Archive for the ‘Presuppositions’ Category
…failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had already been realised, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.
Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. I love it.
Go read The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination, and/or watch the video.
…but, apparently, not always. Not when we limit our own choices. From the Freakonomics Blog:
Standard economic theory implies that we maximize our happiness if we have more choices. Yet we limit our choices — impose self-control mechanisms — voluntarily in order to improve our well-being.
Read the rest of Manipulating Yourself for Your Own Good.
…it’s feedback. We know.
From The history of WD-40:
It took them 40 attempts to get the water displacing formula worked out. But they must have been really good, because the original secret formula for WD-40—which stands for Water Displacement perfected on the 40th try—is still in use today.
I just thought it was interesting.