The cake is a lie

There is something interesting happening to us as we grow older, something that hinders us from personal growth, or limits the ability companies ensure constant innovation. Let me explain.

Protecting the Cake

Think of all the things you own as “your cake” — The money you make, your nice apartment with all that great furniture and all the cool gadgets you might own. Even your personal image to a certain degree, not just physical goods.

Those things make up your personal cake . It’s a great feeling having this big tasty cake in your life right in front of you — You worked for it, so you deserve a big cake — Right?

Most of our time is now devoted to protect all those things. Because who likes to take a pay cut or move from a bigger apartment into a smaller one, or risk no place to stay at all? The older we get and the bigger our cake grows, the more we get used to a certain standard.

Personal development stagnates & becomes less relevant as our eyes are completely focused on the cake. And the fear of losing it is just too big to take any risks or try something new.

You can even see this happening in big organizations. Most of the time is devoted to protect the cake, innovation stagnates as every eye focuses on the cake, while a new wave of small companies (some might call them startups) are taking over, beating big established brands with a “Nothing to lose” attitude.

The cake is a lie

We’ve all been in those situations where all we wanted is change. Move across the world, start a new career or pivot the product into a much needed new direction.

THE CAKE IS A LIE — Roughly translates to “your promised reward is merely a fictitious motivator”. Popularized by the game “Portal”

Every time I’m stuck, I like to imagine this big cake right in front of me.

Then I ask my self:

Am I’m protecting the cake again? Or are there any real reasons for me not to make the change?

In most cases the real reason is because I absolutely protect the cake. Every argument I have (even with myself) is based only around protecting what I have, not thinking about what I could have instead.

Every time I do this exercise I picture my self building walls around my little cake, protecting it with everything I have. Every minute, every thought and every idea I have resolves around protection, rather than new exciting opportunities.

I’m completely occupied with doing just that. Isn’t this absurd?

In the end, the cake is a lie. The cake is just an embodiment of what we believe is important to us. There is no value in protecting a cake no one can eat. Happiness will either result out of eating the cake, or baking a cake but never by protecting it.

Authentic Weather now free on Android

Dear Authentic Weather friends.

As you might have noticed, Authentic Weather on Android is now free and some of you wondered why this is the case. Authentic Weather was a side project in the beginning and the reason to charge 99cent was to cover most of the development costs I had to pay for both, iOS and Android.

I personally believe in only delivering great product experiences, especially if you pay for it we owe you a fantastic product. With Authentic Weather for Android we unfortunately didn't delivered what we promised, we had difficulties supporting the wide range of the Android Market and didn't kept up with the Feature Set of the iOS version.

We're very sorry about this and after 3 months in the Android store I made the decision to give it away for free since I don't feel confident selling an App that doesn't live up to our standards. You deserve the best, in any case.

Why is the iOS version still paid?

iOS will remain paid (99cent) and will have more features (such as the Camera Mode) and more frequent updates. Consider Android as the Light version until we found a solution to bring the full Feature Set to Android.

For questions please contact hello@authenticweather.com or tweet me.
And download Authentic Weather here.

Thank you for reading & using Authentic Weather
Tobias

 

DON’T WORRY ABOUT COOL.

Sol Lewitt’s advice to a young Eva Hesse, via Elle Luna via here. —

Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, grasping,…Stop it and just DO!…

Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool. Make your own, your own world. If you fear, make it work for you – draw & paint your fear and anxiety…

You must practice being stupid, dumb, unthinking, empty. Then you will be able to DO!…

Try to do some BAD work – the worst you can think of and see what happens but mainly relax and let everything go to hell – you are not responsible for the world – you are only responsible for your work – so DO IT. And don’t think that your work has to conform to any preconceived form, idea or flavor. It can be anything you want it to be…

I know that you (or anyone) can only work so much and the rest of the time you are left with your thoughts. But when you work or before you work you have to empty you [sic] mind and concentrate on what you are doing. After you do something it is done and that’s that. After a while you can see some are better than others but also you can see what direction you are going. I’m sure you know all that. You also must know that you don’t have to justify your work – not even to yourself.