Thoughts — April 30, 2012

I blocked out a Sunday afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed “reading” Stefan Sagmeister‘s Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far. Maxims are as follows:

  1. Helping other people helps me.
  2. Having guts always works out for me.
  3. Thinking that life will be better in the future is stupid. I have to live now.
  4. Starting a charity group is surprisingly easy.
  5. Being not truthful always works against me.
  6. Everything I do always comes back to me.
  7. Assuming is stifling.
  8. Drugs feel great in the beginning and become a drag later on.
  9. Over time I get used to everything and start taking for granted.
  10. Money does not make me happy.
  11. My dreams have no meaning.
  12. Keeping a diary supports personal development.
  13. Trying to look good limits my life.
  14. Material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses.
  15. Worrying solves nothing.
  16. Complaining is silly. Either act or forget.
  17. Everybody thinks they are right.
  18. If I want to explore a new direction professionally, it is helpful to try it out for myself first.
  19. Low expectations are a good strategy.
  20. Everybody who is honest is interesting.

Every seven years Sagmeister shuts down his studio and goes on a year-long sabbatical (no client work). I’m fascinated by that – probably because I lack the courage to try it myself.



  1. I’ve been all last week thinking something similar to the last paragraph. Just disconnect from ‘robotic’ life, and enjoy something more ‘real’. Maybe one day…

    Comment by sucotronic — May 5, 2012 @ 4:20 pm
  2. We need to start.

    Seems like all the people I really admire in their fields do something like this.

    Comment by admin — May 12, 2012 @ 5:39 am
  3. Few things are more addictive than the security and safety of a steady income. This year marks my 3rd attempt to lose all my savings on a dream. I might fail miserably and obtain a steady minimum wage.
    But companies are my spiritual children, I can’t leave them for a year’s sabbatical until they’ve grown up and left the house.

    Comment by Herman Budde — May 23, 2012 @ 5:27 pm
  4. Do it man!

    Comment by admin — May 25, 2012 @ 12:18 am

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