1. Be Authentic. The most powerful asset you have is your individuality–what makes you unique. Don’t put too much equity in other people’s opinions.
2. Trust the process. Expect plot twists.
3. Work hard and you will always benefit from it.
4. Create. Do. Make things. Innovation in thinking is not nearly enough.
5. Travel as much as you can. It is a humbling and inspiring experience to be reminded how much you don’t know.
6. Strive for grace. There’s always room for more grace and there’s always another chance to embody it.
7. “Do Good.” The Golden Rule actually works.
8. Read everything. Read with an open-mind and a child’s fascination.
9. Go out on more limbs.
10. If you want to change, change. You are what you are until you decide you are something else.
11. Connect in real ways. Life is visceral. Get off your devices and connect with real people in real-time in real culture.
12. Instinct and intuition–learn to feel and trust them.
13. Let passion guide you. The things you are passionate about are not random. They are your calling.
14. If you like to eat pretzels in bed, eat pretzels in bed. Occasionally. Don’t abuse your own power.
15. Be a dreamer AND a doer.
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“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them; disagree with them; glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. Maybe they have to be crazy. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do…” -Apple, Inc.
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You could have the best tool, the fanciest gadget, the hottest widget, billboard or platform around, but the product itself doesn’t make up a great company. Great companies focus on people first.
Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, defines a set of six assumptions for all Twitter employees which are based on humility, openness, respect, equitable partnerships and holistic vision.
- We don’t always know what’s going to happen.
- There are more smart people out there than in here.
- We will win if we do the right things for our users.
- The only deal worth doing is a win-win deal.
- Our co-workers are smart and they have good intentions.
- We can build a business, change the world and have fun.
If you’re looking for an inspiring, hopeful and positively charged read, read this: Things A Little Bird Told Me: Confessions Of The Creative Mind.
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Humans have been contemplating the details of death from the very beginning. Civilizations have formed beliefs on not only what happens to the body and the soul after we die but also on what should happen to the things we leave behind–family, legacy, possessions and our physical bodies themselves. Today, we have a new concern to add to this list that our predecessors did not–what happens to our online lives after we die?
Jeff Quipp, founder of Search Engine People, says that “many people will prepare a will to manage what happens to their possessions after their death [but] most have likely not considered what happens to their digital information.”
According to Facebook, there are over 30 million Facebook accounts that belong to people who are deceased. 3 Facebook users die every second. And around the year 2060, there will be more accounts on Facebook that belong to the deceased than their will be the living.
The scary thing is, Facebook is just one of hundreds of online footprints most of us have. Consider the email accounts, shopping accounts, YouTube videos, tweets, blog posts, Instagram pictures, and resumes on LinkedIn. While not everyone wants their digital existence to live on after they die, what we want done with all of these accounts needs to be something we consider and plan for.
There are services our there that can track logins and passwords and even instructions that will guide loved ones in handling the deceased person’s online presence such as Asset Lock. One somewhat creepy step further, LifeNaut is a company that gives people the ability to create a “DNA” profile to be used in the process for future cloning.
No matter what we each individually believe happens after we die, one thing is certain, we will have digital footprints that live beyond our physical selves and we should consider the meaning of this.
Jeremy Toeman, Founder of LegacyLocker (now PasswordBox), explains how inheritance is changing for all of us:
“Today, you get a shoebox full of pictures; tomorrow you will get a Flickr Account. Today, you get a diary; tomorrow you will get a blog.”
Ready to get planning? Here’s one place to start: The Digital Beyond is a site that maintains a list of online services to help you plan for your digital afterlife.
Need to close someone’s account after death? Start with these links: Facebook, Twitter, PayPal, Gmail, Micosoft, Flickr/Yahoo, WordPress, Instagram, Apple.
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If you want to focus on the future, you’ve got to put the past behind you. And that means dwelling on the little things that happen every day that knock us off our game. You’re going to make mistakes, say stupid things and upset other people. Conversely, other people are going to do things that don’t live up to your standards, offend you or make you angry. There’s a certain amount of reflection on these moments that’s imperative–if you don’t stop and think through it, you’ll gain nothing at all from the experience. But once you do have that period of reflection, let it go.
There’s a reason why there’s a major hit Disney movie dedicated to this very theme. We all tend to hold on to things longer than we should and eventually, those things will hold us back from getting better. Focus on what’s ahead, what will make you better today than you were yesterday and your own core values and standards. Don’t sacrifice your own potential by lingering longer than needed on things you cannot change. Let it go–and go.
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What’s so remarkable about technology of this very moment? 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. There are 2,405,518,376 people with access to the internet–and this number has grown 566% since 2000. 67% of internet users in the United States are on Facebook.
As Dan Lynch, founder of Interop and former director of computing facilities at SRI International, wrote, “The most useful impact is the ability to connect people. From that, everything flows.”
Technology and the internet flow freely through many of our lives like electricity. Entire industries have been rocked by this revolution and many more will follow. We all know, to some degree, that things are changing at a pace we never imagined. But Pew Research Center took it one step further last month, releasing the report, “Digital Life in 2025,” polling over 2,500 digital experts.
Below are the 15 theses that Pew arrived at based their research:
1) Information sharing over the Internet will be so effortlessly interwoven into daily life that it will become invisible, flowing like electricity, often through machine intermediaries.
2) The spread of the Internet will enhance global connectivity that fosters more planetary relationships and less ignorance.
3) The Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and big data will make people more aware of their world and their own behavior
4) Augmented reality and wearable devices will be implemented to monitor and give quick feedback on daily life, especially tied to personal health.
5) Political awareness and action will be facilitated and more peaceful change and public uprisings like the Arab Spring will emerge.
6) The spread of the ‘Ubernet’ will diminish the meaning of borders, and new ‘nations’ of those with shared interests may emerge and exist beyond the capacity of current nation-states to control.
7) The Internet will become ‘the Internets’ as access, systems, and principles are renegotiated
8) An Internet-enabled revolution in education will spread more opportunities, with less money spent on real estate and teachers.
9) Dangerous divides between haves and have-nots may expand, resulting in resentment and possible violence.
10) Abuses and abusers will ‘evolve and scale.’ Human nature isn’t changing; there’s laziness, bullying, stalking, stupidity, pornography, dirty tricks, crime, and those who practice them have new capacity to make life miserable for others
11) Pressured by these changes, governments and corporations will try to assert power—and at times succeed—as they invoke security and cultural norms.
12) People will continue—sometimes grudgingly—to make tradeoffs favoring convenience and perceived immediate gains over privacy; and privacy will be something only the upscale will enjoy.
13) Humans and their current organizations may not respond quickly enough to challenges presented by complex networks.
14) Most people are not yet noticing the profound changes today’s communications networks are already bringing about; these networks will be even more disruptive in the future.
15) Foresight and accurate predictions can make a difference; ‘The best way to predict the future is to invent it.’
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