More Stefan on TED

Last time I wrote about Stefan’s book and how I bought one.
Here he is again, in a short blurb on TED, where he runs through some of the things he has learn in his life so far.

Oh, a kind person has compiled what Stefan has learn in a nice little cheat sheet that I have reproduced here. Hmm…I now wonder if I should have bought that $80+ picture book that still remains wrapped on my shelf!

– helping other people helps me
– having guts always works out for me
– thinking life will be better in the future is stupid. i have to live now
– starting a charity is surprisingly easy
– being not truthful works against me
– everything i do always comes back to me
– assuming is stifling
– drugs feel great in the beginning and become a drag later on
– over time i get used to everything and start taking for granted
– money does not make me happy
– traveling alone is helpful for a new perspective on life
– keeping a diary supports personal development
– trying to look good limits my life
– material luxuries are best enjoyed in small doses
– worrying solves nothing
– complaining is silly. either act or forget
– actually doing the things I set out to do increases my overall level of satisfaction
– everybody thinks they are right
– low expectations are a good strategy
– whatever I want to explore professionally, its best to try it out for myself first
– everybody who is honest is interesting


  • Hunn W

    October 9, 2008 at 4:01 pm Reply

    Hey B,
    Well i don’t think you actually have to wonder whether you should have bought the book, because it’s a Sagmeister publication we’re talking about here. GO AND UPWRAP IT!
    And buying the book goes towards supporting this hero of design.
    So yeah, have no regrets!
    keep it up!

  • DT

    October 7, 2008 at 10:44 pm Reply

    Hi Jim,
    Thanks for that great list! I was going to get it up too one day.

  • JIm Rait

    October 7, 2008 at 7:48 pm Reply

    Bruce Mau published his Manifesto for growth….
    1 Allow events to change you
    2 Forget about good
    3 process is more important than outcome
    4 love your experiments like ugly children
    5 go deep
    6 capture accidents
    7 study
    8 drift
    9 begin anywhere
    10 everyone is a leader
    11 harvest ideas, edit applications
    12 keep moving
    13 slow down
    14 don’t be cool (cool is conservative fear, dressed in black)
    15 ask stupid questions
    16 collaborate
    17 make an image which email won’t replicate
    18 Allow space for ideas you haven’t had yet
    19 Stay up late
    20 Work the metaphor
    21 time is generic
    22 repeat yourself
    23 make your own tools
    24 stand on someone’s shoulders
    25 avoid software (everyone has it)
    26 don’t clean your desk
    27 don’t enter awards (its bad for you)
    28 creativity is not device dependent
    29 organisation is liberty
    30 don’t borrow money
    31 listen carefully
    32 take field trips
    33 imitate
    34 make mistakes faster
    35 (break it, stretch it, crack it, fold it)
    36 explore the other edge
    37 coffee breaks, cab rides, dream rooms
    38 avoid fields, jump fences
    39 laugh
    40 remember
    41 power to the people
    which I think complements Stefan’s list

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