They hunt in winter, when the temperatures can drop to -40C (-40F). A hunt begins with days of trekking on horseback through snow to a mountain or ridge giving an excellent view of prey for miles around.
The skill of hunting with eagles, Svidensky says, lies in harnessing an unpredictable force of nature. "You don't really control the eagle. You can try and make her hunt an animal - and then it's a matter of nature. What will the eagle do? Will she make it? How will you get her back afterwards?"
There were a few moments in this talk when I felt moved and a bit emotional. Around the 9 minute mark he talks about rules and there use, and it reminded me of events over the past 15 years where I feel I've come up against rules for rules sake. He argues that rules are used as an insurance policy, which is sometimes needed, but the big downside is it creates mediocrity and potential misjudgements.
He goes onto talk about what is needed to change this. He talks about celebrating moral exemplars. Made me think, who the hell are mine? He talks about teaching, and he has made me add another thing to my list of core behaviours we should be helping people nurture at People Who Do - Character. He says character is about learning how to respect yourself, others and lifelong learning. That seems like a good set of principles to keep in mind each day.
I'm looking forward to reading his book, Practical Wisdom.
All we have in life is our time. People struggle after success. They hunger for fame, fortune, and power. But in all of these things, the same question exists — what will you do with your time? How do you want to spend your days? As Annie Dillard reminds us, “how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
In life, you will become known for doing what you do. That sounds obvious, but it’s profound. If you want to be known as someone who does a particular thing, then you must start doing that thing immediately. Don’t wait. There is no other way. It probably won’t make you money at first, but do it anyway. Work nights. Work weekends. Sleep less. Whatever you have to do. If you’re lucky enough to know what brings you bliss, then do that thing at once. If you do it well, and for long enough, the world will find ways to repay you.
Written by Jonathan Harris
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By hook or by crook, the things I am going to do this year include putting on an event, working on my photography project, making an EP with my brother Simon for the first time since this in 1998 and thinking + research + design of interventions to make new (future) ways of working.