Tuesday, June 9, 2015

CLOUD INSPIRED

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smartwater, wework space nyc, wework lunch and learn, inspired by nature, Richard Clarkson cloud lamp, inspiration
smartwater, wework space nyc, wework lunch and learn, inspired by nature, Richard Clarkson cloud lamp, inspiration
smartwater, wework space nyc, wework lunch and learn, inspired by nature, Richard Clarkson cloud lamp, inspiration

Lately, I’ve been going to the smartwater up up up lounge in the WeWork space in their Gramercy location in New York City on a weekly basis. WeWork is an office space that is rented to different creators and companies. When I visited WeWork the very first time, I remember seeing so many different conference rooms occupied by different creators, companies and entrepreneurs. I was really inspired and it made me realize that in New York City, every day there are so many people that are chasing their dreams right next to me.

Every week I spend a day there to do some engineering work, write up blog posts and brainstorm outfit ideas. The eye catching and pretty smartwater lounge was designed by artist Richard Clarkson. Do you see the fun cloud lamps inside the lounge? These cloud lamps have embedded motion sensors to create unique lightning and thunder shows while providing entertainment and inspiration. It’s also a powerful speaker system that can stream music from any Bluetooth device. This magic is based on sensors and code. What a great marriage of technology and art!

I recently attended a Lunch & Learn event at the WeWork space with smartwater’s design lead, Alex Center and artist Richard Clarkson. During the Q&A session, both Alex and Richard shared their inspiration and step by step journey to success. Success doesn't happen in a single moment and it is filled with countless small steps. Have you ever noticed the clouds on smartwater’s bottle? I learned that smartwater was inspired by the way nature purifies water, it’s pure and crisp, like from a cloud. Likewise Richard’s art work with the cloud lamps was inspired by nature. Richard mentioned that inspiration is everywhere, like your memories from the past, trips you took, small things you notice in life and the people around you. The talk has reminded me to pay more attention to things around me, even the small things. I will especially never underestimate the power of nature.

Alex mentioned that passion is another key to success. It’s something that gets you out of your bed every morning. Passion about what you do can create endless opportunities. I can see passion from everyone at WeWork. They’re not just trying to make a living, but trying to accomplish something much, much bigger. Really trying to make a bigger, better life out of their passion. Curiosity is also another key factor, always be curious about what you can do and explore different areas, materials and objects. Keep pushing your boundaries. It’ll make a huge difference. 

I found my inspiration. How about you? :)

 
This story is brought to you by smartwater, who believes in making progress every day little by little and sip by sip. That’s how you move up up up. 

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