Josh Ducharme posted a few thoughts about best practices the other day that got me thinking. The concept of a ‘best practice’ is both critically important and insidiously limiting. Once you know you are conducting your work under parameters set by best practices, why bother being critical, curious, or interrogating the efficacy of your practice …
Fascinating how cultural myths about professionalism, etiquette, and prestige can be so deeply internalized and embodied by people who fancy themselves as experts in deconstructing cultural myths.
Dynamite questions to ask when you are willing to second-guess yourself.
The most self-aware people I know seem to be the people who are the most critical and suspicious of their self-awareness.
Constructive, thoughtful criticism ruins one for empty flattery. Honest feedback — not accolades — is the treasure worth seeking. And giving. Be known for truth-telling.
If you can’t possibly imagine a scenario where your mindset changes, evolves, or adapts, then you possess a ‘mindset’ in the sense of dried concrete — ‘mindstuck.’ Or: ‘this mind hereby refuses to actually think any further.’ A solidified mind is basically ‘set’ like a brick.
The more I learn about anything, the less certain I am about everything.
Have you ever had a time in your life when a friend or colleague asked a question that made you stop and see the world differently? Have you ever pivoted or readjusted your approach to an issue because you thought of a way to think about it from a new perspective? Have you ever encountered …
It’s funny how the smartest people tend to be the ones who agree with me.
We cannot talk about the prejudice of individuals without talking about the institutions of their society.