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TED Talk: How Great Leaders Inspire… hint "why?"

This is an interesting presentation… feels a little too ethereal in some parts, but the main point I think stands:

If your business will be successful with the masses, it must be successful with the early adopters… In order to be successful with the early adopters, you must sell them the why not the what

I also like his little concentric circle thingy…

Simon Sinek on early adopters

If your business will be successful with the masses, it must be successful with the early adopters… In order to be successful with the early adopters, you must sell them the why not the what

~ Simon Sinek

Sprint – A model of and argument for doing shit quick

I’ve got an idea percolating here. It sprouted from four things:

  1. A conversation my friend Zach and I had where told me the story of a guy he knows who’s super health-nutty… This guy did lots of research and came to the conclusion that the human body was made for sprints, not long distance running.
  2. This problem I have at work where there are times of looooooong mediocre-ness and short bursts of ass kicking productivity.
  3. Espresso. A small shot packing big impact… on your brain, on your energy, on your motivation, and possibly on your guts.
  4. Smoke breaks. I don’t smoke, so I don’t get them.

What if you sprinted at work? What if you had a long day of short sprints broken up with varying breaks? What if you could dive into something completely, abandoned, for 25 minutes straight? (more…)

Creative Process — A Couple Resources

If there’s one thing knowledge workers, artists, musicians, writers, and producers of any kind want to get better at it’s the creative process. Our technology and culture can make it extremely hard to follow through on great ideas; because there’s just too many great links to click, am I right?

So, in the spirit of passing on some high quality links, here are a few resources that might help you center over your work and fire away. (more…)

All you need is 1000 true fans

A creator, such as an artist, musician, photographer, craftsperson, performer, animator, designer, videomaker, or author – in other words, anyone producing works of art – needs to acquire only 1,000 True Fans to make a living.” ~ Kevin Kelly

25 cent advice for your marketing/ad campaign

Theres a bunch of cool stuff Sendhil Mullainathan talks about in the video below… I only want to highlight one point he makes. It’s about BMW wanting to advertise the safety of their cars.

Car safety adverts are normally about car chasis getting slammed into walls in slow motion, or, in other words, the “you’ll survive wrecks in our cars” message. BMW opted for the different “our cars keep you out of accidents” message. It’s not necessarily brilliant, just a different angle on the topic.

GTD Tip #167: Turn “Organizing Tasks” Into Rewards

I had a short bout as an organizational and productivity consultant a while back. I know, it’s silly, but get your giggles out now ’cause here’s a $450 tip for you:

You know when you’ve got knowledge work to do and all you can think about is organizing your desk, or cleaning the dirty whiteboard, or cleaning out that stupid little wheel on your mouse, or browsing e-cards to send to your mom for her half birthday? You know what that feels like, right?

Well, these are rudely seductive. How are they seductive? (more…)