I recently came across the Japanese concept of Ikigai, which translates to “a reason for being“, or, “the reason for which you get up in the morning.”
From a tweet to a blog post to a TED talk to severalarticles – all on Ikigai – I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my internal back and forth on whether this thing is useful or is just another oversimplified, overhyped piece of infotainment trash.
Earnest Shackleton was an Irish explorer that led three expeditions to the Antarctic between 1901 – 1921.
His 1914-1917 expedition was a disaster, with his ship Endurance getting stuck in the ice floes and eventually crushed. For over two years he and his crew survived on the ice floes until the floes eventually disintegrated, forcing Shackleton and his team to take their three salvaged lifeboats into the open sea. Against all odds, every single member of Endurance survived their ordeal, with life-threatening situations playing out almost constantly.
Last week I came across a tweet by Patrick McKenzie about the value of writing and sharing what you have learned – in this case, what you learned in 2017.
If you've got two hours to kill the next few days write up "What I learned in 2017 doing X" and put it somewhere where people can read it. (Ideally publicly, but I understand that doesn't work for everyone / every job / etc.)
It’s now been nearly 3 years since I made the switch from typing in QWERTY to typing in Colemak.
QWERTY is the layout that all keyboards today follow – from typewriters to PC’s and Mac’s, to your phone’s keyboard. It’s called QWERTY because the top row of letters starts with Q, W, E, R, T, Y, and so on.
Colemak, however, is an alternative keyboard layout that’s designed for typing efficiency. Here’s what it looks like:
At the beginning of a new project, business, or even relationship, the information you have at your disposal is typically low. You have to make decisions without robust data or evidence, lest you get caught in analysis paralysis.
Consequently, your decisions will rest on assumptions that can’t – at the time – be tested.