Potato Chips. Hmmmm…..
Potato Chips. Hmmmm…..
This will really show my age. And my history!
It’s been a long time since I remember reading a book or article by Edsger Dijkstra, and unfortunately I can’t remember the reference and I can’t find the exact quote. But this is close.
“In hiring, I ask the prospect if he knows FORTRAN? If he says ‘yes’ then I don’t hire him!”
— Edsger Dijkstra
(Perhaps the reference was to BASIC, or COBOL, instead of FORTRAN, but same idea)
Sadly, despite my own history, I have to think Dijkstra was right. But, fortunately, he has another quote that I was able to find that makes me feel a little better.
“Perfecting oneself is as much unlearning as it is learning.”
— Edsger Dijkstra
As mentioned in The Happiness Project, and elsewhere, the idea that hugs of more than six seconds cause a chemical release that creates some bonding. I happened to have co-read this book with a female, (who by the way is married, and I know her husband, and they live a long way away, just so there’s no confusion), and we each commented on that six-second concept.
Later, unexpectedly, she asked me if she and I had ever hugged for 6 seconds (we had some business/social occasions through the years). I was pretty certain that answer was ‘no.’
Inspired by Seth Godin post from late 2013 (well worth the 30 seconds it will take to read), re: 3 friends, 3 books.
Seth posted this roughly a year ago. The idea, pick some books, some friends or co-workers, have everyone read the same books, and build from that a shared reference point for ideas and conversations.
If three books and three friends is too ambitious, try just 1 (of each). During this past year, I’m not sure how many books I’ve co-read with friends. I asked one friend to co-read one book with me. It was great. Then had another chance. Through the year, chances have continued popping up. I can’t begin to express the great value of this shared foundation.
Pick a friend and share this idea. It may be one of the nicest things you do for your friend. And for yourself!
It is amazing how quickly things filter into the read now, read later (which may be never), and discard now. Length is a big factor. Is this just laziness? Get to the point quickly or it hits the trash. This is also something I’m trying to teach myself. Keep it short! One of my favorite quotes, which I’m trying to make into my own life lesson:
Seth Godin. Seth can say more in two sentences than many people say in pages!
Jeff Haden. I’ve learned that most of what he says I want to read. He gives compelling headlines that usually confirm my thoughts. I tend to save and re-visit much of what Jeff writes.
Chris Huff. Chris manages to regularly touch on topics that I refer back to over and over. He’s like Seth in getting quickly to the point.
James Clear. James is my negative example. Perhaps great stuff, but over my length limit most of the time so I’ll never find out. Sad (for me, maybe for him too)
Michael Hyatt. On the border. Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I usually like what he has to say, I sometimes take the time to read what he writes. Again, sad for me and him too.
Nightingale-Conant email ads. I have purchased a LOT from NC through the years. I’m on their email list. I cringe with each new ad. It’s been years since I read far enough to get to the bottom line. Wonder what I’m missing?
What’s your limit? I’m kind of thinking this post is pushing my limit!
If you’ve visited me in the past few years, you’ve seen this sign on my door. We’re constantly looking at how to do meetings better, but this was one of our motivators. We had so many meetings where the first segment of each was a rehash of the previous meting, trying to remember what decisions were made.
What’s the right answer for documenting meeting decisions, action items, information disseminated, etc.? I don’t know, but we’ve sure found a lot of wrong answers 🙁
“The best things and the worst things are sometimes the same things”
“Often times, we get best and worst backwards”
“The best things in life and the worst things in life are often only known in the rear-view mirror”
I don’t know how many times some situation or event seemed to be great, but years later I saw that it wasn’t. Or how many times some terrible event was the springboard for something amazing. Sometimes I think of Thomas Edison and his failures, or when his factory burned down. They were terrible. Or where they?
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”
–Thomas A. Edison
Paradox: “truth standing on her head to get attention”
–G. K. Chesterton
Maybe conundrum would be a better word. You choose.
I’ve been a collector of some oddities for years. Below is a sampling. This particular set is slightly theology oriented. Keep in mind, I’m not a theologian. I believe God operates in paradox all the time. In many ways, “paradox” is another name for God! So, with that minor introduction, here are a few things that I find interesting, or even perplexing! I hope no one perceives any irreverence in this. Certainly not my intent!
What would you add?