WDG. "Woolly Doable Goal". What a lovely phrase, courtesy of John Willshire at Smithery. A great way, I think, to remind ourselves that getting going is easier than we think. Just set yourself a 'woollly doable goal'. I have a few of these phrases myself, from 'start before you are ready', which occasionally graces this website as a byline, to 'start anywhere' (from "Everything's an Offer").
It was William Gibson who said ‘the future is already here, it is just unevenly distributed’. For the last year or so, I have felt as if I am living in the future. Which doesn't mean that Arenas de San Pedro, the small rural town in Spain where I live looks like a set from Blade Runner.
Driving down the hill this afternoon, I bumped into my neighbour, Vicente. He is one of the few people (even round here) who lives mostly off the land. I mentioned I was heading down to the office to do a bit of work. 'I don't work' he said. This puzzled me. After all, I happen to know that this week he and his family have harvested (by hand) several tonnes of olives. 'I only do what I like' he said. 'I don't have any money, but then I don't work like you do'.
I had a revelation this morning. I realised that for years, I have been unconsciously regarding good posture as a fixed thing, as a standard, ideal, static thing to aspire to, as a particular position that I encourage my body to adopt. And as a result, I suspect I have got stuck, in all sorts of ways and that this no doubt contributes to the stiff back and all the other discomforts that I attribute to 'ageing'.
Looks like Reading Weekends are becoming popular. The School of Life are running one too (not for the first time it seems). Here. There is an interesting difference though, between what we did and what they are doing. They have specially selected "books that will change your life" and Burkeman and Berthoud play the role of 'expert guides'.
A couple of weeks after the Reading Weekend, two of the participants have told me that it helped them solved business problems. Which I think is brilliant. It convinces me of more than ever that it is pointless to just push harder
Sometimes I think there are too many TED talks out there nowadays - it becomes so hard to sort the wheat from the chaff. But I love this one. Of course, as a polymath myself I am biased, but I think Ella (who I know from the Do Lectures) makes a great case for why generalists are sorely needed (in a nutshell - cross fertilisation and holistic thinking). I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I had a lovely surprise on Monday morning. I found a new product. Of my own. One I had already made without realising it. There it was, lying hidden in an e mail from a client, who, it turned out, had already bought it, as had several others. She was now, albeit unconsciously, telling me what it was. She called it: “Conversations with a creative thinker”.