My four guiding philosophies
Notice what's going on around you. Notice your thoughts. Notice what catches your attention. Think about and follow things to see where they lead. If you notice something, maybe that's because it's your problem to solve, or place to play and learn.
Difficult, overcomplicated, grouchy things make life harder, and that creates more suffering in the world. Making things faster, simpler, easier, and more fun is a great way to use your talents — in my case, design, writing, noticing, listening, generosity, and clarity.
Help others succeed.
Be generous with your gifts. You will find a deep sense of meaning, and virtually unlimited opportunities to help. If you don't know where to look, just notice some suffering (no matter how small), and do something to reduce it.
Do your best. Keep getting better.
Do your best in the moment with what you have. Work on your craft, and learn new skills. Do a good job not because of who tells you to, but because of who you are. Good work contains its own reward, and pays back with interest.
And so, back to work I go. Please reach out if you think I can help you!
I like to recommend cool and useful people, products, and techniques. This usually means sending someone a text or email, which means digging up a link or typing a description. I have started pulling these together onto one page so it's easier for me to find and send. No searching through Gmail, no retyping, and I can send help faster to more people.