IN TUNE WITH WHAT YOU LOVE

Interesting insight by Robert Greene…

“…the difference between people who are successful and not are that those who are successful seemed to know from the age of 7 or 8, maybe older, they’re very in tune with what they love. I compare it to a voice inside their head, not literally a voice but something that says “you really are drawn to this subject” and they hear it throughout their lives. For me it was writing and books, since I was a kid. At any time I deviated from that love and went into something else, I was just so unhappy and I knew that I wasn’t doing the right thing. It’s just this voice that keeps drawing you back to what you really, really love.”

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF MOUNTAINS

This is a short film about the processes by which mountains are created and eventually destroyed. It is based upon the work of British geographer L. Dudley Stamp, and was shot in Iceland.

Despite their great size and age, their lives pan out in much the same way that a living creature’s does: They have a beginning, a middle, and an end, and as such, the life of a mountain mimics our own — it is a life that carries the weight of being and anticipation of sadness that one day things will change.

The Weight of Mountains from Studiocanoe on Vimeo.

WISE WORDS

“So what I want to argue for is not that we should give up on our ideas of success, but we should make sure that they are our own. We should focus in on our ideas. and make sure that we own them, that we are truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it’s bad enough, not getting what you want, but it’s even worse to have an idea of what it is you want and find out at the end of a journey, that it isn’t, in fact, what you wanted all along.”

~Alain De Botton, A kinder, gentler philosophy of success

INSPIRING INFINITE UNIVERSE

We are so engrossed in the happenings of our daily lives that we often forget that far beyond the earth’s atmosphere, we are engulfed in an awe inspiring infinite universe. These images remind me of the beauty that exists out there in the unknown and also the planet that we inhabit ….

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Photo details:

1. The foothills of the Andes mountains near the southern coast of Peru are captured by the Kompsat-2 satellite on 5 July 2013

2. Korea’s Kompsat-2 satellite captured this image over the sand seas of the Namib Desert on 7 January 2012

3. Herschel’s view of the horse head nebula

 

4 HOUR CHEF

“We’re all going to die, you have a limited amount of time. Time is your most valuable, non-renewable resource. Learn to squeeze every ounce of life out of every minute and every hour you have on this planet.”

This is a quote from this cleverly put together promo video for Tim Ferriss’ new book called ’4 Hour Chef’. Apparently he has devised a technique called meta learning and rapid skill acquisition which enables us to learn more efficiently. Sounds interesting and my hungry mind will probably be following up this book shortly ;-)

DOMO BATMAN CAKE

Every 10th of May and 12 of October since 2002 I set myself the creative cake decorating challenge.

This year my son requested a Domo Batman cake.  So armed with the sugary play-dough-like icing and many tiny bottles of food colouring (which I’m sure contain all the bad ingredients that Chem-eleon would not approve of), I spent 5 hours baking 3 cakes and sculpting this crazy looking character.

The day after my hands are still stained with food colouring, but it was all worth it just to see his face full of happiness on his 11th birthday!

THE WISE WORDS OF DAVID FOSTER WALLACE

The revered author David Wallace in 2005 presented the graduating students from Kenyon College with a deep insight into life after education.

In his speech he tells us that life is often filled with routine, dead eyed clerks, empty phrases and annoyances, which can turn us into negative, impatient whining self-centered pessimists, with little tolerance of others. Driving along on the highway of life on auto pilot.

BUT.

What he also says is that we have the choice to change the way we perceive these situations. We have the choice to decide how we see it, and we have the choice to decide what is meaningful.

His quote sums it up…

“The only thing that’s capital “T” True is that you get to decide how you’re going to try to see it. This, I submit, is the freedom of real education, of how to be well-adjusted. You get to decide what has meaning and what doesn’t. That is real freedom. That is being educated and understanding how to think. The alternative is unconsciousness.”

The ‘auto-pilot’ or as David puts it the ‘unconscious’ state is an easy route for many. Specially when our lives are moving so fast. It sometimes feels like we  don’t have control and we give in because it’s just easier that way. It takes real effort to fight the darkness and  brake away into the light.

The excerpt from his speech has been revived in this short film by The Glossary

Here is the link to this full speech.

David Foster Wallace committed suicide in 2008 after suffering from depression for over 20 years. 

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