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I visited Square offices last week. Met with Jack Dorsey and asked him how he manages to run both Twitter and Square at the same time.
He told me that it required a lot of discipline, a very tight schedule and he gave me a book suggesting part of the answer to my question could be found there.

The book is Wabi-Sabi: for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
by Leonard Koren.

Wabi-Sabi (侘寂) represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience.

It is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.
It is a beauty of things modest and humble.
It is a beauty of things unconventional.

At one point in the book, Koren compares Wabi-Sabi to Modernism.
It helps grasp the concept.

Modernism is:

  • absolute
  • implies a rational worldview
  • believes in the control of nature, mass-production, everlasting things
  • function and utility are primary values
  • romanticizes technology and is future-oriented

Wabi-Sabi is:

  • relative
  • implies a instinctive worldview
  • believes in fundamental uncontrollability of nature, one-of-a-kind, seasons
  • is comfortable with ambiguity and contradiction
  • romanticizes nature and is present-oriented

If you have 30 minutes, it is a very inspiring read.