Just keep chipping away at it
Imperfection can be OK. Slow progress can be OK. It’ll get better eventually. Just keep chipping away at it.
The most productive and fulfilled people I know often got where they are by doubling down on the activities that return them huge benefits, while happily ignoring everything else.
Gardening is amazingly energy efficient.
Hand labour can produce 40 calories of energy out for every one calorie of human energy put in. This is much better than conventional mechanized farming which produces about eight calories out for one calorie in.
garden is the whole farm for an estimated 500 million people in the Second, Third and Fourth World who farm less than two hectares of land and feed half of the world’s population.
User-centric design, it seems, is good for the planet....
there’s bad growth, and then there’s good growth. An expanding economy driven by ever greater individual consumption of ever more disposable products is bad. In a more sustainable future, people will buy fewer things at higher prices, technological innovation will reduce the impact of those products’ manufacture, and the goods themselves will be made to last and then be recycled at the end of their useful lives. Since those are the kinds of products Patagonia is striving to make, and the kinds of relationships to products that Patagonia is trying to foster, then the more that Patagonia expands its market share, the better. The new economy must grow out from beneath the old one
And fishing was the way to get them to care about the water.
If we’re going to have a revolution, it’s going to be in food, and I want to be the guy making the guillotine in my blacksmith shop.
We need to start consuming less.
It is the nature of the web to be flexible, and it should be our role as designers and developers to embrace this flexibility, and produce pages which, by being flexible, are accessible to all.
“What’s missing is the spiritual meaning of technology.”
"The web needs pockets of slowness and thoughtfulness as its reach and power continues to increase."
As these things become normal, it creates an environment where we are only comfortable asking for slivers of people’s distracted time, lest they ever obligate us to give them our full and undivided attention.
Not a fiftieth part of all your happy imaginings will you ever, later, recapture, note down, reduce to dull inadequate words; but meantime the mind has stretched itself and had its holiday.
You do not know the road; you have committed your life to a way.
3. Separate the Suggestion from the Problem
You may find that, while the solution being proposed isn’t a good fit, the problem addressed is important. Ask the person what he is trying to achieve with his design idea. Is he thinking of a different user group or business need? Keep asking “what?” and “why?” (maybe in different ways) until you understand what that problem is.
But the value of such recalibration of our connectedness in solitude, Berry suggests, is that it reminds us of the artist’s task, which is to connect us to one another
Humans need aerobic exercise in order to stay healthy,' says Lieberman. 'If there's any magic bullet to make human beings healthy, it's to run.'
even the densest of us may have our eyes opened to that something which transcends all superficial distractions of disability: the unimaginable beauty of every person. That beauty is ours for the seeing if only we have the eyes to see, if only we pay attention.
Saying no. I’m always astonished by the tangled web of obligations most people manage to weave for themselves. I say no to almost everything. Then I can commit myself fully to the few things that I do truly choose to do.
I don’t think there are that many of us who deliberately end up where we are for any reason.
It’s easy to start regarding yourself as some kind of big success, crowing about all the things you did to get there and how you became a serial entrepreneur. But, most of us are just lucky to be alive. We like to come up with stories about our lives that are sensible; stories that make us look good, like we’re survivors of adversity.
When we mythologize ourselves, we tend to amplify the things that turned out okay and try to turn the failures or lack of success into something we learned from. You can do anything to make your life look really grand. It’s a shame that so many people find it difficult to do the things they’d like to do because they feel cowed by seemingly successful people who appear to never do anything wrong, or always learn from their mistakes. That just rings as a lot of B.S. and self-mythology to me.
It is quite obvious that the human race has made a queer mess of life on this planet. But as a people we probably harbor seeds of goodness that have lain for a long time waiting to sprout when the conditions are right. Man’s curiosity, his relentlessness, his inventiveness, his ingenuity have led him into deep trouble. We can only hope that these same traits will enable him to claw his way out.
"Cynicism scours through a culture like bleach, wiping out millions of small, seedling ideas."
Yes! The community and health benefits of biking.
Branding is more than a logo.
the brand is a moving, flowing stream…a marathon…
Is this a good time for me to respond to a seemingly aggressive comment with grace and curiosity?
we can start by simply paying attention. Get off the phone. Breathe. Survey our lives, look for triggers, invite passion into the day.
I believe one of life’s great pleasures comes from making modest things consistently well.
“We are kept from our goal not by obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal.”
Every piece of art or writing I’ve ever truly loved was a kind of permission, a permission to bring forth what I felt was already inside of me.
The truth of the matter is that understanding development comes from failure. People begin to get better when they fail, they move towards failure, they discover something as a result of failing, they fail again, they discover something else, they fail again, they discover something else. So the model for personal development is antithetical to the model for professional success.
The thing is, it doesn’t matter what medium you work in: “design” is not neutral. It never has been, and never will be.
But in 2017 some of the gravest threats we face are from diseases or narcotics that can’t be flattened by a tank but that can be addressed with diplomacy, scientific research, and social programs inside and outside our borders.