On patterns

“When you build a thing you cannot merely build that thing in isolation, but must also repair the world around it, and within it, so that the larger world at that one place becomes more coherent, and more whole; and the thing which you make takes its place in the web of nature, as you make it.” – A Pattern language

I recently finished reading “A Pattern Language“. It took me almost one year but it was worth it; “A Pattern Language” is an eye-opening book that gives you a new way of looking at cities, buildings, and their effect on our lives.

The book collects a list of problems in the way we build our cities, and suggest a solution to use repeatedly for each problem – a pattern. Because a pattern is a solution for a specific problem that occurs over and over again – we can also easily use patterns in our everyday life.

A few months ago I listened to Ray Dalio’s Principles. Ray suggests creating a list of principles that will help you do the right thing or get the right decision based on the lessons you learned in the past. In many ways, Ray describes a set of patterns to use every day in life and business.

The idea of consciously thinking about your everyday problems and decide on the best solutions for them is powerful. The most important part is probably to consistently look for repeated problems in the first place.

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