In Silicon Valley we talk much about the “minimum viable product” (MVP). But how can we cross pollinate this concept to living?[Read more…] about Minimum Viable Thriving
Towards a new way of thinking about the ego:[Read more…] about The Philosophy of Ego
True passions: an unadultured passion you’ve had since you were a kid, teenager or high school/college student. For example my passion for working out, fitness, diet and nutrition, modding cars, photography, blogging, travel, new experiences, desire to become self employed.
False passions: passions society superimposes unto you — for example, desire for luxury cars, buying a home, money, etc.
Then it seems in life, one of the great steps towards self wisdom is learning how to distinguish between true and false passions, and to devote more time and effort towards your true passions, while becoming even more mercurial towards the false passions.[Read more…] about True vs False Passions
You are the camera, the tool, the instrument. You decide what to photograph and what *not* to photograph.
You don’t need to ‘buy’ a new camera if *you* are the camera!
Photos not reviewed aren’t worth shooting:[Read more…] about Why Review Your Photos?
Typically we are taught: “The more space, the better”. But through my life experiences, I’ve found this to be patently false. More often than not (due to complex scaling effects) bigger, more space, more heavy, more stuff is worse.
In terms of space, let’s talk about living scenarios. The more space you got, the more difficult it is to light up and brighten, the more difficult it is to keep clean and vacuum, harder to reach or find your stuff, etc.[Read more…] about The Philosophy of Space
If anything, because we spend so much time at home now, being extremely picky with our living situation and abode is more important than ever!
Or in other words, optimize for your lifestyle over your material possessions, tools and things.[Read more…] about Good Homes Over Good Cars
What do we desire? Exuberant, high spirits. Ideally, permanently elevated high mood and spirits.[Read more…] about Exuberant, High Spirits
Rational — ratio, to compute (reor). Comes from PIE (hreh) to think, which is a reanalyzed root of her- (to put together).
So in some ways, to be “rational” means:
Make decisions based on a “well put together” series of thoughtful reflections.
But this is to give too much credence to “thinking” or “rational thought”. It is of my belief that much of our “thoughts” are simply after-the-fact rationalizations of our “irrational” body-mind.
Thus, rationality doesn’t exist. It is simply a phantom or chimera of our bodily sensations. The mind and brain as the laggard behind our true decision making processes which actually occur in the body.[Read more…] about The Philosophy of Rationality
Life is a series of decision making. But how do you know what the “best” or “right” decision is?
You don’t. But I’ve discovered for myself, the happiest I am is when I have deep certainty in the decisions I’ve made, which are typically more emotional and subjective than “rational” and “logical”.
Know thyselfOracle at Delphi
The only and most meaningful knowledge which can be more accurately ascertained — your knowledge of your self. Self knowledge.
What is a “true desire”?
A true desire:
The self knowledge in knowing what is best for *you* and not others.
Seeking your own greatest personal advantage in life. The knowledge and recognition that your own virtues and vices are subjective… and which only (and should only) apply to you.
We are taught and trained that logic is supreme and irrationality is bad. But what if logic is overrated, and if we desire to live the best and most supreme life, we should harness our “irrational exuberance” to the extreme?
Obey your desires, especially the strong ones.
And another thing:
Ensure that your desires at the “true” ones — don’t get suckered into desiring “false” things you don’t truly care for.
In other words, obey your strong desires for your true desires and true preferences. Ruthlessly shun false, fake, or the desires of others. And also ignore your “weak” desires.
Each moment in your day is the same and equal, which means:
Leverage each and every moment to make photos and to document and record it all!
What is the end of our money-getting, our entrepreneurial hustle, our investments and speculations, etc? The hope for a better tomorrow and brighter and more prosperous future.
But what does that even mean, and how is it manifested?[Read more…] about What Does a Brighter, More Prosperous Future Mean or Look Like?
I am currently in a state of deep and profound tranquility. Unperturbed, strong, calm, and zen.
Many seek tranquility yet never get it. Why not? And how can we gain tranquility? Some thoughts:[Read more…] about How to Achieve Tranquility
Photo by photo — each photo as part of a particle steam or wave. This means:
It isn’t about a single photo, single moment, or even a contained photo “project” or set.
All your photos as part of one continuum or stream:[Read more…] about Each Photo You Shoot is Part of a Stream of Becoming
What is the secret behind making immortal photos? Simple:
Shoot with your soul.
You cannot fake love and enthusiasm, especially when it comes to your photos. Shoot with your entire soul and being, and impute all your artistic faculties, skills, techniques and powers to make the most aesthetically beautiful and powerful images.[Read more…] about SHOOT WITH YOUR SOUL.
“Love without sacrifice is theft.” – Nassim Taleb
What makes love so great? The level or degree of sacrifice we put forth in order to verify that love.
The other night when doing the midnight shift taking care of baby Seneca — I remembered and thought:
If having a baby were so easy, the profundity and elevation of joy and love associated with parenthood wouldn’t be verified.
In other words, anything you get, do, receive in life which doesn’t require sacrifice or “skin in the game” isn’t meaningful. In simpler words:
The more we sacrifice for something, the more meaning it has.
It seems modernity says impulses are bad. But there can also be great wisdom behind impulsive behaviors, especially when it comes to art.
Impulses which come to our “base pleasures” are bad, or financial ones.
Good impulses are related to artistic thoughts, philosophical or poetic thoughts, or anything around your artistic creation!
Dear friends I am convinced:
If you desire to extract the maximum from existence, live as maximally a risky, entrepreneurial and adventurous life as possible!
Much of our boredom, ennui, depression and existential dread comes from a life and lifestyle which is *too* predictable, caged, domesticated and static.
Going in reverse — Cindy heroically birthed Seneca Thien Anh Hanul Kim after an arduous 52 hour labor. For personal reasons, I wanted to keep the pregnancy photos “low key”, but now that Hanul is here and I also wrote about photographing his birth, I wanted to use this opportunity to review the last 9+ months of Cindy and pregnancy — and to reflect on this beautiful journey:[Read more…] about How to Photograph Pregnancy
Some lovely color photos and words from Savannah Condon, straight out of Mexico:[Read more…] about Mexico Color Studies by Savannah Condon
A thought leader —
Someone whose opinion, thoughts and ideas sway and impact and influence the crowd and society.
For example, Elon Musk as meme lord of the internet and more recent Dogecoin advocate (I wonder when Elon Musk will tweet when you can buy a Tesla in DOGE?)
Simple ideas:[Read more…] about How to Become a Thought Leader
To piggy back off of yesterday’s thought:
My simple answer to that:
For me, I already have everything I need. As long as I can continue to pursue photography with an earnest fervor, I’m happy.
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Once you become a Bitcoin or Crypto Billionaire, *then what*?
As photographers we don’t just make photos, we make stories:[Read more…] about The Photographer as Story Teller