This one is very personal… I am going to try and leave out the full names here, to protect people’s privacy. (except in the cases where the person is well known)M
- My mother, without her I would have had no life.
- My wife, for showing me that I need to plan for the future.
- My youngest daughter, who showed me that it is time to be an adult.
- My eldest daughter, thanks to whom I learned I could be responsible for another human being.
- My great grandmother, who got me started with a love of reading at a very young age.
- Jamie, who taught me to accept myself as a gamer.
- My debate teacher, who taught me how to think critically.
- Me, since everything I do comes from my own decisions.
- My grandfather, for making me feel loved in his own quiet way,
- My father, who taught me how to watch out for myself.
- Ryan, for being a great friend, and showing me how to see life differently.
- Robert Anton Wilson, for showing me how little I know.
- Alastair, from whom I learned the importance of nature.
- My youngest daughter, who showed me that it is time to be an adult.
- Claudia Altucher, who showed me a method to grow my mind.
- Arthur C. Clarke, thanks to whom I learned how fascinating science is.
- Chaka, who showed me that an accountant can be cool.
- Lauren, who showed me that you can overcome anything.
- Adam, who helped me overcome my impostor syndrome.
- Johnny, who helped me through the process of finding my current position.
This one really made me sweat… Still not 100% sure about some of them.
- Be a little bit mad
– We are all mad
– Seek the mad
– When to hide your madness
- No Straight Lines
– Life of Surprises
– Prepare lots, plan little
- Connect (even if you are an introvert)
– They don’t care about you (and that is a good thing)
– What to say when you have nothing to say
- You are here
– Always displaced
– Accepting what is
– Playing the cards you are dealt
- Countries are ending
– One world
– Artificial boundaries
– Moving forward
- Everybody is human (even when they are not)
– A short history of dehumanisation
– A costly short-cut
– Compassion is not (always) soft
- Accidents happen
– It was not on purpose
– Chaos is good
– Growing luck
- Drinking from a fire-hose
– Information vs. Noise
– Be quick to delete
– You don’t need an opinion
- I know nothing
– A long history of ignorance
– Enjoy being wrong
– Dealing with the unknowingly ignorant
- All stories are true
– Mythos and logos
– The power of myth
– Tell your story
- There is no best answer
– Avoiding analysis paralysis
– There isn’t always a solution
– Being OK with making a mistake
- Look after yourself
– Health matters
– Putting yourself first
– Who to listen to
- Clichés are true
– You live and you learn
– Ignorance is bliss
– Don’t worry, be happy
- The importance of a misspent youth
– Take risks
– You can survive anything (until you don’t)
– It’s not too late
- At least it wasn’t boring
– Taking chances
- Keep Learning
– Education does not end
– How to learn
– Learning is our nature
- Right now
– The moment of power
– No tomorrow
- Share your wisdom
– I know nothing
– Noticing what you know
– It is not obvious
- Always be starting
– You are incomplete
– Beginner’s mind
– Getting comfortable
- Feelings are overrated
– No longer on the savannah
– Dealing with your inner caveman
– When feelings do matter
… Or at least 20 things I was grateful for when coming up with this list. For this one, I ended up skipping number 14, which is why only 19 items.
- Having a good pen
- Having a nice notebook
- My comfortable chair
- A chance to play around with a 3D printer
- Having a babbling baby in the background
- My Kindle
- The Statue of Ganesha on my Desk
- The grey hairs in my beard, that make me look more dignified
- The fact that we are having Sushi for lunch
- That I live in Denmark
- Having a fast internet connection
- Discovering the LCHF Diet
- Being able to breath smoothly
- That the cut on my hand has almost healed
- Having my own study
- Having healthy teeth
- Having a house with a Garden
- My Dog
Coming up with 20 of those was tough… Some of them are not very good.
- Start taking a probiotic
- Walk to work from the station, instead of taking the bus
- Fast twice a week
- Get up and walk about once an hour while at work
- Use the standing desk more
- Take cold showers
- Start regular body-weight exercises
- Take the time to stretch during the day
- Floss more often
- Make sure I wear my backpack properly on my way to and from work
- Get a more supportive mattress
- Take a baby aspirin every day
- Eat less potatoes
- Reduce dairy
- Get good quality mold-free coffee
- Don’t have any snacks after supper
- Start taking the stairs at the station
- Stretch every now and then (yes, I know this is a kind of repeat, I did not notice until I typed them up)
- Meditate twice a day
- Do a daily Qi Gong practice
This was more of a challenge than I expected… Not really sure what I will try from here.
- Shave my beard
- Lie down on the train for 30 seconds
- Wear shorts to work
- Work for a day without my Todo list
- Switch to using Microsoft Edge for a week
- Send a list of 10 ideas for the hololens
- Start a conversation with a stranger on a train
- Don’t make breakfast one morning
- Ask to run the daily Scrum meeting
- Use the standing desk for two hours
- Comment on a Code Review in a project I know nothing about
- Try out my Danish on a co-worker
- Start a game of Diplomacy on G+
- See if I can get in on the next site visit to the new office
- Ask to keep the 3D printer for longer
- Leave work early for no reason
- Only write 10 ideas for one day
- Sit with people I do not know during lunch
- Try to order Sushi in Danish
- Pretend I do not speak English at a shop
This one came surprisingly easy… For some of these, I would have to talk to my family, in case anybody else wants them
- A bag full of recyclable plastic bottles – take them to recycling
- Crappy cheap stylus I bought a while ago – throw away
- The PC Game Controller – Sell
- Telkom Router – Sell
- DVD Player – Sell
- Blackberry Playbook – Sell
- Serbian cartoon DVDs – Check if there is anything bizzare enough to preserve, then throw away
- DVDs – donate
- CDs that are too damaged/old to play – throw away
- Baby clothes that no longer fit – donate
- Voksi – sell
- Duplicate allen keys – throw away
- Empty card board boxes – recycle
- Tube of old spare screws – throw away
- Old IKEA manuals – throw away
- Old banks cards, from accounts I closed – cut up and throw away
- Books about tourist Copenhagen – donate
- Xbox games that nobody in the family plays – sell
- Way too many plastic bags – throw away
- My dog’s toy that the never plays with – try to give it to him one more time, then throw away
For some reason I really struggled with this one. It took me ages to come up with 20, and I have a feeling that I got a bit confused about some of the publications…
- The History of Money – From barter to Cryptocurrency. To publish in the New York Times
- An article about the modern research into the pros and cons of goal setting. To publish in Psychology Today
- An in-depth article looking into the motivation of people doing retro remakes. To publish on Rock, Paper, Shotgun
- An article about cold war-era spycraft. To Publish in Brain Pickings
- An article about learning new phonemes as an adult. To publish on a how-to site
- An article about the modern followers of the ancient Egyptian religion. To publish on the Verge
- An article looking at how steampunk fashion developed. To publish on Geeks are Sexy
- An article about the psychological implications of augmented reality. To publish in Wired
- An article discussing how the modern world is both similar and different to the world presented in Neuromancer. To publish on io9
- A look at the latest developments in quantum computing. To publish in Wired
- An article about ‘real’ superhero culture. To publish on The Verge
- An article about the cultural changes in Microsoft since Satya took over as CEO. To publish on Microsoft’s blog
- An article examining the impact of HIIT training when going straight from a sedentary lifestyle. To publish on Nerd Fitness
- An article examining how serial killers have changed their MO with the rise of social media. To publish in The Village Voice
- An article about games meant to create happiness. To publish on Rock Paper Shotgun
- An article comparing Nordic and South African LARP. To publish in the next Nordic LARP book
- An article about how 3D Printing and manufacturing has changed the board game industry. To publish on BoardGameGeek
- An article about Lifestyle hackers who choose not to travel. To publish on Local 180
- An article about how Synereo will affect the current social media ecosystem. To publish on the Synereo blog.
- An article looking at humans’ innate preference for round numbers. To publish in Psychology Today
Well, this one is kind of important… I really struggled with some of these
- Put AdSense on my blog. I would need to add some adds to a widget, and put some effort into promoting the blog.
- Start a newsletter with curated resources, subscription based. I would need to set up Mailchimp, create a sign up page, and promote it.
- Start a patreon for people to support me for sharing and coming up with ideas. I would need to sign up for patreon, decide how to structure it, and start promoting it.
- Finish the app I am working on, and place it in appstores. For the next step, I would have to test the DB setup on it.
- Create a short intro to programming course on Udemy. For the next action I would have to sign up on Udemy, create the course and promote it.
- Become more active in writing on, and promoting Tsu.
- Write a novella and publish it on Kindle. As the next step, I would have to come up with 20 ideas for a novella, pick one and write it.
- Promote my webfluential account, and get people to pay me for tweets. For my next step, I would need to announce my webfluential account.
- Start a vlog, and run youtube ads on it. For the next step, I would need to set up my webcam, make a video, upload and promote it.
- Create a short product teaching people how to use G+, and upload it on ClickBank. I would need to create the product as my next step.
- Start using a link-advertising service for the links I post. For the next action, I would need to decide on a service, sign up for it, and start using it when I share.
- Start a product of the day twitter account, and tweet a link to an interesting product each day. I would need to create the twitter account for that, start tweeting and promote it.
- Start a Copenhagen box business, where I would send out a box of Copenhagen mementos to those that want them. I would need to decide what would go in the box, find good shipping, set up a site, and promote the business.
- Start a twitch steaming channel and ask for donations. I would need to set up my Twitch account properly, and start making recordings.
- Save enough to open an interest-bearing account. For the next step, I would need to find out what the minimum is for my bank,
- Create a small game with advertising, and publish it on Kongregate. For the next step, I would have to create a project in Unity for the game.
- Create a quote-of-the-day app and publish it. The next step would be to collect some quotes and write the app.
- Make Lego stop-motion videos and post them on Youtube. For the next step, I would need to write 20 ideas for a script.
- Find interesting things on Amazon, and post affiliate links to Pinterest.
- Write an easily reskinnable mobile game in Unity, and sell the source code. I would need to come up with the idea for a reskinnable game, and write it.