Peter Hentges (jbru) wrote,
Peter Hentges
jbru

Principled

I use the "social bookmarking" site ma.gnolia. One of the things I like about it is that I often find links to interesting or unusual things that I otherwise would have completely missed. There are two such examples today.

The first is an interesting look at suggesting other interesting or unusual sites. It calls itself Soul of the Web. I don't know how they choose the sites they recommend, but the first few I looked at were at least interesting.

The second prompted me to share this with you, gentle reader.

As you may remember from my last post, one of my values is Joy. I define that as "being happy, having fun" and it means to me that I will do best doing things that make me happy. Enter ma.gnolia and a link today to a site laying out The 8 Principles of Having Fun. If you want the full explanation, go to the original site. But reproduced here if you're too tired to do the clicky thing or get annoyed at Flash content, are the principles:
  1. Stop hiding who you really are.
  2. Start being intensely selfish.
  3. Stop following the rules.
  4. Start scaring yourself.
  5. Stop taking it all so damn seriously.
  6. Start getting rid of the crap.
  7. Stop being busy.
  8. Start something.
The only one of these I initially took exception to was number 2, Start being intensely selfish. The movie explains this point, however, as related to the first one as part of "Get Focused." It goes on to say, "Get hungry for the things that are truly important to you. Think of the people you respect and love, the moments you relish, the impact you want to have, the legacy you want to leave. Bottom line: don't waste your time on anything else." When put like that, the negative connotations of "selfish" disappear for me.
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