From Steve Jobs… the world isn’t just the way it is, “it (life) can be much broader…..”
Cameron Crowe has some of the best movie scenes ever. Not that his movies aren’t great – but I seem to remember scenes from his movies more than I remember his movies.
Fast Times at Ridgemont High – Sean Penn? fogetaboutit.
Anyway….Ran into someone yesterday that reminded me of this scene. Because they failed – NO. Because they were still smiling.
Failing, losing…..whatever you want to call it is not only inevitable but essential – essential when you are throwing your hat in the ring in any meaningful way. It’s just part of the journey.
What isn’t inevitable and absolutely essential for success and or peace? Smiling. 🙂
A 9 year old boy – who built an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto part store – is about to have the best day of his life.
Love this coffee shop – ever since it totally transformed the old Muddy Waters space. Which I used to really love too — WAY back in the day. And my favorite coffee now is Roasted in NE by Dogwood Coffee. And their space in Calhoun Square looks like it was designed by Apple.
To me, Tim is a fascinating and for sure crazy guy with a lot of great answers and tricks for life.
Some of his stuff….
He picked the title of his first book 4Hour Workweek by doing analytics on google ad words
He went in to Borders Book stores and taped different versions of his cover to other author’s books to see how many people would pick up the different versions in an hour.
For more interviews like this check out Kevin Rose’s The Foundation
- Win signed copy of The 4-Hour Body or a call with Tim Ferris! (runkeeper.com)
- How to Become an Effective CEO: Chief Emotions Officer (nhgraphicdesign.wordpress.com)
- Debating the 4 hour work week (christianpf.com)
- The Four Hour Body Could Make Life Easier for Simon Cowell (prweb.com)
Looking for new metrics that track happiness is an exercise that is long overdue.
- Chip Conley on Becoming Your Own CEO: Chief Emotions Officer (triplepundit.com)
- Getting More into Emotions with Chip Conley (laf.ee)
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Read or watch the full address here
Because he would have never given a company like Solyndra $1/2 Billion. Why wouldn’t he? Because it is HIS money.
The government has an inherent problem with managing other people’s money, and that is it is other people’s money – or more importantly NOT THEIR MONEY.
The is nothing wrong with what many in Washington want to accomplish. Nothing at all. The only issue most have, is that their methods aren’t very effective – or effective at all in some cases.
Warren Buffett may have an interest in “green jobs” too. The difference is that Warren Buffett is going to insist that the company that wants to create good green jobs and wants his money to do it – has a pretty good chance of success. Because it isn’t going to matter what good intention or story the company may have had to begin with. The only thing that will matter in creating real jobs and real green energy will be success.
For sure, Buffett would have passed on Solyndra. But, would we he have kept that money for himself? NO! That isn’t what he does. Buffett would have found another Solyndra. One that had a better business model and one that in the end – would have created real jobs around a real business.
That is the tragedy in all of this – Buffett wanting to send his money to Washington and have it go to more Solyndra’s. Most people with common sense would see money in Buffett’s hands is just way more productive.
Who knows if Buffett is smarter than the guys in Washington – probably. But that isn’t the point. The point is that it doesn’t matter. Some in Washington were actually very smart with regards to Solyndra. They pin pointed the exact month that Solyndra would fail. They did their due diligence just like any private sector Venture Capitalist would have done. The problem was that the guy or guys at the top had other (political) reasons for throwing $1/2 Billion at a company like Solyndra. Politics has never been able to pick winners and losers in the private sector and has never been able to create real jobs. Never has – Never will.
The guys at the top in the private sector, for the most part, only win when they are right. That is how they make money – long lasting money. The truth is that it is hard to create long lasting money without creating long lasting jobs. We’re not talking about the crooks and those that are making money by beating the system. We are talking about 95% of the private sector that just shows up each day, puts in a hard days work and wins slowly over a long period of time. Those are the ones (the businesses) that get Buffett’s money.
While the private sector only wins when it is right – politicians have the luxury of wining when they can convince people they are right. They don’t have to actually BE RIGHT, they just have to SOUND RIGHT.
In nobody’s world is that a good system.
If creating real meaningful jobs and a growing economy is really the goal – let’s keep the money with the guys that know what to do with it. On this one – the smart money has to be on Buffett.
Sorry Warren – you’re right, even when you are wrong.
- Solyndra a headache or scandal for Obama W.H.? (politico.com)
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- Will Solyndra Bankruptcy Hamper Green Jobs? (abcnews.go.com)
- Solyndra Loan ‘Crony Capitalism at Its Worst,’ GOP Rep Says (foxnews.com)