Intuition is not a single way of knowing – it’s our ability to hold space for uncertainty and our willingness to trust the many ways we’ve developed knowledge and insight, including instant, experience, faith, and reason.
– Brené Brown, from The Gifts of Imperfection
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Mastery requires endurance. Mastery, a word we don’t use often, is not the equivalent of what we might consider its cognate— perfectionism— an inhuman aim motivated by a concern with how others view us. Mastery is also not the same as success— an event-based victory based on a peak point, a punctuated moment in time. Mastery is not merely a commitment to a goal, but to a curved-line, constant pursuit.
– Sarah Lewis, from The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery
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You cannot be really first-rate at your work if your work is all you are.
– Anna Quindalen, from A Short Guide to a Happy Life
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How many times do you get a blinding insight out of your own head? You get to blinding insight when you listen to somebody and take that little snippet of logic or data or whatever, merge it with something that is in your head and—whammo— out comes a new interesting thought. That is where the out-of-the-box ideas come from, and you systematically prevent yourself from getting there by being dismissive of users, dismissive of clients, dismissive of colleagues who don’t agree with you.
The kernel of somebody who doesn’t agree with you is either different data, or different logic; I think you get out-of-the-boxness by getting outside your own head and understanding this different data or logic, not by digging deeper in your own head for something that just isn’t there.
– Roger Martin, from Design Thinking and How It Will Change Management Education
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When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone, and of good cheer – say, traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep: it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly. Whence and how they come, I know not; nor can I force them.
– Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Simplicity can be a choice, a feeling, or a guiding light. You can tell pretty quickly when you’re in a place that believes in it and when you’re in a place that doesn’t.
Simplicity has its own kryptonite in the equal and opposite force of Complexity.
– Ken Segall in Insanely Simple, p. 7 and 8
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This past weekend I visited the Kaufman Museum’s exhibit: In the Fields of Time. On a card, tucked into an experience station, I discovered a card with Dr. Emil Haury’s rules for his anthropology courses.
Several of these rules resonated with me. Patricia Crown included these in Remembrance of Emil Haury. She writes, “He repeated these rules in every course he taught and he lived them.” I share them here, hoping that some of them will speak to my readers as they have to me:
- Never wear a hat while giving a professional talk.
- Never use jargon.
- Avoid the use of the word “very” in professional writing.
- Try to have one good idea every day.
- Keep a research journal at all times and write down those good ideas.
- When your research project is complete, look at your journal and perhaps there will actually be one or two good ideas in there.
- Write three pages on something every day, you can always throw them out later.
- Always write your introductions last, so that you specify what you plan to do after you know what you have done.
- Living conditions make or break field schools.
- At the end of the semester give your teaching assistant a large bottle of the alcoholic of his or her choice.
- Treat everyone as if he or she has something intelligent to say, even if they don’t.
- You may try to quit archaeology, but once it is in your blood, you will never get away.
- People with wacky ideas are important to the profession in forcing the rest of us to clarify our arguments.
- Don’t try to change anything your first year in a new job, or you will wound some egos.
- If you are lost in the desert, the one thing you need most for survival is a piece of string.
From: Crown, P. L. (1993.) “Remembrance of Emil Haury,” Kiva, 59(2):261-65.
Which rule connects with you? Do you have a story to illustrate a rule?
Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist
but the ability to start over.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald
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