On Understanding

noun: empathy

  1. the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.


One of a designers best tools is empathy. You can practice with this tool everyday in hundreds of ways. On the sidewalk or on Twitter, in the corner bodega or in a restaurant. Before that knee-jerk reaction to point a finger and complain kicks in, try to understand.

Understand people's feelings and choices and actions. Understand why your favorite brand of whatever makes the choices they do. The more you practice empathy, the better your designs will become.

Adjust Your Attitude

As much as it may seem to be, our circumstances do not determine our happiness. It is our attitude during our circumstances that determine our happiness.

Your heart, your mind and your mouth have enormous power. Will you wield that power for good or bad in your life? Make your choice with the words that come out of your mouth.

Your Words Matter

Complaining, murmuring and finding fault is a bigger problem than we realize in our society. Do your part to put an end to knee-jerk criticism and stop pointing your finger at others.

You can choose to be a shining light among the darkness. Be a good, solid example to others to avoid creating suffering in yourself. Your words matter, start choosing them with purpose. 

Change Your Mind

Regardless of what you want, no matter how badly you want it, it will never come to you as long as you focus on the fact that it's not here. 

It is impossible to live in victory while thinking in defeat. Negativity, bad attitude and resentment fills your life with the same. Where the mind goes, the man follows. It's that simple.