True Happiness is Striving for More

An episode of ERIC KIM

Podcast on photography, philosophy, and entrepreneurship.
Podcast on photography, philosophy, and entrepreneurship.
Minimum Viable Philosophy
Probably one of the best ideas which have come out of Silicon Valley is the notion of the “MVP” (minimum viable product). I am not sure who first coined the phrase, but my guess it is Ryan from BackYard Brew in Palo Alto. Anyways the extrapolation I have is this: What if we applied a ‘minimum viable’ design philosophy, or thinking philosophy, or life philosophy to everything? Some examples: Learn more >
December 6, 2019
Why Be Unique?
To be unique is to be unabashedly you: Learn more >
December 3, 2019
You're the End-Game
You’re the End Product. You’re the End! What if we should direct all of our powers to elevate ourselves? Learn more >
November 30, 2019
Share Your Perspective
It doesn’t matter how “good” or “bad” you are in photography. The point is to share YOUR personal perspective! Learn more >
November 30, 2019
My Thoughts on Success in Photography
Success as a photographer means to never stop shooting new photos! If we use this as our definition for photography and art, then perhaps Henri Cartier-Bresson wasn’t a successful photographer (he gave up photography), and we can consider Richard AVEDON (died while on assignment) and Josef Koudelka (in his 80s and still traveling and making new photos) as highly successful.
November 27, 2019
Intermittent Living
A combination of living nomadically (and being rooted) as the optimal lifestyle. 
November 18, 2019
Better Bad Photo than No Photos
When in doubt, shoot 'bad' photos!
November 17, 2019
Random Photo Thoughts
Thoughts on composition, emotion, and mood in photography. Learn more on Eric Kim BLOG >
November 7, 2019
There's No Right or Wrong Way to Shoot Street Photography
Let us assume we will shoot photos until we die at age 120. Certainly we will evolve, and shoot MANY DIFFERENT STYLES in photography and street photography.  Read more >
November 5, 2019
Why Instagram is Bad for Humanity
Why Instagram is bad for your self-esteem, your creativity, your mental well-being-being, your focus, and generally — bad for humanity. Learn more >
October 31, 2019
iPhone Pro the Ultimate Productivity Device?
Thoughts on the desire for a "perfect" and "ultimate" productivity device: What do we really want? I think: Something ultralight, always with you. Something to increase your ability to produce more creative things. To have a device which makes you feel more powerful. But the question is: Can iPhone (or any device) do this for us?
October 23, 2019
My experiences intermittent fasting, ketogenic diet, powerlifting, art, photography, and life.
Practical life thoughts (chat with Annette Kim).
October 12, 2019
Physiology, Art, and Photography
To re-spark your passion for art and photography, focus on your body and physiology.
October 11, 2019
Don’t seek to be understood in your photography or life
Being understood is overrated; being misunderstood is far more interesting!
October 10, 2019
PLAY THE LONG GAME: Fight for what you believe in!
Live as if today were your last day on planet earth (MEMENTO MORI), but also live as if your day (today) will be put on repeat for infinity (ETERNAL RETURN). Learn more:
August 27, 2019
True Happiness is Striving for More
A thought while at the gym today: True happiness is the striving for more. Once you got the thing, you aren’t “happy” anymore. Happiness is the joy of overcoming difficulties, challenges, the joy of battling an obstacle/opponent. This means: Never stop striving for more. Learn more:
August 5, 2019
When in doubt, just share it. Even if there is a 1% chance you can help someone else, it is worth sharing! Learn more:
August 5, 2019
Interview with Cindy Nguyen x HAPTIC PRESS Books
August 3, 2019
Anti-Satisfaction in Life
What if NOT being satisfied in life was the secret to happiness? Read more:
August 3, 2019
Minimum Viable Product (MVP) for Entrepreneurship
One of the best silicon-valley thought concepts is the idea of the ‘MVP’ (minimum viable product). It is anti-perfection. It is PRO-quick iteration, and just getting it out there! I think if we all lived more ‘MVP’-minded, we would be more creatively productive, confident, and happier! Learn more: http://ARSBETA.COM - The Anti-Social Social Media for Photographers
July 24, 2019
Why Instagram is Bad for Photographers
If you desire to thrive as a photographer, #deleteinstagram and join ARSBETA.COM instead. Why do you make photos? “What you rappers rap for?” – Kanye West First of all, ask yourself: Why do you make photos? I feel the best reason to make photos is to express yourself creatively and artistically. Or more specifically,  To ‘flex’ your artistic power. To share this artwork with others. Anti-Metrics This is the problem with Instagram:  You start to quantify your progress and value based on the number of likes and followers you have. I personally believe that your progress as a photographer/visual-artist should be based on your own inner-metrics. Your own ‘inner scorecard’ (as Warren Buffet calls it). The basic idea is that we should NOT use social media (Facebook/Instagram) as a tool to judge ourselves.  No. If you want honest feedback and constructive critique on your photos, is the solution. Learn more here:
July 23, 2019
If You're Not Busy Growing, You're Busy Dying
Life is about growth. Our passion is photography and visual arts. How can we optimize our own artistic growth in photography and beyond? Growth: Becoming stronger, becoming bigger, become more powerful, becoming taller, extending your reach. It seems that life operates on this growth principle.  What is the opposite of growth? Degeneration. Getting smaller. Getting weaker. Becoming more meek. Why grow? It seems there is no other option! How to grow To grow as a photographer and visual artist: To continue to make new photos, to gain influence, to evolve in your philosophy of aesthetics, to dig your creative roots deeper, to become more multifarious. Learn more :
July 23, 2019
Why Give More?
A difficult question to answer: Why give more? First of all, it seems that the more we give, the more we receive in return. Now, the purpose of us giving isn't to receive. We give out of super-abundance. However it does seem that the logical *consequence* of us giving much is us receiving much. Thus, don't give in order to receive. Give because you want to share your inner-dopeness with others! And keep giving without exhaustion. And as a consequence of continually giving, you will receive more. And the more you receive, the more you can continue to give! Read more:
July 22, 2019
Toy or Tool?
Let us invest our money into creative tools which can actually empower and enable us to create more artwork!
July 22, 2019
Entrepreneurship born from Superabundance, not Need/Necessity
“Necessity is the mother of invention.” Is this statement really true? What if the opposite were true: Abundance is the mother of invention. Let me explore these ideas with you. Are you creating this thing because you need money, or because you don’t need money? One of my best epiphanies in life when living in Vietnam: Wow, I will never starve to death.  And furthermore: I am earning money quicker than I can spend it. Thus, I will never become broke. Thus, I can take any entrepreneurial risks in my life!
July 22, 2019
Living life in airplane mode
My personal lessons living offline
July 20, 2019
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