This is from Slate.com, and the always reliable and enjoyable Farhad Manjoo: The Year in Gadgets: Where were the revolutionary technologies in 2010? Here’s a key excerpt: Funny as he is, Louis C.K. misses something important about technology and how it improves: We’d never get anywhere if some of us weren’t impatient and ungrateful. Sure,… Read More A Quote For The Day, From Farhad Manjoo – “Disappointment Fuels Innovation”
Here’s Huffington Post’s list (click to the article to read descriptions, with images) — You’re Out: 20 Things That Became Obsolete This Decade: #1 VCRs And VHS Tapes #2 Travel Agents #3 The Separation Between Work Life And Personal Life #4 Forgetting #5 Bookstores #6 Watches #7 Phone Sex Via 1-900 Numbers #8 Maps #9… Read More Now Obsolete – We Hardly Knew Ya
From Seth Godin’s blog: The first rule of doing work that matters Go to work on a regular basis. In short: show up. It always, always comes back to work ethic. It takes time — lots of time — over the long haul — to be successful.
I’m in the midst of a busy teaching schedule – teaching a “Wintermester Class” in the Dallas County Community College System. So, my blogging time is a little restricted. But, here are a couple of great reads as you think about business ideas/challenges/success. #1: The “first dropper” has great, and growing, influence. Maybe replacing the… Read More “Old People Make Better Entrepreneurs,” & The Power Of The “First Dropper” – Two Provocative Online Reads
Millions are becoming premodern — communicating in electronic grunts that substitute for effective and dignified expression. Victor David Hanson ————— People are starved for the practical. They want to know what to put into practice now to build a better, more successful tomorrow. They are impatient; they have little time to reflect, ponder… they want… Read More Starved For The Practical, The Rejection Of All Things “Liberal” Now Spreads To Disdain For The “Liberal Arts” – Not A Good Thing!
I recently wrote this post: Legal? Moral? – Pondering Broke, USA: the Working Poor & the Payday Lending Business, referring to the book I presented for the Urban Engagement Book Club, Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc. – How the Working Poor Became Big Business by Gary Rivlin. I have also found this article from… Read More Usury Country – Tough and Tougher Times for the Working Poor
Constant innovation. That is the unending mantra. Constant innovation. Quick – which two modern companies jump to mind when you hear that phrase? Apple & Facebook. They both ooze constant innovation. And they are both run by people who are incredibly powerful/influential within their companies. What they want, they get! If Steve Jobs wants something… Read More Constant Innovation – Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, and the Path to Dominance
“Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.” — James Baldwin Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc. – How the Working Poor Became Big Business by Gary Rivlin is the selection for the Urban Engagemnt Book Club tomorrow for CitySquare. I have completed my handout, I… Read More Legal? Moral? – Pondering Broke, USA: the Working Poor & the Payday Lending Business
Today at noon, I will present my reflections on The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright. It won the Pulitzer, and is the definitive work on the birth and work of Al-Queda (leading up to the September 11, 2001 attacks). As I revisited the book preparing for this presentation, I was reminded again of this simple… Read More Knowing What Is Coming, and Preparing For It – It May Be Leadership’s Most Important Task
I caught 60 Minutes last night. They had a story on Brazil, and a profile of Jerry Jones. Here are excerpts: From the segment on Brazil: President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva walked into the President’s office. Known simply as “Lula,” he is a former metal worker with a fourth-grade education — and a doctorate… Read More “Success Is The Art Of Doing What Is Obvious;” And, “Give ‘Em A Show” – Two Lessons From 60 Minutes