Every once and while, a group of people attempt the impossible. They reject the laws of their environment and change it. Such thinking has overthrown governments, cured diseases and put humans on the moon. All because they decided to question what was possible. And reject the restrictions that society had put on their minds.
Here’s another group that’s doing that. They are a group of “Liquid Mountaineers”. Basically, they’re trying to walk on water. This isn’t a joke and it isn’t an illusion. Check it out:
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If these guys are out there trying to run on water, what are we doing inside?
I came across this thought on Seth’s blog:
The fearful brain demand reassurance and coaching and even a push before it is quiet enough to permit us to do the difficult work our economy demands, before it will allow us to create art that changes others.
So it’s logical to wonder how to build systems that encourage legions of people to find that reassurance, and it’s encouraging to imagine that we could build a school or a coaching program or other external forces that would create more artists.
And yet most mentors and coaches and teachers will tell you that few of their students ever do, not in comparison with their potential. A few break through and change everything, and we celebrate them, but what about everyone else?
The artists are different. They took a leap.
They weren’t pushed. They jumped.
I thought about it, and it’s true. For a while now, I have wanted to write a book. Not a novel. Not a masterpiece. Just a book. Some ideas on printed paper. So what did I do? I went to talk to the two best writers in the agency.
I figured that they’re writers, so they should know about writing. And books involve a lot of that. Logical steps, right?
What I got was an awkwardly honest response. They asked why. They told me that it would be really hard. They brought up the difficulty of being publish and successful as an author. They said that most people think that they have important things to say, but the truth is that their audience won’t give a shit. Fuck.
I walked out of there and I was bummed. These are nice guys, but they were just being honest. Speaking their minds. Too bad it wasn’t what I wanted to hear.
I thought that I was going in looking for guidance on how to do something. Tips on how to structure a story, an argument and a book. But what I was really looking for was reassurance and encouragement. Coaching and mentoring. I was waiting for a push.
But to Seth’s point, why wait for a push when you can jump? So I decided to do it. I started writing my book. I don’t know what the “proper” structure is. I don’t know what the “correct” steps are. But I don’t give a shit. I jumped in and put pen to paper. And now I have five pages. It’s not a book, but it’s a start.
Sorry to disappoint, but this post isn’t about Lady Gaga. It’s about a new class at the Standford Design School. And it involves dancing.
“Play Class” at Stanford’s Design School
At the Stanford d.school From Play to Innovation or “Play Class” is a design course that teaches students to integrate play into their everyday lives. Play is a natural state of behavior in all animals that involves movement, fun, and collaboration. With its large open spaces, the d.school offers an ideal environment for play. Students are able to dance, move and interact with each other which is a vital part of play.