Monday Morning Dispatch - Volume #106

Start your Monday off right:

  1. Sean Lemoine traveled out to the Lucerne Dry Lake bed for the annual Large Dangerous Rocket Ships event to capture the amateur rocket sciences blasting off their homemade devices trying to reach the atmosphere.  
  2. Not too long ago the cronut (croissant + doughnut) caused a massive craze particularly in NYC. Maybe the cruffin (croissant + muffin) will be the next trendy bakery item. If that is the case, you can at least make these doughy beauties at home. 
  3. Creativity doesn't come out of nowhere. It's grounded in reality otherwise it would be imagination. Creativity is about discovering the next possible step of an idea that may be obscured. 
  4. I had never heard how the Black Keys, one of my favorite bands, received their first record deal. They recorded a demo and sent it off to various record companies before they even had played a single show together. A small record company took a chance on them and the rest is history. 
  5. “Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future. The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today. You are arranging what lies in Fortune’s control, and abandoning what lies in yours. What are you looking at? To what goal are you straining? The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.”
    – Seneca
  6. There may not be many productivity articles better than this one. I wish more people followed rule #1...."Decide what’s important right now because in five, ten or fifteen years you will be more disappointed by what you have not done, rather than what you have done."

  7. I believe confidence may be one of the most misunderstood attributes. Confidence is not a personality trait a person is born with but rather a choice. "I choose to focus on my success and believe it is more indicative of who I am than my failure."

  8. Constraints only work if they hurt. DHH is writing in relation to writing computer software but this point applies to every form of constraint. The pain resulting from the constraint forces people to think of different solution. The box allows people to come up with an out of the box solution.