high-status, high-confidence body language is characterized by how few movements are made. Composed people exhibit a level of stillness, which is sometimes described as poise. They avoid extraneous, superfluous gestures such as fidgeting with their clothes, their hair, or their faces, incessantly nodding their heads, or saying “um” before sentences.
It has become a cliché to point out that we have increasingly globalised economies, moving with increased scale and pace, and powered by rapid technological development. That this is a cliché doesn’t alter its veracity, however, and as a result problem systems are now entwined in almost impossibly complex, interdependent ways. Addressing core problems is beyond simple policy or process improvement at a local
attention is the first and final act of love, and that the ultimate dwindling resource in the human arrangement isn’t cheap oil or potable water or even common sense, but mercy.
As a novice designer, you will think “I've never done this — I don't know what I'm doing.” Once you have a little experience, you will think “My skills are so narrow — this new title is different. Maybe I just got lucky last time.” And when you are a seasoned designer, you will think “The world is different now. Maybe I've lost my touch.”
IF WE really want to understand the nature of the universe, then we must accept two principles. First, everything is an alien to everything else. And second, the experience of "being" something else can never be verified or validated, but only speculated about, even if rational deduction drives that speculation. In the 21st century, then, to fully understand the world in which we live, we are going to need poetry as well as science and philosophy.
To talk about a dog's experience of a human is relatively easy to metaphorize; we do it almost by instinct, even if it goes unanalyzed. To talk about the dog's experience of the grass requires us to speculate about both separately, and then to speculate about the dog's speculative, metaphorical understanding of the grass.
different parts of a plant are intimately connected, and information regarding light, chemicals in the air, and temperature is constantly exchanged between roots and leaves, flowers and stems, to yield a plant that is optimized for its environment.
Not only do certain songs evoke vast stretches of my own history, they never stopped making me feel that connection, even after I grew up and left most of my childhood loves behind. This sort of thing is dismissed as nostalgia, and maybe it is on some level. But the stuff that’s really meaningful—be it a song, movie, love affair, or some other transformative event—doesn’t have an expiration date... after which time you simply move on. We don’t have to rip out the back pages of our lives to make way for the new. Those pages are the foundation that gives richness to our lives, explaining where we came from and how we got here. Sometimes, those old storylines even end up having extra chapters we didn’t anticipate.
we cannot create new opportunities in the world if we do not first create room for them in our minds.
when people are task focused, they don’t pay attention to themselves. Most tasks, in fact, require a clear awareness of the objects, events, and concrete features that are necessary to accomplish the task goals. Much like the two people with the artificially high testosterone levels, task-focused people are able to make decisions without human relationships getting in the way.
Your job is to collect good ideas. The more good ideas you collect, the more you can choose from to be influenced by.