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A few bits of good advice: now and zen.

Posted in Life & Love, and Relationships

enhanced-buzz-wide-23603-1354217393-4A friend from long ago’s daughter wrote me a short email the other day asking me “What should I do with my life?” She has just graduated from university and is “looking for something to do that really matters. Mom thought you might have some suggestions.” I knew the girl when she was in her teens, and haven’t seen her for a decade. So I was touched that she contacted me. I did have some suggestions, but I didn’t send them. Instead I sent her these three pieces of sagacity that would definitely have come in helpful, had I had them on the walls of my various offices over the years.

The first – I paraphrased a poster by Brian Buirge and Jason Bacher. I had read about it in an article about Johnny Ives – the designer behind some of Apple’s most elegant products. He has a copy of the original on the wall of his office. The text is profane, and although I am sure my friend would have found it funny (“Typical Susan”), I doubt her husband would have. He found me to be ‘all a little too rock’n’roll.”  (Read: Unmarried and running around the world doing whatever I wanted. Which, frankly, says a lot more about him than it does about me.) The content is intended as design advice – but I think it holds for pretty much everything.

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“Believe in yourself. Stay up all night. Work outside of your habits. Know when to speak up. Collaborate. Don’t procrastinate. Get over yourself. Keep learning. Form follows function. A computer is a life-brite for bad idea. Find inspiration everywhere. Network. Educate your client. Trust your gut. Ask for help. Make it sustainable. Question everything. Have a concept. Learn to take some criticism. Make me care. Use spell check. Do your research. Sketch more ideas. The problem contains the solution. Think about all the possibilities.”

If you fancy a copy of the original… find it here.

1467289_10154018004861982_4122862178584505716_nFor the second: a bit of balance. This piece was saved for a rainy day in a file of mindfulness articles. I thought it fit the bill perfectly.10334362_721576684566146_2450442535356857272_nMy final suggestion was:  “Go see the world.”

I am not sure if this is what my friend was hoping for when she suggested me. But her daughter thought the advice was cool:  “You’re the only person who didn’t tell me to get a job or how to look for one. Thanks. I’ve decided to take a year off and travel.”

I believe my work here is done.

 

 

 

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3 Comments

  1. I wish i could take your advice too! I need to take a year off! Yes, I’m retired, but I still need time off, if you know what i mean…

    July 31, 2015
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  2. camparigirl
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    Jony Ives is someone I so admire. The way he thinks about design can indeed be applied to very many areas of life.

    July 31, 2015
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