My Secret Formula

ubuntu_mclarenMy last post was about the Ubuntu Edge. For some, the story came and went. For me, it was the beginning of something very curious.

The Ubuntu Edge was marketed as the Formula 1 of mobile devices. This actually got me interested in F1 racing. Until that time, I thought I knew what F1 was all about. I still don’t fully understand it, but I know that there is a heck-of-a-lot more to it than just driving cars really fast. (It’s kind of like how Ubuntu is not just software.)

Formula 1 is about teamwork, training, and the cutting edge of technology. I read somewhere that it’s like building a kit car, except the kit only comes with the instructions–the formula. From there your team creates the parts to match the formula. (It’s kind of like how you could choose a kernel or a user interface for your operating system in a way that you thought would be best. Interesting!)

I’m grateful for my new-found interest in racing. I even started learning about the different F1 team names and about some of the drivers. (I don’t see why I couldn’t learn more about some of the Ubuntu teams and the amazing people involved as well.) All hobbies (and parentheses) aside, it’s clear how we can take this formula and apply it to our lives. But, allow me take you one step further.

Since the Ubuntu Edge campaign, I have become much more interested in optimized performance, not just with technology, but with myself. I started looking into three specific parts of my life: my diet, my physical exercise, and my cognitive behaviours. I spent a good portion of the summer researching and testing various ideas to improve my overall state of wellness.  What I came up with was a new diet, new workout routine, and new perspective on life in general. Within the confines of *my* formula (me), I have selected and tweaked these three parts to what I believe to be *currently* optimal. But, therein lies the beauty of it all: this will never end. There will always be new information, and new things to test. What’s important is that I never give up working towards being the best me that I can be. That is what Formula One is about.

Being the best you, isn’t just for you, however; it’s for everyone around you. Nelson Mandela posed the question: “are you going to [enrich yourself] in order to enable the community around you to be able to improve?” And, that my friends, is what Ubuntu is about. You are in the driver’s seat of your life, and it’s much more fun when the parts are all working together. So, I encourage us all to look deeper into ourselves. What are we consuming with our minds and bodies? (“Some of you may even want to consider eating a vegetable.”–Jono Bacon) How can we improve our health physically, mentally, spiritually, so that we can be our best selves? Let’s optimize our personal formulae. This, in turn, will help us to optimize our output and the projects that we are working on.

Finally, here’s a big shout out of gratitude to our Ubuntu “F1” team (founders, engineers, pit crew, drivers, evangelists, fans, … everyone). Thank you for all of your hard work!


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