad or other mobile device, I'm Posterous-ing it. Even if the content itself says, "Fuck You"…

    And although there's pain in my chest, I still wish you the best, as I type in this Posterous from Gmail (which is owned by Google) from Chrome (which is owned by Google). Maybe I should let go and distract myself with a Game??and a deep, cleansing??breath??to move my mind to a kinder, gentler place where everybody is "Kung Fu Fighting"

    Yes, that feels better. I'm connected to the now.

    I close with a reading from The Book of Yishan, who says, "?????????: ???????????????!??It's like this y'all:"

    This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill
    Fifteen percent concentrated power of will.

    Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain

    And a hundred percent reason to remember the name.

    Well said, sir. Well said. I ❤ my excellent attitude. Peace.

    June 30, 2010

    As human beings, our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

    Oliver Goldsmith said that first, but every moment we get to put that attitude into practice, making it into a habit, by being excellent. As Ralph Marston said… 

    Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.

    Everything is deeply interconnected. Aristotle (or Will Durant) has been oft-quoted, too…

    We are what we repeatedly do.
    Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.

    Robert F. Kennedy had another variation on this theme, when RFK said,

    Only those who dare to fail greatly
    can ever achieve greatly.

    In other words, a fall is not a fail… It is an opportunity to learn. We can remind ourselves of this by singing (or dancing to!) Chumbawumba’s “Tubthumping”, boldly declaring…

    I get knocked down, but I get up again,
    you’re never gonna keep me down…

    “Tubthumping” is much catchier than Dwayne Wade’s “fall seven times, stand up eight” commercial, which repurposes an old martial arts line…

    Knocked down seven times, get up eight!

     

    …which simply takes us back to our daily reflection and incantation

    Be excellent, for everything is about inclusion.

    so get yourself some rituals

    …don’t just be a cat in a box like all the other cats…

    Cat_traps_are_working

    …and practice inner peace, because in the end, only kindness matters

     Be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.

    Older Posts »

    Blog at WordPress.com.