If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve. Do what you...– Debbie Millman’s advice on living with uncertainty, embracing the unfamiliar, allowing for not knowing. Via Brain Pickings. Don’t let naysayers get you down or prevent you from believing in your vision. Get started or get someone to start with you.
Great companies are vibrant, they can hardly contain themselves. It’s because...– An email from Scott Kraft. (via zachklein) - YES. (via fyietc) I’ve always had the inkling that the liberation of media and information is leading people to create communities and niches, forming new cultures and value systems. This seems like another version of “religion” ...
Great companies are vibrant, they can hardly contain themselves. It’s because...– An email from Scott Kraft. (via zachklein) - YES. (via fyietc) And they infuse you with great energy and purpose.
When someone is talking to them, they listen to their last word, then pause a...– -Shane Reiser From: The One-Second Trick (or why great leaders and good people never seem to be in a hurry) This is a great follow up to my last post on deep listening. How do you actually go about signaling to others that you’ve heard and acknowledged their words? Read the full post!
The ingredient you need to create a highly-engaged...
Some, if not most of my best thoughts come to me when I’m running. I’m not sure why. But it seems like the repeated mechanical actions of putting one foot in front of the other are enabling me to separate the control of movement from my conscious brain — which lets me reach into my subconscious. While running in the “Minnesota-warm” weather today, I reflected on...
We Create Our Own Boundaries
Frequently, “experts” dictate what can and can’t be done. But in our time of economic and social difficulties, we need to expand our horizons and create new possibilities. Curiosity could be the most important quality missing from our daily consciousness.
Melissa Joy: You Are Confined Only By the Walls... →
melissajoykong: If you think or feel as though you’re not succeeding in some or multiple areas of your life right now, there’s a reason. The reason? You’ve built a wall. A wall that keeps you insulated from feeling life fully. A wall that keeps space between you and authentic relationships (romance,… This was the topic I’d wanted to write about this week! I still will, but this...
Part of our job is to make the invisible visible, to clearly express what we...– From Swiss Miss (via Plus Projects) This is why I’m drawn to design in the first place. It’s about being intentional, being authentic.
Startups, life, learning and happiness: Want to... →
joelgascoigne: I’ve done a lot of traveling throughout my journey with Buffer. I started in the UK, and since then I’ve lived in Hong Kong and Tel Aviv as well as San Francisco where I’ve now settled for the longer term. When I was in my hometown of Sheffield in the UK, I became quite involved in the… “There is no way I would have been able to develop as much as a person if I...
The “true” story is not the one that exists in my mind; …The story itself, the...– - Orson Scott Card, Introduction to Ender’s Game What every story-based “marketer” is getting wrong, aka why I was such a bookworm as a kid. The story is what we create together. (via sarahjuddwelch) This is a great thing to keep in mind when sharing your story — how do things show up in...
Tech firms, certainly, appear to be major consumers of ethnographic research....– Anthropology Inc. - Graeme Wood - The Atlantic (via courtenaybird) Otherwise known as applied anthropology, right? This is more of a case for studying humanities in college.
Nathaniel Whittemore: To Jody, Blackbirds, And... →
nlwinsf: When you start something new, it’s almost impossible to not feel a little crazy. There is a voice - really, a full choir of voices - warning you of everything that’s going to be hard and everything that’s going to go wrong; reminding you of just how draining and painful and terrifying and… “We all need people along the journey. No one can live their purpose - no one can...
Eric Stromberg: How to Choose the Right Startup to... →
estromberg: The idea of joining a startup is exciting. But the overwhelming desire to leave something old to join something new can become a double-edged sword. Just because you are eager to get your foot in the door does not mean you shouldn’t be picky. You are a valuable asset, and it’s important to… Great insight here!
Derek Flanzraich: The Hacked-Together Productivity... →
derekflanzraich: I’m obsessed with my Master Planner. It’s basically the bastard business child of a to-do list and a daily journal. And it’s one sexy bastard child at that. Around a year ago, the great Kenny Herman from Single Platform shared a template for his “Working Agenda” with me after a brief chat in… This is an awesome productivity system! Though, I’ve been experimenting...
Plus Projects: Questions & Insights With Derek... →
plusprojects: + A little context first, we are kicking off a new interview series as part of the soon to be launched 1X1 brand. This series is about the power of taking small steps, and the impact our environment & surroundings have on us. + The first guest is Derek Flanzraich who I met about a… “Ultimately, the reason I teach is simple: I don’t believe the world ever has...
You should work for someone who is very good at what you want to get good at....– Via Scott Britton, whose blog I’m diving into now. His blog has provided me so much tangible value in the realm of reaching out and interacting with new people that I’ll recommend it to anyone. Thanks Scott!
Look around and figure out who you want to be on your team. Figure out the...– Via John Lilly Great lesson to learn early on. Read the rest here.
Something amazing happened when you came into Jim Naughton’s orbit. From what...– There’s few better feelings than knowing someone being there for you, championing you, and most importantly, believe in you. You don’t want to let this person down, either. I think what’s rare these days (at least to me) is to have someone like Jim. In the digital age (and...
Reaching for ones potential is ultimately about transcending the self and making...– Via Victor Mathieux
I am of the school of encouraging people toward their ultimate polymath...– Legacy Russell (via blackcontemporaryart) Well said. But I think it’s important to choose something and get started. I know I’ve struggled with indecision because I didn’t want to get pigeon-holed and be stuck when I want to do something else. On the other hand, we reach decision...
If you want to start a company, get to the next level in your career, or just...– I’m reading Shane Mac’s eBook Stop with the BS on Christmas. And blogging the good parts as I go. (I hope that’s okay, Shane!) If you like what you see, get his eBook here. (It’s free. And you’ll be awesome.)
I look out the window at buildings, large factories, and everything that we have...– I’m reading Shane Mac’s eBook Stop with the BS on Christmas. And blogging the good parts as I go. (I hope that’s okay, Shane!) If you like what you see, get his eBook here. (It’s free. And you’ll be awesome.)
The greatest satisfaction you can obtain from life is your pleasure in...– How to Avoid Work – lovely 1949 guide to doing what you love (via explore-blog) A constant reminder that we all are capable of more.
Zack Shapiro: How to Hack Any Application and Set... →
zackshapiro: In the last few years, I’ve been thinking a lot about applications while applying to a lot of different things. Just a few years ago, I sent five applications to universities, hoping that at least one of them would let me in. Four out of the five did. Last summer, I had the privilege of being a… Hey hey! Nice post :-) Usually, I find that putting yourself in the best...
kant help me: Puzzle: Debt →
nettra: Was doing some thinking about Black Friday the other day and thought of the people who wait all year to buy during these sales because they are otherwise unable to afford them. Who are the people who fit that profile? How many are affected by the following: Debt brought on by unecessary… Ummm. I don’t think it’s radical. When you’re surrounded by people whose...
Wherever your life ends, it is all there. The utility of living consists not in...– Montaigne on death and the art of living – half a millennium later, still an indispensable read. (via explore-blog) Right on.
Nathaniel Whittemore: SOMA Is A Preview Of The... →
nlwinsf: SOMA is a new approach to home water filtration, started by a collection of social and technology entrepreneurs. In just 9 short days, they exceeded their $100,000 Kickstarter fundraising goal. Any one who wants to know what a great product brand looks like in the future needs to be… This is a great overview of what went right. A large part, I attribute to, is the...
christine's brain: Why Startups Need Marketing →
christinetsai: At yesterday’s Startup School, Pinterest co-founder and CEO Ben Silbermann talked about how the secret behind Pinterest’s growth was marketing, not engineering. In the early days at only 3,000 users, they started holding local meetups w/ Pinterest users (largely women) and engaging… Products need a community around it to really succeed.
Visual Graphic: Graphic Design, Girds & Layouts →
visualgraphic: 15 InDesign Tutorials for Layouts and Grids What is Design, and types of Design Print Design Tutorials 50 Free Lessons on Graphic Design Theory Elements in Graphic Design Basic Color Theory Design Survival Guide 11 Tips for a Great Magazine Layout Design… I’ll definitely go through these links for designing publications!
StartSomeGood: The Blog: Community powered: using... →
startsomegood: “No one is going to fund your organization at this stage. You don’t have anything. You just have an idea and that’s nothing. In the grand scheme of things, ideas are cheap.” Sound familiar? That’s one of the responses Rey Faustino heard when he first started one degree. And no one person… Great post Karen!
Startups, life, learning and happiness: What are... →
joelgascoigne: There are a few key things which looking back I remember I was very bad at. One of them was asking people for advice. I think a key turning point with this was when we raised funding for Buffer last year. We quickly learned that in order to get a meeting with an investor, we’d need a… This is one of the things that has been occupying my mind lately: How to ask for...
things i find: Some Thoughts: The Role of Identity... →
hunterhorsley: Everyone sells. Be it convincing a friend to see a movie with you, debating where go to dinner, or selling lemonade, everyone does it. Selling is how you convince someone to do what you want. So unless everything you want can be bought, you’re going to need to sell. A lot of people aren’t great… Chip and Dan Heath talk about this concept in their book, Made to Stick, as...
Startups, life, learning and happiness: Start... →
joelgascoigne: The other day I was listening to Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People and and I found it amazing how this book, which has now sold over 15 million copies, originally started: I prepared a short talk. I called it ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People.’ I say ‘short.’… The power of side projects! Treat everything as an experiment.