Malcolm Gladwell's Definition of Good Writing
Came across this while reading What the Dog Saw this morning. It’s so great I just had to share it. Good writing does not succeed or fail on the strength of its ability to persuade. It succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else’s head — even if in the end you conclude that someone else’s head...
What is the first and most important thing that people can do if they’re...– http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/224190
I was struck by this quote from a recent Fast Company article: When companies like Pinterest and Instagram become successes overnight, our expectations for what brands can or can’t do become unhinged from reality. While I like the basic tenant of the quote - that companies/brands/individuals have lost patience in our fast-paced digital world - I wonder how true the “overnight...
One of the Craziest Stories I've Ever Seen
Came across this whole Sarah J. Phillips debacle yesterday, and was sucked into reading everything I could find about it. The whole thing reads like a freakin mystery novel, and even kind of falls into that Catfish vein. The short of it: A 22-year-old freelance ESPN writer was duping the world and scamming online readers/writers/creators. This just came out into the open a couple days ago, and...
Carefully choose the projects you take on. Choose to leave the world better than...– http://jdorganizer.blogspot.com/2012/04/what-im-reading-design-is-job.html
Book Notes | Love at Last Sight
I got this book for free as part of “Blogging for Books” program. I honestly didn’t think it would be very good. I judged it by its cover and and I’m always wary of things that say “30 days to a better [insert anything]”. I was incredibly surprised when I cracked it open and gained oodles of knowledge and insight. It is geared towards being a book on marriage,...
Two Kinds of Losing
My coworkers will probably laugh at me for this post, but hopefully they’ll bear with me. I’m discovering in the last few days that there are two types of losing. The difference may seem small, but it’s actually quite a large gap - and makes a big difference in how you feel about losing. The first way to lose is when you’ve clearly made mistakes and haven’t played...
"He looked like peace."
I’m reading a phenomenal book called Hellhound On His Trail. It’s the story of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination. As a religion major in college, I read a lot of Dr. King’s own writings, but surprisingly not too much about his life. One of the things I love most about the book is seeing the way people described Dr. King and what it was like to be with him. There is...
“Most People Would Be Disturbed if They Saw Where...
This is the headline of this article. Been seeing a lot of headlines like this lately and it’s a little disturbing. It’s interesting because I haven’t seen many people in an uproar - like would probably be the case if a company they didn’t like had some moral issues behind their manufacturing. It’s easy to give up clothes made in bad conditions, because we can make...
Book Guilt | Thoughts From a Recovering Compulsive...
Stumbled across this in a Q&A section of the Wall Street Journal and it resonated with me deeply. The original question was from a man who was struggling with “book guilt” - a syndrome that happens when you feel bad for not finishing a book that you’ve started. I only recently was able to get over this - and it was from a realization that there are just too many great books...
Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive...– I stumbled across this last night in a book I was reading, and it was obviously very fitting as today is MLK day. It’s hard for me to even discern what this day means, as I’m a twenty-something white dude from the midwest. I’m thankful for his peaceful promotion of freedom. Ya know, if MLK would...
My Favorite iPad Apps (so far)
I got my iPad about 4 months ago, and I love it. Working in digital marketing, it comes in handy at work. The games help me get my mind off things when I get home. There are all sorts of awesome things goin on with it. With that, thought I’d share with you my favorites, broken down by the folders I have them in. I love me some folders on my iPad. The links are right to the app store - so...
5 Tidbits on Leadership
I started reading a book the other night called “Spirituality and Leadership”. It’s much better than I expected, quite honestly. I’d like to share some bits of it with you below: Dynamic organizations know that their strongest assets and liabilities are people. Effective leaders are social artists, they’re both adapters to environmental influences and culture...
11 Things to Know at 25(ish). →
What you need to know to be a real adult. ____________ This is a pretty good list. Read it all the way through. Write these things in your journal. Don’t let it be just another list you see throughout your day - but let it really change you.