“If you’re trying to cram three months of training into one week, the most important thing is separating techniques from attributes: If you’re trying to learn parkour, you need to figure out where you can cheat by refining technique and jumping to intermediate or advanced stuff. You also have to recognize that there are challenges and obstacles like tendons snapping because you don’t have the time to develop the increased power output or strength. The attributes take time to develop and they’re genetically limited, whereas the technique is something you can deconstruct and really learn quickly if you approach it with the proper framework and hacker mentality. Separating those two things out is very important.”—
“1. Find your love.
2. Spend your life at it.
3. Trust your instincts.
4. Ignore doubters.
5. Chase the work, not the money. (The money will come.)
6. Use your ideas to push this world forward.
7. Don’t let your ideas down: Execute well.
8. Work with great people. They are not always the easiest.
9. There are no shortcuts. Do the hours.
10. Great coffee helps.”—The Creators Code — What I Learned Today — Medium
“Let us pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived — a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.”—President Obama, December 5, 2013 (via statedept)
Modern social media is so compelling because it’s the most convenient and efficient means we have invented so far to scratch a prehistoric itch: the desire to share and network with other people. Previous incarnations of social media were popular for the same reason. They just didn’t work as quickly.
“Today, more and more conversations and connections are taking place over or through technology, as we continue become global citizens and don’t necessarily stay with family or even friends. The mediums we design are shaping the kind of conversations people are having with each other. When we design with human connection as a palette, we will uncover a deeply thoughtful design, a new kind of design that connects the user to himself and to others in a truly meaningful way.”—The future of technology is human- the currency conversation — Mobile, Apps and Future — Medium
“In the old pre-technology days, it would have been almost impossible to replicate Facebook and Twitter. The closest you could get would be to mail dozens of postcards a day to everybody you knew, each with a brief message about yourself like: ‘Finally got that haircut I’ve been putting off.’ Or: ‘Just had a caramel frappuccino. Yum!’ The people receiving these postcards would have naturally assumed that you were a moron with a narcissism disorder. But today, thanks to Facebook and Twitter, you are seen as a person engaging in ‘social networking.’”—Dave Berry (via myowncorner)
“Striving for perfectly crafted messages makes sense in the broadcasting world, where a message is “done” once it gets into a distribution channel. In the realm of social media, getting content “out” is only the beginning. The real relevance of a message unfolds once the audience responds and further develops its meaning, by rating, sharing, commenting, liking, re-tweeting, annotating, and so on. In other words: Messages become powerful through socially mediated “co-creation”. It is the involvement of the audience that upgrades the content from “noise” to “value”. Being able to produce messages that inspire others to engage in a process of co-creation becomes vital to any leader in search of an audience.”—Leadership Unplugged: Stripping out the noise to uncover a new direction - Brian Solis