June 2nd, 2013

Your preparation for the real world is not in the answers you’ve learned, but in…

By Ron Nakamoto

Your preparation for the real world is not in the answers you’ve learned, but in the questions you’ve learned how to ask yourself – Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes

Thanks to +Maria Popova for this interesting post on Bill Watterson's commencement address given over 20 years ago.

Questions are at the center of +Lee Brower's work with entrepreneurs and his coaching practice, The Business Family Coach.

One of the interesting sub-topics in this post is the necessity of rejuvenation in order to do creative work.  Here's my favorite Watterson quote:

We’re not really taught how to recreate constructively. We need to do more than find diversions; we need to restore and expand ourselves. Our idea of relaxing is all too often to plop down in front of the television set and let its pandering idiocy liquefy our brains. Shutting off the thought process is not rejuvenating; the mind is like a car battery — it recharges by running.

I'm reminded of Dan Sullivan's Strategic Coach concept of free days – days where no work is done – and find that Watterson's idea is a missing element in the notion of rejuvenation.


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May 20, 1990: Advice on Life and Creative Integrity from Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson
“The truth is, most of us discover where we are headed when we arrive.” ‘Tis the season for glorious life advice dispensed by cap-and-gow

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