About Mind Coffee

It's food for thought with the potential of being helpful. Served in time-saving compact 1 paragraph doses. Written by me initially part of a private document addressed to somebody, I thought you'd find it useful and decided to make it public. No cheap internet philosophies here, fabricated quotes or pretentiousness.

Updated 9 February 2020 — added #10

  1. Your time and your mind are the most valuable things, limited and non-refundable. Think n times (where n ≥ 2) on what you spend them.
  2. "I used to be better at X" is a fallacy just like "good old days". We're never better in the past. We learn, we evolve, we get more experienced, and if you'd see your past self now, you'd realize how much we romanticize. Present YOU is the best you so far.
  3. Don't change your mind based solely on moments. Make decisions about a person based on that's person's behavior over time, not just one moment. Nobody is pure gold or pure crap, we all have good and bad. Pay attention to what that person does most often, not just his/her high and low points.
  4. Always go to the root cause of any problem. Don't rush into saying "I need a break from this", dig deeper, see if that's the cause or just a consequence of something else. Not going to the root cause means the fix you'll apply will not work, giving you the impression that you didn't do the right thing.
  5. Putting yourself out there is not the solution for everything. Some things are better done introspectively.
  6. It's not about hyping up the team from time to time, it's about consistency. Hyping up is a cheap trick, it won't yield the results you want. Even if you're a 1 person team.
  7. You don't have to ask you teammates how they are/feel to show you're a team player. Just like in a good friendship, a good team is a team where you know everybody else cares without doing the small talk.
  8. Think at least twice where you went wrong. Sometimes even when you realize you got things wrong, you can mistake where.
  9. Words just acknowledge a problem. Only actions fix it.
  10. Don't ignore your worst parts. Work with them. None of us is perfect.

More mind coffee coming sometime soon
— Your mind coffee brewer, Alina