What’s the alternative?

Some things just need to be done. We don’t want to because that particular way might be uncomfortable but we know it’s the only way.

We might say “tomorrow I start” or “someday” and procrastinate by avoiding the really important thing we need to do.

Maybe our mind is coming up with an excuse that there’s some easier alternative so that we wouldn’t need to do the work.

There is no alternative. If there would be, then we would have found it already.

So ask yourself: what’s the alternative?

KRISTJAN

Strive for better problems

Everyone wants to have a better life. A life without problems where everything is easy, and there are no struggles. This is impossible. Nobody has that kind of life.

We all have problems. They will never run out – solve one, another one is cued up for us to solve.

A homeless person has money problems, so does Elon Musk. However, the difference is in the quality of the problem. 

Successful people have pretty much the same problems as unsuccessful people, but their problems are on a different level. 

While a regular person’s day might be ruined because they missed a bus – this kind of an instance wouldn’t probably even register on a mind like Elon’s. These people are operating on such a high level that is incomprehensible for most people.

While we might be thinking about how to pay the bills, or which day was the garbage day, Elon is thinking about how to save the human race (yes, literally!).

So, let us not worry about trying to get rid of problems – that will never happen. Instead, we should strive to have higher quality problems. Let us not worry about our bus being late, or the small screen on the back of the seat in the airplane, but rather about something more important.

The quality of our problems determines the quality of our life.

Always carry a camera in your pocket or around your neck

I don’t think it’s a good idea to have a camera in your bag. 

Either have your camera around your neck or in your pocket. In the latter case, the camera should be small enough to fit in your front pocket, and you should be able to pull it out easily. I prefer a long neck strap, so I can wear my camera over the shoulder.

The reason why you should do that is that then you can immediately use your camera when you need to. 

You never know when someone interesting walks by, or there’s something cool happening. 

E.g., as I was walking in Lin An Tai (林安泰) ancestral house in Taipei, I saw these teenagers doing a cosplay photoshoot. Apparently, they were having a break, and this particular girl was walking towards me, and I wanted to take a photo of her, so I asked her. She agreed.

It would’ve also been possible if I’d had my camera in my bag, but that would’ve added another extra level of complexity to it. 

It’s probably much easier to ask people to take their photo if you already have a camera in your hand. In addition, even if you don’t know the language, you can simply gesture at the camera. If your camera is in your bag and you don’t know the language, it’s harder to do.

Having a camera right next to you makes things a lot easier for yourself when asking people to take their photo and definitely much easier if you see something happening (in which case you might only have a second to react).