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
http://sacha.free.net.ph/rolemodels/ .

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…

Ahhhh.

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… =)