Tag Archives: inspiring

Cosmic View to The Know Universe

In 1957, the Dutch edu­cat­or Kees Boeke wrote Cos­mic View, a essay explor­ing “many levels of size and struc­ture, from the astro­nom­ic­ally vast to the atom­ic­ally tiny”.

Boeke’s essay went on to inspire the 1968 anim­ated short, Cos­mic Zoom.

Cos­mic View and Zoom then inspired the more fam­ous Charles and Ray Eames doc­u­ment­ary, Powers of Ten, cre­ated in 1977 (pre­vi­ously).

Unknown to me until recently was the 1996 Oscar-nom­in­ated doc­u­ment­ary, nar­rated by Mor­gan Free­man, that was inspired by all of the above: Cos­mic Voy­age.

Sim­il­arly, NASA’s Astro­nomy Pic­ture of the Day for Janu­ary 20th 2010 was also inspired by all of these. This was not a pic­ture, but the Amer­ic­an Museum of Nat­ur­al History’s doc­u­ment­ary, The Known Uni­verse.

All of these are inspir­ing, breath­tak­ing videos that are short enough for any sched­ule:

Essential Startup Essays

Om Malik presents what he believes are the ten essen­tial star­tup essays of 2009:

  1. Paul Gra­ham: What Star­tups Are Really Like
  2. Sean Ellis: Mile­stones to Star­tup Suc­cess
  3. Eric Ries: Myth: Entre­pren­eur­ship Will Make You Rich
  4. Ven­ture Hacks: What Is the Min­im­um Viable Product?
  5. Mike Speiser: The Power of Con­tinu­ous Improve­ment
  6. Mike Speiser: Get­ting Com­fort­able With People Who Make You Uncom­fort­able
  7. Tony Wright: The Fun­nel Prin­ciple: Soft­ware & Mak­ing Money
  8. Andrew Chen: Does Every Star­tup Need a Steve Jobs?
  9. Josh Port­er: Design­ing for Social Trac­tion
  10. Dav­id Skok: Star­tup Killer: The Cost of Cus­tom­er Acquis­i­tion

I’ve not read them all, but the ones I have are excel­lent and def­in­itely worth your time. I’ll be get­ting to the remain­ders shortly.

The Keynote MBA

Truth is, the great value in most MBA and JD pro­grams can be boiled down to 5 to 10 talks, present­a­tions, classes and con­ver­sa­tions that changed the way you exper­i­enced the world.

Fol­low­ing up on this com­ment, Jonath­an Fields presents The Sev­en Key­note MBA: sev­en key­note speeches, from a diverse group of people, that togeth­er Fields believes will provide you as much real-world advice as an MBA.

The talks (videos, length in par­en­theses):

  1. Guy Kawa­saki, TiECon 2006: The Art of the Start (39:46)
  2. Mal­colm Glad­well, TED 2004: What We Can Learn From Spa­ghetti Sauce (18:16)
  3. Gary Vayner­chuck, Web 2.0 Expo NY: Build­ing Per­son­al Brand With­in the Social Media Land­scape (15:27)
  4. Annie Leonard: The Story of Stuff (21:16)
  5. Jimmy Valvano, 1993 ESPY Awards: Arthur Ashe Cour­age and Human­it­ari­an Award accept­ance speech (9:59) (tran­script)
  6. Seth God­in, TED 2009: The Tribes We Lead (17:24)
  7. Tony Hsieh, Web 2.0 Sum­mit 08: Build­ing a Brand that Mat­ters (16:46)

via @evbogue

The Ideas of Frank Chimero

Design­er Frank Chi­mero presents his ‘Ideas’: his mani­festo of sorts prin­ciples on cre­ativ­ity, motiv­a­tion and innov­a­tion. Chi­mero briefly cov­ers sev­en top­ics, entitled:

  • Why is Great­er Than How
  • Not More. Instead, Bet­ter.
  • Sur­prise + Clar­ity = Delight
  • Sin­cire, Authen­t­ic & Hon­est
  • No Sil­ver Bul­lets, No Secrets
  • Qual­ity + Sin­cer­ity = Enthu­si­asm
  • Everything is Some­thing or Oth­er

I’m par­tic­u­larly fond of the final two top­ics and this, from Why is Great­er Than How:

This com­plex world has made us over-emphas­ize How-based think­ing and edu­ca­tion. Once the tools are under­stood, under­stand­ing why to do cer­tain things becomes more valu­able than how to do them. How is recipes, and learn­ing a craft is more than fol­low­ing instruc­tions.

How is import­ant for new prac­ti­tion­ers focused on avoid­ing mis­takes. Why is for those who wish to push, are not risk-averse and seek to improve. How is coulda, Why is shoulda. How is fin­ish­ing tasks, Why is ful­filling object­ives. How usu­ally res­ults in more. Why usu­ally res­ults in bet­ter.

via Link Banana

MacLeod on Entrepreneurship

Hugh MacLeod shares a list of ran­dom thoughts on being an entre­pren­eur–a simple list of twenty-six inspir­a­tion­al tit­bits on busi­ness, pos­i­tion­ing and suc­cess.

My favour­ite five:

  • In a world of over-sup­ply and com­modi­fic­a­tion, you are no longer paid to sup­ply. You’re being paid to deliv­er some­thing else. What that is exactly, is not always obvi­ous.
  • People buy your product because it helps fill in the nar­rat­ive gaps in their lives.
  • You can either be cheapest or the best. I know which one I prefer.
  • People will always, always be in the mar­ket for a story that res­on­ates with them. Your product will either have this qual­ity or it won’t.
  • People remem­ber the qual­ity long after they’ve for­got­ten the price. Unless you try to rip them off.