The Big Think

August 20, 2013

Trust the Artist

Filed under: Business,Disclosure — jasony @ 8:08 am

I love it when a client gives me rough directions and then says “but just do what you’re good at. We trust you.” It simultaneously frees me up from the stress of having to get them to define what they want (when they often can’t put it into words) while also setting a high mark- my mark- on what is “good enough”. The best way to get superior work out of a craftsman is to tell them that you hired them because they’re good and because you trust them. If they’re professionals they will fall all over themselves, put in extra hours, and get pull our their best stuff so that they won’t disappoint you. Their self-respect and reputation is on the line.

How To Manipulate A Craftsman 101

Who Do You Trust?

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 7:34 am

Scandals costing us American exceptionalism: “Enough breaches of trust — and I haven’t even started to hit all the scandals out there, by a long shot — and ordinary people will start to assume that the whole system is corrupt. And if that happens, people will quit following the law because they think it’s the right thing to do, and only do so to the extent they’re afraid of getting caught. Plenty of countries operate on that principle. They’re just not as nice to live in as countries where the law has moral stature. When government officials breach trust, they push us closer to that sort of third world condition. Which is why, when they’re found doing so, they should be punished severely.

It’s also why we should try electing, and employing, people with strong moral compasses of their own; government officials who will follow the law because they think it’s the right thing to do, rather than simply to the extent they’re afraid of getting caught.”

Maybe this is the kind of society you get when popular culture sends the message that there’s no such thing as an objective moral compass.

Great Places to Pitch Your Tent

Filed under: Hobbies,Humor and Fun — jasony @ 6:35 am

Cliffs, Underwater (!), Antarctica, and more. Some great places to pitch a tent and get away from it all.


Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 6:14 am

“All great human deeds both consume and transform their doers. Consider an athlete, or a scientist, or an artist, or an independent business creator. In service of their goals they lay down time and energy and many other choices and pleasures; in return, they become most truly themselves. A false destiny may be spotted by the fact that it consumes without transforming, without giving back the enlarged self.”

Lois McMaster Bujold

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