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About writing

Listen your inner voice, by Steve Jobs

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."



Source : Stanford University Commencement address by Steve Jobs,
CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005.

This is quite important when you write index cards. Listen and pick up your inner voices, write them down on the index cards. Any ideas you have in your brain, mind, heart. You don't need hesitate at all.

Inertia of writing, by Yukio Noguchi

"The most difficult part of writing is the start point. An inertia of writing is huge."(translation by Hawk)



Source : Cho Seirihou (超整理法) by Yukio Noguchi (野口悠紀雄), p. 177.

Moving from 0 to 1 takes much effort than 1 to 2. Noguchi used a metaphor of "inertia" in physics to express the difficulty of the start writing.

Always accumulating, by Samuel Smiles

"The practice of writing down thoughts and facts for the purpose of holding them fast and preventing their escape into the dim region of forgetfulness, has been much resorted to by thoughtful and studious men. Lord Bacon left behind him many manuscripts entitled “Sudden thoughts set down for use.” Erskine made great extracts from Burke; and Eldon copied Coke upon Littleton twice over with his own hand, so that the book became, as it were, part of his own mind. The late Dr. Pye Smith, when apprenticed to his father as a bookbinder, was accustomed to make copious memoranda of all the books he read, with extracts and criticisms. This indomitable industry in collecting materials distinguished him through life, his biographer describing him as “always at work, always in advance, always accumulating.” These note-books afterwards proved, like Richter’s “quarries,” the great storehouse from which he drew his illustrations.



Source : Self Help, by Samuel Smiles, (1900?)

About chronological order

Connecting dots backward, by Steve Jobs

"... Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.


Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."

Source : Stanford University Commencement address by Steve Jobs,
CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005.

For me, the index cards I write day by day is something like the "dots" that Jobs says. And after while I see relationship between the dots. Important to note all we can do with connecting dots is only "backward".

Autobiographical order is comfortable, from High Fidelity

(Rob starts rearrangement of his record collection when he break up with his girlfriend...)

Dick: It guess it looks as if you're reorganizing your records. What is this though? Chronological?
Rob: No...
Dick: Not alphabetical...
Rob: Nope.
Dick: What?
Rob: Autobiographical.
Dick: No fuckin' way...
Rob: Yep. I can tell you how I got from Deep Purple to Howling Wolf in just 25 moves.
Dick: Oh, my god...
Rob: And, if I want to find the song "Landslide," by Fleetwood Mac, I have to remember that I bought it for someone in the fall of 1983 pile, but didn't give it to them for personal reasons.
Dick: That sounds...
Rob: Comforting?
Dick: Yes.
Rob: It is...

Source : Wikiquote, "High Fidelity" by Stephen Frears, 2000

Review the past, by Confucius

"Review the past, discover new knowledge"



Source : Shibusawa Eiichi, Commentary on the Analects, 2004.

孔子 (in english Cunfucius, in Japanese, Koushi) is great chinese philosopher in 2,500 years ago. This quote is one of his famous superb in "The Analects". There are many interpritation for the original golden words seen in the picture. For example, worship own ancestors, warm up old friendship, learn from history, etc. (Shibusawa, 2004). Here, I interpret and translate it according to my experience on index cards.

Strategy of problem solving

How to solve it!, by George Polya

In mathematics, solving problem become easier if one follows a certain strategy. George Pólya showed such general strategy in his book “How to Solve It”. His strategy is especially useful when one must solve a problem which answer is unknown yet. It is like a compass in a deep dark forest. Although his strategy is originally for mathematical problem, it can be applied for problems in our daily life. Because we sometimes don't know exact answer. In his strategy, following points are quite useful.

  • Understand the problem : Ask yourself 'What are the unknowns? What are the given quantities? What are the given conditions?'
  • Draw a diagram : Picture, graph, mind map. Understand the problem visually.
  • Find similar problem : You may experience similar problem before. Most of time you don't need to start from zero.
  • Solve related problem : If you can't solve the problem, try to solve related problem.
  • Verify your answer : To increase reliability of your answer. Especially important when you don't know exact answer.

Source : G. Polya, “How to Solve It!"

PEACE method, by Lou Marinoff

  1. Problem
  2. Emotion
  3. Analysis
  4. Contemplation
  5. Equilibrium



Source : Lou Marinoff, Plato, not prozac!, 2002.

The Emotion always comes just after problem happens. You may worry or be anxious about the Problem. But it is natural for everybody. To solve problem, what is important is don't stop at the Emotion and go to third step, Analysis, and further.

Patterns everywhere, from Pi

(Maximillian Cohen is mathematician. He made the following assumption during his quest for a pattern within stock market...)

  1. Mathematics is the language of nature.
  2. Everything around us can be represented and understood through numbers.
  3. If you graph the numbers of any system, patterns emerge.
  4. Therefore, there are patterns everywhere in nature.



Source : "Pi", Darren Aronofsky, 1998 (IMDb). Aronofsky.Net

Optimisity

If you want then start to laugh, by Enigma

"If you want, then start to laugh
If you must, then start to cry
Be yourself don't hide
Just believe in destiny

Don't care what people say
Just follow your own way
Don't give up and use the chance
To return to innocence"

Source : Lyric of "Return to Inoccence by Enigma

This is a lyric of my favorite song 'Return to innocence' by Enigma.

Notice that there are only two kind of job : you want to do, or you must do. If you feel you want to do something, you are happy. Like when you are working on your hobby. If you must do something, on the other hand, you feel like torture.

Give the world the best you've got, by Mother Teresa

"People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, People may Accuse you of Selfish, Ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be Honest and Frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway."

Source : Mother Teresa @ Wikiquote

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