There's been some really good discussion/feedback on it. Here's a great comment by Pedro Ramirez - the story in here is excellent -
I would add a 7th strategy:
Learn the rules and the goal and exploit them.
Let tell you a quick and simple story:
I was attending to some weekend course about teamwork, one of those activities that are made to let all the team members know each other and so on, anyways, we were faced with a “challenge” of creating the tallest structure with just straws and standard pins, the rule was just one, the structure has resist one minute without falling, we had like 5 minutes to build the structure, we were five people, we spent the first minute discussing a design, then we started to build the thing, when four minutes had passed it was clear that we will not succeed, since all the teams were in the same area and we were able to see what others teams were doing, as you can imagine, all the teams were trying to copy or take ideas from other teams, our structure was at that moment like 3 foot tall and the tallest structure was like 4 1/2 feet tall, our structure was not very stable to I tell the team something like: “the task is to create the tallest structure, not the most beautiful or coolest, do you trust me?”, they did, and they followed my instructions, we quickly changed all the base and we finished creating something like an inverted champagne flute(without the base of course) with a very tall “antenna”, we won the challenge by far, our structure was not only stable but tall(more than 7 foot).
I have applied that principle, in many other situations and it works great, of course, some times people don’t like it but its completely legal.
Love that story. Great insights. Cheers Pedro, thanks for sharing some good insights.
Pedro's site on computer programming is - http://thereisnotrycatchfinally.blogspot.com/
A couple of good comments yesterday on "No Attachment to Dust," which was quoting a short story from the book Zen Flesh, Zen Bones.
Christopher Lovejoy commented on the line, "Poverty is your treasure. Never exchange it for an easy life." He asked -
I ask you with sincerity: in your travels, have you ever had a glimpse of poverty as a condition to be treasured, either for yourself or for others?
If so, what were your impressions? Could such a condition be lived on a permanent basis? Or do you believe such a condition is best experienced as temporary?
Great questions and good critical thinking. A few points.
Last Wednesday a friend decided to buy an RV in Portland, Oregon. Knowing that a decent part of my recent life has been dedicated to ripping apart my RV and rearranging it, he offered to fly me up there to check it out with him and drive back down. Done deal.
Two days later we're greeted at the Portland airport by a beautiful 2000 Roadtrek 170. I used to think that my RV was the shortest fully functional RV, but I was wrong. This thing is only 17 feet (vs. my 20'8"), and still manages to pack in a bathroom, kitchen, and all that. The only thing stopping me from selling mine and buying one is the fact that it doesn't have a full-time bed. Other than that, this thing is ideal. So if you're RV shopping in this size range, check it out.
Here are a few snippets from the trip: