Jeremy Côté

Bits, ink, particles, and words.

Pointing Fingers

When something goes wrong, it’s easy to to point to reasons why you did not perform to your expectation. In fact, the tendency I’ve seen is that the more you look for reasons, the more you will find them. This is one of our classic mental weaknesses. We search for the data that confirms our suspicions, while dismissing the rest as inconsequential or “noise”. What we’ve done, in essence, is create a situation in which we believe we already know the answer, before we’ve objectively found it.

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Building up the Work

It’s a slow, painful beginning. At first, every day is just a struggle to finish. The number of pieces you’re creating is small, and not particularly good. Essentially, this stage is all about building the habit.

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If you zoom in enough, any curve can look straight.

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When we are pressured, we go back to our defaults. It’s something that we do both physically (such as in sports), and in our daily lives.

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