I’ve been training in Karate and at the gym pretty aggressively for about 6 months now. Before that I just focused on getting my diet right and running. That was 2 years ago today (yes, I marked the day on my calendar…) The thing i’m thinking about here though is that I began working outside of the Dojo or gym and pretty much on my own, now i’ve moved that focus to inside those establishments and am working with experienced trainers and professionals, so my view of training shifted and is now centered around being “there”.
This book really went a long way to change my world view of the Ninja, more specifically their heritage and mental state. They have their own Bushido and it’s not all evil night stalking like you’d think.
One very interesting part is the Ninja training verses throughout the book, some are pretty interesting in and of themselves if you apply them to your life, some are weird and more suited to you if you are actually a spy. But perhaps think about your business or politics around the office, it’s kinda fun to daydream sometimes, no?
“Don’t let your struggle become your identity.”
While working on a writing assignment recently I began to think of these rules for life that I would think about each day before starting work:
- Never think of yourself as being “finished” with your study, practice or work.
- Learn to know your weaknesses and insufficiencies deeply.
- Never think that you have succeeded with your endeavors, you can always make things better through practice.
- You can always set a higher goal and get to work on it right away.
It takes a great deal of discipline, patience and humility to truthfully apply these rules and ask yourself the pertinent questions needed to get beyond your own ego.
I know I fail on a daily basis with these things, but I’m working on it.
How i’ve felt all day today… (yes, i’m the yellow chicken…)
I’ve been working in this industry for a good while. Going on … years now (let’s just say more than 10 years.) There’s been a lot to work on, build up, see torn down, screw up, get right, do again, sell, buy, hire, let go, rebuild, etc…
For the past year i’ve been giving this talk at web design conferences: “The Bushido and the Design Business”, the title isn’t right, but I’ve found the path to giving that talk personally gratifying. Publicly sharing stories of things you’ve gotten wrong so that others can learn from your mistakes and telling the tales of lessons you’ve learned from others through observation and shared experience is mind altering. Truly, it’s changed my life.
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. - Steve Jobs, Apple
by Startup Quote!
Watching the Gamecocks take the field. Current status… #2001 #WOOOO
Row 1: The ATeam / Batman and The Joker / Rocky and Apollo Creed / Mick Dundee / Lt Columbo / The Incredible Hulk / The Karate Kid and Mr Miyagi.
Row 2: The Fonz / GhostBusters / He-Man, Skeletor and She-Ra, Top Gun (Ice and Maverick) / Where’s Wally (Waldo in the States) / Diego Maradonna
Row 3: Freddy Krueger / Iron Mike Tyson / Back to the Future (Marty and Doc) / Prince / The Terminator / The Dukes of Hazard / Super Mario Brothers / Transformers (Optimus Prime and Megatron)
Row 4: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles / Axel Foley (Beverly Hills Cop) / John McEnroe and Björn Borg / John McClane / Teen Wolf / CHiPs
Row 5: Robocop / Hulk Hogan and André the Giant / Roger Rabbit and Jessica Rabbit / Dungeons and Dragons
Row 6: Indiana Jones / Beetlejuice / Star Wars (Return of the Jedi) / Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds
Row 7: Dave Bowie as the Goblin King in Labyrinth / Flash Gordon and Ming the Merciless / Bananaman / Superman / The Goonies / Spiderman
Row 8: Thundercats / Michael Jackson (Thriller suit) / Madonna / Miami Vice / MASK / ET and Elliot
Row 9: The Raccoons / Magnum P.I. / Cindy Lauper / Rambo / Fall Guy (Lee Majors and Heather Thomas) / Inspecter Gadget, Penny and Brain.
When life gives you lemons…
Current status of fixing this bug.
Current Status as I scan all the tasks ahead of me for the afternoon…
Can’t remember where I found this, but the rumor is every new employee at Apple is given one of these cards. Inspiring.
Current status of projects…