Steve Jobs on Creativity
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.” – Steve Jobs, Wired, February, 1995
Throughout our lives since we are very young we form a self-identity. This is who we think we are which is partly based on our experiences and partly formed by our social environment – that is how people see us and interact with us.
We have a nexus of ‘evidence’ – images, memories, impressions, beliefs – that make up the mental profile we have of ourselves. A cumulative life-history that gives us a sense of self. It’s a long list full of “I am this, I know that, I have this, I love this, and I wish that”. I think you get the idea.
We attach these things to our own self. That is to say we identify ourselves with them. In other words, we identify ourselves with external things or partial and fleeting perceptions we have about our world and how we feel about it.
We don’t do this intentionally or with purpose. It is a default ‘program’ of the mind to (more…)
Here is a wonderful creed to follow:I promise myself…to be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind; to talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person I meet; to make all my friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them; to look at the sunny side of everything and make my optimism come true; to think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best; to be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own; to forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future; to wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature I meet; to give so much time to improving myself that I have no time to criticize others; to be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble; to think well of myself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud word, but in great deeds; to live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best that is in me.
Love is all you need!!
This talk on TED.COM is truly inspiring!
Jon is a farmer from northeastern Thailand. He founded the Pun Pun Center for Self-reliance, an organic farm outside Chiang Mai, with his wife Peggy Reents in 2003. Pun Pun doubles as a center for sustainable living and seed production, aiming to bring indigenous and rare seeds back into use. It regularly hosts training on simple techniques to live more sustainably. Outside of Pun Pun, Jon is a leader in bringing the natural building movement to Thailand, appearing as a spokesperson on dozens of publications and TV programs for the past 10 years. He continually strives to find easier ways for people to fulfill their basic needs.
What started out as a 30 days challenge about 8 Months ago, turned into a new Lifestyle.
We turned the TV off for a Month while doing other interesting activities and reading uplifting and inspiring news instead.
What a refreshing journey! Not only did we discovered a lot of interesting, new positive and inspiring news on the Internet, we also felt more
positive and enjoyed Life more by going out of the House, engaging with People, visiting new places and tried out new DIY Ideas.
It all started out (more…)
I first saw this presentation of Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor a few years ago at TED.com
A online conference community of people who believe passionately in the power of sharing ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So with their website they have build a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other. The site was first launched on April 2007.
If you are looking for great inspiration, then this is the place to be! check out some of the amazing presentations online.
The powerful message behind a brain stroke
Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke.
As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment.
This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.
This is truly a remarkable and life changing story
When two spiritual teachers come together and talk about their wisdom and you are watching and listening, you can consider yourself to be very lucky!
I discovered this youtube video a long time ago, but since I wrote about my own ” Dog whisperer” experience recently, I thought this post was a logical choice to come online next.
I am a fan of both spiritual teachers, Cesar Millan and Eckhart Tolle. In both their teachings there is a powerful similarity when it comes to oneness, being in the now, balance and energy.
I have a beautiful dog myself who will listen perfectly inside the House and becomes the packleader outside the House. Nomatter how much effort I’ve put in correcting him, it seems a waste of time. Then one day I decided to look up a few Cesar Millan youtube video’s and even though I had seen some of them already, it seems that I had missed out on one important message it is all about how you feel, your vibration, your energy. Your energy is what Dogs are reading. It will tell them if you are a leader or a follower.
All dogs need a stable leader, someone who is in control of the pack or can handle and correct situations while being calm, convincing and present. They always seek balance.
Humans on the other hand are the only kind that are willing to follow unstable leaders, adjust quickly to stress and being out of balance while thinking that it is normal?!
So I decided to take it to the test. (more…)
Passion or in this particularly example pronounced as the inner voice is something we all have!
Yet, the majority of people cannot find their inner voice or passion.
Why is it so difficult to find your inner voice? I was wondering and struggling with that question!
What keeps us from finding our passion and how serious is that?
We all want to help in a way to make the other feel and perform better, right?!
In case you find it too hard to be present in the moment and you cannot control your
need to advice or correct the persons perception?!
Then this video shows you another approach!
How to improve Empathic Listening with an old Indian tradition
Let’s see another example of compassionate listening from a great teacher: Dr. Stephen R. Covey.
Do you recognize the need or habit to help people suffer less by giving them advice on how to change perception!
We all want to help in a way to make the other feel and perform better, right?!
Did you also noticed how in many cases we fail at our attempts because the person you are trying to help is not open for solutions yet?
He or she simply want to be heard first, sharing intimate feelings of pain, disappointment or anxiety!
There is great healing in the moment that you just listen!
Any urge to correct or advice the person should be ignored! Just Listen while being fully in the moment and see how that magically works!
Many great teachers and authors talk about this topic of compassionate listening.
Here is the first teacher “Thich Nhat Hanh”