#021 Good Enough

Keeping this week short as I try to catch my breath.

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Ideas from me


All the bad projects we put out at the beginning is a fundamental part of becoming the creative person we are later in life.

The small difference between the creative and uncreative person is not that the creative person has different or better thoughts, but the creative person is able to have the capacity to resist the fear of humiliation.


If you want to attract a wider audience, follow the rules…

Post at this time, bookmark and re-share, subscribe, make this kind of content, algorithm this, algorithm that…

If you want to build a deeper audience, tell the truth.


Omotenashi is the term found in deep rooted Japanese tradition of hospitality that puts a large emphasis on anticipating the needs of your guest before they do. It's what makes our guests and clients feel as if they're being heard or understood.

Anticipatory design systems is the key to a sustainable ecosystems and healthy relationships to users.

Quote from somebody else

Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind. Cultivate that capacity for “negative capability.” We live in a culture where one of the greatest social disgraces is not having an opinion, so we often form our “opinions” based on superficial impressions or the borrowed ideas of others, without investing the time and thought that cultivating true conviction necessitates.

— Maria Popova on Inconsistency Avoidance

Links worth sharing

🔗 Shoot me over links you’ve been interested in lately and I’ll re-share my favorites next week.

Thanks for another week!

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