"I choose something I can’t prove, but something I can’t deny. A quiet whisper, a peaceful mystery, an open eye. Something that holds it all, but chooses not to control. Something that breaks me down, yet makes me whole..”

It’s awfully hard not to luv this living space & effortless style of Lucy Chadwick.. “It’s very easy in the kind of environment that I work in to just skim across the surface of everything, imagining that u’re doing the best possible job. Concentration is something that is fairly sparse during my working week.” -Lucy

When 140 characters just aren’t enough…

Some personal advice by Chris Anderson as you embark on career. “Everything from “one word: plastics” to… “follow your dream, pursue your passion.” Indeed the mantra of romantically pursuing passion is hammered into us by countless movies, novels and pulp TV. I’m not convinced it is very good advice. Apart from the fact that many people aren’t sure what their passion is, even if they were, there are lots of wonderful things in life that absolutely should not be pursued directly. Take love. We all want it. But there’s a word for people who pursue love a little too directly. Stalker. Or take happiness. Go after that wholeheartedly and most likely you’ll end up a hedonist, a narcissist, an addict.  A great musician who wants to pursue the absolute in artistic creativity doesn’t get there by being creative. She gets there by being disciplined. By learning, listening and by practicing for hours… until one day the creativity just flows of its own accord.

The architect Moshe Safdie ended his TED talk a few years with this poem. He who seeks truth shall find beauty. He who seeks beauty shall find vanity. He who seeks order, shall find gratification. He who seeks gratification, shall be disappointed. He who considers himself the servant of his fellow beings shall find the joy of self-expression. He who seeks self-expression, shall fall into the pit of arrogance. Arrogance is incompatible with nature. Through nature, the nature of the universe and the nature of man, we shall seek truth. If we seek truth, we shall find beauty.
So I guess my advice would be… Don’t pursue your passion directly. Instead… pursue the things that will empower you. Pursue knowledge. Be relentlessly curious. Listen, learn. Learning cannot ever, ever be allowed to stop.

Pursue discipline. It’s an old-fashioned word, but it’s never been more important.Today’s world is full of an impossible number of distractions. The world-changers are those who find a way of ignoring most of them.

And above all: pursue generosity. Not just because it will add meaning to your life - though it will do that - but because your future is going to be built on great ideas and in the future you are entering, great ideas HAVE to be given away. They do. The world is more interconnected than ever. The rules of what you give and what you hold on to have changed forever. If you hold on to your best ideas, maybe you can for a moment grab some short-term personal commercial gain. But if you let them roam free, they can spread like wildfire, earning you a global reputation. They can be reshaped and improved by others. They can achieve impact and influence in the world far greater than if you were to champion them alone. If we’ve discovered anything at TED these past few years, it’s that radical openness pays. We gave away our talks on the web, and far from killing demand for the conference, it massively increased it, turning TED from something which reached 800 people once a year to something which reached half a million people every day. We gave away our brand in the form of TEDx, and far from diluting TED, it democratized it, and multiplied its footprint a thousand fold.

Knowledge, discipline, generosity. If you pursue those with all the determination you possess, one day before too long, without your even knowing it, the chance to realize your most spectacular dreams will come gently tap you on the shoulder and whisper… “Let’s go!”.  And you’ll be ready.

And that is how you’re going to help shape a better future.

Brandon moved to New York in 2010. As an amateur photographer, he was fascinated by the crowds of characters throughout the city. He began to take street portraits of the people he met and share them in an album on his timeline named, Humans of New York..

"Twenty years ago, I avoided going on a trip that I didn’t want to go on because I broke my leg. I had only agreed to the trip in the first place because I wanted to avoid making my father mad. Afterward, I had this sudden realization that it had taken me breaking my leg to finally do what I wanted to do. And I’ve lived life on my own terms ever since." Humans of New York 

"Kayden experienced rain for the first time, and her amazement at nature is almost too precious to handle. Kayden’s awe is a great reminder for us to stop and appreciate the little things in life once in a while. Maybe the next time you’re caught in a surprise rainstorm without an umbrella, stop and think about what Kayden would say..”

 

Fail Safe

Every once in a while — often when we least expect it — we encounter someone more courageous, someone who choose to strive for that which (to us) seemed unrealistically unattainable, even elusive. And we marvel. We swoon. We gape. Often, we are in awe. I think we look at these people as lucky, when in fact, luck has nothing to do with it. It is really about the strength of their imagination; it is about how they constructed the possibilities for their Life. In short, they didn’t determine what was impossible before it was even possible.

* Debbie Millman’s illustrated essay of timeless advice on courage and the creative life 

“Most of my childhood is stored not in photos, but in certain biscuits, lights of day, smells, textures, sounds..”

"It was July 1923.. I packed all of my worldly goods - a pair of trousers, a checkered coat, a lot of drawing material and the last of the fairly tale reels we had made - in a kind of frayed cardboard suitcase. And with that wonderful audacity of youth, I went to Hollywood, arriving there with just forty dollars. It was a big day the day I got on that Santa Fe California Limited. I was just free and happy!" -Walt Disney 

"It was July 1923.. I packed all of my worldly goods - a pair of trousers, a checkered coat, a lot of drawing material and the last of the fairly tale reels we had made - in a kind of frayed cardboard suitcase. And with that wonderful audacity of youth, I went to Hollywood, arriving there with just forty dollars. It was a big day the day I got on that Santa Fe California Limited. I was just free and happy!" -Walt Disney