Five moves beyond
“We often make career choices by looking at what’s right in front of us. We prepare for the next move, not the five moves beyond that.
This is ok early on when we have less conviction over who we are, what we’re good at, and what we like. But each move should bring us more clarity, helping us head in a direction aligned with where we want to be long-term.
It’s always worth trading money I have today for something I would regret at the end of my life.
Risks only get harder to take later in life. It’s an exorbitant privilege being able to chase upside rather than guard against downside.”
~ Linda Zhang
– Top five regrets
– Everyday epiphanies
Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah's Ark
ONE: Don't miss the boat.
TWO: Remember that we are all in the same boat.
THREE: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah started building the Ark.
FOUR: Stay fit. When you're 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
FIVE: Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
SIX: Build your future on high ground.
SEVEN: For safety's sake, travel in pairs.
EIGHT: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
NINE: When you're stressed, float awhile.
TEN: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
I do not know who wrote this. It was forwarded to me by a friend.
Top five regrets
I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
I wish I had let myself be happier.
~ Bronnie Ware, Top Five Regrets of the Dying
“You can’t stop the waves from coming, but you can learn to surf.”
~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
I guess this is along the same line as “if life gives you lemon, then make lemonade”. But surfing on the waves looks much cooler. 🏄🏽
Why we grow old
“We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
~ George Bernard Shaw
Who to meet?
“If you could go back [in time], who would you want to meet?”
~ Toshikazu Kawaguchi, “Before the Coffee Gets Cold”
I have watched movies or read stories in the time travel genre, but the typical topic or question is 'what would you do'? However Kawaguchi's novel asks 'who'. Additionally, the time traveller knows full well beforehand that going back in time will not change the present time at all.
So if you could go back in time just for the sake of meeting a person, who would you want to meet?
The point of a company
“The whole point of a company is for regular people, each with their distinctive characteristics, to join forces and accomplish giant tasks they could not undertake alone.”
~ Satoru Iwata
“In my career, I have enjoyed more when there was no financial motive attached. I have seen the worst in people and teams come out when they compete against each other. I have the same feeling towards promotions tied to performance. People tend to pick work that gives them the best shot at promotion rather than something they enjoy and good for the company in the long run.”
~ Dhruva Krishnamurthy
Tomorrows will run out
“Most of us live with the stubborn idea that we’ll always have tomorrow to do our most important and valuable work. We fill our days with frantic activity, bouncing from task to task, scrambling to make deadlines and chase the next promotion. ... Here’s the hard truth: sooner or later all of our tomorrows will run out, so how we choose to spend today is significant.
... It’s not about slaving over a project or living on a whim—it’s about embracing the idea that time is finite and making the unique contribution to the world that only you can make.”
~ Todd Henry
“Everyone knows that debugging is twice as hard as writing a program in the first place. So if you’re as clever as you can be when you write it, how will you ever debug it?”
~ Brian Kernighan