Conserve your energy and power. Don’t complain; change:Continue reading “SEEK YOUR OWN PERSONAL MAXIMAL BENEFIT INSTEAD OF COMPLAINING”
Leverage what’s in your power to change, and when you cannot change certain things, let it be. Or given the constraints of something you cannot change, seek your own personal maximum benefit!
I’m very grateful for my life, all my advantages and accomplishments yet I’m still dissatisfied — I want more. Perhaps this is a good hybrid? To harness dissatisfaction to continue to hustle forward, yet still expressing and feeling gratitude for your past accomplishments?
The goal in photography: to never run out of inspiration and motivation to keep making new photos, to never lose your enthusiasm to keep exploring, and creating the new!Continue reading “Photography Longevity”
A life of perfect ease and satisfaction … how would we be any different than happy cows?Continue reading “Why Dissatisfaction is Good”
A personal essay on how I appreciate cops so much (especially coach Greg Lowe, former Oakland PD head), and in defense of cops in general:Continue reading “IN DEFENSE OF COPS”
What gets us moving and what motivates us to move, act, do, create and challenge things? My thought: perhaps dissatisfaction is good. If we were perfectly satisfied with everything, what motivation or motive would we have to do anything?
I am a very curious case. On one hand, I am very anti consumerist and capitalist. On the other hand, I am very pro-capitalism and pro-consumerism in other contexts and domains. This is the tricky thing:
There are times when buying stuff (merino wool clothing, happy lamps at home, workout equipment and weights for home) is legitimately a good use of money. And there are other times when money is a huuuuge waste like buying expensive sneakers, expensive watches, expensive cars, etc.
Then I suppose the pragmatic goal we have is this:
When is capitalism-consumerism bad, and when is it good?
So the ‘when‘ question needs to be addressed!
Hack your environment:Continue reading “ENVIRONMENT HACKING”
Going from a 300 square foot “luxury” minimalist studio apartment to a 1,700 square foot 2 bedroom, 2 bath, enclosed garage, three floors— I will easily say:
The smaller more high quality (well designed space in a “luxury” apartment complex) space is superior.
Why? Some reasons:Continue reading “Big Homes Are Overrated”
In order to become more.
Insane goals are the best and only goals worth pursuing in life!
Like Big Sean said: “The city is metabolic and my metropolis”.
The city as more dynamic, alive, and metabolic. A greater form of society. More energy, force. The beauty of a concrete paradise.
Regret will help you make superior decisions in the future!Continue reading “The Philosophy of Regret”
Never blame others, only yourself. And if you regret a certain life decision, harness that regret to *NOT* make a more costly decision in the future!
More important: natural light, quality of goods, color and aesthetics of materials, big ceilings, and huge windows.
No aesthetics, no beauty.
Why beauty? Beauty is the great physiological joy of humankind. And we as artists… aesthetics is all we care for. Beauty and only beauty — we hate the ugly!
Then the goal is this:
To surround ourselves with only the beautiful, and to strive to create beautiful things, and to become *MORE* beautiful ourselves.
To focus on our own self-beautification.
A life only focused on utility — a slave-like existence.
If we want a better camera, just use or get a RICOH GR III. For most people, the difference between 4G won’t really change your life in any meaningful way. In fact perhaps 5G will cause more people to waste time streaming these empty TV shows and Netflix movies.
Better investment to use money on body building, weight lifting, travel, or arts creation.
We will always desire faster internet. But towards what ends, and for what?
5G as insanely great for creators.
If you desire to share a lot of photos, videos, or data-heavy content or information or artwork, having a faster mobile connection is hugely beneficial for being a “creator on the go”.
The only regrets I have in life are when I betray my gut, my emotional preferences and aesthetic preferences. Lesson:
It doesn’t matter how much “money you save”, or how “rational” something is.
Emotions, gut preferences are supreme. Lesson:
Moving forward in life, you don’t need to “explain” your emotional preferences. Just obey yourself, and your own gut!
Emotions will rule the future!
Also moving forward, become *MORE* staunch on your personal preferences in life, and never kowtow what you truly care for. Having the courage to upset others. Never make a decision just to please someone else or to make someone else “happy”— as you often will make yourself miserable!
There are a trillion photographers out there. How do you make a name for yourself and differentiate yourself from the billion of other photographers out there?
Some ideas:Continue reading “How to differentiate yourself as a photographer”
The photography market is vast, wide, and deep. Given our image conscious society, and our visual sociology, the photography market is the biggest (ever expanding) pie to take advantage of!
I get bored very easily. Perhaps this is my great advantage in life. As a consequence to conquer my boredom, I go out, I do things, I strive to be more active, and to affect and effect the world.
Boredom is a useful tool to be harnessed to your advantage!
You’re not in school anymore. Now is your turn and time to direct your own self development, your own self learning. No homework, no due dates, no deadlines and no grading. You’re the teacher and professor of yourself. Don’t delay; lead yourself!
In this game of life, the point ain’t to become someone else or emulate someone else. The point is for you to become yourself, become more of yourself. To invent yourself.
Despite all the pain and drudgery of life, what’s our salvation? Photography!Continue reading “Photo is the Answer”
Start by being tolerant of others and their lifestyle, and also if you’re strong, help those who are less fortunate than you.
The ideal state: not freedom from pain and suffering, but the ideal is a state of maximal engagement; maximal engagement with my mind, body, soul, other humans, and the world?