September 27, 2005

What do I want to do with my life?

September 27, 2005 - Categories: plans
What it is that you do? What is your core expertise?

That made me stop and think.

Effective mission statements aren't born in a vacuum. Rather, they are recognized in what's already happening.

I needed to figure out what I stood for.

I started with a bunch of index cards. I wrote keywords and phrases that appealed to me. Random stuff I'd been thinking about.

Not in order: Passion. Ideas. Public speaking. Coding. Writing. Networking. News (cool tech, etc). Productivity.

One of the cards didn't quite fit in. Even as I wrote it down, I thought to myself, "I should write this down, but I'm not really that passionate about it."

Realization #1: Even if my background is in computer science and I've been programming for as long as I can remember, programming itself doesn't make me happy unless I'm making an actual person's life better. I can't work with an abstract idea of a user. I need people with quirks and idiosyncrasies who'll be addicted to my software. I don't care about coding itself. I care about what I can do with it, and that was already part of "Productivity". I put the "coding" card aside.

Now I had a set of cards, all related to each other. I needed to find out how they were related to each other.

One word jumped out at me: passion. Realization #2: Passion makes everything else make sense. Everything fell into place around that.

I reviewed my cards, trying to see if I could classify them. My first list was speaking with passion, helping people find passion, and helping people pursue their passions.

When I tried to fit my cards into those categories, I realized that everything I wrote down applied to all of them, and that speaking with passion was part of both helping people find their passions and helping people pursue them. Realization #3: Everything I wrote down is part of both aspects of passion.

I wrote the table and posted it on .

So here's my brief mission statement, what I _do_:

I help people find their passions and pursue those passions effectively.

This is not something I came up with, but something I just recognized. I need to reflect on the relationship between my skills and my mission statement so that I'll know what I need to focus on. I also need to show how what I'm currently doing is connected to my mission.

Lapping up lentils

September 27, 2005 - Categories: -Uncategorized

The past few days have been repeats of previous CookOrDie successes, so I figured today I'd cook something in the true spirit of CookOrDie: throw things together and see if it works.

I felt like having lentil soup today. I poured lentils into a pot, covered them with lots of water, added chicken stock powder, and set that boiling. Then I went "Hmm." Chopped up two medium-sized onions and threw them in, too. For good measure, I threw in a chopped tomato and a couple of bay leaves at some point.

Good stuff. I originally planned to have some today and some tomorrow, but at the rate I'm going, I'll have it all today...


Needs slightly more liquid, but is otherwise great.

You know, I just might be able to survive on my cooking after all...

Lentil lunacy

September 27, 2005 - Categories: -Uncategorized

I will never underestimate lentils again. They give me a warm and fuzzy feeling of being quite full. A bit too full. I could've saved half of the soup for tomorrow... =)