Less = More

Spring is a beach, today (pictured landinwards towards the sea at the left/West). What we do not do is crucial for performance [ overtraining -- greed -- is at the root of all injury ] 

Min/max temperature: -2°C/-1°C; humidity: 100%; precipitation: 0 mm, sea level pressure: 1022 hPa; wind from SE 12.1 km/h; visibility: 4.5  kilometres; Clouds few 152 m., mostly cloudy 396 m., overcast 914 m.; snow depth: 0.8 mm

Motivation x effort = progress

Kennemer Dunes national park and beach, "muddy" today. Every step requires effort [ effort transcends motivation ]

Min/max temperature: -2°C/0°C; humidity: 92%; precipitation: 0 mm, sea level pressure: 1028 hPa; wind from East 19.3 km/h; visibility: 5.0 kilometres; Clouds overcast 304 m.

"I like my screen well used, with every corner filled, but no arty theories clamping the action down. Nowadays I want the cutting [ film-editing ] and continuity to be as inconspicuous as possible, and all I am concerned with is to get the characters developed and the story clearly told without any directorial idiosyncrasies. [W]e are making Motion Pictures. Too many forget that. A film has got to be ocularly interesting and above all it is the picture which is the thing. I try to tell my story so much so in pictures that if by any chance the sound apparatus broke down in the cinema, the audience would not fret and get restless because the pictorial action would still hold them! Sound is all right in its place, but it is a silent picture training which counts today. Naval men have a theory that the finest navigators nowadays are the men who learnt their craft in the out-of-date sailing ships […] I am told that the talking picture has a bigger range of subjects, I argue that it also lessens the field of appeal. What appeals to the eye is universal; what appeals to the ear is local. […] I like to keep the public guessing [… I built up my interest gradually and surely and, in thrillers, bring it to a crescendo. […] it is […] knowing your script by heart. […] I have to remember that, whereas I know the story backwards, the audience has got to absorb it gradually. […] My artists, too, must behave as human beings. [ Glamour ] has nothing to do with reality and I maintain that reality is the most important factor in making a successful film. […] Next to reality, I put […] comedy [ it ] makes a film more dramatic. […] A stage play gives you intermissions for reflections on each act. These intermissions have to be supplied in a film by contrast and, if a film is dramatic or tragic, the obvious contrast is comedy. [ I ] try to supply a definite contrast. I take a dramatic situation up and to its peak of excitement and then, before it has time to start the downward curve, I introduce comedy to relieve the tension. […] I am out to give the public good, healthy, mental shake-ups. Civilisation has become so screening and sheltering that we cannot experience sufficient thrills at first hand. Therefore, to prevent our becoming sluggish and jellied, we have to experience them artificially […] But it must be pictures first and last. A little sound certainly, but only when the story offers a perfectly natural opportunity for it."

Alfred Hitchcock in 'Close Your Eyes and Visualize!', originally published in 'The Stage', July 1936, reprinted in 'Hitchcock on Hitchcock, Selected Writings and Interviews', page 247, 249, edited by Sidney Gottlieb, first published by Faber and Faber in Great Britain in 1995

"The first draft of anything is shit. When you first start to write you get all the kick and the reader gets none, but after you learn to work it’s your object to convey everything to the reader so that he remembers it not as a story he had read but something that happened to himself."

Ernest Hemingway as quoted by Arnold Samuelson, page 11 in 'A Year in Key West and Cuba', published in October 1984 by Random House Inc. 

"Flowers growing on a hill
Dragonflies and daffodils
Learn from us very much
Look at us but do not touch"

'Some Velvet Morning', performed by Primal Scream & Kate Moss, first released in November 2003 trough Columbia Records in the UK, music video directed by Dawn Shadforth

The other side

Approx. 52°27'23.8"N 4°33'37.8"E, today at sunset. Equipment [ keep it simple ]

Min/max temperature: 4°C/6°C; humidity: 99%; precipitation: 2 mm, sea level pressure: 999 hPa; wind from SSE 6.0 km/h; visibility: 9.0 kilometres; Clouds few 365 m, mostly clouds 670 m.

"Forgiveness fosters healing […] It facilitates excellence and improvement […] Forgiveness means taking the sting out […] that otherwise threatens to poison our existence […] "Forgiveness," according to the former president of India, Indira Gandhi, "is a virtue of the brave." […] To energize their people, truly effective leaders need to be at peace with themselves and past and present events in their life […] Trough play [ we ] acquire control of the world, as opposed to being subject to its vagaries. […] To quote John Cleese, "If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play." [T]he opposite of play is not work -- it's more like depression […] The Greek playwright Aeschylus […] said, "It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish."

Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries in 'Mindful Leadership Coaching, Journeys into the interior', page 42, 43, 46, 47, 161, 170, 176, first published in 2014 by Palgrave Macmillan, USA

Perspective: command your brand™

Dune/beach training, today. Foreseeing trough awareness [ devil is in the detail ]

Min/max temperature: 2°C/6°C; humidity: 100%; precipitation: 0 mm, sea level pressure: 1019 hPa; wind N 5.0 km/h; visibility: 9.0 kilometres; Clouds overcast 1493 m.

Once upon a time, in an episode of a magazine ('Elan', approx. 1991 - 1992, untraceable today): "Corporate identity is expressed trough (its) employees".

It speaks for itself; it is a proven truth



Kennemer Dunes, today. Go, leave the trail [ learning ]

Min/max temperature: 8°C/12 °C; humidity: 96%; precipitation: 0.25 mm, sea level pressure: 1003.95 hPa; wind from N 26.1 km/h; visibility: 10.0 kilometres; Clouds few 731 m, scattered clouds 1493 m.

"[The] essential characteristics of behaviour is precisely to transcend itself constantly and to change autoregulation into auto-organisation leading to new structures […] In psychology, autoregulation [ "Life is essentially autoregulation" ] is not a return to a previous state determined by any genetic structure but is always a "passing beyond".

Jean Piaget in 'Language and Learning; The Debate between Jean Piaget and Noam Chomsky', page 5, 63, edited by Massimo Piatelli-Palmarini, first published in 1979 in France. English translation by Harvard University Press, USA

"Mentalistic theories of ethical self-management appeal to entities which seem to be particularly accessible to introspection. The inner forces which are said to take place of environmental variables are feelings. Men do brave things because they feel courageous or help someone because they feel compassionate. It would seem to follow that to teach students to be brave or compassionate, the teacher must teach them to feel […] In both clinic and laboratory, what is to be attenuated is usually operant behaviour (particularly avoidance) rather than the emotional responses which are felt."

B.F. Skinner 'The Technology of Teaching', page 193, 196, first published in 1968 by Prentice-Hall, Inc., USA

"Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus: Good morning, Doctor.
Psychiatrist: Good morning, Charles. You're looking splendid.
Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus: I feel splendid.
Psychiatrist: Every day, and in every way, you're feeling..
Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus: Better and better.[…] Now, now, Doctor. Some people would consider your methods most unorthodox.
Psychiatrist: I was just making sure that you're not a better liar than I am a psychiatrist."

From 'The Pink Panther Strikes Again', the fifth film in The Pink Panther series written and directed by Blake Edwards, first released in December 1975 trough United Artists, USA