I want to start a series where I do a summary of my main thoughts in the past week. I realize that twitter is fast becoming my sounding board and idea bank (drafted tweets), so I want to bring it all the way back here, mostly because there is space to expand without the distraction. M. Gelb in his book on Leonardo Da Vinci writes that randomness feeds intuition, so enjoy a bit of randomness here.
To start, a few things;
“Expected outcomes are not the bane of creativity, rigidity is.” – Antonia Anni
Research: The impact of award-giving
I’m interested in the impact of awards on a community/ industry/individual. Check out LinkedIn, a large number of people are ‘award-winning’ I have won a few myself, so how does getting an award affect the individual?, their area of their work, their community. What’s the follow up like? How are past award winners? where are they? what are they up to? Do the awards really inspire? do they pressurize? Why do we keep giving them?
Life – Balance
I remembered telling an interviewer that one reason I left my job was the routine. It wasn’t that it was routine, it was that, it was 90% routine, which I found out stresses me out terribly.
However, everybody needs a good balance of routine and the novel. How do you know where your balance is? listen to yourself, take time to reflect on your past experiences, use tools like the MBTI. I’ve found out that the balance for me is 40% Routine, 60% Novel.
Without routine our lives fall apart, Without the novel, we get burnt out. Routine is a marriage, Novel is another day.
Jesus and The Gospel
Jesus is certainly out of this world, he basically turned things upside down.
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you” How hard is this but necessary.
“The gospel frees us from the relentless pressure of having to prove ourselves, for we are already proven and secure.” I don’t know anything more amazing and freeing than the Gospel. Grace is everything!
What do successful start-ups have in common?
Currently taking an Entrepreneurship course and this is one thing we are exploring. I put the question on twitter here are a few responses;
I really liked that it all revolves around people, The Founder, The Team and The Tribe.
Mobile is not going anywhere
Since the beginning of time, man has been mobile and each new age has found new ways to move, why should the future be different.
First, man found he had legs, then animals to ride about on, the compass, ships, wheels, airplanes, mobile phones. The question to be asked is simply, what’s next?
Career and Recruitment
Ever since I stumbled upon Penelope Trunk, it’s hard to resist going back all the time. I appreciate honesty on any given day, 100%. I prefer a negative answer to limbolysis. She writes, 3 Career paths and 1 will fit you
My tweets on the brokenness of recruitment led to a conversation of solutions so, someone gave me a link to what he is working on. This is Globeshifts which seeks to change recruitment in the Oil & Gas sector
As an Expat in the UK, this is always on my mind. A lot of changes are being made with immigration policies and it can make one very uncomfortable. A startup that is trying to bring some simplicity and clarity to this is Migreat. Some links to read;
UK Immigration and Tech Industry
Is Britain closing it’s doors to talent?
Words- “I find myself reaching for the dictionary more than ever, ‘leverage’ ‘construct’ ‘ecosystem’ ‘pivot’ ‘revert’ in casual chats…necessary.”
Blessings- “Disappointments are not blessings because they magically morph into a blessing instead they clear the way for the blessing”
Work- “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” why are we so afraid of work though? I do what I love but it’s still work and work is good.”
Passwords- “My favorite new button on the web is ‘lost your password?’
TED Videos to Watch
3 ways to speak English – Jamila Lyiscott
Are you human? – Ze Frank
Design For all 5 Senses – Jinsop Lee
Till next week 🙂