Let's just put this out there right to begin with.
These seven principles are the very heart of this blog. This is what it's all about. Everything else is... well, commentary, like it says. These are like the ten commandments of the tribe, carved into stone and dragged down from Sinai because God Himself said so.
The distinguishing characteristic of the lizard-brain is primarily the conservation of energy. Instead of pushing its stuff around all over the place, the lizard puts its stuff in one place and stays there. It only picks up and moves when it sees something useful and desirable, or when something distressing and undesirable shows up.
There are very different problem-solving strategies as you progress through the different animal levels, honestly. I mean the bucket-brain solves nothing. A bucket-brain just kind of sits there and waits for stuff to show up, but if it doesn't land in the bucket the bucket-brain just sits there and bitches that someone else got his stuff.
The problem with getting started on your journey to badassery is that the only thing you really have is the SHIT people have thrown at you over the course of your life. And since it's all you have, you kind of don't want to get rid of it.
Just like your typical dung beetles, who carry their ball of shit around with them forever and eat it and mate on it and hatch their children in it. Most people will never transcend this beetle brain stage.
Hey, want to see the reason why we can't have nice things, as a general rule?
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.
Now, yesterday (a few minutes ago) I was talking about how your SLIMness problem with getting some beer might have been solved if you could ask your neighbour for a ride to the store, but of course you probably don't know your neighbours. Because of the SLIMness.
So you need to pursue some FATness instead - being Friendly, Active, and Tribal. If you were Friendly, you would know your neighbours and have their phone number and you could ring Bob up on your mobile and say "hey, got no beer for the game" and maybe Bob even says "come over, I have plenty." And then you see who has the bigger TV and you both watch the game there. With the beer.
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.
So now, of course, it's time for me to get all self-important and shit while I drag my own manifesto out alongside these others and compare them.
I'll start by recapping the problems with them: Robin Sharma's rules for being awesome are too hard to remember, and too numerous, and don't tell you what to do. The Cult of Done doesn't tell you to be any good at things. The Ira Glass bit on "the gap" is great, but disorganised (as it was extemporaneous), and the Holstee Manifesto is just too hard to remember. Which brings us to my own Badass Manifesto.
This one is my favourite, at least partially because of its origins. Basically, someone was annoyed at not having a convenient pocket, so they sewed a patch onto a T-shirt at an angle where they could easily reach into it across their body. Like a holster. People went fucking nuts about this idea, and thus the "Holstee" was born. Get it? Get it? It's a hols-T-shirt.
They sold so many and took so many orders that they started a company, and of course a company needs corporate culture and values, so all the people who worked there sat down and said "What do we stand for?"
And they made this. Which is fucking beautiful, and beats "Don't be evil" by a country fucking mile.
So let's sum this all up and run through your story.
Once upon a time you didn't have something, and you needed it, so you decided to go out and get it. You made a plan, but following the plan was hard and you needed help; then you got special powers and completed the plan, and everything was much better.
Probably half of that story is "following the plan was hard and you needed help."