New Life

I could have used this keychain 2.5 years ago when I started a big new chapter in my life. What a great gift for someone embarking on a new adventure.

Magic

I’ve had a pretty remarkable a few days in Los Angeles this past weekend and felt like I got to see a glimpse of the magic that’s inside of me, coming into my true power. I had to chuckle when I found this banner just now. They got it from a Frances Hodgson Burnett quote:

“No one smiled. They were all too much in earnest. Colin’s face was not even crossed by a shadow. He was thinking only of the Magic.

‘Then I will chant,’ he said. And he began, looking like a strange boy spirit. ‘The sun is shining – the sun is shining. That is the Magic. The flowers are growing – the roots are stirring. That is the Magic. Being alive is the Magic – being strong is the Magic. The Magic is in me – the Magic is in me. It is in me – it is in me. It’s in every one of us.’…”

Three Minutes

If your family reunion only lasts three minutes, what will you do? A unique Chinese New Year story shot on iPhone X by director Peter Chan.

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Patience is a Key in Negotiations

If you want to be an expert negotiator — or even a savvy game theorist — you must master one thing. Patience.

Now, what shall I do with today?

From Agatha Christie ‘Autobiography’. Click through to enlarge text.

A Conversation

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Why We Travel

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Net Neutrality Explained with a Whopper

This is a really effective way to explain Net Neutrality. Go Burger King!

(via Loop)

Calm

Thank you Nayyirah Waheed!

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Angst Is Easy

“Angst is easy. Doing anything, really doing anything, is harder. Nihilism offers nothing, and yes, I do realize that is its point.

This is a time for sharp edges. This is a time for ruthlessness. This is a time for taking sides. You cannot be neutral when you are under threat.

Do you think you are not under threat? Whose safety have you mortgaged for your own?”

Stacy-Marie Ishmael

The Creative Independent

The Creative Independent is a resource of emotional and practical guidance for creative people. Published by Kickstarter. Love this.

(via Chris)

Social Decay

The imagined decaying storefronts of Facebook, Google, and Instagram.

The Lewis Model of Cultures


Wow, the The Lewis Model of Cultures is fascinating. Found via Bailey.

Resistance Tattoos

I can’t remember the last time I was this excited over the launch of new Tattly designs. Just in time for Saturday’s NYC Women’s March. See you there?

George Heilmeier’s Method for Solving Research Challenges

Next time I have to break down a problem, I will remember George Heilmeier’s method for solving research challenges:

– What are you trying to do? Articulate your objectives using absolutely no jargon.

– How is it done today, and what are the limits of current practice?

– What is new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?

– Who cares? If you are successful, what difference will it make?

– What are the risks?

– How much will it cost?

– How long will it take?

– What are the mid-term and final “exams” to check for success?

(via John Maeda)

Understand the Entrepreneur

“If you want to understand the entrepreneur, study the juvenile delinquent. The delinquent is saying with his actions, “This sucks. I’m going to do my own thing.”
― Yvon Chouinard

From the book “Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman”

(Thank you Luma)

Steven Pressfield on Investments

In his new book, Tribe of Mentors, Tim Ferris asks Steven Pressfield the following question: “What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made?”

“I’ve never invested in the stock market or taken a risk on anything outside myself. I decided a long time ago that I would only bet on myself. I will risk two years on a book that’ll probably fall flat on its face. I don’t mind. I tried. It didn’t work. I believe in investing in your heart. That’s all I do, really. I’m a servant of the Muse. All money is on her.”

Book Recommendations for Team Leaders

Some interesting book recommendations in this thread.

Get Paid for Playing

“The essential principal of business—of occupation in the world—is this: figure out some way in which you get paid for playing.”
Alan Watts

Belief vs Faith

“Belief, as I use the word here, is the insistence that the truth is what one would ‘lief’ or wish it to be. The believer will open his mind to the truth on condition that it fits in with his preconceived ideas and wishes. Faith, on the other hand, is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be. Faith has no preconceptions; it is a plunge into the unknown. Belief clings, but faith lets go.”
Alan Watts

(Thanks Bailey)

Lip Reading

This video makes me wonder how ‘clearly’ I speak for someone that reads lips.

(via Mental Floss)

Contributing Positively To Society

How To Ask Better Questions

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Love Your Customers

I was just reminded of this wonderful post by MailChimp co-founder Ben Chestnut from a few years back. I recommend you give it a read if you haven’t seen it yet.