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Rules For Being Human
by Dan Millman Author of Way of The PEACEFUL WARRIOR
inspiration  rules_of_the_game 
august 2012 by jerryking
Encounters in high places
May 9, 2002 | Globe & Mail | By Valerie Piron
self-esteem  inspiration 
august 2012 by jerryking
I Think I Can, I Think I Can... -
March 12, 2007 | WSJ | By GEORGE ANDERS.
Successful entrepreneurs believe they can make a lot of money, even when they don't. But can that confidence be taught?

We had one of those prodigies in our high school. Andy was clever, funny -- and constantly in trouble with the principal. His grades were mediocre, but he made a lot of money (and provided jobs for the rest of us) by running a snack bar on site that sold hundreds of candy bars a week.

Within a decade of graduation, Andy was making more than $1 million a year as a commodity trader in Chicago. Ever since, he has been a major player in the capital markets, creating firms and darting into new trading areas. Meanwhile, classmates with much better grades have opted for the safe obscurity of a windowed office inside a major law firm.
confidence  entrepreneurship  inspiration  parenting  traders  commodities  capital_markets  George_Anders 
august 2012 by jerryking
Reginald Lewis
August 31, 1987 | Business Week | Robert Bork Jr and Cynthia Kyle
Reginald_Lewis  deal-making  Wall_Street  LBOs  TLC  African-Americans  entrepreneur  Beatrice  role_models  inspiration  dealmakers 
august 2012 by jerryking
Why Should We Care?
January 10, 2008 | | By PHILIPPE DE MONTEBELLO.

We all know art and art museums are important. But when it comes to articulating our reasons for this belief, we find it very difficult. We'd love to simply say, like our children, "Just because." When we try to be more specific, we end up with something rather abstract, such as: They are the repositories of precious objects and relics, the places where they are preserved, studied and displayed, which means that museums can be defined quite literally and succinctly, as the memory of mankind...The fact is, in the rooms of our museums are preserved things that are far more than just pretty pictures. These works of art, embodying and expressing with graphic force the deepest aspirations of a time and place, are direct, primary evidence for the study and understanding of mankind.... if we find our identity through works of art, then we have to identify them correctly, and works of art are not easy to decipher. They don't come with installation kits, lists of ingredients, and certificates of origin. In order to determine the time and place of their genesis, we have to ask of them: Who made them, where, when and why?

The answers to these questions are anything but obvious, because very few artistic traditions are pure -- that is, uninflected by outside influences. So, confronted with a work of art, we must be sure of its origin....The art museum then plays a key and beneficial role in teaching us humility, in making us recognize that other, very different yet totally valid civilizations have existed and do exist right alongside our attempting to answer the question "why should we care?" I'd like to suggest a final, more broadly significant lesson. It is mankind's awe-inspiring ability, time and again, to surpass itself. What this means is that no matter how bleak the times we may live in, we cannot wholly despair of the human condition.
museums  art  value_propositions  provenance  artifacts  sublime  sense_of_proportion  galleries  art_galleries  humility  inspiration  interpretation  sense-making  Philippe_de_Montebello  the_human_condition 
august 2012 by jerryking
Les Brown
“If you want a thing bad enough to go out and fight for it,
to work day and night for it,
to give up your time, your peace and your sleep for it…

if all that you dream and scheme is about it,
and life seems useless and worthless without it…

if you gladly sweat for it and fret for it and plan for it
and lose all your terror of the opposition for it…

if you simply go after that thing you want
with all of your capacity, strength and sagacity,
faith, hope and confidence and stern pertinacity…

if neither cold, poverty, famine, nor gout,
sickness nor pain, of body and brain,
can keep you away from the thing that you want…

if dogged and grim you beseech and beset it,
with the help of God, you will get it!”
august 2012 by jerryking
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy…
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”

W. H. Murray Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe [thx SM]
hesitancy  inspiration  seminal_moments  unforeseen  boldness  commitments  affirmations  Carpe_diem  quotes 
august 2012 by jerryking
What Did You Do During the 2000s?
May 31, 2003 | | Fast Company | By Seth Godin.
Seth_Godin  inspiration 
august 2012 by jerryking
Sturdy Verse -
February 3, 2003 | WSJ | By DAISY GOODWIN
poetry  inspiration 
august 2012 by jerryking
How to grab inspiration by the tail - The Globe and Mail
Mar. 23, 2012 | G&M | nicholas hune-brown.

When an idea pops into your head, it feels so miraculous and mysterious that for centuries people attributed such epiphanies to the gods. In Imagine: How Creativity Works, Jonah Lehrer examines the science behind inspiration, looking inside the brain to find out what is happening when we're visited by the muses.
creativity  innovation  books  ideas  inspiration  Jonah_Lehrer  creative_renewal 
march 2012 by jerryking
Recovering From a Late Setback -
May 27, 2003 | WSJ | By JOANN S. LUBLIN

The well-publicized announcement made it impossible for Mr. White to mourn in private. But the coverage started him on the road to recovery by bringing him advice from his wide personal and professional network. "There is important work in the world for a person of your ability and integrity," wrote Fred Alger, founder and CEO of Fred Alger Management. Mr. White has been a trustee for some of the New York money-management firm's funds since 1999...Mr. White decided not to blame others for his turndown nor let the episode diminish him in any way.

He demonstrated his resolve by trying to arrange a flawless transition. Among other things, he prepared extensive background materials, then briefed Ms. Coleman face-to-face in Iowa.

Mr. White brought his inner turmoil to a cathartic conclusion during a campus dinner to honor his interim leadership in July 2002. University regents and senior officials expected perfunctory remarks. Sensing a "teachable" moment, the veteran professor instead spoke candidly about his loss to an already uneasy crowd.

"It's no secret to anyone in this room that I'm disappointed not to be able to serve the university in the years ahead," Mr. White declared. He went on: "We can choose how to think about and react to disappointment. At the extremes, one line of thought leads to bitterness and a shriveled soul; the other leads to wisdom and growth." Mr. White said his own career disappointment had enabled him to challenge himself about "what will be my work, my contributions, my sources of satisfaction and self-esteem?" He got a standing ovation.
bouncing_back  Joann_S._Lublin  setbacks  Managing_Your_Career  inspiration  Wall_Street  Colleges_&_Universities  disappointment  affirmations  seminal_moments  career-defining_moments  emotional_mastery  mybestlife  teachable_moments 
march 2012 by jerryking
Wise Words from a Judge in New Zealand - for Young People and Adults - Michael Sampson on Collaboration
February 13, 2012

"Northland College (NZ) principal John Tapene has offered the following words from a judge who regularly deals with youth.

"Always we hear the cry from teenagers 'What can we do, where can we go?'
... My answer is, "Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons, and after you've finished, read a book."

"Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun. The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in poverty or sick and lonely again."

"In other words, grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person. You are important and you are needed. It's too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now and that somebody is you...""
New_Zealand  inspiration  self-pity  tough_love  young_people 
february 2012 by jerryking
The Real Legacy of Nelson Mandela -
DECEMBER 10, 2011

The Real Legacy of Nelson Mandela
The antiapartheid hero refused to launch a personality cult. Why have other African leaders failed to follow suit?....The postcolonial history of Africa has shown that liberation parties harvest a potent crop of "struggle" legitimacy that generally neutralizes opposition for a generation or so. During that time, the countervailing institutions of the new state tend to wither in their infancy, constitutions are swept aside and the civil service is politicized as lines blur between government and party.
Nelson_Mandela  South_Africa  humility  heroes  inspiration  personality_cults  African  sub-Saharan_Africa  legacies  authoritarianism  loyal_opposition  institutions  institution-building  civil_service  postcolonial 
december 2011 by jerryking
You won't achieve the American Dream by dreaming - CBS News
November 22, 2011 9:05 AM


You won't achieve the American Dream by dreaming

Steve Tobak
inspiration  entrepreneur  the_American_dream 
november 2011 by jerryking
Seeing old problems through fresh eyes
May 11, 2011| Globe and Mail | by HARVEY SCHACHTER
Practically Radical
By William C. Taylor
William Morrow, 293 pages, $31.99

A new book by the co-founder of Fast Company magazine says it's possible to transform an organization by doing two things: 1. Look at the familiar as if you've never seen it before 2. Find inspiration from outside your own field...two premises. The first notion is that what you see shapes how you change. The best leaders, he argues, demonstrate a capacity for "vuja dé."

We all know what déjà vu is: Looking at an unfamiliar situation and feeling as if you have seen it before.

Vuja dé is the opposite: Looking at a familiar situation - be it the industry you have worked in for years, or the products you have been selling for ages - as if you have never seen them before.

Interestingly, often that involves looking to the past to figure out why your organization was successful and figuring out how to refresh it with the insights of the founders....second principle is that where you look shapes what you see. If you run a hospital, what you see will differ if you look at other hospitals for inspiration or to an auto plant.

In this case, vuja dé involves looking outside your organization to discover what you may have been missing.
problem_solving  Harvey_Schachter  book_reviews  outsiders  inspiration  creative_renewal  learning_journeys  fresh_eyes  books 
october 2011 by jerryking
The money shot
October 6, 2011 | Report on Small Business | Wency Leung.

Tax auditors gave Kyle Tweter his inspiration. The co-owner of The Moose bar in downtown Vancouver was alarmed when the auditors found a discrepancy worth thousands of dollars between the number of liquor shots sold and the volume the venue had purchased. After hiring a private inventory monitoring firm, Tweter was able to rule out theft and spillage, only to realize the size of the shot glasses was to blame.
liquor  entrepreneur  inspiration 
october 2011 by jerryking
In My Humble Opinion...: Get in the Game!
Again, no disrespect to Winkler, but what separates “The Fonz”
from the guy hawking hand painted scenes of the Caribbean island you
visited last, or the vendor at a fair whose booth is chock full of his
life’s work? How about the guy at the park that takes black chalk and
weathered paper and captures nuances in your face that are so subtle you
never noticed them? I’ll tell you what. Henry Winkler was in the room,
at the game, and they weren’t. Here is my humble advice for the day.
Take stock of the people you spend most of your productive time with and
creative energy on. Are they poised to get you in the room and a ticket
to the game? If not, something needs to change, and chances are they

Go get in the game. You’re all pretty smart, I’m sure you’ll figure
the rest out.
inspiration  blogs  execution  JCK 
september 2011 by jerryking
The hated, the hater and 9/11 -
Sep. 06, 2011 | The Globe and Mail | SHEEMA KHAN . The road to
recovery, he says, hasn’t been easy. It took almost nine years to heal
physically and emotionally. Without any family or health insurance in
the United States, he relied on the kindness of friends. He remains
partially blind in one eye.

He says he never felt any anger, and forgave his assailant immediately.
He researched the Koran and the life of the Prophet Mohammed, finding
overwhelming exhortations toward compassion. Yes, he had the right to
take justice, but forgiveness is better. He recalled his parents’ advice
to remain humble before God during life’s tests, never to ask: “Why
me?” He made it his mission to combat ignorance with education, hate
with compassion.
Sheema_Khan  forgiveness  gratitude  inspiration  9/11 
september 2011 by jerryking
Inspired, Naturally
13 Aug 2011 | Financial Times pg. 1. | by Paul Miles.

In a truly sustainable world, we would build our homes using only recyclable materials, renewable energy and without any waste. It seems impossible – and yet that is how the rest of nature operates.

Animals and plants build structures of incredible complexity without the energy-hungry high temperatures, pressures and toxic chemicals with which we process raw materials in this fossil fuel age, and without generating useless waste. Our buildings, on the other hand, are responsible for more than 40% of carbon emissions in the EU. Globally, the construction industry is responsible for 30-40 % of solid waste, says the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

It is no wonder that architects and designers are looking to the rest of nature for inspiration. They always have: Leonardo da Vinci sketched designs for a flying machine with bird-like wings; the Wright brothers studied a vulture’s drag and lift. In the 21st century, scientific advances such as molecular genetics and nanotechnology have made drawing inspiration from nature a more precise science. Biomimicry, as it’s known in the US (or biomimetics in the UK) is, “the conscious emulation of life’s genius: innovation inspired by nature”.......If we could mimic that on a larger scale, imagine the difference it would make to our building industry. We could produce our own organic “steel” at an ambient temperature, formed from nothing more than everyday atoms such as carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen. The need to mine, transport raw materials, burn coal and produce toxic wastes would all virtually disappear. What’s more, the whole process would be solar-powered....The $170bn cement industry, a big emitter of carbon dioxide, is having a biomimicry-related makeover. Calera, the American company, is using waste carbon dioxide from flue gas to produce a type of cement in a process similar to coral growth. In a move that shows that the US government recognises the potential of Calera to turn cement manufacture from a process that emits millions of tons of carbon dioxide into one that sequesters it from power stations, the company was awarded $19.5m by the US Department of Energy last year.

That is a Utopian scenario but there are other areas where progress is being made. These include digital fabrication technologies such as 3D printing that can “grow” structures that breathe and work like living systems...biomimicry is heralded as one of the growth areas for this century. It is a genuinely multi-disciplinary field where, for instance, a research team comprising entomologists, engineers and materials scientists is not uncommon.......Buildings with an appearance of biological forms are not new. Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes, similar to plankton in their geometry, are resource-efficient in their construction....Biomimetic architecture is certainly not as simple as creating buildings that reflect nature’s aesthetics.

A building cited as an example of biomimicry is a conventional-looking 1990s shopping centre and office block, the Eastgate Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe.....“Buildings that adapt to changing conditions is the way we have to develop if we are to mimic truly the low energy ways in which biology works,” says architect Michael Pawlyn, whose book on the subject, Biomimicry in Architecture,
3-D  agriculture  biomimicry  books  cement  construction  cross-disciplinary  Department_of_Energy  inspiration  Leonardo_da_Vinci  nature  sustainability 
august 2011 by jerryking
The Eight Pillars of Innovation
| Think Quarterly by Google | Susan Wojcicki, Senior Vice
President of Advertising, offers a Google-eye view on how to stay

WORDS BY Susan Wojcicki
innovation  google  inspiration  creativity 
august 2011 by jerryking
How to Get a Real Education at College -

How to Get a Real Education
Forget art history and calculus. Most students need to learn how to run a business, says Scott Adams.
entrepreneurship  education  Colleges_&_Universities  inspiration  value_creation  disruption  Managing_Your_Career 
april 2011 by jerryking
Three New Books Highlight Female Entrepreneurship
March 26, 2011 | | By ADRIANA GARDELLA
Three New Books Highlight Female Entrepreneurship
books  entrepreneurship  women  inspiration 
march 2011 by jerryking
WSJ Road Trip to San Diego…. - In Charge - WSJ
* March 17, 2011, By Colleen DeBaise

How does one take a kernel of an idea and build it into an empire?

San Diego’s skyline.

That’s the question I’ll ask five entrepreneurs at the Journal’s How I
Built It event in San Diego on March 31.

If you’re not familiar with the How I Built It events, they’re named
after our popular column, which has featured Chipotle’s Steve Ells, Geek
Squad’s Robert Stephens and LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman, among others.
inspiration  entrepreneur  Reid_Hoffman  road_trips  kernels 
march 2011 by jerryking
"The Best Advice I Ever Got" - March 21, 2005
March 21, 2005 | Fortune Magazine | By INTERVIEWERS Julia Boorstin.

Brian Grazer
"My whole career has been built on one piece of advice that came from two people: [MCA founder] Jules Stein and [former MCA chairman] Lew Wasserman. In 1975 I was a law clerk at Warner Bros. I'd spent about a year trying to get a meeting with these two men. Finally they let me in to see them. They both said, separately, 'In order for you to be in the entertainment business, you have to have leverage. Since you have none--no money, no pedigree, no valuable relationships--you must have creative leverage. That exists only in your mind. So you need to write--put what's in your mind on paper. Then you'll own a piece of paper. That's leverage.'

"With that advice, I wrote the story that became Splash, which was a fantasy that I had about meeting a mermaid. For years, I sent registered letters to myself--movie concepts and other ideas--so that I had my ideas officially on paper. I have about 1,000 letters in a vault. To this day, I feel that my real power is only that--ideas and the confidence to write them down."
advice  career  inspiration  entrepreneur  Managing_Your_Career  Clayton_Christensen  humility  MBAs  Siemens  Salesforce  Mickey_Drexler  JetBlue  Peter_Drucker  Jim_Collins  Rick_Warren  leverage  Xerox  Andy_Grove  conventional_wisdom  Richard_Parsons  negotiations  Jack_Welch  Vivek_Paul  thinking  Starbucks  Warren_Bennis  Richard_Branson  Warren_Buffett  Brian_Grazer  creating_valuable_content  Lew_Wasserman 
december 2010 by jerryking
Building a Culture of Risk
26 Nov. 2010 | The Agenda | by Stavros Rougas . Canada doesn't
have the same risk-loving culture as our more entreprenurial neighbours
south of the border. In the 3rd segment of the prgrm we ask Glen Murray,
Ontario’s Min. of R & D& Innovation, how to encourage
innovation in a place that is proud of its risk intolerance in the fin.
sector. While the context of tonight’s program risk is about economics,
we'll end with a poem by the late Leo Buscaglia that speaks to the
underlying values of risk:
To hope is to risk pain.
To try is to risk failure.
But risk must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to
risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, and is
He may avoid suffering & sorrow, but he simply cannot learn,
feel, change, grow, live, or love.
Chained by his addictions, he's a slave.
He has forfeited his greatest trait, & that is his individual
Only the person who risks is free.

- Leo Buscaglia
risks  risk-taking  organizational_culture  entrepreneurship  start_ups  inspiration  e-commerce  uWaterloo  innovation  poems  poetry  poets  soul-enriching  risk-tolerance 
november 2010 by jerryking
Cognition: The blog of web design & development firm Happy Cog
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blog  webdesign  inspiration  design  ux  web  blogs  JCK 
november 2010 by jerryking
November 16, 2010 / Seth's Blog / Posted by Seth Godin. The
paradox of an instant, worldwide, connected marketplace for all goods
and services:
All that succeeds is the unreasonable.
You can get my attention if your product is unreasonably well designed,
if your preparation is unreasonably over the top, if your customer
service is unreasonably attentive and generous and honest. You can earn
my business or my recommendation if the build quality is unreasonable
for the intended use, if the pricing is unreasonably low or if the
experience is unreasonably over-the-top irresistible given the
competition. Want to get into a famous college? You'll need to have
unreasonably high grades, impossibly positive recommendations and yes, a
life that's balanced. That's totally unreasonable. The market now
expects and demands an unreasonable effort and investment on your part.
You don't have to like it for it to be true.

In fact, unreasonable is the new reasonable.
Seth_Godin  ksfs  inspiration 
november 2010 by jerryking
The Newest Medal of Honor -
NOVEMBER 16, 2010 /Wall Street Journal / By WILLIAM MCGURN.
The Newest Medal of Honor. The man who has earned it is the first from
this war to live to see it.
heroes  inspiration  militaries 
november 2010 by jerryking
Seth's Blog: The Scarcity Shortage
Aug. 27, 2007 | Seth Godin.

Scarcity has a lot to do with value. Scarcity is the cornerstone of our economy. The best way to make a profit is by trading in something that's scarce.

How to deal with the shortage of scarcity? Well, the worst strategy is whining--about copyright laws/fair trade/how hard you've worked. etc. Start by acknowledging that most of the profit from your business is going to disappear soon. Unless you have a significant cost adv. (e.g. Amazon's or Wal-Mart's), someone with nothing to lose is going to offer a similar product for less $.....So what's scarce now? Respect. Honesty. Good judgment. L.T. relationships that lead to trust. None of these things guarantee loyalty in the face of cut-rate competition, though. So I'll add: an insanely low-cost structure based on outsourcing everything except your company's insight into what your customers really want to buy. If the work is boring, let someone else do it, faster & cheaper than you ever could. If your products are boring, kill them before your competition does. Ultimately,
what's scarce is that kind of courage--which is exactly what you can
bring to the market.
scarcity  Seth_Godin  customer_loyalty  respect  judgment  honesty  whining  trustworthiness  inspiration  entrepreneurship  proprietary  cost-structure  relationships  kill_rates  courage  customer_insights  insights  competitive_advantage  low-cost 
october 2010 by jerryking
A new Globe, but timeless principles
Sep. 30, 2010 | G&M | Editorial. We aim to be at the
centre of debate in public affairs, & also to probe the issues &
passions that matter to Canadians in their personal lives....Above all,
we try to explain Canada to Canadians & contribute to its life as a
liberal democracy & a liberal economy. We believe in a Parliament
that answers to the people, rather than executive power, and protects
the freedoms of speech & commerce....Our website today is different,
too,, building on's award as the best
newspaper-affiliated site in the world. Today it has more matter, depth
and resources, from community groups to financial tools to Emmy
Award-winning videos. Together, the changes in print and online are
based on technology: new presses for the newspaper, and rapidly
expanding h/w and s/w for our websites, mobile channels and tablet apps.
But technology cannot replace human journalism, the basic task of
finding answers to the great questions of the times.
newspapers  inspiration  redesign  editorials  public_affairs  credos  websites  journalists  journalism  Globe_&_Mail 
october 2010 by jerryking
7 Easy Steps to Bootstrapping Success
Oct 1, 2010 | Inc. Magazine | By Andrew Park. In this economy,
you can pretty much forget about financing. And it's probably just as
well, says marketing guru Seth Godin, author of The Bootstrapper's
Bible. People often ask him for advice on raising venture capital for
their start-ups, and "nine times out of 10, I advise them they
shouldn't," he says. Instead, take these seven steps to self-funded
Seth_Godin  bootstrapping  entrepreneurship  inspiration  start_ups  asking_for_help  funding  finance  tips  venture_capital  charge_for_something  stealth  expertise  patience  Pablo_Picasso  strategic_patience 
september 2010 by jerryking
Book Excerpt: Ferran: The Inside Story of El Bulli and the Man Who Reinvented Food -
September 2, 2010 | BusinessWeek | by Ferran Adrià. An excerpt
from a book by renown chef, Adrià, credited with revolutionizing modern
cooking through the development of widely copied "scientific"
techniques (e.g. spherification). Adrià now seeks to understand the
physical & chemical principles on which his art is based, and to
share that understanding with colleagues. Adrià has invested the
proceeds of his celebrity in the creation of new ideas about food. The
Harvard collaboration is not a new direction—it's the continuation of a
career spent in rigorous pursuit of innovation. A good deal of the work
goes on not in the kitchen at El Bulli but in a Barcelona workshop
(elBulli Taller), where the art and science of Ferran Adrià undergo
constant reinvention. There, chefs are required to keep extensive and
detailed records of everything they do, the failures as well as the
successes—on paper and with digital cameras.
chefs  food  reinvention  restaurants  restauranteurs  Harvard  innovation  inspiration  creativity  Ferran_Adrià  gourmands  books  El_Bulli  digital_cameras 
september 2010 by jerryking
Peggy Noonan: The Power of Redemption -
JULY 22, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By PEGGY NOONAN. Shirley Sherrod's speech, and her story, has lessons for us all.
race_relations  politics  NAACP  Peggy_Noonan  inspiration  obama 
july 2010 by jerryking
"We are What We Choose"
May 30, 2010 | Princeton University - 2010 Baccalaureate
remarks | Remarks by Jeff Bezos, as delivered to the Class of 2010.
"My grandfather looked at me, and after a bit of silence, he gently and
calmly said, "Jeff, one day you'll understand that it's harder to be
kind than clever." What I want to talk to you about today is the
difference between gifts and choices. Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a
choice. Gifts are easy -- they're given after all. Choices can be hard.
You can seduce yourself with your gifts if you're not careful, and if
you do, it'll probably be to the detriment of your choices."
Boyce Watkins: Your life is nothing more than a series of are the compilation of your choices!!
inspiration  commencement  Jeff_Bezos  life_skills  advice  cleverness  kindness  Princeton  choices  speeches  self-delusions  Boyce_Watkins 
july 2010 by jerryking
Mario Batali Has Plans in Singapore, New York and Orange County -
JULY 3, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By KATY MCLAUGHLIN.
Batali Fires All Burners. Next for the chef: a Singapore eatery, a New
York grocery, grandmas on TV. Mario Batali, whose collection of 14
upscale restaurants in New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas had $140
million in sales last year, he says, will chart new territory this year.
He's getting into the grocery business with a 50,000-square-foot
Italian gourmet emporium in Manhattan, slated for mid-September. For the
first time, his company is replicating restaurant concepts: His Mozza
restaurants will open in Singapore this fall, and most likely there will
be a Pizzeria Mozza in Orange County next spring. He also plans a
television show in which "the old babes" of Sicily—Italian
grandmothers—show him their secrets.
recipes  restauranteurs  Mario_Batali  branding  inspiration  interviews  restaurants  pasta  Katy_McLaughlin 
july 2010 by jerryking
A Cold Man's Warm Words -
JULY 2, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By PEGGY NOONAN A Cold
Man's Warm Words. Jefferson's tender lament didn't make it into the
Peggy_Noonan  inspiration  Founding_Fathers 
july 2010 by jerryking
why most artist’s blogs fail
June 14, 2010 | gapingvoid | Hugh MacLeod.But the reality is,
most people are not reading your blog because they have an inherent love
for purple dogs and green sofas. They’re reading your blog because THE
PERSON YOU ARE inspires them. They’re not reading your blog because
they’re thinking of buying your paintings, they’re reading your blog
because the way you approach your work inspires them. It sets an example
for them. It stands for something that resonates with them. IT LEADS

And if your blog can do that, suddenly your readers are associating
purple dogs and green sofas with something that ACTUALLY matters to
them. And then, and only then, do they pull their credit cards out.
failure  blogging  art  blog  humour  marketing  business  inspiration  social_media  authenticity 
june 2010 by jerryking
Geoff Vuleta Has New Ideas for Consultancy Firms
June 1, 2010 | Fast Company | By: David Lidsky. The New
Zealander and former ad man develops large-scale growth initiatives for
major firms seeking $100 million-plus in new revenue. He makes money
only if the idea works: "
entrepreneurship  ideas  innovation  inspiration  large-scale  management_consulting  growth  jck  size  scaling  large_markets  new_businesses 
may 2010 by jerryking
Bonobos: Very Fit to Lead -Thinking Big
May 18, 2010 | TIME | By Carlye Adler. "Bonobos is now
launching a plan to bring "mobile fit pods", or portable, collapsible,
dressing rooms to airports, train stations, corporations, college
tailgates, beach parties, and farmer's markets — wherever the potential
customers are — to get guys measured by its experts (so-called style
ninjas), who will then direct them to the website. Bonobos's web site
and pop up fitting rooms have entirely eradicated the brand's need for
leases, sales staff, and distribution. "The concept has such validity in
today's world," says Maxine Martens, the CEO of fashion industry search
firm Martens & Heads, and an investor in the company. In 2009, a
retail environment that saw shrinking sales, reduced traffic, store
closures, and bankruptcies, Bonobos tripled its business, earning $4.9
million in gross sales. And even though the pants aren't cheap,
($88-$195 a pair), Dunn says there's enough appeal to double business
this year. "
apparel  e-commerce  fashion  mens'_clothing  inspiration  reinvention  Bonobos  pop-ups  retailers  thinking_big  inventory-free  product_launches 
may 2010 by jerryking
6 Lessons from World Entrepreneurship Day
By Christine Lagorio | Inc. Magazine | Apr 15, 2010. ""Mobile
is not just liberating, it’s empowering. In the developing world, you
cannot afford a PC, so the mobile phone serves that role: it’s for
business correspondence, making payments…""
inspiration  entrepreneurship  UN  mobile 
april 2010 by jerryking
Nine hard truths
September 2005 | PROFIT magazine | By Rick Spence. The
immutable laws of being your own boss, and five ways to transcend them
all. 1. the 40-hr. workweek is not your friend. 2. Everyone is looking
for something new. But no one has any money for anything new. 3. All
the people you meet at a networking function are trying to sell you
something; 4. The phone doesn't ring by itself--make your own calls if
you want the phone to ring. 5. At any given time, everyone you want to
contact is in a meeting. 6. Basic courtesy is deader than Sir John A.
Macdonald. No one returns phone calls anymore. 7. Allies are like
employees: hard to find, hard to live without. 8. Opportunities are all
around you, but differentiating between an "opportunity" and a genuine
source of revenue-that's hard. 9. Most of the people you meet at large
corps. dream of working for themselves. KSFs: 1. Know what your market
wants. 2. Get yourself a peer group. 3. Trust in karma. 4. Be brave. 5.
Give it away.
motivations  inspiration  Rick_Spence  rules_of_the_game  ksfs  pay_it_forward  self-employment  owners  entrepreneurship  opportunities  karma  Sir_John_A._Macdonald  revenue_generation  interpretation  second-order  hard_to_find  courtesies  hard_truths  it's_up_to_me 
february 2010 by jerryking
OFFICE SPACE: THE BOSS; The Power of Persistence
November 6, 2005 | New York Times | By JAMES A. GUEST; AS
TOLD TO PATRICIA R. OLSEN. I always just went after the jobs I wanted
and kept at it without being obnoxious. People have taken a chance on me
and trusted me to bring a fresh perspective. In 1973 I wanted to be
banking and insurance commissioner of Vermont although I had no
experience in either field. I called and the governor's aide said they
really wanted a Vermont native. I called again and said I was going to
be in Vermont the next week and asked to stop in. I brought a 10-page
report with me about what I would do if I got the job. They called the
next week and offered me the position.
perseverance  persistence  inspiration  fresh_eyes  interview_preparation  Ted_Kennedy  career_paths  Managing_Your_Career  '70s  Vermont 
february 2010 by jerryking
Earning Commissions on 'The Great Commission' -
NOV. 12, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by ROB MOLL. Missionary
activity is in decline because of the a growing number
of missionaries—many of them working outside traditional missionary
organizations—are taking their business skills and starting for-profit
companies in the mission fields. "The Business as Mission movement began
in the 1990s"..."much of the movement is still informal, led by
individual entrepreneurs. Because many business owners work outside of
traditional mission agencies, it can be hard to quantify their numbers."
So what does success mean for a business mission? "I measure success a
couple of ways," says Mr. Martin. "One is how much profit I have to give
toward ministry. How many pastors buy our flash drive [with digital
libraries] and how many people use our Web resources." While advanced
economies question capitalism, Christians who work in LDCs see how
essential business is to provide jobs, healthcare, build communities and
even minister to souls.
christianity  entrepreneurship  themes  inspiration  start_ups  churches  nonprofit  mission-driven 
february 2010 by jerryking
For Entrepreneurs, It’s All About Time
April 1, 2008 || By PAUL B. BROWN. Be more
productive within the existing 24 hrs. ¶Plan tomorrow today. Prioritize
and tackle the items on your list in order of their importance. ¶Do not
try to keep it in your head. Your mind is best used for the big picture
rather than all the details. ¶Sleep. ¶Take a speed reading class.¶Break
for lunch. Q: Where are the bulk of your revenues coming from? Are you
sure? When asked to explain their inability to manage their time, a
common reason people cite is “information overload.” Too much data to
keep up with. Dave Allen says," Too much information is not the problem.
If it were, we’d walk into a library and faint. Information overload
indicates we’re not managing our commitments effectively.” Implications
for JCK's clients & mission statement? “There are many ways to
avoid success in life, but the most sure-fire just might be
small_business  entrepreneur  time-management  lunchtime  productivity  Pareto_Principle  information_overload  procrastination  JCK  GTD  inspiration  affirmations  sleep  priorities  commitments  David_Allen  the_big_picture 
february 2010 by jerryking
Russert's Career Advice: Just Do It -
JUNE 16, 2008 | Wall Street Journal | by ROBERT COSTA. Russert
stopped by Notre Dame this April, a month before my graduation, to give
the Red Smith Lecture in Journalism. He talked about the need to
prepare for every interview. "It is essential that I do what I didn't do
when I was in college," he said. "I had been taught that if I read my
lesson before class, show up in class on time, review my notes after
class, then the exam would be easy. They were right. I did not do that,
but it is what I do now, each and every day." Russert told us at Notre
Dame to challenge ourselves to think critically about what we saw and
read. "It is not enough to confirm your political views by only
accessing and reading outfits that reinforce your views but do not
challenge them," he said.
interview_preparation  Tim_Russert  career  advice  critical_thinking  inspiration  reminiscing  journalists 
february 2010 by jerryking
Seth Godin on What it Takes to be a Linchpin [INTERVIEW]
Feb. 14, 2010 | Mashable | Interview of Seth Godin by Steve
Cunningham is the CEO of Polar Unlimited, a digital marketing agency.
In his book — Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? — Seth Godin poses a
challenge: Take your gift, whatever it is, and use it to change the
world. As Godin says, “a linchpin is the essential element, the person
who holds part of the operation together. Without the linchpin, the
thing falls apart.” "If I told you, step-by-step, what to do to become
indispensable, then anyone could do it. And if anyone could do it, it
wouldn’t be worth very much. Scarcity creates value. And, this is going
to frustrate people, but the emotional labor of work, today — the thing
that makes you worth $50,000 or $100,000 or $150,000 a year — is that
you can navigate the world without a map. People who need a map, are
going to get paid less and less and work harder and harder every day,
because there’s plenty of those people, and I can find them with a click
of the mouse."
Seth_Godin  indispensable  howto  entrepreneur  inspiration  scarcity  interviews  proprietary  sense-making  ambiguities  uncertainty  navigation  non-routine  uncharted_problems 
february 2010 by jerryking
The Primacy of Hope
February 8, 2010 | Stabroek News | Dave Martins
Guyana  Guyanese  inspiration 
february 2010 by jerryking
What Matters Now
December 14, 2009 | "What Matters Now" is the
work of more than 60 people with big ideas and something to say. It will
inspire you to make some changes in 2010, and to keep doing work that
matters. What better way for business thinkers to celebrate the holiday
season than with the gift of great ideas? As the year 2009 — as
difficult, divisive, worrisome, and hopeful a year since, well, 2008 —
draws to a close, my friend Seth Godin, the innovator, writer, and
blogger extraordinaire, has persuaded 70 other innovators, writers, and
bloggers to participate in a project he calls What Matters Now.
inspiration  Seth_Godin  writing  ideas  blog  what_really_matters 
february 2010 by jerryking
First the Victoria Cross, now a stamp
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | by MICHAEL
POSNER. It is probably not widely known that the first Canadian to win
the coveted Victoria Cross - Britain's highest military award, given for
valour in the face of the enemy - was the Nova Scotia son of former
American slaves: William Neilson Edward Hall.

Hall won his decoration - the first ever given either to a Canadian, a
black or a member of the Royal Navy - for bravery shown during the 1857
siege of Lucknow, in India.
African_Canadians  commemoration  inspiration  heroes  awards  Royal_Navy  bravery 
february 2010 by jerryking
William McGurn: A Salute to West Point -
JANUARY 4, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By WILLIAM MCGURN.
Whether character can be taught is an age-old question; usually we refer
to its being built. West Point does not pretend its cadets are immune
from the normal temptations of our culture. After all, they come from
the same towns and high schools other universities draw from. The
difference is that at West Point, words such as duty, honor and country
are spoken without irony—and a scandal is a scandal because behavior is
still measured against standards.
education  inspiration  traditions  military_academies  values  militaries  West_Point 
january 2010 by jerryking
The Art of the Idea: 8 Ways to Light the Bulb Above Your Head | Slideshows
By Sheryl Sulistiawan on December 4, 2009. Have you ever felt
like you are stuck in a rut in your life? John Hunt, worldwide creative
director of TBWA, believes you can change that by simply harvesting the
ideas already swimming in your head.

The Art of the Idea: And How It Can Change Your Life is a collection of
Hunt's insights, along with illustrations by South African painter Sam
Nhelengethwa, meant to encourage original thinking that will break you
out of the daily grind. Here are some excerpts.
art  ideas  inspiration  advertising_agencies  JCK  life-changing  creative_renewal  books  original_thinking 
december 2009 by jerryking
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