Things I Have Learned In My Life So Far by Stefan Sagmeister

I was inter­ested enough to check this out from a TED newslet­ter. Pretty inter­est­ing TED Talk by Ste­fan Sag­meis­ter.

Ste­fan Sag­meis­ter is no mere com­mer­cial gun for hire. Sure, he’s cre­ated eye-catching graph­ics for clients includ­ing the Rolling Stones and Lou Reed, but he pours his heart and soul into every piece of work. His design work is at once time­less and of the moment, and his painstak­ing atten­tion to the small­est details cre­ates work that offers some­thing new every time you look at it.

While a sense of humor invari­ably sur­faces in his designs, Sag­meis­ter is nonethe­less very seri­ous about his work; his inti­mate approach and sin­cere thought­ful­ness ele­vate his design. A gen­uine mav­er­ick, Sag­meis­ter achieved noto­ri­ety in the 1990s as the designer who self-harmed in the name of craft: He cre­ated a poster adver­tis­ing a speak­ing engage­ment by carv­ing the salient details onto his torso.

Some of the points he high­lighted in his TED talk were:

  • Help­ing other peo­ple helps me.
  • Hav­ing guts always works out for me.
  • Think­ing life will be bet­ter in the future is stu­pid. I have to live now.
  • Start­ing a char­ity is sur­pris­ingly easy.
  • Being not truth­ful works against me.
  • Every­thing I do always comes back to me.
  • Assum­ing is stifling.
  • Drugs feel great in the begin­ning and become a drag later on.
  • Over time I get used to every­thing and start tak­ing for granted.
  • Money does not make me happy.
  • Trav­el­ing alone is help­ful for a new per­spec­tive on life.
  • Keep­ing a diary sup­ports per­sonal development.
  • Try­ing to look good lim­its my life.
  • Mate­r­ial lux­u­ries are best enjoyed in small doses.
  • Wor­ry­ing solves nothing.
  • Com­plain­ing is silly. either act or forget.
  • Actu­ally doing the things I set out to do increases my over­all level of satisfaction.
  • Every­body thinks they are right.
  • Low expec­ta­tions are a good strategy.
  • What­ever I want to explore pro­fes­sion­ally, its best to try it out for myself first.
  • Every­body who is hon­est is interesting.

There’s also a com­mu­nity site ded­i­cated to Things I Have Learned In My Life in which you may con­tribute, share, and hear other people’s life lessons.

PS. Thanks to Marco de Jong for sum­ma­riz­ing them on the TED Talk page.

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