(Note: This post was initially published as part of my newsletter. ) Hi, hope you’re having a great Sunday! Today we’re getting a bit geeky. How do you choose the right path? How do you know which skill is the right one to learn at any given moment? What should you dedicate time to over … Continue reading NC Weekly 3: Stumbling on the right path – How randomness, algorithms and climbing can help you find your way in a complex world.
(Note: This post was initially published as part of my newsletter. ) Hi, hope you had a great Sunday. I just finished getting through the slump of a nice bbq and honestly. I was about to postpone writing this. Today got here faster than I anticipated and apart from having a vague idea of what … Continue reading NCy Weekly 2: Betting on your own success – How to think about the potential of an idea
(Note: This post was initially published as part of my newsletter. ) Welcome to the first issue of my newsletter, Negative Capability Weekly. The first one is always special. It’s like a TV pilot, mixed in with a manifesto. A manifesto is a published declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of the issuer. Why I’m writing … Continue reading NC Weekly 1: Pilot – Welcome to Negative Capability Weekly
There’s a great scene in Batman begins where the dark knight, just before plunging into the hell that awaits him as the burning slums of Gotham, turns to Rachel, his long time friend and secret love and says: It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me. That’s exactly what Rachel … Continue reading What defines you?
We’re all facing crazy uncertain times lately. Whenever something like this happens, our tendency is to default to fight or flight. The fight-or-flight response, also known as the acute stress response, refers to a physiological reaction that occurs in the presence of something that is terrifying, either mentally or physically. The term ‘fight-or-flight’ represents the … Continue reading Make your choice
We think a lot every day. Some researchers say it’s around 70,000 thoughts per day. I know I do it a lot. Especially when my mind is left to wonder, free from any constraints. Thank god for meditation or my head would probably metaphorically implode. The other day on a run, I had 4 or … Continue reading The value of ideas
Reminder: Next time you’re having a mindful and relaxing morning and someone inadvertently makes you spill your coffee all over your favorite, pristine book… …let compassion teach you (and them) a lesson on equanimity. Continue reading Spilled coffee
Last Saturday I turned 34. If you consider today’s life expectancy in Europe (around 80 years), I’m almost halfway through. I thought about doing “a year in review”, but reviewing last year from the lens of the goals I’ve reached, I realized, wouldn’t tell me much. Some goals require years of work and goals alone … Continue reading A year in learning
Solo walks in nature can turn into a whirlwind of ideas. It was sunny, I was sitting on a bench and this woman with her dog walked past me. The dog was munching on a rubber ball and looking at me, it suddenly stopped and let the ball drop. It just stood there excitedly wanting … Continue reading Facing chaos in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber
Is the future predictable? According to the author of the book “Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction”, it’s a grey area. So is reality clocklike or cloud-like? Is the future predictable or not? These are false dichotomies… We live in a world of clocks and clouds and a vast jumble of other metaphors. Unpredictability … Continue reading Clocks and clouds