today I want to introduce to you ten thoughts that changed my life as you voted me to do so in the last customer service poll. I used the blockquote formatting to mark my thoughts, might see it as a citation of my mind.
(1) It’s a small world full of great opportunities and great people.
This thought came in my mind once again this morning when I asked a young man at the Karlsruhe Main Station for a pen to write the notes for this blog entry. We began to talk and realized that we are both studying at the Duale Hochschule at Karlsruhe, both studying Applied Computer Science. The only difference was that he started his studies in 2012 and I started in 2010, so he will hopefully enjoy the Software Engineering course I designed starting in October 2013 and I will have finished my studies and be employed by this time. Thank you very much for giving me a pen, Michael K!
(2) There are entity theorists and incremental theorists, also called fixed mind-set and growth mind-set people.
I believe that there are also inconsistent people. These people believe that they can improve in one area and keep at the same level for all their life in another area believing that they are not able to change this. I think that being an incremental theorist/growth mind-set people is essential for being able to head for meaningful activities. Which will make you happier, you know. I believe I can grow!
(3) If something is made for me, I will feel and find it someday.
I think that there are always opportunities that show you that you should decide to go somewhere and that you can always decide to live against what you are meant to but will feel when you listen to the hints of life and do what you are meant to. I just start to feel the flow then. Why someday? Because the good things sometimes take longer. I am taking singing lessons for almost five years now but only within the last two months, my progress have begun to scratch the surface of audibility.
(4a) If I do not take the responsibility for my life, nobody else does.
Does that sound daunting? It’s a great opportunity as you will see in the next thought…
(4b) Only if I take the responsibility for my own life and my personal development, I can become the best version of myself.
And that is what I aim for as I am looking for making my life a meaningful activity.
(5) We live in a wonderful world. How can I help and what can I do to maintain and even improve this world?
What do you think? What do you do?
(6a) I have to feel my body but be present and focussed on the outside.
This is very important to have the right source of energy (the body) and be able to use this energy letting it flow to a target outside. As a singer, groove and audience help me to do so.
(6b) In my mind I have to be precise but my body will only be able to translate this precise imagination if it is not cramped.
So I have to differ between precise thoughts I make in my mind and precise actions that result from the precise imagination in my mind (call it a template for action) and are improved by regular, mindful reproductions of the mind template (known as training).
(7) Freedom does not mean you do what you want to. Freedom means that you do what you want to as long as it does not limit the freedom of other people.
E.g. you could turn up your music as loud as you want to but as you would thereby limit your neighbour’s freedom to have a nap or simply relax, you should not do so. To say it with Eleanor Roosevelt‘s wise words: “With freedom comes responsibility.”
(8) There is bad work, good work, do your own thing and meaningful activities.
I already wrote about this one. If you did not follow one of the two meaningful activity links above, you can read about it here.
(9) There is the instruction paradigm and the learning paradigm.
Regretfully, you can not only find it in college but almost everywhere in life. I wrote about my thoughts on the great book of John Tagg here.
(10a) I do not need to rely on existing enterprises to satisfy my needs. I could start my own business.
I often have ideas how to improve existing business models or how I imagine a great business/store of a certain kind. The last thing that came into my mind was my favorite future fashion store with no sale and no cloth hangers. As I am always looking for great opportunities and great people, I am sure that I will be able to realize the concepts one day.
(10b) We are all social beings.
So enjoy your friends, go for social interaction, use the amazing technical possibilities of our days. Join and communicate, meet people and make a difference, for you and for others. Remember, it’s a small world full of great opportunities and great people!
Goes without saying that I am looking forward to getting to know you and reading and answering your comments!