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I’ve been doing some reflective thinking on the importance and difference in celebration lately. I recently graduated from my university studies and due to the pandemic, our graduation ceremony wasn’t what it usually is. I was reluctant to go to the live one, and even more so to the zoom version, so I didn’t. The class that I graduated with decided…
 
I decided to make good decisions, It's the best decision I ever made. A couple of texts that might be interesting to read on the subject: https://medium.com/@caspianalmerud/beslutsl%C3%A5dan-aa2f3d5666b9 https://medium.com/@caspianalmerud/4-things-that-will-make-you-a-better-decision-maker-e5a38b55d81 https://medium.com/@caspianalmerud/five-pointer…
 
Plans seldom go according to the actual plan. That can't be the reason we plan - for plans to go accordingly. There must be another reason. My aim with planning is to be comfortable enough to know that things are going to happen, for me to be able to get rid of the plan entirely. If I plan my week, I know exactly what needs to be done, and when it'…
 
This week, the riff is on exactly those rules. I explain my six mantras or rules that I consult when I'm feeling like I'm in a rut or a bit confused. Those rules are, for me: Macro patience, micro speed. Don’t believe all of your thoughts Doing has a higher value than not doing Don’t make 1000 decisions when one will do You're a human being, before…
 
This week, the riff is on fear. More specifically, fear as an obstacle. The attitude we have towards anything can either help us or make things harder for us. The attitude is oftentimes a layer with an automatic emotional response to something. So if I have a very positive attitude, I will perceive things in a more positive manner. When the attitud…
 
I've been interested in structure for a very long time, almost as long as I can remember. To have a personal structure of my days, keep track of the projects that I'm working on and to keep the information I gather very neat has been a core success factor for me. With all that being said, when I've read up on personal structure, there has always be…
 
Tools are incredibly important. That's where I usually start out when entering a new domain. If I would start with photography, I'd start by buying a really good camera. But that might not be the way to go. In every area or field, there are some core principles. Principles explaining how we can achieve better within that field. And I think we've al…
 
Mindfulness is absolutely, without a doubt, one of the things that myself and my friends have been spending the most time talking about in the past 5 years. It's also something that most people have a relationship to, as do I. That relationship is a bit complex, and not always at its best. I think mindfulness, if practiced, should be practiced as a…
 
Being able to make sense out of complex matters is one of the most appreciated skills to have in my experience. To help people understand and make something out of an experience or even a couple of experiences is hard at times and at times we need help doing it. It’s something you can practice. So please do, because your life will be easier. --- Se…
 
There seems to be a difference between perception and observation, even though they’re quite similar. Observing something when you need an output that’s quick and easy isn’t always a good idea. Similarly, perceiving something that needs detailed examination might not always work the best. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/caspian-almer…
 
I've had a hangup on design for quite some time now, and want to spend some time discussing the ideas that have passed through me during that time. Design has two parameters that we judge design by: beauty and functionality. Sometimes they interact and combine in the same product or process, sometimes they leverage each other and sometimes you have…
 
I've been actively working with becoming better at both offering and asking for help for the past 4 years. It's been one of the most prominent things for me, and it all started with one single question: What do you need help with? In this episode, I describe a way in which we can all become better at asking people what they need help with. I riff o…
 
I think passion can be a choice, rather than something that just happens to you. Of course, there are times at which we might be struck or even stuck with a passion that's impossible to explain. But more often I think it's possible to choose passion as a way of doing things. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/caspian-almerud/message…
 
Grit and stubbornness are two vastly different things, although they might seem similar. Being stubborn is, for the most part, not constructive and nobody gains from it. When you’re stubborn, you’re not using all of the information coming to you, like in a rage. Grit, on the other hand, is the ability to push through when needed yet being able to g…
 
Soldiers are often trained to do one single thing. They learn to shoot, and shoot really well. Of course, that’s a complex action as it involves a lot of small skills and a precision that’s uncanny. Not to talk of the morality of the whole thing. Still, they’ve learned to master one tool - shooting. Of course, that’s a simplification of what makes …
 
Responsibility can mean so many different things. It can mean "You get the blame if this goes south", or "You're going to have to carry this all by yourself.". The way I see it, responsibility is a way to get impact. If you have responsibility, you're able to impact. You have the opportunity to make your mark and to do what needs to be done. It als…
 
Episode 3 is here, with a riff on Creativity and Creative Work. I have loads of friends who want to write a book. Or record a song. Or learn knitting. Most of those friends also struggle with starting that, and I think most people are struggling with starting. When you've started, the rest comes a lot easier. Until you need to ship. That's often tr…
 
Decisions is one of those things that most people struggle with. We all have decisions to make, numerous each and every day. Today, I talk about mindset regarding decision making, about a mental model that I've used not to make decisions more often than I need to, and Gary Vaynerchuk gives us some food for thought on his approach to making decision…
 
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