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We all suffer from a profound case of “Idea Surplus Disorder” at Filament — and we think that’s a good thing. Here are some of those ideas we’d like to share with you.



Monday Morning Meeting #28

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Happy Monday!  Welcome to your favorite meeting of the week.  Here are a few things we found this week you might like:

What if you brought some Grand Canyon Focus to your next task?

Imagine you’re standing at the edge of a cliff, where you really need to concentrate in order not to fall into the abyss. Imagine the intensity of that, the forced focus, the complete and utter devotion to being present.

Now try that kind of complete and utter concentration for reading the rest of this post. No distractions, no pulling away to other things, just stay with the words, keep connecting with me and the meaning of this article. Be here, without fail, or you’ll fall off the cliff.

You can practice this with any task, from washing a dish to writing a paragraph. Fully pour yourself into it, so that the doing of the task is you. The doing is a full expression of who you are.

Here's an interesting thought:  Emails are micro-meetings eating our days.

[O]ur inboxes are really just to-do lists.... There’s no way anyone could manage such a system without spending the vast majority of their day doing email. Such is the world in which we live.

Such a great chart:

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Here's an idea we're exploring for meetings:  writing a failure resume.

A few years ago, Melanie Stefan, a postdoc at Caltech, wrote an article for Nature titled “A CV of Failures” after she got rejected for a fellowship to which she’d applied. [S]he realized that for every hour she’d spent working on something that succeeded, she’d probably spent six hours working on something that failed.

The problem with ignoring those setbacks, Stefan concluded, is that it leads to false perceptions of how success actually works.

How about asking a disabled person for creative advice next time you're stuck trying to figure something out?  Check out The Disabled List:

Disabled people are the original lifehackersOur lives are spent cultivating an intuitive creativity, because we navigate a world that isn’t built for our bodies. We believe in the innovative value of this skillset, which is why we are building pathways into design for disabled people.

Finally, Seth reminds us that we're only not good enough yet.