Posts Tagged ‘life’

A Moral to the Story on Timeline

March 2, 2012

There has been a story circulating around in Facebook. An old story (on Internet time scale), but a good story. Seeing it on so many Timelines, it made me think of it in a new way – and thus made me write this post.

The story is about a particular Joshua Bell, a former child prodigy now a world-famous violinist, and how he plays the violin incognito at a metro station in Washington D.C. See the video below for the show.

So, Joshua played for 45 minutes and only 6 people stopped to listen to him. A man who plays a 3.5M dollar violin and usually to a crowd who pays 100 dollars per ticket only earned 32 bucks during that morning. The moral (in the story that is passed along on Facebook) is: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

And I do agree with this. Very much to be honest. Well, at least at first.

After having thought about it, I saw this from another angle. One, that suggests the moral of the story would rather be: we all are subject to our subconscious. Our experiences are made up of not only what we feel but also what we believe. If I hear a violinist on a subway I think its just some background noise to me reading the newspaper and it wont much move me, but if I hear that same violinist at a 18th century theater for a price that makes me know it’s a night to remember, it will most likely move me – a lot.

It’s not only about the content, but also about the context. Image matters.

[Read the full story on The Washington Post]

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The Cult of Done

April 26, 2009

The spring is here. And I’m in love.

I’m in love with a manifesto, written by Bre Pettis and Kio Stark. I discovered The Cult of Done Manifesto a few weeks ago and it was love at first sight. It really captures some of the basic ideas of Prototypo, too.

I present you, The Cult of Done Manifesto:

  1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
  2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
  3. There is no editing stage.
  4. Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.
  5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
  6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
  7. Once you’re done you can throw it away.
  8. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
  9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
  10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
  11. Destruction is a variant of done.
  12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
  13. Done is the engine of more.

The list was written in 20 minutes, so obviously there’s a place for argument here. But I guess that’s just the point. My personal favorite — which really resonates to a problem I’ve had for as long as I can remember — is #8: Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.

I feel that these theses have already made me more efficient and more at ease with what I do. And, as a result, happier.

Go ahead, fall in love, spread the idea and show your love via Cult of Done Facebook group.