In order to evolve you must face your fears. Instead of turning away from things that make you nervous, start turning toward them. See what happens. If you discover something new, start walking toward them. Each step will lessen it’s hold on you and teach you something in the process. Expand your comfort zone.
The L.A. Clippers intentionally lost their last 2 games of the NBA regular season this year. They did this to avoid playing the L.A. Lakers in the 1st round of the playoffs. Instead they chose to play the Dallas Mavericks, who they thought would be an easier opponent. So far, the Clippers have lost the first 2 games of the playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks. On their home court, SMH.
I’m not a fan of either team, but there’s a couple good lessons here.
Face a challenge head on, instead of avoiding it. Taking the easier route isn’t always the best option. Taking the harder challenge first, can actually bring out your best performance and solve the problem faster. If you lose, you lose. So be it. If you give it your all, it’ll bring out the best in you. But if you run away from it, you’re basically lowering your power, just for the sake of it being easier. This isn’t the mindset of a champion in my opinion. I understand the strategy of winning a longer war and not just a battle. But in this case, it’s one example of how that mindset could backfire on you.
We’ll see if the Clippers can come back from a 0-2 deficit. If they somehow manage a comeback and win the series, they’ll have redemption from last year’s embarrassing loss against the Denver Nuggets, who came back from a 3-1 deficit to steal the 1st round series. If not, they’ll be the laughing stock franchise of the NBA. Not for getting eliminated in the 1st round once, but twice, by 2 teams that (on paper), didn’t have the same caliber of stars in their starting lineup. The coach will be fired and they’ll dismantle the entire team. NBA talk show hosts will turn it into a comedy. It’s already happening.
Sometimes there’s teams that look great on paper, but can’t finish come crunch time. The pressure is on for Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, statistically the best 2-way(offensive + defensive combo) guards in the NBA. As of now, those stats have no meaning. Luka Doncic, who is 22 years old and in his 3rd year, is dropping 30+ point, triple doubles on 2 of the best wing defenders in the game. Never underestimate your opponent.
“Confront life. Encounter life. Difficult moments will be there, but one day you will see that those difficult moments gave you strength because you encountered them. They were meant to be. Those difficult moments are hard when you are passing through them, but later on you will see they have made you more integrated. Without them you would never have been centered, grounded.”
Imagine walking down an aisle with a bunch of books facing you left and right. Before you consider a book to read, you first have to look at the cover before deciding to pick it up. You basically have a title and an image to work with. Maybe some reviews. No matter how good it is on the inside, you first have to interpret the cover in some way. This is how I view design. To me, it’s the doorway someone faces before deciding to walk through and explore what’s inside. In a digital scenario, it’s also a step-by-step process. The mind is still deciding on what to think and what action to take. Design is explaining something to you visually, so that you can understand and make a decision.
There was a business man who was struggling to stay afloat. He was sinking into depression and almost ready to file for bankruptcy. One day he takes a long walk to clear his head. An older man passing by sees his expression and asks, “what’s the matter?” He explains his situation and the man listens intently. He then reaches into his pocket, takes out an envelope and hands it to the business man, saying “meet me here in one year.” The man goes home, opens the envelope and finds a check for half a million dollars. He looks down at the signature and it’s signed by John D. Rockefeller. He was known around town for being generous to strangers. The business man is elated and suddenly has the motivation to push forward. He tells himself that he’s going to put the check in a deposit box first as an insurance policy, then work harder than ever on his business. In the next couple months, he hustles so hard that he gets his business back on its feet and it starts to make profit again. A year approaches and his business is booming. He’s excited to visit the man again to tell him what happened. He still has the check and wants to return it and thank him. He arrives at the same place where they met a year before. No one is in sight, so he waits there patiently. An hour passes and a woman approaches. She says, “have you seen an older man walking around here? He often walks out of the mental health institution not far from here. He thinks he’s John Rockefeller.”
I love the story. I rewrote it in my own words after hearing it, just so I could take note of it. Beliefs hold power. Sometimes they’re not tangible or provable, but they can have tremendous effects on one’s reality. Whether it’s true or not doesn’t always have to come into play. The fact that one has it, can create new behaviors like discipline, focus, and determination. It can open up an abundance of possibilities, more so than if you didn’t have it.