Quotes & Notes to Live and Work Better. Updated Every Day.

Link to this page – www.arpit.today

These notes help me be selective to the information overwhelm of the modern age and share helpful things with you.

May 24, 2018
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but
also dream, not only plan, but also believe.”—Anatole France

May 23, 2018
“Everything you want to be, you already are. You’re
simply on the path to discovering it.”—Alicia Keys

May 22, 2018
“You are stronger than your challenges and your challenges are making you stronger.”—Karen Salmansohn

May 21, 2018
“Dream big dreams. Small dreams have no magic.” — Dottie Boreyko

May 20, 2018
“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.”—Jonathan Safran Foer

May 18, 2018
“Jumping from failure to failure with undiminished enthusiasm is the big secret to success.” — Savas Dimopoulos

May 14, 2018
“Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, and successful people have worry. They just don’t let these feelings stop them.” — T. Harv Eker

May 13, 2018
“Low self esteem is like driving through life with your handbrake on.” — Maxwell Maltz

April 18, 2018
“Your greatest dreams are all on the other side of the wall of fear and uncertainty”

April 15, 2018
“It’s time to start living the life you’ve only imagined.”
Got invited to attend F8!

April 14, 2018
“Lead with your strengths, not your weaknesses.”

April 13, 2018
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” — Vincent van Gogh

April 12, 2018
“How many success stories do you need to hear before you make your own?”

At 5'o clock, designing the language game.


April 11, 2018
“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.”—Walter Elliott

April 9, 2018
“A surplus of effort could overcome a deficit of confidence.” — Sonia Sotomayor

April 8, 2018
“Fear does not prevent death. It prevents life.” — Naguib Mahfouz

April 6, 2018
“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and
you’re not in this world to live up to mine.”—Bruce Lee

Learning Russian through this these days —



April 3, 2018
“If you are always trying to be normal you will
never know how amazing you can be.” — Maya Angelou

April 2, 2018
“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future.” —Earl Nightingale

April 1, 2018
“Most people get ahead during the time that others waste.” — Henry Ford

March 31, 2018
“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” —Henry David Thoreau

March 30, 2018
“Fear, uncertainty and discomfort are your compasses toward growth.”

March 29, 2018
“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” — Jordan Belfort


March 27, 2018
“Create something today even if it sucks.”

March 26, 2018
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. One who lives life fully is prepared to die at any time.”—Mark Twain

March 24, 2018
If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture, let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies. — Albert Einstein

March 23, 2018
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, bring others along.”

March 22, 2018
“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” — Seth Godin

March 21, 2018
“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” — Maya Angelou


March 19, 2018
“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” — Booker T. Washington

March 16, 2018
“What you seek is seeking you.” — Rumi
Glad to receive see this notification today.

March 15, 2018
“Do what you love, not what you think you’re supposed to do.”

March 14, 2018
“The trouble is, you think you have time.” — Buddha
Make an animoji day. Seeing what’s out there (Dribbble shots)


March 8, 2018
“What gets measured gets managed.” — Peter Drucker

March 7, 2018
“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you
help them to become what they are capable of being.”— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

March 6, 2018
“Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” — J. K. Rowling

March 5, 2018
“Wherever you are, be all there.” — Jim Elliot

March 3, 2018
“Winning starts with beginning”
Life in pixels —with color pencils on a dot pad.

March 2, 2018
“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”—Oscar Wilde

March 1, 2018
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”Mahatma Gandhi

Comic Style Fonts

10 Free fonts used by theoatmeal —

Pablo Stanley uses this for thedesignteam.io comics —

Javascript library for text effects


February 28, 2018
“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”—Oliver Wendell Holmes

February 27, 2018
“What are the most powerful words in the universe? The ones you use to talk to yourself.” — Karen Salmansohn

February 26, 2018
“It’s not who you think you are that holds you back it’s who you think you’re not.”

Wrote on some quick learnings at Gameloft Mexico


February 25, 2018
“Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.” —Doris Lessing
The bird and the fish— was playing around with a compass making circles on a dot pad. It took this form after a couple of hours.

February 24, 2018
“It’s up to you how far you go. If you don’t try, you’ll never know!” — Merlin, Sword in the Stone.

February 23, 2018
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” — Aristotle
Tulips in the light breeze. Connect to nature and stay calm.

The creative personality

Creative individuals are remarkable for their ability to adapt to almost any situation and to make do with whatever is at hand to reach their goals.

By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, published in 1996



February 21, 2018
Drew this scene about small businesses in India. They essentially run the everyday economy of our country.
Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen.” — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe”

February 20, 2018
Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own
rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.”—Anne Sweeney

February 18, 2018
“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect” ― Anaïs Nin

February 17, 2018
“There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference
between mediocrity and accomplishment.” — Norman Vincent Peale

February 16, 2018
“Do a little more of what you want to do every day, until your idea becomes what’s real.”
Drew this for my written piece on Learnings from trying to build a startup in India. Just realised there is something really wrong with this handshake. Can you spot it? Answer — ǝʞɐɥspuɐɥ pǝpuɐɥ ʇɟǝl ɐ s,ʇI

Found this comic artist on Medium. Nice drawings

(She uses oatmeal kind of engagement by placing 3 more links at the bottom of her posts. And also looking at this I realise I should learn how to draw facial expressions. It evokes a lot more emotion.)

Uses colorful illustration to simplify and explain complex topics —Oliver Emberton. Popular on quora.

Japanese Illustrations


February 13, 2018
“Go ahead, let them judge you”

Ralph Ammer— Powerful storytelling with drawings and animations

Would love to learn how Ralph created this

February 12, 2018
“Don’t let small minds convince you that your dreams are too big.”

I like how this top status is not permanent. It helps people work hard to write engaging articles on the particular topic on the platform. It gives people the social reward also. Great way to keep the demand and supply of the business in balance!


February 11, 2018
“Adventure may hurt you, but monotony will kill you.”

Steps to showcase your work on Behance if you’ve never done it —


February 10, 2018
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” — Marie Curie

February 9, 2018
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man
— George Bernard Shaw, Maxims for Revolutionists.

Preserved Music from the 1900s — Peaceful for listening to when working on creative projects

Interactive WebGl based animated music video 🎧 — great storytelling

💡[Idea] Planning to set up a community on preserving best practices on motion design. Some name suggestions : The Animated Life, The Animators, Men in Motion, Motion Symphony.

5 minute setup —

February 8, 2018
“It is more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement.” — Isocrates

Grateful for getting my first blogpost published

Get started with motion design in 9 steps — UX Collective

^Got added as the first link on www.sidebar.io — Top 5 design links daily, ~40K designers subscribe this all over the world

Showed in top links on Medium → Digital Design.

< The CEO liked this animated GIF I made for practice, got merged on the Zomato App’s Homepage. 10 Million+ users will see this now. I hope this sets a trend for new apps in India. https://dribbble.com/shots/4154404-Zomato-Fries-Loop

February 6, 2018

Published 2 Articles

How to get started with Motion Design- 9 Easy Points

How we made building blocks for our iOS apps at Zomato


February 2, 2018
“It is not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.” — Lou Holtz

The 3 Stages of Failure in Life and Work (And How to Fix Them) — James Clear

  • If you want to build a successful business or create a great marriage or learn a new skill then “sticking with it” is perhaps the most critical trait to possess.
  • If something is not working, smart people don’t repeat it endlessly. They revise. They adjust. They pivot. They quit.
  • How do you know when to give up and when to stick with it?

3 Stages of Failure

  • Stage 1 is a Failure of Tactics — HOW mistakes. You fail to build robust systems, forget to measure carefully, and get lazy with the details — failure to execute on a good plan and a clear vision.
  • Stage 2 is a Failure of Strategy — WHAT mistakes. When you follow a strategy that fails to deliver the results you want.
  • Stage 3 is a Failure of Vision — WHY mistakes. When what you want to become (your why) doesn’t align with the actions you are taking.
  • Fixing Failure of Tactics (HOW Mistakes)
  1. Record your process. Building great systems is crucial for repeated success. Start with writing specific steps you’re following and developing a checklist.
  2. Measure your outcomes. If something is important to your, measure it.
  3. Review and adjust your tactics. You need to be constantly reviewing and improving how you do your work.
  • Fixing Failure of Strategy (WHAT mistakes)
  1. Launch it quickly. Nobody really knows which ideas work until you try them.
  2. Do it cheaply. Helps you test more ideas and reduces attachment.
  3. Revise it rapidly. For millions of years, life has been adapting, evolving, revising, and iterating until it has reached the diverse and varied species. It is not the natural course of things to figure it all out on the first try.
  • Fixing Failure of Vision (WHY mistakes)
  1. Take stock of your life. How do you want to spend your days? It is not someone else’s job to figure out the vision for your life. That can only be done by you.
  2. Determine your non-negotiable. Your “non-negotiable” is the one thing you are not willing to budge on, no matter what. It’s very easy to get fixated on your idea. But if you’re going to get obsessed with something, get obsessed with your vision, not your idea. Most of the mistakes that people assume are Failures of Vision are actually Failures of Strategy.
  3. Navigate criticism. Criticism can be an indicator of failed strategies and tactics, it is rarely an indicator of a failed vision. Learn how to deal with haters.

February 1, 2018
“Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own.” — Bruce Lee


January 17, 2018
“Life gives to the giver and takes from the taker” — Joe Polish
Animated this for a blogpost I am writing.

4 awesome links to start drawing Isometric Illustrations

Laws of UX

Quick recap of stuff to keep in mind while designing experiences

Developing Mastery and Being Passionate

  • The most common and cliche’ advice about seeking a happy life and prosperous career is to “follow your passion.” Millennials are notorious for seeking fulfilling and passion-filled jobs, only to be left disappointed and disappointing.
  • People who want a job they are passionate about are less concerned about what they can give to the world and are more concerned about what the world can give to them. You don’t have an innate passion that you should “follow,” instead, your passion follows you.
  • Rather than selfishly seeking a life you’re passionate about, Newport recommends becoming a “craftsman,” wherein you develop rare and valuable skills. Newport calls these rare and valuable skills, “career capital.” Adopt the “Craftsman mindset” (what can you offer the world), instead of the “Passion mindset” (what can the world offer me).
  • As you develop confidence, you begin to deeply enjoy what you’re doing — and become very passionate about it. As Newport explains, “Passion comes after you put in the hard work to become excellent at something valuable, not before. In other words, what you do for a living is much less important than how you do it.”
  • You can then begin making distinct connections and projections into what has been dubbed, “The adjacent possible” which Steven Johnson described as, “a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself.” In other words, this is how you become an innovator and a shaper of societal and global change.
  • If you look at any person who is honestly seeking a higher level of success, they are usually waking up early, studying and learning lots, seeking advice and feedback, and creating, testing, and failing.
  • Happiness is a byproduct. You cannot pursue it directly. It comes from dedicating yourself to a cause you firmly believe. Happiness can’t come from following a self-centered and obsessive passion aimed only at making yourself feel good. Happiness comes from self-growth and using that growth to make the world a better place.

Being unstoppable with the 5-Second Rule

  • The 5-Second Rule is a bias towards action instead of overthinking and been taken over by fear. In that 5 seconds, you get the opportunity to be courageous. It’s a small window of courage that you can access for free. After 5 seconds, your days are numbered and your brain will sabotage you.
  • Made famous by Tony Robbins, the Burn the Boats Hack will give you leverage and destroy your Plan B. The story is simple. There was this army trying to take an island and they kept failing.

January 16, 2018
Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does — William James

You Make Or Break Your Life Between 5–7 AM

  • A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
  • How you start something is very important. Prevention is far better than rehabilitation. Starting right is much easier than correcting course. Research confirms the brain, specifically the prefrontal cortex, is most active and readily creative immediately following sleep. Your mind is clearest in the morning. Your energy is highest.
  • “I frequently say to missionaries in the field, ‘You make or break your mission every morning of your life. You tell me how those morning hours go until you are on the street in your mission, whatever time it is; you tell me how those hours go, and I will tell you how your day will go, I will tell you how your month will go, I will tell you how your year will go and how your mission and your life will go.’”
  • When you upgrade yourself intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually, you’re enabled to see the world from a more elevated plane. You’re empowered to deal with the difficult and challenging emotions required for growth and evolution. You quickly learn how to work with people, solve problems, and create an amazing lifestyle where you’re making great money.
  • If you could give yourself two hours, every morning, solely dedicated to learning, thinking, planning, meditating, praying, and writing in your journal, your life would change. These are the best things you could do with your morning time.
  • Robin Sharma : Get up at the same time every single morning. Build consistency and ritual into your morning. 20–20–20 rule. Feel different in first 20 minutes — Exercise, get that dopamine and seratonin flowing. Second 20 minutes — Review your plan, daily plan/weekly plan. Third 20 minutes — Learn, read, know more and see around corners.

January 10, 2018
Automation makes otherwise pleasant activities turn into “work”. — Nassim Nicholas Taleb

January 9, 2018
The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion — Albert Einstein.

Deep Confusion As A Victory Tool

Podcast by Robin Sharma

  • Society teaches us that confusion needs to be avoided. I suggest to you, that without confusion, there is no growth.
  • One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star — Friedrich NietzscheRead.
  • 95% people and the society tend to run away and avoid confusion. They say the legendary have clarity so confusion needs to be avoided.
  • The top 5%, the legendaries, they know that a life of continuous growth has multiple cycles of death and rebirth. They know that deep confusion is a precursor to new understanding and clarity.
  • (Growth hack Robin Sharma uses at the end of the podcast — “Share this podcast with 3 more people to change their life in the next 60 minutes”)

Similar concept

Antifragility — Notes


January 8, 2018
Beasts avoid the dangers which they see, and when they have escaped them are free from care; but we men torment ourselves over that which is to come as well as over that which is past. Many of our blessings bring bane to us; for memory recalls the tortures of fear, while foresight anticipates them. The present alone can make no man wretched. — Seneca

Making weekly plans is the best way to pull your dreams closer

Weekly Planning: How to Plan Your Week | The Art of Manliness

Additions to Sketch in 2017

Top pens of 2017 — Design + UI code on Codepen

Developing an illustration style

Learnings of a professional sillicon valley blogger over 10+ years

  • An email subscriber is worth 100x twitter or LinkedIn followers or whatever other stuff is out there. An email = a real channel.
  • There’s always room for high-quality thoughts/opinions. Venn diagram of people w/ knowledge and those we can communicate is tiny.
  • Titles are 80% of the work, but you write it as the very last thing. It has to be a compelling opinion or important learning.
  • People are often obsessed with needing to write original ideas. Forget it. You’re a journalist with a day job in the tech industry. Publishing ideas, learnings, opinions, for years & years is a great way to give. And you’ll figure out how to capture value later.
  • To develop the habit, put a calendar reminder each Sunday for 2 hours. Forced myself to stare at a blank text box and put something down.
  • Focus on writing freq over anything else. Schedule it. Don’t worry about building an immediate audience. Focus on the intrinsic. Think of your writing on the same timescale as your career. Write on a multi-decade timeframe. This means, don’t just pub on Quora/Medium
  • Most of my writing comes from talking/reading deciding I strongly agree or disagree. These opinions become titles. Titles become essays.

January 7, 2018
The right and the wrong answers come from your heart.
Visualise what you want. Create a mock-up of your imagined life. The universe can refer to this and start functioning now. It really works!

January 6, 2018
“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

Picking books in an overwhelming book fair

Quick litmus test for selecting books

  • Pick it up, flip, do you really want it? Yes/No. Keep flipping unless you find the book that makes you say Yes. Save decision energy, be quick, escape FOMO.
  • Check for the original date of publishing of the book. If it’s old and is still getting sold, it has stood the test of time. There should be something in this book that is helpful.
  • If you are a visual person, buy a book if you like it’s artwork. Keep some on your bedside to flip pages and get some fresh vibes on demand.
  • If you had been waiting to order that book online, pick it up and buy on the spot to get over it.
  • Set an hour timer and enter those second hand book booths. You never know what you find there, and for super cheap. Embrace serendipity.
Bought a lot of books from the World Book Fair in Delhi (2018).

January 5, 2018
You can choose to feel better or be better. In the long run, one of these is easy to do but will make life hard, the other one is hard to do but will make life easy.

Tim Ferris Podcast — How to Handle Information Overwhelm (and Social Media)

  • Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are like neighborhoods in order of the people abusing on them. Twitter is like a small crowded street where people through pots on your head for no apparent reason.
  • News — If it bleeds, it leads. Make people angry or upset, it will lead them off task, and they will engage into advertisements.
  • Don’t worry about taking in all the information. The strong and important one will stick — have faith in your mind.
  • Turn all notifications off — select time to go on social media, avoid going online if not in a clear state of mind.

Goals vs Systems — Focus on systems and fall in love with them

For example — If you’re a writer, your goal is to write a book. Your system is the writing schedule that you follow each week.

  1. Goals reduce your current happiness. It means when I will achieve this, I will be the better version. You are already the best version of yourself, enjoy the practice — Commit to the process, not a goal.
  2. Goals are strangely at odds with long-term progress. When all of your hard work is focused on a particular goal, what is left to push you forward after you achieve it? — Release the need for immediate results.
  3. Goals suggest that you can control things that you have no control over. You can’t predict the future — Forget about predicting the future and build a system with feedback that can signal when you need to make adjustments.

Goals are good for planning, can provide direction and even push you forward in the short-term. But eventually a well-designed system will always win.


January 4, 2018
If you fear failure, you will never go anywhere

Learning something new — Links

Sacha chua — Awesome at visual notes and emacs

Don’t know where to find answers? Deeply observe nature

First artwork I did this year. Always remember how beautiful and insightful nature is, and be more curious of the environment we live in.
  • From Antifragility (Nassim Taleb) — Empedocles’ Tile — A dog always sleeps on the same tile. If there is something in nature you don’t understand, odds are it makes sense in a deeper way that is beyond your understanding. So there is a logic to natural things that is much superior to our own.
  • What Mother Nature does is rigorous until proven otherwise; what humans and science do is flawed until proven otherwise.
  • You can find all solutions in nature. Biomimic your life.

3 awesome films on earth, nature and wildlife

This makes your deeply think about the environment we live in —

Never Tell People What You Do

  • It’s a simple question, and you’ve probably answered it hundreds of times. “What do you do?” If you’re like most people, you probably get the answer dead wrong. Your standard reply is probably a factual description of your current job.
  • The right answer is: what you WANT to do. You are probably much closer to your goals than an aspiring Hollywood actor. The main thing standing in your way is your willingness to say what you want.
  • If you met Elon Musk, I bet he wouldn’t talk much about Paypal; he would probably tell you about how he plans to make space flight routine.
  • When you are too embarrassed or cautious to say what you want, you make it impossible for others to help you.
  • Be bold. Be brave. Be honest.

January 3, 2018
Plan in decades. Think in years. Work in months. Live in days.

UI Trends

  • “Mondrianism” is a UI pattern drawing inspiration from the works of the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, in its compositions.

4 Awesome Interactive web stories from 2017

If It Doesn’t Suck, It’s Not Worth Doing

  • Interestingly, your mind can seduce you so much so that the idea of something becomes more satisfying than the thing itself, so you stop at the idea and never make it real. A primary obstacle to success is the idea of success.
  • The principle SEAL taught is what he calls the 40% rule — which essentially means people feel maxed-out mentally and physically, and thus stop, when they are at only 40% of their actual capacity. Going past this 40% capacity is when it becomes uncomfortable. Thus, SEAL’s mantra, “If it doesn’t suck, we don’t do it.”
  • The concept is: Do something and don’t stop until it’s complete, no matter how long it takes. You want to develop what Greene calls “A perverse pleasure” in experiencing internal conflict, and sitting with it.
  • Deepwork — “The ability to perform deep work is becoming increasingly rare at exactly the same time it is becoming increasingly valuable in our economy. As a consequence, the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life, will thrive.”
  • People are taught to love themselves regardless of their performance. Thus, they justify mediocrity. Yet, Asian’s and other immigrant groups who often are considered to have low self-esteem consistently outperform American’s who have high self-esteem.
  • True confidence is earned. It’s earned by succeeding. Not by wishing for success. Meta-analytic research confirms this. True confidence emerges when you consistently push-through things that suck. The longer you sit with the boredom, pain, and discomfort — and actually create something meaningful, the more confident and successful you will be.
  • There is a joy and pride that come from pushing yourself to another level or across a new frontier. A life devoted only to the present — to feeling good in the now — is unlikely to deliver real fulfillment. The present moment by itself it too small, too hollow.

If It Doesn’t Suck, It’s Not Worth Doing — Personal Growth — Medium

Most applauded Articles on Medium

Storytelling that hooks.

Plan in decades. Think in years. Work in months. Live in days — Patience

The crossroads of Should and Must

  • Should is how others want us to show up in the world — how we’re supposed to think, what we ought to say, what we should or shouldn’t do.
  • Must is who we are, what we believe, and what we do when we are alone with our truest, most authentic self. The intuition that swells up from somewhere deep inside of us. Choosing Must creates the kind of work that puts ripples through the universe.
  • Grab a piece of paper and write the numbers one through ten on the left side of the page. At the top, title it “What am I so afraid of?” This is your Worst Case Scenario list. This is your list of things that make you think “They’re all going to laugh at me.” These are your largest fears, and you’ve got ten minutes to write them down.

January 2, 2018
“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” — William Faulkner

Protect your mornings — Start Journaling

  • Start with gratitude and appreciation for everything happening. Take plenty of time to reflect on and write about all the details of your life and relationships. All the people who matter to you — how far you’ve come — specifics about what is happening — what has happened, since the last time you had a recovery session. Recording your history is a crucial component of journal writing. It provides context to your ideas, goals, and plans.
  • Be radically honest — gratitude and appreciation for the brilliance — honest with yourself about where you’re not showing up — need to commit to making specific changes. Write down the key changes you need to make to achieve your dreams and ideals.
  • Journaling is a powerful therapeutic and healing tool. While writing about the things you need to change, openly write about the frustrations and difficulties that have led you to where you are. Be very honest and vulnerable with yourself. The purpose of this writing is for you to get clarity, and to re-establish your priorities and focus. If you can’t be honest in your own journal, how can you expect to be honest in the rest of your life?
  • Write about your big picture dreams. A key component of writing big-picture is that it reconnects you with your “why.” It’s very easy to lose sight of your why during your daily routine and busyness. The end is what really matters, and you can save a lot of trouble by beginning and continuing with the end in mind. There is a huge difference between “means” goals and “ends” goals.
  • Your vision (your WHY) = 10–25 years’ out
  • Your long-term goals (AKA your wild guess) = 36 months’ out
  • Your actual goals (AKA your realistic game plan) = the next 90 days
  • Weekly Planning
  • What you did well (your “wins”)
  • What didn’t go well (what you didn’t do, who you didn’t reach out to, where you fell short)
  • Record any significant events (like great moments with a friend, family, or a breakthrough in your work)
  • What your plans are for the following week
  • Learnings from your previous week
  • Short bullet-point list as a reminder of your “why” and “end” goals
  • Things you’re working toward over the next 1–6 months
  • Specific must do’s the following week — including plans regarding your morning routine, learning, relationships, work, fitness, etc.

Psychology of Shapes

  • Squares and Rectangles — Straight lines and right angles of these two shapes give a sense of reliability and security. People strongly associate squares and rectangles with buildings the reason why they bring the feeling of trust and authority.
  • Triangles — The lines are placed that way so our eyes automatically move to the top of a triangle or in the direction it is placed. An upright triangle brings the feelings of stability and balance but the reversed one looks risky and ready to fall giving people a sense of tense.
  • Circles, ovals, and ellipses — Round shapes may give the feeling of magic and mystery. In addition, unlike the previous shapes circles don’t have angles so it makes them softer and milder
  • Spirals — It’s often associated with the circle of life and growth. Also, in some cultures, spirals may represent the knowledge or information. In modern society, they are seen as a sign of creativity and a fresh mind.
  • Natural shapes — Natural shapes have clear meanings of the plants and animals which they symbolize. A rose is a flower of love and passion, while a lion is a symbol of pride and bravery but this is another topic to discuss.
  • Abstract shapes — They are usually visual symbols of abstract ideas or simplified versions of natural shapes.

6 Key apps in 2017

  • Coinbase — Cryptocurrencies.
  • Twitter — Twitter has played an enormous part in amplifying political messages this year, most notably those of President Donald Trump.
  • Amazon Key — In a nutshell, for $250 Amazon will sell a kit that includes an Internet-connected camera, a smart lock for your front door, and a Key app. The delivery person can still get into your house via the smart lock and leave your order if you aren’t there.
  • Messenger Kids — Facebook unveiled Messenger Kids in December, making a bold play for the next generation of social-network users with a free app that lets those too young to use Facebook proper (the under-13 crowd) text and video-chat with parent-approved contacts.
  • Messages with Animoji — When Apple introduced the $999 iPhone X in September, the tech giant also trotted out its own take on facial-recognition technology, Face ID. With Animoji, you can create all kinds of animated characters — a unicorn, a panda, a pile of poop — that talk with your voice.
  • Facebook — We still don’t know exactly how much of an influence Russian meddling had on the 2016 presidential election, but this year we learned that it did happen on several social networks, including the biggest one of all: Facebook.

The Sticky Truth about Modern Written Language

What heiroglyphics, emoji, and stickers have in common.

  • English didn’t evolve from a logographic system at all; it’s a cousin, not a child. And Mandarin, whose billion active speakers make it the single most spoken language in the world, uses a syllable-based logographic language system.
  • Now, linguists may object to the classification of emoji as a logographic writing system. That’s because emojis are actually ideographic — that means that each emoji represents an idea, rather than a specific word.
  • It’s important to take a moment and note that no logographic writing system uses pure logograms (a word = an image). Mandarin includes syllabic elements to help describe newly encountered words, while Egyptian Hieroglyphics allow for consonants for the same reason.
  • Cuneiform script — Oldest written language. Invented around 3,400 B.C., cuneiform isn’t a spoken language, but rather a writing system. Cuneiform applies the same symbols across multiple languages, most notably Sumerian and Akkadian.
  • Emoji are popular because they’re faster and more expressive of human emotion, and that has historically been even more true for Chinese users, which explains why it’s China (and Japan) who are blazing the trails in terms of sticker adoption.
  • Shigetaka Kurita is often called the father of emoji. He was the one who actually coined the phrase, and he was the one who helped introduce them into Japanese mobile phones in the late 1990s. They became so popular that when Apple released the iPhone in 2007, and wanted to make inroads into the Japanese market, they included a hidden feature that allowed users to turn on an emoji keyboard.
  • With a sticker I can say in a single tap what would otherwise take me a sentence or two.

Making peak state decisions

  • “Peak experiences as rare, exciting, oceanic, deeply moving, exhilarating, elevating experiences that generate an advanced form of perceiving reality, and are even mystic and magical in their effect upon the experimenter.” — Abraham Maslow
  • The reason people consider peak experiences to be rare is because they haven’t set up their lives to have them on a regular basis.
  • However, if you want to set a new path in your life, you need to make a powerful and definitive decision. And you want to be in a peak state while you make that decision.
  • You need to get out of your day-to-day routine. You need to give yourself some space. That doesn’t mean you need to go away for several days or weeks (although if you can, it would be very helpful).
  • You need to get your body moving. Before speaking for several hours to his audience of thousands, Tony Robbins purposefully and continually puts himself into a peak state. He does this by jumping up and down, spinning around, fist pumping, standing with his arms outstretched, and even bouncing on a trampoline backstage.
  • The core purpose for having a morning routine is to put yourself into a peak state in the morning — so you can then operate from that state for the rest of your day.
  • If you make a decision to live at a higher level, there will naturally be lots of resistance to your living out that decision. If you don’t do it the moment you wake up, you’ll immediately slip into your current state of operating, which is below the level of your decision. Thus, despite your best intentions, your behaviours will continue to match your current reality.
  • “The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat.” — Richard Marcinko

Your Company’s Culture is Who You Hire, Fire, & Promote

Anatomy of an asshole — Socially aversive personalities, known as the “Dark Triad”: Psychopathy, Narcissism, and Machiavellianism.

  • Psychopaths are driven by short-term tangible rewards, and engage in reckless, antisocial behavior to get it. Favorite cinematic depictions of psychopaths in corporations are Gordon Gekko in “Wall Street” and Patrick Bateman in “American Psycho”. Their emotionality is callous and aggressive (manifested as angry outbursts or even physical violence with little remorse) and their behavior is impulsive and irresponsible . They gleefully defy norms and laws, and use deceit and manipulation for profit or (even creepier) self-amusement. They are unfortunately overrepresented in corporations, especially among CEOs.
  • Machiavellians are fueled by long-term tangible rewards and will strategize schemes to get them. The Machiavellian is a strategic, calculating manipulator who believes that the ends justify any means. While as manipulative as psychopaths, Machiavellians are far more future-oriented: planning ahead, forming alliances, and carefully maintaining their reputations. The Frank Underwood in house of cards.
  • Narcissists are motivated by whatever boosts their ego, whether tangible rewards or simple praise that validates their idealized self-image. Tony Stark.
  1. The Accidental Asshole (Not assholes, but perceived like that) The key distinction is that people with Dark Triad traits are often insensitive to others, while people with autism can be indifferent. A cinematic reference is Mark Zuckerberg as portrayed in The Social Network.
  • Empathy — Cognitive empathy is the capacity to understand another person’s mental state, while affective empathy is the capacity to respond with an appropriate emotion to another person’s mental state.

Managing the Darkness Within — People who strongly exhibit Dark Triad traits at work often work better as individual contributors, given that empathy is a key aspect of being a successful manager, and the perception that your manager genuinely cares about your well-being is one of the strongest predictors of employee job satisfaction.

The Pain of Waiting — Loading UX

  1. Visual augmentation that matches our brand design — The striping occurs right to left while waiting and then the bar fills left to right quickly when loaded. The animations also occur at a faster rate than framework defaults suggest (Bootstrap, I’m looking at you) so it feels faster.
  2. Textual Status Updates — We display a couple dozen text statuses (“Connecting to database,” “Acquiring connection,” etc.). They’re displayed in random 2 to 4-second intervals to feel real.
  3. Humor — If the query takes longer than around 12 seconds (painful, but sometimes necessary), our textual status updates get funnier and weirder. We hope queries never take that long, but if they do, we try to reduce the anxiety with humor.

27th December 2017
  • BBC Hunt — Beroe — Deep sea bioluminiscent hunter — Beautiful.

26th December 2017
  • How to tell a story on social media — When you are on Facebook, that’s an all encompassing awareness around your social graph. When you’re on Pinterest your psychology is intent to buy or aspiration to buy. You need to be storytelling differently on those platforms. You have to be giving them different visuals that are mapped to the psychology not to the number of users that are there… But to reverse engineer why they are there!
  • Document. Don’t create — ****If you adopt that philosophy, it will allow you to overcome your fears of putting yourself out there. Just tell the world what’s going on. Describe your jfourney, outline your vision, and describe your thoughts, ideas, actions, wins, losses, anxieties and ambitions online.

Appstore Surfing Summary

  • Lot of random apps using AR.
  • Categories are very difficult to find now. Category icons suck compared to the older Appstore version.

21st December 2017

Un-commit

  • To get immediate progress, get clear on what you want, and say “NO” immediately to everything else.
  • Sunk Cost Trap.
  • To shield you from everything distractive to your goals, create an environment.
  • Usually, hard decisions exist because you’re comparing apples and oranges. Every choice you make sets you on a path. Your identity is formed by your decisions. An essential component of true decisions is that you “cut-away” alternatives to that decision. You remove obstacles.
  • Send some texts — “I had a moment of clarity today. I realised I’m terrible at things I’m not 100% definite about. It’s clear that I’m not 100% definite about the work we’re doing together (or whatever the relationship represents). I’ve tried to force things to happen because I genuinely love and respect you, and what you do. But it’s become clear that I’m not 100% in this relationship, and probably never will be. I don’t want to waste any more of your time. I’m sorry I haven’t been upfront and honest with you or myself. I wish you the best.
  • “You are really not in business until you hire your first person.”
  • Un-commit immediately to anything you’ve erroneously committed to already. Clear your future of things that shouldn’t be there.
  • Then, create a system to shield yourself from making incorrect commitments in the future.
  • Counter the hustle. Sleep well, eat well, do less more intensely. Be bold enough to embrace the ordinary.
  • Chinese Wu-Xing and life energies.
  • The Chinese term wuxing (wu-hsing, “five processes” or “five phases”) refers to a fivefold conceptual scheme that is found throughout traditional Chinese thought.
  • These five phases are wood (mu), fire (huo), earth (tu), metal (jin), and water (shui); They are regarded as dynamic, interdependent modes or aspects of the universe’s ongoing existence and development.
  • Deep Work tips
  • Take care of your attention. From task A to task B, there is a lag in attention.
  • If you go in different directions, it will be difficult to go deep.

20th December 2017

Schools of philosophy

  • Nihilism — Nihil means Nothing, Misunderstood Nietzsche — The key idea of it is the lack of belief in meaning or substance in an area of philosophy. For example, moral nihilism argues that moral facts cannot exist. There is no purpose to existence.
  • Existentialism — From Soren Kierkegaard and Nietzsche — Existentialism focuses on the problems posed by existential nihilism — Answers questions about what is the point of living and existence.
  • Stoicism — From Greece and Rome (Zeno of Citium, Seneca, and Marcus Aurelius), Good for high stress environments — Pain will pass, you will remain, so the best thing to do is focus on what you can control — Stoicism is a school that focuses on how to live in a world where things don’t go your way — Accept it, and move on to the next problem — The idea at the heart of it is acceptance of all things that are beyond your control.
  • Hedonism — Greek thinker Epicurus, Utilitarians — Hedonism is the idea that pleasure or happiness is the one thing with intrinsic value. Most hedonistic philosophers would say you should read a book rather than get drunk, as reading is a higher kind of happiness than getting snockered.
  • Marxism — Karl Marx, 19th Century German — His key ideas are all critiques of capitalism — It is a method of critiquing a consumerist society for reducing everything to a commodity and the phenomena of mass marking reaching into all parts of our lives.
  • Logical Positivism — The logical positivists had a good try — until they found it a dead end. This school was popular in the 1920s and ’30s, and was focused on the idea of verifications, which sought to base all knowledge on either empirical data or logical tautologies — By this idea, metaphysics, ethics, theology, and aesthetics cannot be studied philosophically as they don’t offer ideas with truth values.
  • Taoism — Tao Te Ching, Lao-Tzu — Taoism is based around ideas of humility, the ‘Way’, a focus on the individual, simplicity, and naturalness. The principles of Taoism would also resonate with physicist Niels Bohr who admired Taoism’s ability to view opposites as complementary.
  • Rationalism — Socrates, Rene Descartes, and Spinoza — This is the key tenet of rationalism, the idea that knowledge must come primarily from reason and thought, rather than empirical evidence. Convenient, but no longer enough.
  • Relativism — Relativism is the idea that views are relative to perspective or considerations. Similarly, situational relativism is an idea in ethics where a rule is to be followed under all conditions except for some, when we would then follow another rule. For example, don’t kill unless you would save lives by doing so.
  • Buddhism — A religion based around the teachings of Gautama Buddha, an Indian prince, Buddhism is dedicated to the idea that suffering has a cause and that we can overcome it by means of mediation, following the noble eightfold path, and contemplation of sutras.

19th December 2017

Procreate Tips

  • Hold down to make a straight line.
  • Hold down and touch to make 15 degree increments.
  • Drag a color to flood fill.
  • 3 finger drag down to cut/copy/paste.



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