There is No Time for Anything Else

“None of us are getting out of here alive, so please stop treating yourself like an after-thought. Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump in the ocean. Say the truth that you’re carrying in your heart like hidden treasure. Be silly. Be kind. Be weird. There’s no time for anything else.”
Keanu Reeves Nanea Hoffman

Rock Bottom

“I thought to myself if you can hit rock bottom doing the safe things everyone wants you to do, then you might as well hit rock bottom doing what you want to do.”

Ashley C. Ford on Human Storytelling, Financial Wellness, and Learning to Ask for Help

Life Altering

Companies Going Through Big Transitions

Some interesting answers on this thread. Do you have any examples I should put on my radar?

To Wonder at Beauty

To wonder at beauty,
Stand guard over Truth
Look up to the noble
Resolve on the Good.

This leadeth man truly
To purpose in living,
To right in his doing,
To peace in his feeling,
To light in his thinking.

And teaches him trust,
In the working of God,
In all that there is,
In the width of the world,
In the depth of the Soul.

— Rudolf Steiner

(Thanks for sharing, Sam)

Flourishing Needs

“The big prediction for the coming century is that enormous opportunities will open up for businesses that can skilfully address our Flourishing Needs. Technology, the wealth of nations and the shift in public taste will make this very likely. A great many of the multi-billion dollar companies of the future will be those focused on the fulfilment of flourishing needs: our need for self-knowledge around love, our desire for a satisfying social life, or our need for resilience. Bits of the tech sector are already nibbling at the borderline between Comfort and Flourishing needs, a trend aided by the forthcoming development of Artificial Emotional Intelligence. This, rather than the economies of developing nations, are what constitute the truly ‘emerging markets’ of the future.”

Business and the Ladder of Needs

Without using the title of your job, tell me what you do.

Some of the responses on this thread are fantastic. Definitely a question I will start asking at dinner parties.

Life Lessons

1. Everything is temporary.
2. Life is not fair.
3. Others treat you the way you treat yourself.
4. Happiness is a choice and requires hard work.
5. Beneath anger is always fear.
6. Family are the people who truly love you.
7. Things don’t matter that much.
8. A lifetime is not very long.
9. You played it too safe. You should take more risks.

Number 3 really hit me in the heart: Lessons people learn too late in life.

How Frustration Can Make Us More Creative

Keith Jarrett’s Köln Concert is my all-time favorite. It’s my go to when I need grounding and centering. I had *no* idea what happened leading up to the concert. As he arrived at the concert hall he noticed that the piano was out of tune. He was livid and said he couldn’t play. But he had empathy for the organizers and decided to conquer the challenge. Absolutely inspiring. He flipped a seemingly impossible situation. AIt became the most successful solo jazz album in history! Wonderful!

Amplification

Obama’s female staffers employed “amplification” in meetings:

“When a woman made a key point, other women would repeat it, giving credit to its author. This forced the men in the room to recognize the contribution — and denied them the chance to claim the idea as their own.”

I. Will. Start. Doing. This.

Moving the Giants – An Urgent Plan to Save the Planet

The film Moving the Giants profiles David Milarch, an arborist from central Michigan. In 1991, Milarch had a near death experience that inspired a personal quest – to archive the genetics of the world’s largest trees before they’re gone and to replant global forests to fight climate change.

(via The Story Group and Chris)

Citizen Game

Citizen a reality-based board game in which you take on a ’cause’ and use actual members of Congress to pass your cause/bill through. Can’t wait to get my copy!

How to use Gmail More Efficiently

I am fascinated by this step by step guide on how to use Gmail more efficiently. Thank you Andreas Klinger for taking the time to write down your process.

Comfortable Zone

This made me think. I definitely notice quite impressive differences in what some cultures think is a comfortable distance in personal space.

Change

“Make friends with change.”
— Ram Dass

True Action

“True action, good and radiant action, my friends, does not spring from activity, from busy bustling, it does not spring from industrious hammering. It grows in the solitude of the mountains, it grows on the summits where silence and danger dwell.”
Hermann Hesse

Beyond Success

An exploration of the basic questions for anyone attempting to do business in a conscious way. Is it possible to do business, make a profit, act in truth and integrity and be of genuine service all at once? In his presentation Ram Dass depthfully sheds light and answers.

Deep Questions

The School of Life Confession Game asks some deep questions. This one stopped me in my tracks.

Designer Matters with Jocelyn K. Glei

I adore both Debbie and Jocelyn. Two powerful creative manifesters. Listen in.

Ram Dass | How to Love Yourself

Last week, during my solo birthday trip to New Mexico, I was introduced to the work of Ram Dass. What a beautiful world it has opened up.

David Hieatt in Conversation with Mark Guiness

“When I see people who don’t care about or don’t have pride in what they do, I need to get out of that building because I just can’t do it. So anyway, the next day, I went and spent £460 on floor paint, and the entire company painted the floor. And actually, that point was a really important point in the factory, and the team because actually, we all decided at that point, you know what, we didn’t want to be average, and the enemy was to be average. And actually, we all enjoyed painting the floor. And actually when we moved to the new building, a new factory, we’re all going to paint the floor again because I think that was the point where we became a team.”

This week’s guest on the 21st Century Creative podcast is David Hieatt, entrepreneur, author, speaker and founder of The Do Lectures. A solid citizen and human I admire tremendously. Listen to the podcast here.

Life On Fire

“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”
– Rumi

More / Less

Feeling inspired by Julia Rothman’s end of year More/Less list. Off to creating my own…

The Comeback of A Denim Company

I admire how David and Clare Hieatt show up in this world. I respect their mission to revive a jeans town in Wales with their jeans company called Hiut Denim. Love how they are highlighting their employees and their strengths and loves in this feature.

They are also the forces behind my favorite tiny conference, called the Do Lectures.