Friday, September 4, 2009

How to Get What You Want (part 1)

I think that everyone in life wants one thing:

What they want.

Is that a crazy redundancy? Maybe, but look a little deeper. Of course everyone wants what they want, but what does that really mean?

To answer that question, you have to look inside yourself. It is a very personal question to answer. We all want the necessities of life: money, home, food. That's a given. But what about beyond that? Those are the questions we must ask ourselves because that is what drives us. If you have not answered those questions for yourself, then why do you get out and continue to do what you do?

For me, I want to unlock the potential of my family and my friends. I want to inspire them to become more than what they are right now. That is how I want to show them my love. I want to be able to end my time on this Earth having impacted a huge number of people. I want to be in their storybooks, not because of my greatness, but because of the greatness I drew out of them.

Go ahead and find out what is you want out of life. Once you get that figured out, we can move on the getting those things. Really take time to figure this out, because this will be what drives you when times are rough. These are your goals. These are your "Why's." You'll hear a lot about "Why" and why your "Why" is important.

Let's work on figuring out what you want:
If you had all the money in the world, what would you do with it?
What kind of importance do these things or experiences have to you?

You've got to really get down to the core of this for it to be effective. Ask these questions until there is no other answer. In my years in Architecture school, we were trained to distill the essence of different objects, buildings, spaces, etc. We were taught that in order to understand something magnificent, you have to understand it at its most basic level. Once you get that, you can then build something from it. The most basic part of a building is not the concrete foundation. It is the meaning or the idea the designer had in mind.

It's the same with your life. The most basic, elemental part about you is not your DNA or the physical elements that make you up. It is your idea or your meaning in this life. Once you figure that out, you can make things happen. You can literally build your life to match that.

If you build something that does not match that original, elemental idea or meaning, it will fail. Sure, the building may stand and be inhabited, but I will not have reached its full potential, and I call that a failure.

I hope that you are on the road to discovering your meaning. If you would like help, please feel free to contact me.

I will be posting more on how to build upon your "why" and how to design your life to match that.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Five minutes

I've got five minutes before I have to go to work. Which would have me move about five feet. I've been trying new things. A new way to make money. A new idea on relationships. A new approach to God. Everything has been successful. I'm still broke, still single, and still imperfect. But there is still success. I am successful in my endeavors because I have yet to give up. I know that I will make money. I know that I will find someone who I really connect with. I know that one day I will make it to heaven and not have to worry about sin and flesh. That keeps me going. That keeps me from quitting. It's easy to quit. It's easy to say this is too hard. I know. I've done it before. But I'm not into easy anymore. I believe that hard work, not for the sake of working hard but for the sake of doing it right, will bring about the correct result. I have become focused on the process bearing in mind that eventually, with the right process, the right result will come about. I have to keep going no matter what. Nothing is going to throw me off course. I challenge you to do the same.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Why I chose Mac

"I enjoy using OS X every day. It is simple, intuitive to use, and nice to look at. I think it helps me think clearly. By contrast, I find that Windows (xp) is just kind of a drag..."

That is a quote from alball on the forums. It pretty much explains why I, and many many others, have chosen the Mac platform. I find the OS to be very inspiring to use. It makes me want to learn how things are done and how to make things. I use windows at work and it is a drag.

The year leading up to my first year in college, I was contemplating what kind of computer I should buy. No one else around had a mac. The architecture school at Louisiana Tech's computer policy did not support Mac. I wanted one, but it was impractical. Then I heard about the glorious boot camp. That was the deciding factor. In the past year that I've had my computer, I've learned more about computers than the five or six years I used windows prior. It inspires me to do awesome things because the environment harbors that creativity and learning.

The Rhino team is starting to build a version for Mac OSX. Yes. I do have Rhino on Windows through Bootcamp, but I'm looking forward to the day that I can run it where an application like that should be run.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Being a geek

What does it mean to be a geek? According to the Jargon file entry for "geek" a geek is

"A person who has chosen concentration rather than conformity; one who pursues skill (especially technical skill) and imagination, not mainstream social acceptance. Geeks usually have a strong case of neophilia. Most geeks are adept with computers and treat hacker as a term of respect, but not all are hackers themselves - and some who are in fact hackers normally call themselves geeks anyway, because they (quite properly) regard `hacker' as a label that should be bestowed by others rather than self-assumed."

Now maybe you would find it offensive if someone called you a geek. If so it is probably because of your preconceptions of geeks. Perhaps you would prefer being one of the "cool guys," that it, one who does what "everyone else" is doing. Someone who is unable to think or do on their own.

A geek is a person who swims against the current of popularity, realizing that there is much much more to life than being liked because of what people see on the outside. He is a person who values values and principals more than outer appearances and names.

Geeks are not shallow spectators of life, seeing things from a sideline point of view. No. Geeks are the ones who are the most deeply involved in what they love. They don't half-heartedly do things lest they be thought of as weird. They get in there and give it there all.

I'm sure that you are thinking of someone sitting behind their computer writing code or playing WoW. I cannot say that you are wrong, but I can say that they are not the only geeks. Geeks are the people who try to find out everything that they can about a certain subject matter. For instance, I am an architecture geek. Not only do I do architecture in school, but I am subscribed to 4 RSS feeds and 5 podcasts directly related to architecture. And I check them almost daily.

I am also a Jesus geek. I try to live it every day. If you ask other people, they will tell you that I am a Christian. Not because I asked them to, but because I live it. I try to study my Bible every night, but it doesn't always work out for me. I pay attention and learn in Sunday School and during sermons. I worship with passion and fire because I love it. That is another quality of geeks, passion.
A geek will not sleep or eat because of the passion that they have in them for whatever it is they are doing. Several times during architecture school, I've missed sleep because I was doing my work and enjoying it. I missed doing some other homework last week because I was drawing some parti diagrams because I was enjoying it. I've stayed late at church praying with people well into the night because I love it.

You see, whether it be church, architecture, painting, singing, making smoothies, or starting your own business, it is best to approach it as a geek would, investing your everything into it. You know what they say. You only get out what you put in.