The Friday Grab Bag: Three others’ posts to read (May 15th)
Three posts that made me think and act this week.
I’ve been mulling over the value of friction for a while, and as usual Seth has come in and summed things up in the way I would have eventually got to. Eventually.
I’ve noticed that I’m trying to build in friction or resistance as a way of improving my life. I know that sounds contradictory, but here’s what I mean. If something’s easy, I’ll do it. Even if it’s not that great for me in the long run (or short run for that moment). So I don’t have a BlackBerry, because I want it to be difficult for me to check my emails obsessively. And I don’t use a cell phone (much), because I don’t want to be fully accessible to the world. And occasionally I go and work in the beautiful members lounge of the AGO, because there’s no wireless which means I have to go and create, not surf. And I don’t have chocolate in the house (except when I do). And so on.
You know, Kevin Kelly’s blog posts are just fantastic. They’re rich, dense and deeply thoughtful. I could easily have just posted about ten of his best posts here, but I’ve picked this one. In a world where free is coming to be expected and is no longer special, you have to figure out what might make you or what you offer the world extraordinary.
I’m wrestling with this – I give away quite a lot for free, and realise that I may be devalueing what I do have. So this article‘s really got me thinking.
Anyone following my writing will know how enamoured I am of the TED series – in fact, my own Great Work Interviews are inspired in part by TED. This is a great little piece about why the TED talks are so wonderful. And they should be required reading for anyone speaking at any time.