Art quote of the day

“Art is not a thing; it is a way.”

via Art Quote of the Day


(H)ER-bə-reePart of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, 14th century
1A herb garden.
Examples of Herbary in a sentence “The herbary is thriving, thanks to all the rain we received this summer.” “After clearing out all the overgrown brush we found an herbary hidden in the garden.”

Prayer of the day

Divine Mother, creator of all that’s good, I have sinned in a moment of weakness. My sincerest apologies, my pride led me to attack another in a moment of of weakness. I seek redemption, allow me to mend my ways. Allow me to repent so I may be rid of this guilt and live life afresh.


“If you think you are beaten, you areIf you think you dare not, you don’t,If you like to win, but you think you can’tIt is almost certain you won’t.If you think you’ll lose, you’re lostFor out of the world we find,Success begins with a fellow’s willIt’s all in the state of mind.If you think you are outclassed, you areYou’ve got to think high to rise,You’ve got to be sure of yourself beforeYou can ever win a prize.Life’s battles don’t always goTo the stronger or faster man,But soon or late the man who winsIs the man WHO THINKS HE CAN!”
– Walter D. Wintle

Marcus Aurelius

“Is your cucumber bitter? Throw it away. Are there briars in your path? Turn aside. That is enough. Do not go on and say, “Why were things of this sort ever brought into this world?” neither intolerable nor everlasting – if thou bearest in mind that it has its limits, and if thou addest nothing to it in imagination. Pain is either an evil to the body (then let the body say what it thinks of it!)-or to the soul. But it is in the power of the soul to maintain its own serenity and tranquility. . . .”
— Marcus Aurelius (Meditations)

Two kinds of momentum

Two kinds of momentum

There’s the unalterable momentum of physical objects as understood by physics: objects in motion tend to remain that way. A fast-moving baseball hitting your head hurts more than lobbed one.

But usually, momentum is only conceptual, and it’s based on our habits and our difficulty in understanding (and ignoring) sunk costs. We stick with a pattern, a leader, an employee or a project much longer than we should.

The behavior that keeps someone from getting hired is trivial compared to what it takes to get fired. And at some level, that makes sense. When we’re not committed yet, the cost of looking around and switching our choice is small. But once we’ve emotionally committed to a cause or a project or a person, the cost of change is high, partly because it involves feeling as though we made a mistake.

But compounding that initial choice by doubling down on it is the actual mistake.

Digging a deeper hole rarely gets us to the other side.

courtesy: Seth Godin’s Newsletter

Show no work

Show no work

There are two sorts of projects.

In the first, you’ll need to show your work. Show us why the logic holds up. Tell us how this has happened before. Explain the best practices you’ve learned from and the standards you’re following.

In the second, you’re taking a leap. Simply guessing or going on instinct.

Either path can work, the problem is when we confuse them. Perhaps we’re doing something that is based on what’s come before, but we refuse to examine, measure or compare, insisting that history doesn’t apply. Or worse, when we’re going on instinct and assert that it’s actually a reliable, proven path forward.

If the stakes are high and the outcome needs to be reliable, we hope you’ll be able to show your work.

And when it comes to the part of the project that’s yours and yours alone, the part that isn’t based on what’s come before, show no work. And plan accordingly.

courtesy: Seth Godin’s Newsletter