autobiography of a yogi

Tina Mailhot-Roberge – Designer

Tina Mailhot-Roberge is a designer, illustrator, and co-founder of Veodesign. She also does freelance work for and these are her good things.

Good things to read.

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda.  This book is a jewel, a must-read for curious truth seekers. Probable side effects of reading Yogananda’s autobiography: Broadening your horizons, opening your mind, feelings of wonder and a deeper understanding and respect for the universe.

The Sandman by Neil Gaiman. The Sandman is not only a comic book series, it is a work of art, a masterpiece which explores a variety of themes such as the power of dreams, myths, death, identity, metamorphosis and a lot more. It is a most beautiful merge of art and literature.

Lists of Ingredients.  Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are. Everything you ingest becomes you. In a culture where junk food and highly processed meals are the norm, and where disease is omnipresent, it is crucial to pay attention to what you put inside your body. If you do not know the food you are eating every day, you are literally gambling with your health. Take off the blindfold, read and research; it will pay off in the long run.

Good things to watch.

The Stars.  Look up; the night sky is full of wonders, shining stars, constellations and planets, making us realize how amazing and grand the universe is. We are travelling on a living spaceship, each of us having a unique experience. If this isn’t enough to cheer you up, then I don’t know what will!

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer.  This amazing 13-minute TED talk explores the relationship between performer and fans, giving a voice to crowdsourcing as well as the pay-what-you-want model. It is a fantastic and passionate talk that will have one reconsider the current market/selling model our society currently employs and offer alternative solutions based on trust and support.

Star Trek: TOS.  An always entertaining classic! It is a window on the culture and era of the 60s but also on human ingenuity, dreams and hopes for the future.

Good things to use.

Your Heart.  Listening to your heart and looking within will inevitably lead to self-realization. In our western society, we are often told shut off the heart and focus only on the mind, but this will lead one feeling dissatisfied and unfulfilled. Our heart is, simply put, our purest compass, the door to our intuition and the key to true happiness.

Nexus 4.  I made the switch from iPhone 4 to Nexus 4 back in March and I am very pleased. The Nexus 4 is an affordable, fast and reliable phone which features the latest version of Android (Jelly Bean). What surprised me the most was the camera’s quality, especially with HDR, the customizability (consider using UCCW if you enjoy creating your own interfaces), as well as the widgets, a missing feature in iOS. It serves me well as a companion productivity tool.

A Bicycle.  Biking is for me an exercise and a joy. A bike will take you as far as you want, but you can also simply use it to discover new locations close to home. It is a vehicle of freedom and health, quite literally an adventure on wheels.

Connect with Tina on Twitter, @Vervex.

Steve Jobs – Apple founder

These were Steve Jobs‘ good things. This content was found in Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.

What are some good things you’ve read?

Autobiography of  a Yogi.  It was the only book Jobs downloaded to his iPad. He first read it as a teen, then when he visited India and each year since.

The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen.  The book influenced Jobs but Christensen had doubts about the iPod, saying “If Apple continues to rely on a proprietary architecture the iPod will likely become a niche product.”

Moby Dick.

What are some good things you’ve watched?

Prior to a 2011 trip Kona Village he put Chinatown, The Bourne Ultimatum, and Toy Story 3 on his iPad.  Three movies that all young people may want to watch.  His thoughts on globalization:

I had a real revelation. We were all in robes, and they made some Turkish coffee for us. The professor explained how the coffee was made very different from anywere else, and I realized, “So fucking what?” Which kids even in Turkey give a shit about Turkish coffee? All day I had looked at young people in Istanbul. They were all drinking what every other kid in the world drinks, and they were wearing clothes that look like they were bought at the Gap, and they are all using cell phones. They were like kids everywhere else. It hit me that, for young people, this whole world is the same now. When we’re making products, there is no such thing as a Turkish phone, or a music player that young people in Turkey would want that’s different from one young people elsewhere would want. We’re just one world now.

Bob Dylan concerts.  Meeting Dylan made Jobs was nervous, really nervous “because he was one of my heroes. And I was also afraid that he wouldn’t be really smart anymore, that he’d be a caricature of himself, like happens to a lot of people. But I was delighted. he was as sharp as a tack.” when he sat with Dylan in 2004.  The next time Dylan played near Jobs he asked his favorite song, sang it that night and then as Jobs was walking out, Dylan’s tour bus “came by and screeched to a stop. The door flipped open, “So, did you hear my song I sang for you?” Dylan rasped. Then he drove off.”

What are some good things you use?

501 Jeans and New Balance 992 shoes.  Jobs wanted to create a corporate culture like he had seen at Sony but was “booed off the stage” when he tried to introduce a vest to Apple’s staff.  Instead Jobs got the designer to make some of his signature black turtlenecks – he made and gave Jobs one hundred of them.

Apple products.  What drove him to create them?

What drove me? I think most creative people want to express appreciation for being able to take advantage of the work that’s been done by others before us. I didn’t invent the language or mathematics I use. I make little of my own food, none of my own clothes. Everything I do depends on other members of our species and the shoulders that we stand on. And a lot of us want to contribute something back to our species and to add something to the flow. It’s about trying to express something the only way that most of us know how – because we can’t write Bob Dylan songs or Tom Stoppard plays. We try to use the talents we do have to express our deep feelings, to show our appreciation of all the contributions that came before us, and to add something to that flow.  That’s what has driven me.