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)
Looking for new metrics that track happiness is an exercise that is long overdue.
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.
Steve Jobs: Good artists copy… great artists steal
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
The aim of an artist is not to solve a problem irrefutably, but to make people love life in all its countless, inexhaustible manifestations.
I don’t know what is more impressive about this presentation – the thought process and flow or the visual. Such a great way to tell a story? Could someone do a business pitch for me like that?
With education costs raising and the content becoming less and less relevant – something is going to have to give. Or you would think.
Maybe the best “first page” of a book I’ve read in a long time. Following on the current them after reading and listening to Seth Godin‘s Lynchpins for the past couple of months, I landed on “the War of Art” by Steven Pressfield.
Page One -What I Do
I get up, take a shower, have breakfast. I read the paper, brush my teeth. If I have phone calls to make, I make them. I’ve got my coffee now. I put on my lucky work boots and stitch up the lucky laces that my niece Meredith gave me. I head back to my office, crank up the computer. My lucky hooded sweatshirt is draped over the chair, with the lucky charm I got from a gypsy in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer for only eight bucks in francs, and my lucky LARGO name tag that came from a dream I once had. On my thesaurus is my lucky cannon that my friend Bob Versandi gave me from Morro Castle, Cuba. I point it toward my chair, so it can fire inspiration into me. I say my prayer, which is the Invocation of the Muse from Homer’s Odyssey, translation by T.E. Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia, which my dear mate Paul Rink gave me and which sits near my shelf with the cuff links that belonged to my father and my lucky acorn from the battlefield at Thermopylae. It’s about ten-thirty now. I sit down and plunge in. When I start making typos, I know I’m getting tired. That’s four hours or so. I’ve hit the point of diminishing returns. I wrap for the day. Copy whatever I’ve done to disk and stash the disk in the glove compartment of my truck in case there’s a fire and I have to run for it. I power down. It’s three-thirty. The office is closed. How many pages have I produced? I don’t care. Are they any good? I don’t even think about it. All that matter is I’ve put in my time and hit it with all I’ve got. All that counts is that, for this day, for this session, I have overcome resistance.
Page Two – What I Know
There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t, and the secret is this: It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write.
What keeps us from sitting down is the Resistance.
After some back and forth emails with a real artist, Jessie from Stray Dog Arts, she sent me a link to a podcast interview with Seth Godin talking about his new book Lynchpins on the Accidental Creatives Blog.
It is a great listen and pushes all the right buttons.
I read Lynchpins a few months back and it has been kind of top of mind this summer in my daily journeys. Its about becoming remarkable, indispensable and doing things that matter. Acknowledging and accepting the resistance as part of being creative and inspirational and GETTING THROUGH IT.
From the interview….The days are over where we can expect Ford to open up a factory next door and pay us $120k to build cars. It’s OVER. What is replacing that is organizations big and small made up with unique individuals that are doing things that matter and most importantly without a manual. To do things that matter and to do them without a manual you have to get over the resistance and you have to learn to ship…..This economy is punishing the fearful and and increasingly benefitting those that are brave enough to be creative and generous enough to give it away. But to give it away you have to ship.
The single biggest part of Lynchpins that I think about is the Chapter on Shipping “Real Artist Ship”. Who said that? Steve Jobs (even when the antenna doesn’t work I guess). For me, there are thousands of things to get in the way of shipping – it can always be a little bit better if I just spend a few more hours on it – but value isn’t happening when something is still in my laptop or in my head. If it is going to matter, I have to ship it.
And to ship it – I have to confront the resistance.
Am I shipping today or am I giving in to the resistance. For me its not a philosophical question it is a daily challenge. Next