Sometimes, after meditating, life can feel like an augmented reality. Colors can be very distinct, smells seem to be much more easily noticed, and objects can seem to take on almost comical personalities — reminiscent of many pixar characters.
There is also a paradoxical feeling of paired stillness and vibration — as if everything was in its perfect place yet also in a state of constant interconnected change.
A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist.
—R. Buckminster Fuller
We are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts… the universe is in us. We are connected, just by being alive.
This only reaffirms my constant feelings that everything is connected.
Only do work with love.
Work is love made visible.
And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger.
The Squat = Synergy
There is simply no other exercise, and certainly no machine, that produces the level of central nervous system activity, improved balance and coordination, skeletal loading and bone density enhancement, muscular stimulation and growth, connective tissue stress and strength, psychological demand and toughness, and overall systemic conditioning than the correctly performed full squat.
— Mark Rippetoe, Starting Strength
Less looking out, more looking in.
We give market and user research too much importance. We allow it to drive our marketing techniques and product decisions despite it’s many downfalls:
1. It’s costly to conduct.
2. It’s difficult to extrapolate clear take aways from.
3. Using this research to determine what we should do next means that we’re making decisions based on what others think instead of what we believe in — and it’s hard to to do great work you don’t believe in.
4. Even if you somehow find a way to create great work based on what others are asking of you, it means you’ll constantly need to reinvent what you do and what you stand for as the outside world’s requests change. Good luck making something people believe in in the long-term with that strategy.
We need to start looking inside for answers. Though every human is unique, we aren’t that different at our core. We all seek to maximize pleasure, joy, and happiness and to avoid pain or discomfort. We all experience fear, risk, love. We all struggle with the balance between self-confidence and ego. These are the things that make use human and they guide the way we all act.
By deeply understanding yourself and fully experiencing what makes you human, you begin to better understand others. You develop a greater capacity for empathy, a trait which is often attributed with those that make life changing products. It makes sense, to make something that changes people’s lives, you must first understand people. But to understand others you must first understand yourself.
How do you get to know yourself better? The same way you get to know a stranger better. You spend time with them… or in this case, with yourself. Write, meditate, experience thoughts and feelings as they unfold.
You will make better products that way.