When I started doing interviews, people kept saying “Well, you didn’t do anything in the 80s,” and I just want to get Elvis Presley’s gun out and shoot the television out of their soul. How could you say that? The conceit of people, to think that if they’re not reading about you in a newspaper or magazine, then you’re not doing anything.
Everything — every relationship, every person, every job — has its time in life, and then, as he noted, all of a sudden it doesn’t.
The problem with requiring people to be loud and angry to get things done is that you’re now surrounded by people who are loud and angry.
What makes you feel less bored soon makes you into an addict. What makes you feel less vulnerable can easily turn you into a dick. And the things that are meant to make you feel more connected today often turn out to be insubstantial time sinks – empty, programmatic encouragements to groom and refine your personality while sitting alone at a screen.
There’s no such thing as a niche that’s too small if the people care enough.
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
Reminded by Sean
A piece of music doesn’t come to an end when its purpose is accomplished. It has no purpose, strictly speaking. It is the playful unfolding of meaning.
How we prioritize our learning has implications beyond the day-to-day. Often we focus on things that change quickly. We chase the latest study, the latest findings, the most recent best-sellers. We do this to keep up-to-date with the latest-and-greatest.
Despite our intentions, learning in this way fails to account for cumulative knowledge. Instead we consume all of our time keeping up to date.
If we are prioritize learning, we should focus on things that change slowly.
Someone recorded this track of what was playing on FM radio in NYC the night John Lennon died on Dec 8, 1980. Originally from http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2005/12/nyc_radio_the_n.html
If you imagine, clearly and frequently, the worst case scenario, you can work on coming to terms with its consequences. Usually they’re far less dire than your worries would lead you to believe.