Don't be so philosophical ...
Shortly before Christmas in the so called contemplative advent season, people are slowing down and are coming to some rest. They are thinking about their year so far and what might be waiting for them in 2018?
58 Resolutions For Anytime in the Year https://personalexcellence.co/blog/making-resolutions/
I will do the same, even when I am a typical Engineer and IT guy. Being philosophical at all or just a little bit more than average, is difficult to handle for a lot of people 🙂, because it does not match their prejudices or common sense about our typical behavior. Anyway you can only surprise other people when you are able to surprise yourself and I have done this very often since I started to write this BLOG.
So let's kick it off with some basics, found a good summary today:
- 10 Schools of Philosophy and Why You Should Know Them http://bigthink.com/scotty-hendricks/10-schools-of-philosophy-and-why-you-should-know-them
As you will or will not quickly realize, a lot of successful people (e.g. Tim Ferriss is mentioned in the text) are following the one or the other school, as basis for their way of thinking or to become a stronger person.
Let's take STOICISM for example, because it perfectly fits to one of my principles - KISS https://www.interaction-design.org/literature/article/kiss-keep-it-simple-stupid-a-design-principle, it matches the typical Engineer and IT guy behavior and I have covered it in earlier posts already, as I personally agree with the good match 😉. Am I right?
Some basic STOICISM details below (only some examples, there is so much more in WWW):
- What is Stoicism? https://dailystoic.com/
- LIFE LESSONS FROM ANCIENT GREECE https://www.1843magazine.com/body-mind/life-lessons-from-ancient-greece
- 10 Practical Stoic Exercises for a Modern Stoic Lifestyle http://www.njlifehacks.com/10-practical-stoic-exercises-for-modern-stoic-lifestyle/
Another approach is to look closer at different countries and their cultures and what could be useful for yourself by learning from them? I have been working 20 years in US companies with multicultural and multilingual teams, onsite and virtual. By doing this you appreciate that people are different and you can learn a lot from them.
Only one article below that covers IKIGAI and HYGGE, two topics I covered already some weeks ago:
- Is IKIGAI the new HYGGE? http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/ikigai-hygge-lagom-swedish-danish-japanese-scandinavian-lifestyle-happiness-meaning-of-life-a7956141.html
- HYGGE picture: https://i.pinimg.com/736x/b0/ce/cb/b0cecba23db7f1cd6200a9c0d026ffb4--hygge-definition-danish-words.jpg
- IKIGAI picture: https://assets.weforum.org/editor/tyvToPYsyaZXtaFiUISw-P6abde6j84YSh5o3tXq81c.jpg
If this theoretical stuff is just too much for you, don't worry wait for a lighter post 😋.
Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. Thomas S. Monson, American - Clergyman Born: August 21, 1927