This notion that you’ve got to do X, Y, and Z or else your life is over makes you end up as a high functioning sheep. You end up being the kind of leader that I talk about in the last section of the book. You get the top, or you get near the top, but you don’t actually do anything interesting there—you just sort of fulfill your function in the organization. You don’t initiate or create.
Kids who have the yoke of perfection thrust upon them, tend to strive for perfection within the boundaries of the system in which they find themselves. But success in life looks very different than academia, and often requires significant thinking beyond the current system – and many schools are missing that very point.
Travel to a place that has been considered an “enemy” of your country. When I was in Moscow and taking the train along the Trans-Siberian route, I looked around at all the kind, wonderful Russian people I was meeting, and thought, “In my childhood, you were the people I was told to fear. You are them?” It puts politics and fear into perspective.
Teacher who left the classroom to teach the world how to tell their stories. National Geographic Traveler of the Year.
I have vivid memories of working my old office job where it felt like my creativity was being sucked out of every pore of my body, not to mention the shift work hours, trudging to the office on weekends and national holidays. Whenever I need that extra jolt of motivation, I just think back to those days.
Gavin Aung Than took a big risk to follow his heart, and created the powerful webcomic zenpencils.com. Check out this interview by the equally amazing Brene Brown.
The Fox has been following the work of Taras Lasko for about 4 years now. His papercraft projects are nothing less than epic, and he captures them all in time-lapse for us to enjoy.
Check out one of his latest projects, building a giant paper Lamborghini Aventador police car that he hung nicely on his wall at home.
You should definitely spend some time checking out his site at visualspicer.com.
Few short films are based on such an interesting concept and so well executed.
Jobs was quiet during the pitch, but he seemed intrigued throughout, and now it was time for him to talk. He looked around the room filled with the “Think Different” billboards and said, “This is great, this is really great … but I can’t do this. People already think I’m an egotist, and putting the Apple logo up there with all these geniuses will get me skewered by the press.” The room was totally silent. The “Think Different” campaign was the only campaign we had in our bag of tricks, and I thought for certain we were toast. Steve then paused and looked around the room and said out loud, yet almost as if to his own self, “What am I doing? Screw it. It’s the right thing. It’s great. Let’s talk tomorrow.” In a matter of seconds, right before our very eyes, he had done a complete about-face.
Amazing retelling of the how the Apple Think Different advertising campaign came about by Rob Siltanen, the creative director and managing partner at TBWA/Chiat/Day when Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1997.
The bigger your impact, explains Ferriss … and the larger the ambition and scale of your project, the more negativity you’ll encounter. Ferriss jokes he has haters “in about 35 languages.”
Watch Tim’s keynote at The Next Web conference in 2010.