After the wild success of the Nintendo Switch in 2017 and an epic lineup of games, the Japanese video game giant has pulled, well… they’ve pulled another “Nintendo” on us. They are the only company that keeps making moves nobody would expect or think of. The first look at Nintendo Labo on January 17th showed us a new way to interact with your Switch. On April 20th this year, Nintendo Labo will launch worldwide and will feature different packs of games and cardboard accessories that you must put together yourself.
I have been unusually passive the last few weeks in everything I am doing, and I took step back to see what is causing this.
You might experience something similar; you might call it writer's block (although that is just a bogus excuse), or any other feeling around being stuck in the middle and not knowing what is next.
So, what is the best way to find footing again? Probably writing about it to get it off my chest I guess... What is the best way to declutter your mind than to get back on track?
Here we go:
The Nintendo Switch, Nintendo's next entry into the consumer market, is a kick-ass tablet with an innovative controller. While Sony and Microsoft are trying to trump each other in the hardware department, Nintendo keeps ignoring the gaming juggernauts. The new console will not have any high-end graphics power; it might not even reach the PS4, but it will bring an entirely new storm of ideas to the gaming market, just as the Wii did when it came around.
Funding on Kickstarter is a little bit different than shopping on Amazon. Some of the advertised projects are on a prototype base and the campaign helps them fund the production so you'd have to wait for 6 - 18 months (or even longer) on the final product, depending on the status quo. Instant gratification after your purchase is usually not the case.
It all depends on how you want to design your life, a freedom that was totally alien just a few decades earlier. What nobody talks about is that the lack of meta-skills and the rise of decision-anxiety are the price we pay for this freedom.
Do we live in a time that is solemnly focused on hedonism? The maximisation of our happiness? Don't get me wrong, I don't complain, being a human is the best. But where are we going as a society? Can I live every day as it would be my last for 90+ years?
In modern terms I think that it comes down to preparation and observation. Everything comes down to filters. Did you ever notice that after you bought something new, a red car or a white phone, suddenly you see so much more people driving red cars or using white phones? You ask yourself, how is this possible? Well, your brain has a new filter and now you are primed on those things, it pretty amazing.
Being on stage is an art form of its own. We all know how it feels to experience a good show, an exceptional speaker or a brilliant band. We also know everything about bad shows. If you want to emulate one or the other, it is inherently easier to copy a bad show. However, standing out and perform to your best potential is a long road and needs a lot of practise and self-reflection.
His philosophy is timeless
The reason why I'd like to share my thoughts on this is that I believe his philosophy and life can be an inspiration for a much wider audience. We can adjust and improve our everyday life if we take a few hints from the lessons provided in the podcast regardless of our affiliation with martial arts or Bruce Lee.
Gamescom 2016 is over and the last few days were packed with new and exciting technology. First and foremost, Virtual Reality. Last year was just a sneak peak of what was to come. We still have to reach mass market with VR and by the end of this year and Sony's Playstation VR entry, I'm confident the market will get there. If you haven't tried out VR yet, just go get your hands on one of those Google cardboards https://vr.google.com/cardboard/ it's easy, it's cheap and you'll get the idea.
Well, however it might be, the one thing that came to mind this week was that sometimes I won't do something unless the time is right. Go for a walk, yes but it is cold, maybe it will be warmer later on? I should do the laundry, but I wanted to go shopping, maybe do laundry later? I really gotta push this project forward, but there are 20 new emails I have to tend to...
Let me give you a little inspiration for the week to come.
I've been talking a lot about actively changing your lifestyle, trying out new things and being more open to change. I have to admit, that it took some convincing to finally get myself to this point.
I've always been an autodidact and while I learned a big deal about my craft during my studies, I've been learning a lot on the side as well. The most impact on my personal development was made by listening to others who are older, more experienced and who shared their life stories with me.
As a marketer first, I breathe on creativity and content. My hobbies are also creativity focused, be it music or writing or taking pictures. So, as you could imagine, being original and creative 100% of the time is impossible and I envy people who are for example professional writers who put out original content everyday.
What I wanted to get into for the weekend is the process of how to get your fire burning and keep it lit so to speak. This is also a perfect opportunity to share your experience with others, everyone might have another method - so feel free to post a comment.
I've been thinking about habits lately and how I design my goals so that I keep on going forward. The most basic change I've made over the last decade or so is that I stopped setting milestones extraordinarily high. There might still be overall goals that are partnered with me for life, but on a daily basis, I've gotten far more realistic. Translating goals and achievments into habits is crucial to see it through. So anything that you want to succeed in, start with just 10-20 minutes a day.