MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte takes you on a journey through the last 30 years of tech. The consummate predictor highlights interfaces and innovations he foresaw in the 1970s and 1980s that were scoffed at then but are ubiquitous today. And he leaves you with one last (absurd? brilliant?) prediction for the coming 30 years. If you haven't yet, you should read (or re-read) his classic "Being Digital."
As I get ready for the second half of this year, and get ready for new collaborators and projects, I find Nick Crocker's list of thirty things he's learned. The list is articulate, eloquent and truly resonates with me. Case in point, number 10:
The greatest reflection of your priorities is your time. Whatever you say about what matters to you, the true test is where you place your time. So if you say your priorities are your partner or your kids or your family or your health, that statement will only be true if your calendar reflects it.
Go read the whole list, I'm sure something within it will resonate with you too.
There is time, experienced by reading a book and getting lost in it, to finish and find that hours and hours have gone by unnoticed.
There is time, experienced running, trying to make a connection between trains, between planes.
There is time, experienced while waiting for the first cup of coffee to brew.
There is time, experienced at your desk (a kind of paradoxical place) where it moves too fast some days and too slow others, but never at the same speed.
There is time, experienced by dancers while performing leaps that defy the laws of physics.
There is time, experienced while watching, tensing, sitting in the passenger seat of a car, waiting for the crash that’s imminent.
There is time, experienced while waiting for an app to launch on some device, while the signal goes to a tower, to a router, to a satellite, to another router, to a server farm somewhere in the world.
There is time, experienced late at night while having a video chat with a friend halfway around the world, where he is eating lunch tomorrow.
There is time, experienced in a control room during a live news broadcast, where it exists and doesn’t at the same time.
Time is elastic, your passions expand it.
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
For the past few days that quote by Maya Angelou keeps popping up everywhere. In blog posts, TED talks, marketing books, student design work, branding podcasts, everywhere, because it reveals a simple truth, it is all about how you made them feel.