There’s only so much that trying to become great at the thing everyone is also trying to become great at will help- because that’s a very uphill battle, and you may be competing with people on what is their strength, rather than yours.
I like this concept- consciously thinking of how to do something differently. I think it applies just as much to entrepreneurship as it does to creative endeavours. I first heard this idea from this Tim Ferris’s third (ever) podcast, with photographer Chase Jarvis when talking about his experiences in becoming a photographer. …
Deliberate practice is objectively looking at your work, picking a measurable and specific thing to improve on and then trying to do it. Once you’ve given it a go, you once again look at it objectively, and so the cycle continues.
I realised when actually settling down to work on my design project that I before I dived into deliberate practice, I needed something before that… I needed to determine…
As the lockdowns begun just over a year ago, I thought I would have loads of spare time and that I would be able to get all things I wanted to done. I thought because I had double the amount of free time that I would be twice as productive.
It’s taken me over a year to realise that’s just not the way it works.
I realised today that I’m already 4 weeks into my summer holiday and that I am not creating as much as I thought I would. When I thought about why, I realised that it’s because…
I’m going to keep this short so let’s cut straight to the chase: you can’t seem to manage anything else in your life, but don’t let that stop you trying to manage the one thing which is always running away with us.
Need to find more time in the day?
Need to find time for an important side project?
Spending too long in the shower?
Need to pretend…
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where…” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
— LEWIS CARROLL, Alice in Wonderland
Unlike Alice, most of us do care about where we are going- very much. We overthink, strain and stress ourselves in trying to find out what we’ll be doing in 2, 5 or 10 years’ time.
We think the problem is not the smaller decisions in front of…
Buildings are like a time-capsule of the culture and society of that place. We like to travel to these places and see their cities and architecture because it gives a glimpse into their history and what their culture today is all about. To me, all of the little differences in the culture between your home and this new place can be seen by just comparing buildings.
That might sound a bit odd, but hear me out.
Both buildings seem to have very strikingly similar features whilst still being clearly very different. It’s like they’re cousins.
I remember being ten-years-old and my history teacher showed us around our city’s Cathedral on a school trip. As we walked in, we all gazed up at the ceiling. We were all dazed and transfixed by the height and the repeating arches of the vaulted ceiling that formed complex, intertwining patterns throughout the building. My history teacher then said that they made the ceiling so intricate and stunning so that people would look up- literally to God. To me, it wasn’t just the dizzying height that seemed to make you feel so much smaller, but the rigidity in the cold…