Careers – and passions – are dangerous

"If you work diligently eight hours per day, you might get yourself promoted and become a manager, to work twelve hours per day." (Robert Frost, quoted in "The Four Hour Work Week") This post is inspired by the idea of looking for the perfect career, and also by most everything that Ash writes at the middlefingerproject.org ...

The century of individualism

You know the world is full of infinite possibilities. Your parents told you "you can be anything you want". Or, if your parents did not tell us so, you quickly found that out from books, magazines or motivational movies. You quickly realized that in order to succeed you have to be unique. You explored how marketing comes up ...

Idea of the week – The Last Lecture

I'm putting a whole book as Idea of the Week here, because the book is absolutely overwhelming. I heard about Randy Pausch's "Last Lecture" a few months ago. His story is simple: Randy Pausch was a professor at Carnegie Mellon who delivered a sum of his life's learnings in an hour's speech and a book called "The ...

10 Commandments for the Creative person

1. Read books. Such as the ones here. Read Seth Godin and Malcom Gladwell. Read Philip Pullman and Frank Herbert. Read poetry and children's books. Travel to parallel universes and dive into other people's minds. 2. Watch other creative people explain their development process. Such as Elizabeth Gilbert and her genius/muse idea on Ted.com. 3. Surf Twitter. Get ...