Things I’ve Learned This Year

Here are a random and incomplete collection of things I learned this year…

  • Having a regular weekly check-in with someone who challenges you and helps you think beyond your limits is vital to creativity.

  • I don’t listen to music nearly as much as I wish I did and am reminded of this fact whenever I look up from my keyboard after a long writing session to run off to an appointment and think to myself that I should have turned on some music before I started.

  • Writing a book can drive one between the polar extremes of self-loathing and grandiosity so violently that it really can send one prone to madness and depression to the edge of the abyss.

  • Why writers drink.

  • In the very short time I have done so, one can find frequent utility from a good knife if one carries it daily.

  • Forming a habit is really difficult and takes an nearly life or death desire to do so. The trick then may be to fool your brain into believing that your life actually does depend on that thing you want to do.

  • Doing the things you really want to do is easy. If something feels hard its because you don’t really want to do it.

  • When it comes to my online work, I want to own as much of every word and pixel as possible.

  • I want the same when it comes to my offline work too.

  • One can safely ignore most information and communication for a few days or a weekend with few ill affects. Especially if expectations are appropriately set and there is a system in place for folks to get in touch should a urgent need arise.

  • I could not recommend AwayFind enough.

  • For thinking and tasking, nothing beats good old pen and paper and I should stop flirting with anything else.

  • That a life well lived is a life well loved, and vice versa.

  • That, for me, solitude is essential to living and loving.

  • The only thing more valuable than telling the truth is having a truth to tell.

  • One can also safely ignore most news and information sources. 99.9% of it is information theater designed to titillate and distract one from digging deep into an issue through research, analysis, scrutiny, and bias. Such digging takes time and effort so choose those things you wish to know about carefully. Then, form an opinion based upon such research.

  • Don’t think you have the wit to debate any subject unless you have done the above.

  • That our fear of death is, in fact, a fear of missing out.

  • That when you have purpose, intentions and actions follow naturally. If intentions and actions are not flowing, examine your purpose.

  • My Pinboard public RSS feed could (and perhaps should) replace most of what I share other places.

  • I should make a point of writing one thing I learned down in my journal every day from this point forward to a) make learning a habit and b) make this list easier.

  • Life is a big place shared by many. Ignore most of it and concentrate on yours.

  • That the line between technology and magic is increasingly blurred for me.

  • That all things are impermanent and transitory.

  • That one should embrace the delete key, the trash can, and the word no.

  • Saying no is actually saying yes to other things.

  • That when you have said all you can about something, it is OK to be done. Shut up and walk away.