Addiction and success

Some of the things in our brains and bodies are easy to explain. Others are puzzling. I am not even sure if some research results indicate causation or anecdotal correlation. Judge for yourself. More reading here, here, here, here, here, and here. Things success-oriented people do OK, you have probably seen a ton of success-oriented propaganda. …

Relying on personal strengths

All of us are superheroes with strange strengths and weaknesses, so we need to activate our strengths and deal with weaknesses. This metaphor can be transformed into an actionable plan. You can choose the metaphor to empower you and your role models. More reading here, here, here, here, here, and here.   What kind of …

Give yourself a gift: triple something you want or cut by half something you don’t

While there are many ways to spend our weekends and holidays, some are simply more effective than others. We definitely spend some of our time with our loved ones, volunteer and travel. Yet after doing all of these things hopefully there should still be time to make a vital change in our lives. You might …

A grounding year

Doing nothing particular for a while might be a good step. It may provide just enough resources for a major breakthrough, If you happened to spend a couple of years doing nothing in particular, you might be in the perfect spot to try doing something great. Sabbatical I am not a very religious person, yet …

Chronic fatigue: why do I constantly feel tired?

This is quite common in every age.  We feel constantly tired without a visible reason.  There are different sorts of tiredness beyond sleepiness and lack of energy: lack of motivation, restlessness, and lack of focus, irritability, and bad temper to name a few. Sometimes we accept this, especially when our kids are small. Other times …

Emphasizing identity using physical objects

Each of us has some special unique object which we love well beyond their functionality. When looking for special objects, what should we look for? How do we know if a specific object is right for us? Super-luxury market Rich people buy ridiculously expensive items. These items are significantly more expensive than quality products of …

Handmade and imperfect

We are charmed with handmade and imperfect products. Why? We could get nearly perfect mass-produced stuff significantly cheaper. Do we have some unique needs, or do we simply need to be different? Is there an ideal framework for evaluating the beauty of handmade objects? Wabi and sabi Some of the esthetic charms can be attributed …

How I learn a new subject: guitars

My wife challenged me to tell my readers how I learned about guitars. The learning process itself was active, joyful, surprising and educational. I will share my personal approach – not tools tested by hundreds of students. What your students really want to know Yesterday I and my wife had one of our strange dialogues …

Minimal viable multitool and too many functions

What is a reasonable minimal viable product? This is open to interpretations. However, it is clear when a product has too many functions to be useful. And some products are probably useful for a couple of functions, but not for everything else they offer. Here I want to discuss some of the multitools we see …