As usual, I’ll start off with a quote that I feel best encapsulates the idea of the book. Since this book is about starting, I found the quote at the end of the book most apt.
There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth. Not going all the way, and not starting. – Siddhartha Gautama.
Initiate Don’t Wait.
The core message of the book (manifesto actually) is to start and get to the point of no return. Make things happen. To ship your finished work. That takes guts and passion. It is not always easy to ship but a cursory study of successful people will prove that successful people always ship. For example, world-class programmers do not become masters of their fields until they start to learn through poking and observing/studying how the box reacts to their pokes. The thing to start does not have to be earth shattering or world changing. In fact, it can be simple things. Obvious things. And NOW is the time to start. Start. Don’t stall. (more…)
Do the Work- This short book (more like a manifesto) by the irrepressible Steven Pressfield is a gem on overcoming procrastination and self-sabotage to create something beautiful that you are passionate about. Do the Work outlines three simple yet profound steps to create something that comes truly from your authentic self.
The quote below sums up the book perfectly. Children have no trouble to believe the unbelievable. Nor do geniuses and madmen. It is just you and I. We and our big brains and tiny hearts, who are doubting, overthinking and hesitating.
Introducing Enemies & Allies The three main enemies that stop us from accessing our creative self are: Resistance: It is a force so negative and evil that it blocks our true calling. It is extremely hard to detect as its crafty and takes on many different forms. It is impersonal and infallible and everyone who has ventured out to be creative has had Resistance as his or her enemy.
Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future has an interesting view on globalization where he argues that the world is moving from the Informational Age to the Conceptual Age. Abundance, Asia and Automation are identified as three forces that are changing the future.
The first force, `Abundance’ refers to the state of our lives in developed countries and increasingly we want products or services that are aesthetically pleasing. The second force, `Asia’ refers to outsourcing. The third force, `Automation’ is self-explanatory. Pink reasons that if we are not creating aesthetically pleasing outcomes (experience, service or products) at work, or if our jobs can be outsourced or automated then we are in danger of being redundant.
But fret not, as Pink also states the six skills or abilities that will help us thrive in this New Economy and the six antidotes are as follows: (more…)
Information graphics, or infographics, are graphic artistic representations of information and facts, data or knowledge, and designed to provide complex information in a quick and clear way.
Infographics have existed for a long time, but these days the surge in several very user-friendly and free applications has made that the creation of infographics became accessible to a sizeable part of the people. Social media in general and sites as Facebook and Twitter in particular have additionally made it possible that individual infographics could be shared with many people all over the world.
What Infographics Usually Do. Well, they generally
· make complex data easier to understand
· make massive data bundles consistent
· stimulate the eyes to examine various data
· show you the data at various detailed levels, from a wide-ranging overview to the very fine design
· provide a fairly clear objective: they describe and explore, offering tabulation and decoration
· are meticulously providing statistical and verbal explanations of a bundle of data
Why use infographics?
We place so much value and importance on written and spoken text, but it is an unquestionable basic fact that our brain processes images much faster that written or spoken words, and this explains the increase in the number of infographic we see. They, at its best, convert complicated information into graphic images that are not only easy to understand, but visually appealing as well. It is not surprising that people on the internet and magazine readers really adore infographics.
But there’s one problem, infographics that sometimes appear as if they were relatively easy to create mostly are anything but! Developing something in Photoshop that is stunning and immediately comprehensible as well, is usually a time-consuming activity that demands a lot of patience. This is why it is occasionally helpful to use quick infographics tools to increase the speed of the operation.