The day after Joel wrote me via email: "...I was looking for your wisdom on best practices, pitfalls, or anything else you'd comment on if speaking to someone about extending curating to your entire life.
Basically, curation is a mindset for me - a way of being - and I'm on a mission to show people the power behind it.
I know you don't just curate the things you see online, but how do you apply the curator's philosophy to other aspects of your life?"
And here is what I replied:
a) Operate exclusively on the basis of quality - no compromises on what you pass on.
b) Curate things as if your reputation and value will be determined by what you share and how you share it.
c) Search and investigate well below and beyond the surface, because nothing is really the way it initially looks.
d) It's not in the technology. No need to have or buy any special tool, though having instruments that help you find, search, collect, organize and showcase your curated gems can definitely help.
e) Curate the environment around you, your room, your studio, your desk, your desktop, your garage and your shelves as if it was a shrine. If you are not doing it, you have already given up the god-like powers you may have to shape reality around you.
f) Curate with a purpose, not to simply share, communicate and express yourself. Go after something you want to help yourself and others with. Go after something specific you love and believe into.
g) Pay double attention to details as both life and curation are all about attention to details. If you are in a hurry, need to post before 12, or have to do x number of things asap to avoid being late, you better give up now on the idea you are "curating" anything at all.