Archive for June, 2009

Lead by Example

June 26th, 2009 No comments

Most of the posts on this site are intended to be thought provoking, but are not of a personal nature.  Today’s is somewhat different.

Today I had the honor of presenting goal-setting for a wonderful group of people who are about to be laid off, through no fault of their own. They are positive, energetic, and bold in embracing the changes presented to them.

The presentation was arranged by a wonderful consulting group that custom designs HR solutions for the needs of their clients.  They are creative in finding solutions for tough problems.

This HR package was sponsored by another wonderful organization that is doing everything they can to help their staff deal with a difficult transition.  This company has a wonderful HR director who really cares about her people.  Her people recognize this, and deeply appreciate it.

In short, every single person I encountered in this brief period was doing the right thing, and was leading by example. 

It was an honor to work with you.

Rough Waters

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Form From Void

June 25th, 2009 No comments

Are you an expert in something? Do you have deep experience in a particular area?  If so, you have an opportunity to see structure where others see nothing. 

Take some time to try and order the key items in your area of expertise.  Draw a diagram.  Add some relationships. Make a mind map. 

Consider in what way adding another dimension might change that picture.

Can you add time?  Capacity?  Volume?  Market Cap? 

Here are some amazing examples of people who did just that:  Amazing Graphics


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Social Cues

June 24th, 2009 No comments

How do you judge value?  Do you look to others before forming your opinion?  How about to confirm your initial thoughts?  If you perceived beauty but no one else appreciated it, would you be strong enough to stick with your perceptions? 

Here’s a great story about how others responded:  Metro Violinist


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Crow Vending

June 23rd, 2009 No comments

Yes, there are vending machines for crows.  Well, at least one.  This link starts as a bit of a turnaround on the trend to focus on extinction, then progresses to a few very cool video segments, and ends with some interesting insight into domestication.

Crow Intelligence – Joshua Klein

Beautiful Machines

Beautiful Machines

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10,000 Hours

June 22nd, 2009 No comments

It has been estimated that it takes about 10,000 hours to become a true master at a given skill.  The amazing thing is that this seems to be consistent regardless of what skill you might be considering. 

If we consider learning a new skill, the numbers look like this:

If you practice 5 hours per day, 5 days per week, you are getting 25 hours of skill development per week.  If you continue 50 weeks out of the year, at the end of the year you’ll have 1250 hours of practice.  At this rate, it will take you eight years to become a master.

5 hours * 5 days * 50 weeks * 8 years = 10,000 hours of practice.

This may sound daunting, or even disturbing, as eight years is a long time to look forward, especially if you’re just starting out.  But I prefer to turn this around and view it from a different perspective:

If I choose a field I love, and find profitable work, I know that in about eight years I’ll be very, very good at what I do.  Whether I’m 15, 25, or 55, I still have the opportunity to excel at something I love to do.

In this time of economic uncertainty, many people are struggling to find a new direction.  If this is you, I suggest you choose a path doing something you enjoy.  Set some easy goals to get yourself started and gain momentum.  Make sure to celebrate the small victories up front. 

But don’t delay, the hours go by fast.

Street Drummer photo_2379_20070415

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Why Self Evident Enterprises?

June 19th, 2009 2 comments

In addition to the number of minutes in a day, we also are getting a lot of hits on the term self evident. 

For those visitors:

The definition of the term “self-evident” is “something that requires no proof or definition”. 

For the rest of you:

The hits are due to the name of the sponsor of, Self Evident Enterprises.

And the reason behind the name?  It is probably self-evident for most of you (he he), but the point of the company is to help people discover their self, and make it more available for others.  This is visible in our first consumer product, single-step motivational software, as it encompasses much more than just goal-setting.  You can check it out here


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Contagious Enthusiasm

June 16th, 2009 No comments

You may have seen this one already.  It already has about 900k views on YouTube.  If not, it’s time you did.  Amazing as it is for the first guy to get out there and shake his stuff (perhaps with some chemical assistance), think about the commitment guys two and three had to add to get it really going.  Are there places in your life where you could be guy number one, two, or three?

Sasquatch Dance Party

Napoli locks

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NeuroPersuasion Seminar

June 12th, 2009 No comments

I attended a fantastic seminar this week on NeuroPersuasion by Jim Fortin.  If you use adwords or twitter, this is the kind of thing you can put to use right away.  I suspect it will get very big very fast, so you’ll be glad you took the time to check it out now.


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mid-year resolutions

June 3rd, 2009 No comments

Do you have any lingering New Year’s resolutions?  Or are you already done and moving on towards post-summer regrets?  If you’re like most people, you probably started the year in a fog of positive intentions, with a somewhat vague idea of how you were actually going to execute.  Given the extra time following the Christmas holidays, it is always easy to idealize how much time you’ll have during the year for personal goals.  Then reality hits, the unfinished work from December, and the resolutions go to the back burner.

And now it’s June, and things haven’t changed as much as we’d hoped.  So here’s your chance.  Why not set a mid-year resolution on June 15th?  You still have six months to hit your target.  You’ll have the summer months to dig in, with a more realistic approach to your personal life.  Time now to re-commit to that goal.

You’ll be glad you did come January.Ominous Iron Chain

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number of minutes in a day

June 3rd, 2009 1 comment

So, it seems that this blog has been getting a lot of hits by people searching for the number of minutes in a day.  For the benefit of those users, here is the answer:

number of minutes in a day = 60 (minutes per hour) * 24 (hours) = 1440 minutes

Also, for the sake of completeness:

number of seconds in a day = 60 (seconds per minute) * 60 (minutes per hour) * 24 (hours) = 86400 seconds

With 1440 minutes to burn, we obviously hope you’ll spend 5 here. 🙂

Happy surfing!

Minute Hand

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