I was recently talking to a friend of mine over lunch about how we each approached life. Specifically how we approach business and how that effects our lives. Often when I find myself confronted by a tough situation I try really hard to take a step back and see things from the other person’s perspective and try to empathize with them as much as I can. Perspective and empathy are huge elements in a relationship of any level. I’ve come to understand that I expect to find it in relationships in the business world I spend a lot of time in and in personal non-business relationships. It’s kind of what defines some of my closest relationships with people and drives me to want to get to know them more. I also enjoy being generous and helpful when I can, but like most people I don’t want to open myself up for a let down. I feel like I’ve only been able to think through this about myself recently, like in the past 10 months or so, which directly corresponds with me starting to study Karate under my Sensei. There are many lessons the Martial Arts teaches, but I’ve found that translating the literal physical stuff into the emotional is where the best parts of it lie.
Take that all other dads. #remindsmeofaseinfeldepisode
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?
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.
Watching the Gamecocks take the field. Current status… #2001 #WOOOO
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…