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For the last two weeks, I have tackled issues, and I’m still tackling new ones.

(Have a look at my past posts to know what I’m writing about).

Needless to say: it is exhausting.

I always find myself awake at 4:30 am, super energetic (it is usually my energy peak) , and I hate wasting energy.

So, I grab my iPad and read books nobody will. at least I think so.  Would you be interested in reading a book called “Inside Apple“? Unless your are a fanboi computer geek which is interested in HR and temperaments/personalities and their pros and cons, I bet you wouldn’t.

Not a safe bet.

My health has never been great, and I don’t want it to deteriorate.

There are a few tricks that I do before giving in (and I gave in once in my life: I had a lung infection and spent a few days in the coma. OK, I digress, but bear that in mind)!

Taking a shower after having triggered my mind with an insanely intricate computer science lecture, or an inspiring TED talk, is what I usually do.

Solutions and ideas appear when you least expect them. It is common sense.

The next Joe would say the same, but I’m not the next Joe.

When you let purposely your mind wander, it will certainly bring you where it wouldn’t if you were hyper-active and focused obsessed.

My weapon of choice is a simple shower, or a bath.

I soak my hands in warm water before playing keyboards or cello. Any tension disappears, and I can warm-up, then play confidently knowing that I prepared myself.

See… This is a borrowed parallel paradigm (a term I coined a few blog posts ago and didn’t use in a blog post)!

I use a “model” totally unrelated to the task at hand to solve it. I transpose it (sorry for the musical pun).

Well, it’s time for a new TED talk and to catch up on my Stanford lectures (I have a strong disgust for the C language, and we are comparing Objective-C and ANSI C. I want to move on to the next step, yet I know that my teacher is doing what we’ll need ten lectures later).

Oh, one last thing: nothing beats a cup of Yunnan tea.

One more thing: this is the post where my 666th tag will appear. I’m an unabashed metal freak, but in no way Satanist. I just find that ending my post with something less serious could release some tension!

Which are your strategies to kick out stress and burn-outs from tearing you apart?

Do you let your mind wander to find solutions, or do you keep working until you run out of gas?

 

 

 

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What I mean by a “borrowed parallel paradigm” is that a paradigm out of my field of study or biz can help me shape – or reshape- my thinking and my doing.
It broadens my vision, or help me see the world through new lenses.

If I use Apple’s biz paradigm (mainly, a platform, to be studied) to improve my creative musician skills, it’s a win. However, it is not easy to draw parallel lines with those unrelated areas.

To create, to innovate, to shape, call it what you want, you need to borrow or shamelessly steal from unrelated industries, areas, businesses -even if the models are outdated- to make your very own product, be it a symphony or a startup.

That’s what Google does, what Amazon does, what a schmazillion of other successful people do. They succeed at what they aim for.
Success is not a one-size-fits-all word!

A pattern can be transposed successfully if applied in a clever way. If you stay in your area, you are likely to learn nothing. If you go where everyone else goes, you end up doing what everyone does. Is it what you want?

Picasso famously said that great artists steal. Is Picasso a great artist? This up to you to judge. The statement is true, though.

Today, the word artist has a broader meaning. A VP or a CEO can be artists, not because they are hobbyist painters or musicians, but because they -the succesful ones- totally pour themselves into what they do. Stravinsky used to say that a succesful piece of art is 99% work!

As far as I am concerned: I come from a very complex background.

I am a musician. That is the core of my being. 26 years of mayhem, and counting!

I sing, I play snare drum, timpani, vibraphone, drums, cello, viola da gamba, guitar, harpsichord, piano, organ… All those instruments have one thing in common: they require the use of fingers (in this case, parallels are drawn quite easily. Starting small is not a bad thing), and demand a very high degree of commitment.
I also produce, edit, mix and master. I started as a FOH engineer, but moved on to my comfy studio more as my back pain increased with FOH muck work. I am now settled.

However, I read business books, blogs about education, biographies, I love CDs and LPs artwork and do my own, I hang around with TED speakers, I study iOS programming and programming abstractions (courtesy of Stanford University). I read other people Ph.Ds’ stuff, too, no matter the subject.

How does all that relate? How does one model applies to the other to foster creativity? I’m diligently working on it.

Easy is not a word I can use to describe that task. I have to learn critical thinking, which is not taught at school/college.

I have to ask for mentorship, sometimes. I have to ask myself the right questions. It’s exhausting, and I already wanted to throw the towel many times. I didn’t, because I’m passionate about what I do.

Of course, it is easy to get lost into all those unrelated areas. Focus on your primary one and look around. How can you improve or change your existing model?

Borrow paradigms. Shamelessly. The more unrelated, the better.
Get the broadest scope you can get, yet keep in mind that you want to raise the bar of your primary activity, foster creativity and get smarter at what you do.

One last thing: don’t lose sight of your own goals.

I’d love to hear from you. You are encouraged to share your experiences and thoughts. Your personal info will never be shared.

We are churning out Ph.Ds like never before, yet the cumulated contribution to humankind of one year strong of this scholar drivel has less impact than a 3-minute long TED talk.

Feel free to comment.

What is a Ph.D. worth today?

Does a degree realistically depicts what one is able to do?

Do you foresee the top-down model disappearing, and the need of something radically different?

Do you want to stick to the meritocratic status quo?

If yes, why?

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TED Global 2012

About TEDGlobal 2012:

I borrowed TEDG’s “description” and added notes inside parentheses.

“All bets are off (meaning:the outcome of a situation is unpredictable) as to what openness and collaboration in an ultra-connected world will mean for human potential (one thing is sure, it is killing introverts like me, which need to “disconnect” to recharge their batteries).

Traditional top-down (hierarchical) models of organization no longer reflect reality.

Social capital and influence are becoming stronger currencies than hierarchy and formal power (we can expect to achieve a level of transparency/openness so powerful that it will ridicule the sacrosanct résumé and “open” new perspectives for those who are not Ivy-Leaguers, yet highly qualified. There’s now a hope of getting rid of résumés, and saving trees by not printing any f-in one).

New, collaborative ways of creating meaning and things are developing at fast pace (a new system of values is appearing, so what will we expect from each other when we are all naked?).

Only one thing appears certain: Secrecy is no longer bankable (certain to bring profit and success. Apple’s culture of secret is threatened): impact is. The future will be built on great ideas (starting at school, teaching kids how to use a compass, not a map that keeps changing, and not squandering creativity), and for that, great ideas need to circulate freely, broadly and openly.” (Without censorship and without creating a new arbitrary hierarchy).

These “things between parentheses” are some of my minute thoughts, taken during a drink with friends (I’ve got much more than those few notes, of course).

Your comments are most welcome!

Are you attending TED Global this year in Edinburgh?

If so, what are you expecting?

Do this experiment to generate a post idea

My guess was absolutely spot on. I knew I will fall asleep soon and wake up quite as I’m writing now…

Hey, I just found myself waking up with an iPhone on the chest and in my bed!

As much as I did a crazy and trippy dream with clouds and apples everywhere yesterday, i don’t remind anything but perhaps… Yeah, drums again, practicing again and hanging around with Machine Head. That is how it started to wander, I think.

No fear at all! That was so relieving because I’m such a perfectionnist and a control freak when it comes to music.

I didn’t feel any fear because I have nothing to lose. I will disappear someday and everything will vanish. Please go to YouTube or TED and search for Steve Job’s commencement speech at Stanford in 2005. You’ll know what I mean.

Topic #279: Sometimes you can make a topic appear out of nothing at all. Do the following. Make sure you are somewhere safe. Guess how long you can keep your eyes closed. Close your eyes. Start counting. See how long you can go. Write about any or all of: How close your guess was to your actual performance. What thoughts did your mind wander to while you were counting? Did you feel any fear? Why or why not? … Read More

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The post-internet era is near.

I know that it may sound like a vague prediction, but it is coming, no matter if you want it or not.

Seth Godin deals with it for a while now. Check out his TED talks and his blog!

The industrial era came to an end, the post-industrial era is coming to an end, and with her, the Internet, which is in shambles.

I do not want to go back to a pre-industrial era, but to think of how the Internet will be replaced, and how it will affect our lives (especially for employees, employers, entrepreneurs and the like).

The future is in our hands. What are we gonna do with it?

If we have no clue what to do with the present, the “now”, it is likely that we’ll be lost.

I haven’t got miracle recipes. Just keep in mind that even if you don’t feel any threat right now, you must be prepared for what’s next, no matter what it is.

Your best defense is action. Now.

Update (June 8th,2011):

The threat I was dealing with when this blog was published was the shortage of IP adresses. If people are smart enough to use IPv6 instead of the actual IPv4, everything should be fine.