Archive for August, 2007

self expression

August 9, 2007

E.E. Cummings

A poet is somebody who feels, and who expresses his feelings through words.

This may sound easy. It isn’t.

A lot of people think or believe or know they feel – but that’s thinking or believing or knowing; not feeling.

And poetry is feeling – not knowing or believing or thinking.

Almost anyone can learn to think, or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel.

Why? Because whenever you think, or you believe or you know, youÕre a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you are nobody but yourself.

To be nobody-but-yourself – in a world which is doing its best night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

As for expressing nobody-but-yourself in words, that means working just a little harder than anybody who isn’t a poet can possibly imagine. Why? Because nothing is quite as easy as using words like somebody else.

We all of us do exactly this nearly all of the time – and whenever we do it, we are not poets.

If at the end of your first ten of fifteen years of fighting and working and feeling you find you’ve written one line of one poem, you’ll be very lucky indeed.

And so my advice to all young people who wish to become poets is: do something easy, like learning how to blow up the world – unless you’re not only willing, but glad, to feel and work and fight till you die.

Does this sound dismal? It is not. It is the most wonderful life on earth. Or so I feel.

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What makes entrepreneurs entrepreneurial?

August 2, 2007

As quoted from Saras Sarasvathy (University of Washington) in his draft article submission to Harvard Business Review:

“Entrepreneurs are entrepreneurial, as differentiated from managerial or strategic, because they think effectually; they believe in a yet-to-be-made future that can substantially be shaped by human action; and they realize that to the extent that this human action can control the future, they need not expend energies trying to predict it. In fact, to the extent that the future is shaped by human action, it is not much use trying to predict it — it is much more useful to understand and work with the people who are engaged in the decisions and actions that bring it into existence.”

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Being productive with people you don’t like

August 1, 2007

I don’t like hippies. Extreme liberals make me sick. Most military people, I have my reservations there too. I’m not racist, but I sure as hell have prejudices. I don’t like rich kids. I don’t like stuffed shirts. I’ve met a lot of women I couldn’t stand. There are people that literally turn my stomach. I don’t mean to be rude, but what I’m about to say wouldn’t mean much if I couldn’t say that I don’t like a lot of people.

And here it is: if you’re going to do much of anything in this life, you’re probably going to work with these people and you might even need them to work for you. So the faster you can get over the fact that you’re not going to like everybody, the better. You know, you hear all the time, not everybody is going to like you. But the tougher part, to me anyway, is you’re not going to like everybody either. And you’ve still got to influence them.

Dealing with people

August 1, 2007

It’s not ok not to be a people person. Now, you don’t have to like people. People don’t even have to like you. But bet your ass that you better know how people work and be able to work them—with them, through them, despite them, whatever. The better you can deal with people, whatever your personal style, the easier you’ll find success.

If someone told me a little earlier in life that reading classic literature was more about learning about people than perhaps anything else, I might have gotten interested in it sooner. But, better late than never.

On challenges

August 1, 2007

Challenge yourself constantly. I’ve found when I challenge myself, I am energized. So do it. Because energy is a very good thing. When I do not challenge myself, I become tired. I relent. The worst thing you can do is put yourself in a big challenge, challenge yourself to something big, and then not challenge yourself on all the little things it takes to win the big one. That is the biggest sham you can put on yourself. Trust me, I’ve found this out the hard way. First of all, you’re not going to be energized, because “win” or “lose” the energy only pays off on challenges when they reach fruition. And a big challenge takes too much time. You need this energy along the way. And second, and this of course appeals to the rational mind, you probably cannot win the big challenge if you cannot take on the little challenges on the way. Big challenges are generally just a big collection of little challenges.

Oh, and with any challenge, make sure you win the people challenges that are part of it. Otherwise, start digging your own grave.

You’re a social creature whether you like it or not

August 1, 2007

You ever go to the bathroom and realize your fly’s been down for who knows how long? And maybe you were on a date or in a business meeting. Something important. You get a little jolt of something? Kind of embarrassment, pissed-offness, a little “oh shit” feeling, you know? And it’s a quick shot of something. You feel it. Every man has this. You get this because you know, having your fly down doesn’t help in this life. Two points. One, keep an eye on that kind of stuff. And two, don’t pretend that respect doesn’t play a role, a big role, in dealing with people. Cause if it didn’t, you wouldn’t get that feeling. Cause that’s all that happened while your fly was down. You probably didn’t offend anybody, hurt anybody. The only thing that happened was you exposed yourself (and I don’t mean literally as much as figuratively). Maybe nobody respects you less afterward, but you exposed yourself to that. Your body gave you an electric shock as punishment for exposing yourself like that. See, every man wants respect and wants to protect that no matter how fuck-horrible they are at it. Your body’s genetic, animal makeup is in tune with protecting the respect people have in you. So if you’re not consciously in tune with that, if you’re one of these “I don’t care what people think of me because I am above that” types, you’re kidding yourself.

God’s hobby?

August 1, 2007

Do you ever think about what you would do if you were God? How you would spend your time? I mean a lot of people would think, well I would fix everything. Listen if you were God, you probably wouldn’t think too much would need fixing. Clearly God didn’t feel like creating a perfect world or else he would have. So what would you do? I guess I’d do a lot of things. But one thing’s for certain. I’d be a fly on the wall. I’d watch people. Living. I mean watch the guy who’s about to get lucky for the first time. Listen to the thoughts of the guy winning a world championship. Listening to what parents tell their kids. All kinds of stuff. And you know what? I think it would be pretty damn amazing to publish some statistics. You know? How many people think they’re something special, put that out. How many people really “mean well?” Well, let’s look at the GIANT SCOREBOARD. Yeah, I guess some of it’s knocking down the people on the top and raising up the one’s on the bottom that might benefit from a little reckoning. But I tell ya if I’m God, I always know what the right thing to do is. So either the guy does the right thing or he doesn’t. And I know. Remember, I’m God, so I get that sometimes things are pretty gray in the real world I created. But bottom line, there’s a right move to make. There always is.

Two types of losers

August 1, 2007

Some people are so blind, they don’t know how many opportunities they’ve blown. So, if you want to think of it this way, there’s two types of losers. Those that know when and how they keep losing, and those that haven’t a clue just how often they are losing. The only place to be is the former. And hey, if you aren’t a loser, you sure as hell should know what I’m talking about. People don’t stay winners if they aren’t good at knowing when they’ve got a chance to win.

Dancing with Lady Luck

August 1, 2007

A lot of times, knowing you’re going to get lucky is the worst thing that can happen to you. Cause once you know, you’re probably more likely to screw it up. On the other hand, if you can figure that out, try to figure out when you’re going to get lucky. That way, you can remind yourself not to screw up. It’s not “oh my god, I’m going to get lucky, how can I make it happen.” It’s “oh my god, I’m going to get lucky, how do I not screw this up.” You can’t make luck happen, you can only screw it up. So don’t.

On folding

August 1, 2007

Sometimes you have to give in. Sometimes you have to fold. But if you fold a lot, and if you fold big too many times, you’re gonna lose all your chips. There aren’t many games you can win that way.