And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that.
This never gets old. Read it once a year.
Chicago, you’re my kind of town!
Over the last few days I’ve been wrestling with the whole idea of striving for better. Part of me thinks it’s human nature. We have an ideal in our head for what we want in our life. The perfect job, the perfect mate, the perfect life. And yet I’m starting to realize this kind of thinking is a double-edged sword. If we’re always feeling like ‘we aren’t there yet’ then I don’t think we ever will. I’m starting to see life the way a rock sculpture looks at the rock. It’s misshapen, lop-sided, imperfect. The sculpture doesn’t look for the perfect rock, he or she sees the perfection that’s already there. And with diligence and tenacity they slowly remove the parts that don’t belong…
The idea of the shitty first draft is to get you through a mental block. It’s particularly relevant for me right now because I’m working on a honkin and important document for work and I’ve been frozen in ice for the last 2 days. In essence the shitty first draft gives you permission to make the first draft… well… shitty. This means just literally doing a mental throw-up on the page without pausing to inspect or criticize every other word. The goal is to just get the first draft done and then take some time to do something else. Come back to it with a clear mind and then start editing. Remember, it’s always easier to start with something then to try and mentally construct perfection from a blank page. Give it a try the next time you have to create a doc or presentation that feels overwhelming and let me know how it goes!
Pretty sure I read about this back in the day at 43Folders.com, so a hat-tip to Merlin Mann.
Great article! Thanks to @flyzipper for the link…
For those of you who are easily distracted like me, you probably have a tough time staying focused on a task to completion. People like us just know it’s far too much fun to do lots of things to keep our ADD brains occupied. Inevitably we often completely forget to complete the task we set out to do in the first place!
A while back a good friend of mine brought me back a friendship bracelet from Thailand and I decided to do a little experiment. I put on the bracelet whenever I needed to focus on completing a task. The bracelet was a constant reminder to stay focused on what I wanted to get done. Once I was done I’d take it off and go be my ADD self for the next few hours. Then back on it went when I needed to buckle down and focus.
This kind of ritual has been extremely successful for me over the last few months. It doesn’t need to be a bracelet. Maybe chew some gum, or put on a hat!
Good luck fellow ADDers!