Shop Class as Soulcraft
“Those who work in an office often feel that, despite the proliferation of contrived metrics they must meet, their job lacks objective standards of the sort provided by, for example, a carpenter's level, and that as a result there is something arbitrary in the dispensing of credit and blame.”
“Corporations portray themselves as results-based and performance-oriented. But where there isn't anything material being produced, objective standards for job performance are hard to come by.”
“Failures often force you to ask a favor of someone else ... Such an experience of dependence makes you humble, and grateful.”
~ Matthew B. Crawford
Note: “Shop Class as Soulcraft” was Matthew's first book. He also wrote other books.
Life is like a game of chess
“Life is like a game of chess. There are many moves possible, but each move determines your next move. Where you wind up is the sum of all your past moves.
But first you have to make some kind of move!”
Sarge speaking to Beetle, from Beetle Bailey Comics by Mort Walker
Five balls of life
“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit.
And you are keeping all of these in the air.
You will soon understand that Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back.
But the other four balls – Family, Health, Friends and Spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these; they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same.”
~ Bryan Dyson
Life of the artist
“Whatever happens, not everyone will understand your intentions, possibly your genius will not be recognized within your lifetime. But we did not choose the life of the artist for fame and certainly not for fortune – But rather, a dedication to aesthetic beauty and self expression.”
~ Dominic Tarr
10 Innovation Proverbs for Leaders
I received this from Joyce Wycoff a long time ago. It's interesting that what many people claim as “innovation” would not qualify as innovation according to below.
- PEOPLE do innovation.
- Innovation means doing something that has not been done before. By definition there is risk involved. No risk; no innovation.
- Innovation is a win-win process. It creates new value for the customer and the organization.
- Innovation is a team sport. Teams are built around a common objective and trust.
- Innovation requires risk. Risk-taking requires trust. Trust requires honesty and openness.
- Innovation requires energy. Energy comes from challenges that excite the imagination.
- Innovation is about creating the future. Cost-cutting and downsizing are about fixing the past.
- Innovation is not just a rah-rah word or fad. It is an investment in the future that requires new processes, time, energy, commitment and resources.
- Innovation requires new information — from co-workers, customers, suppliers, competitors and from the world.
- Innovation requires time — time to think, time to tinker, time to talk about possibilities and ideas. Down-to-the-second controls can kill innovation.
by Joyce Wycoff
“All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without benefit of experience.” Henry Miller
A teacher's influence
“Teacher”, in this context, refers beyond school teacher or professor or tutor. It includes also people who “teach” or guide or advises in one way or another, formally or informally. For example, authors, coach, mentor, etc.
“A teacher affects eternity; he [or she] can never tell when his [or her] influence stops.” Henry Adams
“Progress is not measured by how much we add to the abundance of those who already have a great deal, but rather by how much we do for those who have too little.”
Learning to dance
It's raining heavily at the moment around my neighbourhood. I am reading a book and serendipitously come across this passage in the book.
“Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.” (Author Unknown)
A few years ago I wrote about authentic vs authenticated. And recently I found this quote that summarises my thoughts succinctly, albeit using different vocabulary, but the idea is similar.
Sincerity means that the appearance and the reality are exactly the same. (Oswald Chambers)
“Money is a great servant but a bad master.”