I love the quality of commenting and discussion on this site - with how bad comments are on most of the internet, I've been really blown away with the amounts of wisdom and smart things we've gotten in the comments.
I try to take sharp and thought-provoking comments and make them into their own top level post, so they get full exposure. I try to do especially do this for comments on older entries that otherwise wouldn't be seen.
Now, it's really exciting when comments on comments are generating good discussion. This is what I've been looking for - a place where smart, ambitious, expansive, cool, good people communicate and talk and work on things.
Roy just replied to her work with an exercise that I think worthy of some consideration -
Hello. I liked this post and I that the idea of a life manifest is a great idea. I came to a similar conclusion a few years ago. Similar but somewhat different. Sit down and write your anti-biography. Or your Nemesis Bio if you want. This consist of writing the story of your life. But not your current life. The one you always wanted to live in your wildest dream. The beginning of your book should reflect your current life until now. But when you get to "today" and future dates, you write down what you want for yourself: become a renown physician, novelist, start a multi national company and marry you're prom queen, yes, the one that did not even knew your name back then... just what ever dream and goals, make it live in you Nemesis bio. When its done. Make it happen! You have a blue print. The goal is to transform your Nemesis bio into your actual biography. The earliest in life you write it the better.
Cheers Roy, interesting exercise. I'll spend a few minutes trying it out over lunch - looks interesting.
Roy's site is here - http://gamesnstrategy.blogspot.com
It's good, I like it. We've read a lot of the same books, and extrapolated many of the same ideas from it. It's worth checking out. Cheers Roy.
Jason Shen and I have swapped a few emails, very smart and cool guy (and excellent photographer, too). Here's his feedback on "What’s reading yourself getting quoted like? Strange. Very strange." -
Liked the post on being quoted - and you'd better get used to it - it's going to keep happening to you. There are 3 ways that any work is interpreted - the way the artist intended, the way it is received by his/her audience, and the way history reflects upon it's impact. You only have control over the first.
I think that's dead on accurate, and a great way of putting it.
Getting quoted out of context or misquoted seems to bother people a lot more than normal forms of criticism... I've been thinking about this lately, and I reckon it's partially because we all want to be understood. The problem is, the more novel, new, interesting, and important your ideas are - then the less likely they are to be understood right away. And as Jason says, most of that's outside of your control.
Jason's site is here - http://www.jasonshen.com/ - I recommend it.
The following article was posted on Hacker News today: Nobody Seems to Understand What Jeff Bezos is Doing. Does He?
Here was my comment:
A very dumb article. A shame, as it seems the author did have some interesting insights, but missed the main point completely.
Bezos is a very, very smart guy. He's the closest thing we have to Steve Jobs right now.
(Though that's not really a fair comparison -- Jobs excelled at product and branding. Bezos isn't as good in those areas, but he has a solid background in finance and tech, and he's *far* better at strategy.