Silly Grins

Thursday, October 6, 2011

No Perfect Moment

“There is no perfect moment.
You just do it and learn from it.”

That bucket-full of wisdom comes from Will Allen, one person who definitely deserves the HERO title. 


Yeah, so why not now? Living in a culture that seems to worship the idea of perfection is not without stress. New ideas…forget it. Can’t listen to they who say nay...too stifling.

Another voice recently said:

“When you have an idea and someone tells you ‘No’ – just turn around and walk away. They’re not worth your time.” 

Understanding how to communicate with people who have endured a lifetime of conditioning...nah..that's probably not true. Not every nail gets hammered down...

“The most powerful and effective team  
consists of people with different backgrounds and skills,  
each pulling their own weight and 
bringing their own strengths.”- W.A.   

Although this isn’t exactly about having an effective or powerful ‘team’, the project  does take an approach that can involve people with different backgrounds as well as a variety skills...we'll see. This should be fun. Really. 

But this isn't about food and not really about a revolution. 
To be continued...


  1. I really don't believe in perfect moments. I think productivity breeds productivity and when you have all the time in the world you don't really achieve much.

  2. All the time in the that's a thought. As for doing and learning, living in a culture geared toward the idea that there is a single kind of perfection to be flawlessly emulated, paralysis seems to set in...or at least a good case of low self-esteem. But this kind of reflection is nothing really new.

    Productivity breeds productivity...I like it.

    Thank you.

  3. ummm, "a culture that is geared towards the idea of a single kind of perfection", I am not sure I agree with you on that. On these islands, the biggest innovators in the Arts, aren't those the ones that ideally, first perfected something, and then broke that perfection into pieces? Think tea ceremony, Zen arts and literature, pottery, calligraphy.

  4. Bigg: Not too sure we are flying at the same altitude...the low self-esteem is where we are coming in at, looking to catch that thermal.

    My understanding of the Arts are geared more toward what has been more contemporary, not quite outdated: Issey Miyake (helicopter video a few posts back). Would like to comment more on "Zen arts and literature", but may have to save that for a post.


  5. Bigg: The “culture that is geared toward a single idea of perfection” is in response to what I’ve experienced and what I perceive to be happening now.

    The following stream of though is something triggered by a snippet on Wikipedia (English version). For your convenience, the flow is as follows: Jobs, the man in the helicopter, turtleneck, Sony (uniform), uniform, and signatures.

    You turned me on to the Steve Jobs speech via one of your comments (which I believe I understood). In addition to that, besides remembering a thing or two about calligraphy (long time ago and never really developed…), here’s an even more interesting thread.

    Regarding Issey Miyake (believed to be the man in the helicopter in Kazumi Kurigami’s whiskey commercial), here it is:

    “Had friendship with Apple's Steve Jobs and made his signature black turtlenecks. "So I asked Issey to make me some of his black turtlenecks that I liked, and he made me like a hundred of them."[2]”
    -Wikipedia (Issey Miyake)

    The above quote from Wikipedia was taken from the LA Times (worth a glance):

    LA Times article worth a glace (to add just another layer to all this) for anyone who wishes to understand a little more about the uniform culture and idea in Japan, Akio Morita (Sony’s chairman), gave a very interesting (to me anyway) answer to Job’s question. But you'd need to read the article to see that.

    “He [Jobs] also came to like the idea of having a uniform for himself, both because of its daily convenience (the rationale he claimed) and its ability to convey a signature style.”

    Signature styles…blogs are kind of like that?


    (Thank you for vicariously reminding me of the world of fonts through your online reading list that includes typography)