Eat your heros
12 ways a man can measure his value.
Clayton Christensen wrote a book about measuring the value of your life. As I get ready to start reading it I thought I’d make my own list.
- Money Really easy score keeping. Standardized rule set. This game looks almost the same the whole world over.
- Impact This is almost exclusively a numbers game, and might be kind of bullshit, but the startup folk love to go on about this one. To build something that a BILLION people use in under a decade is now within the realm of possibility and is the commonly given reason most internet entrepreneurs give for why they are “doing a start up.” To touch as many lives as possible, to change the world. Often coupled with fierce pride in independence, master of my destiny style rhetoric.
- Power Incredibly difficult to describe but impossible to ignore, often found in the company of it’s cousin- money. Power is status on steroids. The baseline, the most primitive and therefor most commonly accepted measure of value.
One advantage of Power is that like money there is an infinite number of ways to win points. A Russian Sergeant in Crimea and the head of your local condo strata both get to feel like big men.
- Devoutness The playground of the holier-than-thou crowd. Regardless of cast and creed, these guys are always kind of odd. Except the buddhist monks. I got such a soft spot for those dudes.
- Lives Saved. The fucked up thing is, Bill Gates probably goes to bed every night feeling like a shitty person. Thinking about all the things he didn’t get right and all the opportunities he missed. But by the numbers, Bill is doing pretty good.
- Head Snaps It really does happen. Occasionally a woman walks into a room, and EVERYBODY notices, and if she’s on your arm- every man in that room, for one moment, all at once, wants to be you. That feels awwwwesome. In marriage I punch way above my weight- my wife is BEAUTIFUL and I have had the privilege of being that guy once or twice. This is a fool’s gambit though. The same few people get most of the points, it’s a low scoring game anyways AND your odds go down with age. Sucker’s bet.
Assume this works the other way- some men crush a room and the women’s jealousy of his date is palatable?
- Baby Smiles Seriously, that look those little people can give you, not because they know you but because they truly radiate deep, pure and complete joy and then beam that shit at your face like warm rays of sun. This one almost wins.
- Family Happiness This is basically what all the good people on earth are doing. If everybody just got this right we would all be, all good.
- Hedonistic Delight If we really are just smart(ish) monkeys on a rock in space, and there’s really nothing else to it, it makes sense to optimize for as many as possible 72 hour, bath salt fuelled orgies as possible.
The fact that most people aren’t actually pursuing this whole heartedly (despite what they often claim) suggests a more ubiquitous sense of purpose than is often acknowledged.
But if this is your game, all power to you, I’ll definitely read your blog.
- Mastery Some people spend a LOT of time/effort getting good at something. A masterable skill with a complexity scale they progress along. The up side here is that success is for the most part totally self determined, a sense of growth is guaranteed and if you get THAT good at a small number of things you can be famous. The down side is you’ll likely toil in obscurity, learning to carve trinkets your grandkids will throw in the grave before your body’s cold. Depends if your on this path for the journey or the destination. Basically don’t be the destination guy. His plane crashes before he lands.
- Penis size Problem with this one is that you have no say in the matter. You either got it or you don’t. Most don’t.
- Funeral Size My dad once told me that the only thing that mattered was the size of your funeral. These were the people who you had served in your life. Service to others is the only metric. The size of the crater left in the ground when you’re dead. I tend to agree with him.
This post title includes “man” because one of them is very specifically masculine. It could probably also be called 11 ways anybody can measure their value and one just for men, but that’s a stupid title. Or I could have made this really accessible and just left the whole penis thing out of it but then wouldn’t have been nearly as accurate now would it?
Oculus Rift Prediction
I think the VR headsets are going to be a stupid big deal. Galactus Big.
Though many of the nerds have had a chance to try these somewhere- most muggles (and by therefor by definition most people) have no idea what Oculus Rift even is.
I know all the complaints- low resolution, the motion sickness, the uncanny valley etc etc.- but these are incredibly shortsighted.
The experience with the headsets is powerful. It is a strange and immersive and intimate. When the artists and the designers and the story tellers and the actors and the programmers and the writers get a chance to sink their teeth into this tech it’s going to create a radical new type of entertainment.
For context: I’m not a big fan of Kinect, never owned a Wii, and am amazed 3D movies are still chugging along.
But this is different.
On a related note- Illumiroom from Microsoft is mind blowing.