Farmers market and lunch on the rooftop terrace ☀️ (at Crocker Galleria)
What if we had an international #selfie day and everyone would draw their picture instead of taking one? Imagine the interestingness in that # feed.
Note to self: if you don’t want to end up buying $300 worth of books and magazines, don’t spill your coffee all over them in the store. Better yet, don’t go in with coffee.
- What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
- What if I fail — how will I recover?
- What if I do nothing?
- What if I succeed?
- What’s truly worth doing, whether you fail or succeed?
- In this failure, what went right?
Jonathan Fields, author of Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance and creator of the magnificent Good Life Project, proposes six questions that help overcome the fear of failure. Pair with Fields on how to make your own luck, then see this invaluable read on creativity and the gift of failure.
Some precious stones could be identified by their impurities. Experts mapped impurities within the stones. A secret fingerprint.
People were like that. You often knew them by their defects. The glittering surface told you too little. Good identification required you to look deep inside and see the impurities. There was the gem quality of a total being. What would Van Gogh have been without impurities?
Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse: Dune
Remember to let go. (at Design District)
This. (at Mission Creek Park)
Grit is the disposition to pursue very long-term goals with passion and perseverance. And I want to emphasize the stamina quality of grit. Grit is sticking with things over the long term and then working very hard at it.
Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Grit and the Secret of Success – fascinating look at the work of pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth, who studies the one personality trait more predictive of success than any other. (via explore-blog)
Relevant again in the middle of writing a book. When nothing seems to work as planned, when the interviewees don’t reply, when deadlines get shifted again, and when there’s no time to sit and think things through… Grit. That’s what you always come back to.
Only in San Francisco (really my dream job)
Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
Happy Birthday, Gloria Steinem!
How a data visualization superstar helped turn around healthcare.gov
“A few days after Christmas, Hwang left his home in Brooklyn, N.Y., and checked into a nondescript hotel in Columbia, Md., where the engineers had been encamped for weeks. From the outside, the “ad-hoc team”—as it was called internally—looked like Hollywood’s idea of tech. It was mostly male, mostly young. Almost everyone came from the Bay Area. Several had either Google or Y Combinator on their résumés. They worked late, slept little, and ate a lot of mall lunches.”
Paleo pancakes are back (at 680M)