Day 299 – Greatness: A Guide

67 – Anon’s 100 tips to greatness

4. Get a library card.

I suspect there is more to it than that exactly.
I have spent a good 5 minutes staring at my screen trying to figure out what the angle on this one is.

Maybe this is like a secret handshake. I get the library card, and as they hand it over they say something in a significant tone; “The Croissants Were Hot This Morning”, and then I’m expected to say “I Always Douse Them In Monkey Faeces”, and they show me into the back room where they keep the Real Books that nobody else ever gets to see.

Or maybe it is really just meant as an encouragement to just read more.
But that’d be lame for a list like this.

10. Drink your coffee black.

I will never be great.
Also, this is on the list twice, so I may actually be forever un-great now.

A coffee without frothed milk in it is just not really a proper beverage. And I now have to raise serious doubts about the sanity of the person or persons that assembled this list. How could… you know it just… just no.


12. Read more, especially things you disagree with.

Well, the budget is coming up, so I’m kinda golden on that one for the next few weeks. Although I had kinda hoped to interpret it as a piece of comedy performance art for the sake of my sanity.

Luckily there is an endless supply of blogs that write nothing but things I disagree with.

I do take the point that I probably should read a few more of them though.
For a while at least.

16. Find things that inspire you and pursue them, even if there’s no money in it.

This blog is it for now. I know I have had moments of struggle to keep motivated, although there is something soothing about forcing myself to write something every day.

A few of the most inspired days were the ones where I really had no idea what I was going to do. I have 66 chances of forced greatness left, and then I’ll have to be all growed-up and find my muse and motivation outside my self-imposed constraint for the past 10 months.

22. Learn a new language.

I think I may honour this one by learning a fictitious language to help with item 53 below.

44. Get a deck of Oblique Strategies cards. Use them.

I had come across Oblique Strategies once before. Buying a deck of real cards seems a bit archaic, so I might see if there is an app for my phone. There is a website that doles out a “card” on demand.

The idea is that if you’re stuck behind writers block, or lack for inspiration that you pull out a card at random and apply the strategy presented to find a new way out. Or perhaps it can also be used to add a twist when you aren’t actually blocked in some way.

It’s an interesting idea I’ll explore later.

48. Learn to enjoy hunger.

Ah, the trick to losing weight.
Push through the fear and discomfort of my body telling me that it wants food.

I’ve mastered this one.

But I often ignore it as well.
When I’m in Melbourne it’s hard not to enjoy the food on offer. When we have Wednesdays With Friends it is hard not to just keep eating the cheese and dips in front of me. Some days were just not meant for dieting.

49. Make everything either shorter, or longer, than it needs to be.

Shorter is my stretch goal.

53. Get a tattoo. Don’t worry about regret.

Working on it.
I am working on an idea in Qenya written in Tengwar, but I’ll first have to learn the language and then adjust the execution to the available vocabulary. It’s comfortably resting in the back of my head until the right phrase presents itself. No rush.

59. Walk more.

Yes, I should get back in that.
I let it slide a bit.

69. Say no to projects you don’t care about.

That’s all good-and-well, but it doesn’t help me whittle down the endless list of projects that I *do* care about. The logical thing would be to make a ranked list, but I’m worried that as soon as I rank all the ideas and inevitably start work on the highest ranked project that the siren call of the rest will distract me and pull me away.

Is there a solution for that?

81. Dress like a cooler version of yourself.

Even cooler? Impossible!
(I’m going to do some research, because this is now another Project I Care About)

83. Add “adventurer” to your Twitter bio. Then, become one.


87. Actually write on your blog. Nobody cares if it’s hard.



I eat blogging for breakfast.

I cannot believe it’s been almost 10 months already though. It is a surreal thought that tomorrow I will have 300 days and 300+ posts behind me. I think I should start planning a party for 365.

92. Learn how to speak in public.

This has been on my list for a while. I’m going to have to work out a topic and context. I always thought that at some point I’d try to speak at a tech conference somewhere. And that’s still an option, but I wonder if it might actually end up being something completely unexpected that kicks this off for real.

Or maybe I should just go on and do it.