Buckets and Libraries

I'd sort of like to wrap up this whole bucket and library thing somehow. Make it easier to understand. I drew a bunch of diagrams, but they just seemed to make the whole thing more complicated and the metaphor got all tangled and twisted up.

The problem is that I'm trying to describe two very different things in a single process, and they kind of don't easily meld into a single metaphor. On the one hand, I have to explain how it is that people gather information from the world around them, and that's the bucket. On the other, I have to explain how it is that people manage this information, which is the library.

So basically we have to use magic.

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Fighting the SLIMness

I've talked extensively in the past about the natural tendency of people to be SLIM - Selfish, Lazy, Ignorant, and Mean - and how that's really not all that productive so we need to fight those tendencies.

The important thing to remember is that you're not supposed to be the exact opposite. You might think Generous, Employed, Educated, and Kind is the correct response, but that's just being a GEEK - not that there's anything wrong with that, but if you look around at geeks, they tend to be unhappy. And there's a reason for this.

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Mind The Gap

So yesterday we talked about the problem of the Cult of Done Manifesto, specifically the way it says to get shit done but it never tells you to do a good job. And today, we'll be talking about a manifesto with the other problem - it tells you to do a good job, but it never tells you how to get shit done.

So the thing is, if you put these things together you have a pretty good end result.

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In The Beginning

Now, we've talked a bit about the bucket already this week, but let's continue in that vein and point out that it's a growing metaphor.

See, the bucket is also the library is also your memory palace.

And it's all related to the S in SLIM, because all the bucket understands is want. You do not have a thing, and you should have that thing, because... well, because it is a thing. There's a reason "want" is a synonym for both "lack" and "desire." Want creates desire naturally, unless it is filtered through need.

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The NICER Marketer

I had a bunch of bullshit scheduled this week about some other stuff but it sucked so I deleted it last night when I was drunk which is like this thing that I do sometimes because I am an alcoholic.

So I was talking on Colin Theriot's Facebook page about this thing Blair Warren said back in the day in something called One Sentence Persuasion, and it was basically "27 Words to Make the World Do Your Bidding" and here they are:

People will do anything for those who encourage their dreams, justify their failures,
allay their fears, confirm their suspicions and help them throw rocks at their

Well, the thing I do is take stuff like this and turn it from 27 words into one: NICER.

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The Manifesto

We've been working toward this for a long time, but it's the way things had to be.

If you think back all the way to the beginning, where we talked about the bucket brain, we talked about how your bucket needs to be filled before you can move forward. So that's what we've been doing: filling your bucket. Getting you ready to understand the system.

It's not a hard system. It's less than fifty words.

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The First Step

萬丈高樓從地起 - maan zoeng gou lau cung dei hei - "ten-thousand measure high building from soil begin" - "the tallest buildings start from the ground" - "Every skyscraper stands where once was bare earth." (Chinese proverb)

If you're wondering what that has to do with steps, most people have translated this proverb as "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

It's kind of interesting that the Western version of that is about you personally doing a thing all by yourself that benefits nobody but you... and the Eastern version is about a major project no one person can do alone which results in something stable and permanent for the benefit of many. This is kind of the big difference between SLIM Jim and FAT Jack.

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Of Course You Want What You Haven’t Got

I mean, that's what the word "want" means. "For want of a nail, the shoe was lost" does not mean that the blacksmith was looking for the nail he wanted and lost the shoe. It means that the blacksmith did not have a nail. So he couldn't put on the shoe. Now the horse wanted - did not have - a shoe. And the rider wanted a horse. And so on, and so forth, until the kingdom is lost over one missing horseshoe nail.

The lesson there is much more meaningfully stated as "small things are not just important; small things are everything." But today we're talking about want, the core element behind the bucket-brain. The bucket-brain wants. The bucket is not full. It must be filled. It wants things to fill it.

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