The Secret Of Steve

(by Kevin Ashton on Medium)

The secret of Steve is simple. It explains his success and excess. It exemplifies our instinct for creation. Creating is not a result of genius, unconscious incubation or aha! moments. It is a result of thinking: a series of mental steps consisting of problem, solution, repeat.

An interesting read


On the importance of Focus

Focus is the greatest casualty of the over-connected world we live in.   I’m not one of the people that advocates a slow life, with slow food and all that, but the effect that the inability to focus has on people’s productivity should not be overlooked.

When you get to work in the morning, are you able to sit down and start working where you left off the previous day?  Most likely you spend some time reading and replying to some emails, then if you are not diverted into a previously unimagined direction due to some request you’ve received, you might go back to your previous work.

Once you start, how long do you manage to stay focused on what you are doing without being interrupted by someone?   How long before you are interrupted by a coworker that wants to ask you a question?   How long can you stay without checking your email, Twitter or Facebook?

All these things, these distractions are part of our regular lives, but if you let yourself become to dependent on them, they will suck your attention away from what you want to or should be doing.   Being able to dedicate your undivided attention to something is key to being able to do well, whatever it is you’re trying to do.

Sometimes it is difficult to avoid having your mind wonder whenever your working on something which  you don’t find very interesting, but whenever such things are under your control you should attempt to focus your attention on a single project, per context.

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Starting anew…

Over the past several years I’ve started and dropped off several blogs.  Why?  There were several reasons, in fact.  Two of these stand out, however.

The first and foremost of these was that I was creating blogs which were focused on too narrow a subject.  This would lead me to conclude that a particular post of set of posts I wanted to write was not appropriate for a blog as it was ‘outside’  its subject matter.  The inescapable decision would then be to create a new blog which would cover said different subject.

A second reason was that I ‘listened’ too much to a couple of friends which would comment on how much I was focusing on a specific subject when the blog I was writing on wasn’t specifically targeted on that subject.  This was a really special consideration for me, as it seemed to signify that I might be alienating my readers.

The combination of these two led me to create several blogs and write several hundred posts distributed through all of them, but never be satisfied with what and how much I was writing.  So, I stopped.

I took some time off of writing in general.  No books, no blog posts, no nothing.  I read a lot and contemplated the question of writing.  What did I want to write about? In what format did I want to write?  Would I go back to writing blogs?  Which ones?  Would I go back to writing books?  Which ones?

Now, I’ve decided and I’m back.  I’ll be posting to a blog on this site, instead posting all over the place in several different blogs.  I’ll write about things which are of interest to me.  If they are of interest to you, you’re welcome to read my posts.  You are welcome to get in touch, as well, if you have any suggestions or comments on these subjects.

One thing you should not expect is to see any posts on this blog which are designed to attract viewers.  There will be no numbered lists and no sensationalist headings.

Here, all you’ll find are my opinions and comments on an assortment of subjects.  If you reading this, I hope you enjoy reading some of my posts.

Thank you, for your attention…