Art Student: Realist or Abstract Art?

I found this quote in A Concise History of Modern Painting– my current bedside book.

“To paint an autumn landscape I will not try to remember what colours suit the season, I will be inspired only by the sensation that the season gives me; the icy clearness of the sour blue sky will express the season just as well as the tonalities of the leaves. My sensation itself may vary, the autumn may be soft and warm like a protracted summer or quite cool with a cold sky and lemon yellow trees that give a chilly impression and announce winter.”

Autumn Landscape with Boats - Kadinsky 1908

Autumn Landscape with Boats – Kadinsky 1908

It is a dense read that usually puts me to sleep, but as someone who never pondered over Matisse’s artwork I found it to be interesting …and awakening to learn his thought process.  Continue reading

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Ricardo Semler’s Proven Method of Turning Everything You Learned on its Head

Can you imagine a company where its employees decide what days to work, when to work, what they work on, and even how much they get paid? How about a company where there are no business plans or job titles? I couldn’t, and I still have a hard time fully grasping how everything at SEMCO runs, but the book 7 Day Weekend (an international bestseller) by Ricardo Semler has shed new light on many new concepts that I feel are groundbreaking.

Ricardo Semler is no ordinary man. In 1980 Semler took over his father’s company at age 21 (the same age I am today) and fired 60% of all top-level managers. He then began to completely disembody and rebuild the company culture. Under Semler, SEMCO had an average growth rate of 40% per year up until the book published ($4 million —-> $212 million annual revenue). Continue reading

Feeling lazy? Can’t bring yourself to go to the gym? Want your employees to step their game up?

When it comes to motivation, there is a huge gap between what science knows and what business does. Our current society functions on an outdated carrot-and-stick model, that would’ve worked better in the years of manual labor and indentured servants, where work revolved around turning screws all day. Work has become more complex, more interesting, and more self-directed (especially for us college kids receiving a higher education).  The reward and punishment system does little to help and more harm. Still people follow it, and businesses use this outdated model. The new approach has 3 essential elements:

  1. Autonomy- the desire to direct our own lives. Freedom in the workplace.
  2. Mastery- the urge to make progress and get better at something that matters.
  3. Purpose- the yearning to do something for a greater cause
Here is a personal example. I have been going to the gym almost everyday for two months, something I was no where close to

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