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Zen and the Artof Startup Maintenance
How I Began• Started in digital media• Objectivity?• Studied Linguistics, Semiotics• An Experiment
Semiotics in One Word
Two Fundamental Truths• No objectivity• Humans are Irrational• How does this apply to business or  life?
You Are What You Think“If your mind is empty, it is always readyfor anything, it is open to everything. Inthe beginners mi...
Living In The Present• Can I change the past?  – (Spoiler alert: No)• Should I worry about the future?  – (Define “worry”)...
Living In The Present• Time (through experience) shapes who we  are• The stories we tell about ourselves  represent the pa...
You Are What You Think• The Universe is indifferent• Most things are not good or bad, but  rather just are• The foot feels...
The Tragedy of Belief“In the sky, there is no distinction of east andwest; people create distinctions out of theirown mind...
Relative Truth and The Work• Living in the moment allows tasks of  great scope to become manageable• Don’t see what has be...
Things Will Go Wrong• The only mistakes you can make are:  – Not doing what you know best to do  – Not finishing what you ...
What is The Work?• The Work is what you do“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, springcomes and the grass grows by itself.” -La...
The Truth of Impermanence• Nothing lasts• Everything changes• The truth of The Work is in doing The  Work, and nothing else
How to face adversity?         Make hard choices?“If you understand, things are just as theyare;if you do not understand, ...
How to be what you want to bewhen you grow up? What about the             future?“The masters in the art of living make li...
What about my plans? Am I not     destined for greatness?"Before Enlightenment: chop wood, carrywater.After Enlightenment:...
Gust Avrakotos and       the Tale of the Zen Master“Theres a little boy and on his 14th birthday he getsa horse... and eve...
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Zen and the Art of Startup Maintenance

  1. 1. Zen and the Artof Startup Maintenance
  2. 2. How I Began• Started in digital media• Objectivity?• Studied Linguistics, Semiotics• An Experiment
  3. 3. Semiotics in One Word
  4. 4. Two Fundamental Truths• No objectivity• Humans are Irrational• How does this apply to business or life?
  5. 5. You Are What You Think“If your mind is empty, it is always readyfor anything, it is open to everything. Inthe beginners mind there are manypossibilities, but in the experts mindthere are few. ”― Shunryu Suzuki
  6. 6. Living In The Present• Can I change the past? – (Spoiler alert: No)• Should I worry about the future? – (Define “worry”)• How can I be mindful of the present?• Directed versus peripheral vision
  7. 7. Living In The Present• Time (through experience) shapes who we are• The stories we tell about ourselves represent the past, which we think is fixed and permanent but is also false• We constantly curate a history for ourselves that is very nice but is also wildly subjective and not at all true
  8. 8. You Are What You Think• The Universe is indifferent• Most things are not good or bad, but rather just are• The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground
  9. 9. The Tragedy of Belief“In the sky, there is no distinction of east andwest; people create distinctions out of theirown minds and then believe them to be true.”• Everything you know is a relative construct• Believing that something is fated to happen rejects all fundamental truth about the world
  10. 10. Relative Truth and The Work• Living in the moment allows tasks of great scope to become manageable• Don’t see what has been done, only see what has yet to be done• “The jug fills drop by drop.”
  11. 11. Things Will Go Wrong• The only mistakes you can make are: – Not doing what you know best to do – Not finishing what you start – Not starting or acting
  12. 12. What is The Work?• The Work is what you do“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, springcomes and the grass grows by itself.” -Lao Tzu• Comparison is the thief of joy (knowing yourself vs. knowing others = Perfect Confidence)• Wisdom via fruit salad?
  13. 13. The Truth of Impermanence• Nothing lasts• Everything changes• The truth of The Work is in doing The Work, and nothing else
  14. 14. How to face adversity? Make hard choices?“If you understand, things are just as theyare;if you do not understand, things are just asthey are.”
  15. 15. How to be what you want to bewhen you grow up? What about the future?“The masters in the art of living make littledistinction between their work and theirplay, their labor and their leisure, theirminds and their bodies, their education andtheir recreation, their love and their religion.They hardly know which is which. Theysimply pursue their vision of excellence inwhatever they do, leaving others to decidewhether they are working or playing. Tothem they are always doing both.”
  16. 16. What about my plans? Am I not destined for greatness?"Before Enlightenment: chop wood, carrywater.After Enlightenment: chop wood, carrywater."
  17. 17. Gust Avrakotos and the Tale of the Zen Master“Theres a little boy and on his 14th birthday he getsa horse... and everybody in the village says, "howwonderful. The boy got a horse!" And the Zen mastersays, "well see."Two years later, the boy falls off the horse, breakshis leg, and everyone in the village says, "Howterrible." And the Zen master says, "Well see."Then, a war breaks out and all the young men haveto go off and fight... except the boy cant cause hisleg’s all messed up. And everybody in the villagesays, "How wonderful.”

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