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What If Only Your Actions Counted?

Published February 14, 2010 in Rambling - 1 Comments

Iaido Sword Draw: Iaido is a Japanese martial art that focuses on very fast, decisive action, namely the intercepting or blocking and counterattacking an assailant with one motion, all done seamlessly following the drawing of the sword.

What if only what you do counted?

What if that was the only thing that carried any weight or mattered to anyone? What if only your actions mattered?

Not your words, not your thoughts, not your beliefs, not your principles, not your plans, not your hopes, not your dreams, not what you actually really mean, not your friends, not your possessions, not your genes and predispositions, not your personality, not your past, not your reasons, not your mindset.

Only your actions, what you actually do, from this moment onward.

What would happen if you lived your life as though this were true?

The “Grow Stronger” Approach

Published February 4, 2010 in Rambling - 2 Comments

13th Warrior - Banderas totally failed at growing stronger in this movie. He's the hero anyway, of course, so I probably shouldn't be using this as an example, but I'm going to anyway.

In the movie “13th Warrior”, Antonio Banderas plays the main character who is an Arab who finds himself out of place on a quest with a bunch of burly Vikings (makes more sense when you actually see the movie). When he is given a sword by one of the Vikings, he complains that the sword is much too heavy and asks how the hell he’s supposed to fight with a sword that he can hardly lift. To this, one of the Vikings replies:

“Grow stronger, little brother.”

That’s basically the approach I’m taking in regards to personal productivity.

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Thoughts About Providing Valuable Content

Published December 13, 2009 in Rambling , video - 0 Comments

This is just a quick video I made today about a new insight that I’ve had. It’s thanks to my 30 Videos in 30 Days challenge that I came to a point where I have to rethink what I am doing with these videos. Specifically, the ones I am making for ExplorativeApproach. Instead of writing more about it, I’ll just let the video do the talking:

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts about this.

Inspiration vs. Practical Advice

Published November 16, 2009 in Rambling - 3 Comments

Contemplating Inspiration vs. Advice

Photo by elkit

The productivity/self-help corner of the blogosphere, that Explorative Approach is a small part of, contains many, many inspiring posts. You can find any number of articles providing motivating and uplifting stories, clever analogies and a “you can do it!” message. What I don’t find nearly as often as inspiring posts are posts containing practical, down-to-earth advice. Could we be focusing on the wrong thing, here?

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Please excuse my horrible English

Published August 25, 2009 in Rambling - 0 Comments
Photo by Markus Rödder

Photo by Markus Rödder

I have a rather odd linguistic background. I grew up and live in the German speaking part of Switzerland, which means that I mostly speak Swiss-German and I also had to learn German, in order to be able to read books, write properly and gain the ability to communicate with at least some of the people outside Swiss borders. Since my father is Irish, I spoke English at home, at least part of the time. I read in English much more often than in German. I practically always buy books in English and spend a fair (too fair?) amount of time on the Internet, mainly the English part of it.
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