Friday, December 21, 2012

Looking for the right questions

Want to climb Montebello but
  • this thing is sitting up there on the ridge
  • I'm still sick, so it would be stupid
Enjoying the Winter Solstice indoors, watching the rain come and reading The World is Flat. Wondering how I can be sick for the fourth time in seven months since returning from Route 66. Maybe wondering where money and health insurance is going to come from in the future.

Finished How to Find the Work you Love. Highly recommend for those in transition at work. A couple of days ago, a realization: I've never actively chosen a job or career path. Never had the chance. Don't know how!

I like the way the book teases apart difficult issues and questions, defuses them. It's clear, gentle, and profound. Just the thing to start reengineering my life. Unlike Bella I can't hunker down against the coming (weather) apocalypse. It doesn't work that way for humans. Even in a squall of uncertainty.

Mark Templeton, the CEO of Citrix, said something in this interview that resonated with me. At the end he talks about two different ways of navigating life choices, paint-by-numbers and connect-the-dots.
So with the paint-by-number set, you know ahead of time what it’s going to look like. Then, by contrast, with a connect-the-dots puzzle, you can only guess at what it might look like by the time you finish. And what you notice about that process is the further along you get, the more clear it becomes. It might be a beach ball, or a seal in a Sea World park or something. The speed at which you connect dots gets faster as the picture starts coming into view.
You probably get the parallel. This isn’t about what’s right and what’s wrong. This is about getting it right for you.
For some reason I keep carrying the book around. Maybe until the next dot comes along.

Bike abundance at the Dojo
Yesterday someone spotted it on the table at Hacker Dojo. A former manager in a corporate bank tower in Manhattan, he went back to school to become a software engineer. He just knew the right path when it was in front of him. The book's next stop is his son, a new grad who is finding his way. 

I'm not quite done with it. It's OK, a copy of HTFTWYL, the Zen of Making a Living, and the Tao of Abundance will land on my porch Christmas Eve. 

1 comment :

  1. I'm glad for all the rain... but I don't think my bike is. :/ The book sounds interesting. I've added it to my to-read list.