Jan 11

The Importance of Abandoning Crap

Great insight from Ira Glass on the creative process and failure as a means to getting to great stuff

The original interview video is no longer available, so here’s a shorter summary that gets to the point  — totally worth viewing (well, hearing anyway), if you are the type of person that creates anything.

Here’s Ira’s text as well:

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you.

A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work.

Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions.

And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.

Ira Glass, 2009

Oct 10

Awesome — Nordstrom’s Old Employee Handbook — all 75 words of it

From Wikipedia: Nordstrom Employee Handbook

For many years, new employees were given a copy of the famous Nordstrom’s Employee Handbook – a single 5-by-8-inch (130 × 200 mm) gray card containing 75 words:

Welcome to Nordstrom
We’re glad to have you with our Company. Our number one goal is to provide outstanding customer service. Set both your personal and professional goals high. We have great confidence in your ability to achieve them.
Nordstrom Rules: Rule #1: Use best judgment in all situations. There will be no additional rules.
Please feel free to ask your department manager, store manager, or division general manager any question at any time.

However, new hire orientations now provide this card along with a full handbook of other more specific rules and legal regulations, as the way Nordstrom operates has changed.

Oct 10

Well said, Merlin. “Better”

Jul 10

The Two Wolves

The Two Wolves

A Cherokee elder was teaching his grandchildren about life.

He said to them, “A fight is going on inside me, it is a terrible fight between two wolves.

One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, hatefulness, and lies.

The other stands for joy, peace, love, hope, humbleness, kindness, friendship, generosity, faith, and truth.

This same fight is going on inside of you, and inside every other person, too.”

The children thought about it for a minute. Then one child asked his grandfather,

“Which wolf will win?”

The Cherokee elder replied,

“The one you feed.”

Posted via email from Lance’s miscelanny

May 10

If a cogent, succint, non-philosophical argument against the death penalty exists, it is this…

That you cannot kill innocent people!
8 People Who Were Executed and Later Found Innocent

Whether or not you ‘buy’ that any of the people in that article were, or were not innocent, the key fact is this — and we all know this in our hearts — that innocent people get ground up in Capital Punishment machines.

It has got to stop, OK world?