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Exposure and/or Passions

“A simple maxim: don’t expose and don’t look for passions; just listen and make good suggestions”

“I have found over the years that things that make me angry give me a passion to fix them.”

“… They should be passionate about getting a job someday.”

– Roger Schank

http://educationoutrage.blogspot.com/2014/02/help-your-child-find-their-passion.html

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See also: “Forget Following Your Heart – Follow Your Heartbreak”

http://www.angelamaiers.com/2013/09/forget-following-your-heart-follow-your-heartbreak.html

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robots

ALQUIST: It was a crime to make robots.
HARRY DOMIN: No, Alquist, I don’t regret that even today.
ALQUIST: Not even today?
HARRY DOMIN: Not even today – the last day of civilization. Was it a crime to shatter the servitude of labor, the dreadful and humiliating labor that man had to undergo? Work was too hard. Life was too hard. And to overcome that -
ALQUIST: Was not what the two Rossums had in mind?
HARRY DOMIN: It’s what I had in mind.
ALQUIST: How well you succeeded! How well we all succeeded. For profit, for progress, we have destroyed mankind.

FROM RUR — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R.U.R.

As heard here:

http://www.onthemedia.org/story/on-the-media-2014-04-18/

Transcript here:

http://www.onthemedia.org/story/our-universal-robots/transcript/

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Trello Hacks

These are not so much hacks as methods of stretching the usefulness of Trello as a means of todo or issue or bug tracking. Personally I use whatever bug-tracking system a client is using (Fogbugz, JIRA, Flyspray, etc, etc.) and they all work well for what I need, but sometimes it’s nice to use Trello at a “front end” to manage todos or collection in fast moving projects.

Some current flaws w/ Trello.com:

1. Can’t search on specific ranges of due-dates. Only filters for overdue, next week, next month, etc.

2. Can’t mark a card as completed. or deferred, closed, or other status: “ready for testing”, “back to dev”, “not a bug”, etc.

3. Can’t assign an item in a checklist a due date or assign a status.

Some possible solutions:

1. Use a traditional bug tracking system IN ADDITION to logging item in trello. One can connect the 2 using IFTTT.com at some level, but this is awkward.

2. Set the dates (use YYYY-MM-DD pattern) and or priorities in the card subject. (Not comments because those aren’t searchable)

3. Use (and name) the colored “LABELS” for priorities. Labels can be used to filter cards (Filter == advanced search, found under the MENU)

4. ARCHIVE completed items. Awkward at best.

5. Create a separate list named “Done” or “Nov 2013 completed” etc. Drop items in there when complete. Not ideal because one loses track of where the item came from. It’s logged in the activity, but again… not searchable.

Summary:

Trello is great for checklists of daily to-dos or small projects, but don’t expect it to work in the context of true project management / issue tracking / big tracking. For that you want one the the apps mentioned above.

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links: happiness and work

So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
Cal Newport
NYTIMES: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/30/jobs/follow-a-career-passion-let-it-follow-you.html?_r=0
BLOG: http://calnewport.com/

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“We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity. “

some suggestions
– exercise
– meditation
– 3 gratitudes
– 1 journal item about something positive
– random acts of kindness

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“If what you love to do cannot keep you alive and pay your rent, it’s doomed to be temporary. That doesn’t mean temporary things in life are not worthy, it just means you should keep this piece of information in mind. Except for really rare cases (and you shouldn’t think you are one), doing what makes you happy is unsustainable. There’s always someone paying the bills. So if you’re happy doing what you love, probably there’s someone paying your bills by doing something profitable that they don’t love to do.”

View story at Medium.com

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Several useful articles at Harvard Business Review blog on this topic:
https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Ablogs.hbr.org+”Do+what+you+love”

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So, to summarize! :-) The basic points one reads regularly:

- “do what you love!” — what if I don’t have a passion or true-calling? that’s ok. it’s generally bad advice anyway. And people don’t have ONE thing. It’s what We make of our choices.
– cycle: “happiness” (flow/play/lightheartedness) leads to good work leads to happiness
– make an avocation a vocation means (obviously) you need to make substantial money
– some things just can’t realistically make money (easily, or often)
– we see examples of people “doing what they love” in the media, but this is like thinking we can make it as a pro athlete — Yes it’s possible and some people do it, but it’s not likely (depending on the field)
– doing it (whatever it is) for money might kill the joy or alter it
– doing it (whatever it is) for so many hours might kill the joy or alter it
– there are aspects of all work that we don’t like 100%
– work satisfaction: – not “passion”. good at it, responsbility/autonomy, impact (Daniel Pink DRIVE)
– grass is not greener
– people often study kinda useless things in college
– hard work/talent/skills (leading to accomplishments and happiness) is the way to go

http://www.forbes.com/sites/louisefron/2013/09/13/why-you-cant-find-a-job-you-love/

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Work/Skills/Useful Happiness

Some links discussing the idea that “do what you love” CAN be getting the cart before the horse sometimes. It can happen that way, but not always. Or it can be a bit of both.

Sometimes…
1. With proficiency can bring happiness. Instead of the other way around.
2. things that one loves doing can’t always pay the bills.
3. doing something one loves to pay the bills can suck the joy from it.

LINKS:

– “If not passion for the job, at least warm feelings”

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/26/your-money/26shortcuts.html?_r=2&sq=peter%20warr&st=cse&scp=1&pagewanted=all

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The Case for Working With Your Hands

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/24/magazine/24labor-t.html?pagewanted=all

“A good job requires a field of action where you can put your best capacities to work and see an effect in the world. Academic credentials do not guarantee this.”

General comments about this issue…

1. can’t outsource trades and people-oriented professions (dentists, lawyers, doctors, etc)

2. grounded in real world and communities

3. some people working in the trades I talk with wish they had taken the “college” route.  but it is a bit of the grass is always greener I think.  And it’s never too late if there was something in particular they wanted to study.

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80 Percent Of U.S. Adults Face Near-Poverty, Unemployment: Survey

“WASHINGTON — Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/28/poverty-unemployment-rates_n_3666594.html

Related: somewhere recently I was reading an article about how one scenario of a “good society” would be that as technology is taking away opportunities for paid work (electronic , perhaps a huge percentage of people would have to essentially be on welfare, but that would be ok, and people would pursue hobbies, artistic, creative endeavors, but not with the expectation that it would lead to enough money to live on.**

I guess this is not that different than all the “future studies” books from the past that expected ever-shortening work weeks and increased leisure due to technology/efficiency increases.

I assume the reality is that a lot of these gains have gone towards the 1%.  But I wonder how much.  Perhaps a lot has probably also gone to us wasting our money on stupid consumer junk too.

See also: Seth Godin http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2012/12/doing-what-you-love-but-maybe-you-cant-get-paid-for-it.html

 

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** here it is: http://ehaugsjaa.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/2040-our-robot-paradise/

“In simple terms, if owners of capital are capturing an increasing fraction of national income, then that capital needs to be shared more widely if we want to maintain a middle-class society. Somehow—and I’m afraid a bit of vagueness is inevitable here—an increasing share of corporate equity will need to be divvied up among the entire population as workers are slowly but surely stripped of their human capital. Perhaps everyone will be guaranteed ownership of a few robots, or some share of robot production of goods and services.”

Apparently, this is called a “universal basic income” and people really do think about this…
FRIDAY, OCT 11, 2013 07:44 AM EDT
Rather than savage cuts, Switzerland considers “Star Trek” economics
Switzerland will vote on giving every adult in the country a $2,800 check every month. How would that work?

http://www.salon.com/2013/10/11/rather_than_savage_cuts_switzerland_considers_star_trek_economics/

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