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The Good, The True, & The Beautiful Vol. 1

What we look for we find.

If you want bad news, there’s plenty of it.

And if you want to experience some good news, you can find that too…if you’ll just look around.

I look and listen a lot and now I plan to start sharing what I’m finding, seeing, and hearing for you to enjoy and share in.

Yes! There is music amidst the noise and it’s good, it’s true, and it’s beautiful.

Here we go! (click the links!)

The Good

Logic Says Be Happy to Be You on CBS Sunday Morning // Loved this story!

USC’s long snapper, who is blind talks about his inspiration story to field – ESPN// This is such a good story!

The True

Reading Information Aloud to Yourself Improves Memory – NeuroscienceNews.com // You know your talk to yourself…now it’s ok (and good) to read to yourself.

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs raised their kids tech-free — and it should have been a red flag – BusinessInsider.com  // Interesting data.

The Beautiful

Moses Sumney performs on NPR’s Tiny Desk Conert Series // Hold onto your soul…Moses is going to make it fly!

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The Question(s) Great Lives Bring Us

Great lives do not push agendas, rather they pull us in with questions for our awareness to how things are and how we can we can make the world a better place.

Jobs asked if we were settling for good when incredible was nearby.

Godin is asking if we are accepting the status quo or challenging it.

Ramsey is asking if we are living like everyone else or no one else.

Rick Warren is questioning our purpose or lack thereof.

What are you giving us to think about?

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An Argument Against Scalability

For all profit purposes this post won’t have much gas.
But this isn’t an entry about profit.
I’ve now been to numerous conferences this year for my industry and this year’s buzz word has been scalability. I.E. create something that anyone can implement into his/her business. The goal here is to get us back to the industrial revolution – where everyone worked at the factory. And while scalability is a worthy discussion in both our businesses and our personal lives, I think there is a valid need for the discussion pendulum to be thrown to the opposite side where scalability is impossible.
And that’s where you come in.
What about you and your thing? What about that thing between your ears and the thing beating in your chest?
See I’m on the side that thinks you, your heart, and your mind is so unique, so special, and, fortunately, so weird – that scalability is impossible with you.
The gap between your first and last breath was never meant to be duplicated, copycatted, or available for rerun.
For instance, since Steve’s departure Apple has really only done two things: shrink the iPad and make the iPhone lighter. Steve wasn’t scalable and neither were his ideas. Could it be, perhaps, that the company lost some of its whimsey with Steve’s departure? Now we are just seeing the aftermath of what they can scale. I’m sure more whimsey is on the way, but we haven’t seen it as of late.
I found another example in a story from this weekend’s Wall Street Journal on Tory Burch. The author of the story noted noted that “to buy a Burch is to buy a bit of the woman her-self.” But you can’t be Tory Burch and you certainly can’t scale her. She IS the brand and you can only wear “a bit” of what she dreamed in threads. About the only thing scaled with her, and scaled very very well, is a stacked-T logo that follows her ideas globally.
Yes, scalability can lead you to streamlining and profitability, but it shouldn’t be the end goal.
I believe your creative purpose is a thanksgiving feast for the soul and scalability doesn’t push the envelope, it just does what its told.
Make some money but please also make a statement, make a difference, and make a change.
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Quotes For Summer Thinking Which Should Lead To Summer Action

A few quotes I’ve been dwelling on this summer…

  • It is not the smartest or most intelligent species that survive, but the species that is adaptable to change. Charles Darwin
  • The time to nurse and idea is at its birth. Napoleon Hill
  • One way to work the system is to work the system. The other way is to refuse to work it. Seth Godin
  • If we are going to create wow experiences, we must become courageous. This is a personal, psychological bridge we need to cross. Michael Hyatt
  • 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… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. Steve Jobs

Remember, resistance is very content with your knowledge bank, as long as you don’t go spend its deposits. Therefore, we can’t just read words like these, we must live them.



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