Archive | December, 2012

David Foster Wallace

11 Dec

The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day…. The only thing that’s capital-T True is that you get to decide how you’re going to try to see it. You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t…. The trick is keeping the truth up-front in daily consciousness.

Advertisements

The Power of Negative Thinking…?

11 Dec

Research by Saras Sarasvathy, an associate professor of business administration at the University of Virginia, suggests that learning to accommodate feelings of uncertainty is not just the key to a more balanced life but often leads to prosperity as well. For one project, she interviewed 45 successful entrepreneurs, all of whom had taken at least one business public. Almost none embraced the idea of writing comprehensive business plans or conducting extensive market research.

They practiced instead what Prof. Sarasvathy calls “effectuation.” Rather than choosing a goal and then making a plan to achieve it, they took stock of the means and materials at their disposal, then imagined the possible ends. Effectuation also includes what she calls the “affordable loss principle.” Instead of focusing on the possibility of spectacular rewards from a venture, ask how great the loss would be if it failed. If the potential loss seems tolerable, take the next step

Source- http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324705104578147333270637790.html?mod=WSJ_article_outbrain&obref=obinsite

Inspiration via Mother Nature

10 Dec

Giant sequoia tree

 

“It has a name, the President, bestowed about 90 years ago by admiring humans. It’s a giant sequoia, one of several surviving species of redwoods.” National Geographic

If you ever get out to California, make sure you see the redwoods! Absolutely incredible…this tree is 27 feet in diameter,  over 3000 years old, has a height exceeding 200 feet-  not to mention its thought to hold around 2 billion leaves!