68 life lessons from Kevin Kelly

No one can think about the meaning of cultural change better than Kevin Kelly, whose life story reads as a treatise on the value and impact of technology. Kevin Kelly, one of the great thinkers on the Internet, turned 68 this week. That is why he comes up with 68 opinions based on the lessons he has learned in his life. Of course there is a lot to be done on a lot. But still, nice to read. A few examples...

- Being enthusiastic is worth 25 IQ points.
- Never use a credit card for credit. The only kind of credit or debt that is acceptable is debt to acquire something whose exchange value is very likely to rise, as in a house. The exchange value of most things decreases or disappears as soon as you buy them. Do not have debts with losers.
- To make something good, just do it. To make something great, just do it again, do it again, do it again. The secret to making beautiful things is to recreate them.
- To show up. Keep showing up. Someone successfully said: 99% of the success just shows up.
- Separate the creation processes from improving. You can't write and edit, sculpt and polish at the same time, create and analyze. If you do, the editor stops the creator. - - Do not select while you are thinking. Do not inspect while sketching. Do not think while writing the first concept. In the beginning, the mind of the creator must be let go of judgment.
- Before you get old, attend as many funerals as you can bear and listen. No one talks about the achievements of the deceased. The only thing people will remember is what kind of person you were while you were performing.
Acquiring things will rarely give you deep satisfaction. But the gain of experience will be.
You really don't want to be famous. Read the biography of a famous person.
- I'm sure that in 100 years, much of what I consider to be true today will turn out to be wrong, maybe even shamefully wrong, and I'm really trying to figure out what I'm wrong today.
- In the long term, the future is determined by optimists. To be an optimist, you don't have to ignore all the many problems we create; you just have to imagine that we could improve our ability to solve problems.

Source: Fast Moving Targets