Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Flow and feedback

Nature is tough. Why does immediate gratification is seen as a bad thing ? And why should we always be patient for the good things ?

Why am I so tempted to check youtube now instead of developping my business ?

The reason is simple, our mind flow where there is the most feedback.
Youtube is immediate feedback, you click, you see the video.
A video game is immediate feedback, each action will cause a reaction.
Open facebook, and you see all these news on your friends.

Why these things are so addictive ? Because our mind search to attain flow.

Flow is the mental state you experience when you are so focused on something that time and your body seems to disappear.

Flow happens when your mind is too occupied to care about your environment, and it happen thanks to the constant feedback of the task.

Immediate gratification is not a bad things, you can use the same principle on any activity that make you grow.
If you want to stop procrastinating, just ask you this question : How to produce constant feedback when working on my task ?

In software development test driven development is a powerful method that will keep your from procrastinate.

If you want to be fit, how can you create more feedback during physical exercice ?
If you want to expand your knowledge, how will you use it for immediate result ?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Time and money are nothing

I'm free of my time, earn good money, do not depend on a single revenue stream, and I can earn money anywhere there is internet. And yet, life is not better because of this.

Most of people want to work so they can retire and do what I do now... They are wrong, their life will not be better.

My explanation is that we are very similar to ants : We are social worker, we need to work for communities.
My everyday joy is spreading knowledge to the developer community. My list of article on codeproject is my greatest pride.

When you rest and procrastinate, boredom will get you.
When you work for money, and not for a community, boredom will get you.

We are social workers, as ants are. Remove either the social or worker part and boredom will get you. This seems hardwired into us, and no amount of money, freedom, and luxury can change it.

That's why the culture in a business is so important. The culture transform business to community. Stronger the sense of unity, higher is happiness of members. That sounds like almost as a sect, but they are using the same ingredient to inspire their members.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Conspiracy of the fear

Long time ago, I followed mass media. And since I trashed it completely from my life, guess what happened ? Nothing.

Except that now when I speak with people that continue with it, there always tell me about crisis, bad time, regression, political battle, suicide, murder, recession, instability and all that stuff.
And given all of this mess, they hold tighter on what they were doing every day, hoping it will stop by itself.
That's the definition of insanity from Einstein : Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Contrary to before, I am extra conscious about that, conscious about that insanity, and people just echoing what they are listening.

At the very same time, nowadays are the very best business days of my life, with lots of great customers, lots of interesting work, new contracts come everyday without searching, lots of free time and travel, and it improves every day.
The world I'm living in is happily sharing their brain, and impress me more and more everyday.
This knowledge gives me more freedom, and extend what I can do with my finger tips.

The only reason why my world is different, is because there is a conspiracy of fear that want to murder the mass. I'm lucky to be wierd enough to not be touched. That's the only explanation that my brain made up to fill the coherence gap.

I don't know why, I don't know who, but there is definitively a mass attack.
It's main vector is mass media.
And mass media is not only TV, but also include every website, in any domain that echo informations.

If your eye, your ears and your thoughts listens every single day about the devil, you will finish by believing he is here. This has nothing to do with intelligence and with willpower. It is just humain behavior, hardcoded in our gene, and we have to accept it.
We can use this behavior for your advantage : just mute the bad echo and volume up the good echo, the world will be better.