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March 26, 2012

Bird is the word!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — ifindkarma @ 11:20 pm

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Peter: “There seems to be an absence of an ornothological piece… A headline regarding mass awareness of a certain avian variety…”

Brian: “What are you talking about?”

Peter: “Oh, have you not heard? It was my understanding that everyone had heard…”

Brian: “Heard what?”

Stewie at 0:27:BRIAN, DON’T!!!

Originally posted June 22, 2010 at 2:09 PM but I bumped it to the top because I’ve been missing it…

March 19, 2012

Dear Twitter, PLEASE Keep Posterous Running.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — ifindkarma @ 6:59 pm

I’ve been thinking a lot about Posterous.

Especially now that Twitter owns Posterous.

I hope that Twitter keeps Posterous up and running, because I love writing and reading on Posterous, as do many others.

Furthermore, keeping Posterous running will help Twitter to increase their understanding of the Interest Graph.

Some interests run longer than 140 characters, and Posterous is the perfect service for longer tweets. The Interest Graph is so money.

And, keeping Posterous running will give Twitter a great service it can learn from as it iterates through the Creative Process to continually improve. 

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A post-Twitter Posterous could be wonderful.

Twitter, PLEASE keep Posterous running.

And don’t leave it up to a game of Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock.

Go out of your comfort zone.

Let Posterous live where the magic happens.

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February 12, 2012

The 12 Laws of Karma

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1. THE GREAT LAW

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2. THE LAW OF CREATION

3. THE LAW OF HUMILITY

  • What you refuse to accept, will continue for you.

  • If what we see is an enemy, or someone with a character trait that we find to be negative…

  • Then we ourselves are not focused on a Higher Level of Existence.

4. THE LAW OF GROWTH

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5. THE LAW OF RESPONSIBILITY

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    6. THE LAW OF CONNECTION

    7. THE LAW OF FOCUS

    8. THE LAW OF GIVING AND HOSPITALITY

    • If you believe something to be true, then sometime in your life you will be called upon to demonstrate that truth.

    • Here is where we put what we SAY that we have learned into PRACTICE.

    9. THE LAW OF HERE AND NOW

    10. THE LAW OF CHANGE

    11. THE LAW OF PATIENCE AND REWARD

    12. THE LAW OF SIGNIFICANCE AND INSPIRATION

    • You get back from something whatever you’ve put into it.

    • The Value of something is a direct result of the energy and intent that is put into it.

    • Every personal contribution is also a contribution to the Whole.

    • Lackluster Contributions have no impact on the Whole, or work to diminish it.

    • Loving Contributions Lift Up and Inspire the Whole.

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    Sources: 

     

    January 24, 2012

    Be lucky.

    Robert X. Cringely’s first tip for would-be entrepreneurs is: 

     “Avoid stupid and unlucky people.

    I’m taking his advice because starting a company is hard.

    I want to be luckylike the kitten that adopted me last week.

    For decades my father has told me that

    It’s better to be lucky than to be good.

    I don’t just want to be good; I want to be excellent.

    My dad says that to be excellent I should surround myself with people who have good luck. He tells me that people with good luck are contagious — as are people with bad luck!

    My dad regularly affirms:

    Avoid the unlucky, the unethical, and the unhappy.

    To find people who are ethical, I have a strategy. My startup co-founder has a sixth sense when it comes to sniffing out ethics; Detective Troutgirl is always on the case.

    As for happiness, lessons are repeated until they are learned. There is no way to happiness because happiness is the way; consequently, people reveal true colors in conversation. But what about luck?

    I want to find people who are as attracted to luck as cats are attracted to heat.

    To create luck, I conjure up some scientistic sleuthing.

    If 80% of success is showing up, then

    80-90% of luck is an excellent attitude.

    Those numbers are corroborated scientistically by business shark Daymond John and psychologist Richard Wiseman:

    Daymond John boldly declared on Shark Tank

    Life is like business. It’s 20% what happens to you, and 80% how you respond.

    Richard Wiseman concurs,

    Only about 10% of life is purely random.
    The remaining 90% is defined by the way we think.
    Our attitudes produce our luck.

    I read those sentiments over and over, and think to myself: Still, there’s that remaining 10-20% that is pure luck, and that’s the part we need EVEN if we work hard and make wise choices and are as patient as a crouching kitten.

    So… How can we MAKE more luck?

    In 2010 I chuckled that with a luck factoryI’d make a fortune.

    Since then, I’ve become aware that there are traits that we can practice to increase our ability to make our own luck.

    On 106miles.net I summarized Bakadesuyo’s article How can you become more lucky? by noting that lucky people practice four traits: openness, intuition, optimism, and resilience.

    Practice every day, as much as possible:

    1. Openness to new experiences. Network. Meet new people. Re-engage with people you know.

    2. Intuition. Listen to yourself. Meditate to clear your mind regularly.

    3. Optimism. The mind is a feedback loop that creates self-fulfilling prophecies, so be positive.

    4. Resilience. Success is moving from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” (Winston Churchill)

    To that I add, don’t try to avoid pain:

    Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you. You just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.

    (mis-attributed to Bob Marley; actual author unknown)

    Be open. Be intuitive. Be optimistic. Be resilient. Good luck!

    In the meantime, I’m looking forward to Get Lucky: The Book.

    I’m going to make it a habit to spend time with people who are lucky, and we’ll see what happens when I practice lucky traits.

    I will stay interconnected and get enough sleep.

    Yes, sleep


    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Refer to me as @ifindkarma and I’ll be happy. You can also find this work as a chapter in Eric Ries’s and Hunter Walk’s wonderful Uncensored book for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

    Photo credits: All four pictures in this post were taken by me using Instagram on iPhone 4s, and are hosted on Flickr. These pictures feature the cats I humbly serve: Beavis, the 18-year-old silver Tabby; Coco, the 18-month-old Tuxedo kitty; and (unnamed), the 9-month-old lucky black cat who adopted me last week at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley. Not pictured is Lola, the 9-year-old Oklahoma runaway feline who is camera-shy.

    December 9, 2011

    #42

    Anything that happens, happens.
    Anything that, in happening, causes something else to happen, causes something else to happen.
    Anything that, in happening, causes itself to happen again, happens again.
    It doesn’t necessarily do it in chronological order, though.
           ~ Douglas Adams
    .
    Most people do not comprehend,
    [no matter how] they encounter such things,
    nor do they understand what they learn;
    they believe only themselves.
           ~ Heraclitus

    .
    Every thought is a seed.
    If you plant crab apple, don’t count on harvesting Golden Delicious.
          ~ Bill Meyer

    .
    All the lessons of history in four sentences:
    Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power.
    The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly small.
    The bee fertilizes the flower it robs.
    When it is dark enough, you can see stars.

           ~ Charles A. Beard


    In the spirit of Thirty and Thirty-Five comes the following awesome, beautiful, and creative web of thoughts that occupy my brain.

    No matter.

    I’m not patient enough to write poetry or prose, so I’ll just count down after Futurama.

    Don’t you worry about life, the universe, and everything; let me worry about blank

    42. We believe in the interconnectedness of all things.

    41. Everything is about inclusion.

    40. Everything is everythang.

    39. Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.

    38. As human beings, our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

    37. Let it go. This too shall pass.

    36. SIMPLIFY.

    35. Lessons are repeated until they are learned.

    34. The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.

    33. Reflect on happiness.

    32. People are very bad at predicting what will make us happy.

    31. There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.

    30. We are feedback loops. We are the stories we tell ourselves.

    29. Love is when you open your heart to pain.

    28. To get over grief, be there for someone else’s grief.

    27. Kittie heaven is mousie hell.

    26. Bird is the word!

    25. The ride does not require an explanation. Just occupants.

    24. It’s not going to stop till you wise up.

    23. Character is destiny.

    22. Reflection creates identity.

    21.
    You can do anything.

    20. We can change the world with a pen and paper. We keep waiting, waiting.

    19. Starting is hard.

    18. We’ll see.

    17. Life is… delicious ambiguity.

    16. Beware drift. Do what you love!

    15. True happiness comes from within.

    14. Get yourself a giant panda! (Super kawaii!)

    13. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.

    12. That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.

    11. It goes to 11. (Be sure to read through to Andy Weir’s story, “The Egg”!)

    10. Life is like business. It’s 20 percent what happens to you, and 80 percent how you respond.

    9. 80 percent of success is showing up.

    8. Our attitudes produce our luck.

    7. Love more, fear less.

    6. Be grateful for every breath.

    5. Be who you are, as hard as you can.

    4. Be here now.

    3. Be excellent.

    2. There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.

    1. Only kindness matters in the end.

    ********* …enlightenment… *********

     

     

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    November 23, 2011

    Love more, fear less.

    “There is no future. There is no past. Do you see? Time is simultaneous, an intricately structured jewel that humans insist on viewing one edge at a time, when the whole design is visible in every facet.”
    ~ Watchmen

    “I will do today what you won’t, so tomorrow I can do what you can’t.”
    ~ Anonymous

    “I do not much care for that man… I must get to know him better.”
    Abraham Lincoln

    “If there is no enemy on the inside, the enemy on the outside can do us no harm.”
    ~ African Proverb

    “Our greatest problems often yield our greatest breakthroughs… fierce frustration is a precondition for a tremendous triumph.”
    ~ @CoryBooker

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    Recently I added favorites among Convos containing quotes…

    Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. ~ Muhammed Ali

    If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. ~ Antoine de Saint Exupéry

    Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want. ~ Randy Pausch

    There are no shortcuts. NONE. ~ Mark Cuban

    Do something so hard you become great in the process. ~ xkcd

    Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction. ~ Albert Einstein

    If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough. ~ Mario Andretti

    As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

    One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things. ~ Henry Miller

    Creativity is just connecting things. ~ Steve Jobs

    During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1700 times and walked maybe 1800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at bats a season. That means I played seven years without ever hitting the ball. ~ Mickey Mantle

    I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life, and that’s why I succeed. ~ Michael Jordan

    I’ve seen each of these quotes many times in my life, but I keep coming back to them.

    Sometimes it takes me a while to visuali
    ze
     what I’m seeing.

    Risk more than others think is safe. 
    Care more than others think is wise. 
    Dream more than others think is practical. 
    Expect more than others think is possible. 
    ~ Claude Bissell via Lili Balfour via John Hagel

    Teach compassion…”If you see someone who is struggling to make friends or being bullied because they don’t have friends or because they are shy or not as good looking or not dressed in the best clothes PLEASE step up. Say hi or at least smile at them in the hallway. You never know what that person might be facing outside of school. Your kindness might just make a BIG difference in someone’s life! Pass this on and share with your kids!”

    “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
    ~ Gandhi

    Love is where compassion prevails and kindness rules.

    “What is hard is being good every day.”
     ~ Willie Mays 

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    Sing with Brian Wilson!!!


    Sing with Stephen Hawking!!!


    ‎”If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.”
    ~ Dalai Lama

     “Let your life be a testimony to your truth. Every day be an uncompromisingly true witness to your authentic self. The world needs no more dull carbon copies, folks shrinking from their truth. One stubborn soul, ignited from within, despite the crushing darkness of circumstance, can illuminate the world. We must illuminate the world. We must be brilliant.”
    ~ @CoryBooker (via @LiliBalfour)

    “The man who views the world at fifty the same as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.”
    ~ Muhammad Ali 

    ~ Steve Jobs 

    August 12, 2011

    Be who you are, as hard as you can.

    Once upon a time, I said, Be here now.

    And then I restedinterconnected.

    And I said, Be excellent.

    WHAT?!

    What

    And then I read,

    You is kind, you is smart, you is important.

    Somewhere in there, rakeshlobster tweeted

    Great career advice from @sv_troutgirl to @joshelman:
    Be who you are, as hard as you can.

    So I tweeted

    I believe “Be who you are, as hard as you can” originated from @naval.

    And Rocky thanked Naval and so did Josh

    That was the most meaningful advice I’ve had in a long time.

    So I tweeted

    Be who you are, as hard as you can” is so easy to say and so hard to do. It takes courage.

    And Naval reminded me

    Easiest when you are cast out and have no choice.

    The key word in everything I’ve said till now: COURAGE.

    It takes courage to grow up 
    and become who you really are.
          ~ e.e. cummings

    See, there’s always a tension between being and becoming.

    We’re wetware on all fours, searching profoundly for four11‘s.

    Once you are who you are, as hard as you can, you can focus on learning more and continually improve yourself.

    How can you continually improve yourself?

    Bakadesuyo highlights his most interesting research:

    June 27, 2011

    We are feedback loops. We are the stories we tell ourselves.

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    He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.
           ~ M.C. Escher
     

    We are feedback loops. We are the stories we tell ourselves…

     

    I want to learn to be an excellent storyteller.

    So I searched like a panda, and here’s what I found.

    Seth Godin’s best storytelling rules:

    • Be consistent and authentic.
    • Promise fun, safety, or a shortcut.
    • Emphasize the worldview of the audience.

    Suite 101’s best storytelling rules:

    • Start with a catchy beginning.
    • Keep it short.
    • Use silence.
    • Satisfy the audience.

    Then I saw this tweet from @Shervin quoting @Jack:

    “I’ve often spoken to the editorial nature of what I think my job is, I think I’m just an editor, and I think every CEO is an editor. I think every leader in any company is an editor. Taking all of these ideas and editing them down to one cohesive story, and in my case my job is to edit the team, so we have a great team that can produce the great work and that means bringing people on and in some cases having to let people go. That means editing the support for the company, which means having money in the bank, or making money, and that means editing what the vision and the communication of the company is, so that’s internal and external, what we’re saying internally and what we’re saying to the world – that’s my job. And that’s what every person in this company is also doing. We have all these inputs, we have all these places that we could go – all these things that we could do – but we need to present one cohesive story to the world.”

    @Jack’s words are in @Shervin’s yfrog:

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    And actually these words come from 100 days ago when @Jack gave his Golden Gate Bridge speech.

    Telling a great story requires patience and research.

    A great story is not just marketing or celebrity.

    A great story needs conflict (against others, nature, and/or self).

    A great story needs plot (voyage and return, quest, comedy, rebirth, tragedy, overcoming the monster, or rags to riches).

    A great story needs themes (love and death being the most powerful).

    A great story needs perspective.

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    As an example, consider Chimamanda Adichie, The Danger of a Single Story:

    And telling a great story requires practice.
    Then again, so does anything excellent.

     

     

    Always remember: fall down seven times, get up eight.

     

    June 20, 2011

    11 Reasons Why Starting a Company is Hard …

    In books we find we are not alone.
           ~ Carl Sagan
     

    In stories we find we are not alone.
         ~ Jonathan Nelson

     

    I’m giving a pariSoma talk to the Hackers and Founders Co-op Startup Class of 2011 tonight. And like Paul Graham, I found it helpful to write down what I’m going to say.

    Like Evan Williams’ startup advice, I want to say something positive and useful.

    My main message is that it’s important to have a network, because you can trade notes with other people who are doing similar things. This is why we started 106 Miles — so that any founder, engineer, or friend who joins us at our meetups will have a network to exchange knowledge and connections, and listen and learn.

    That said, if I could tell entrepreneurs one more thing, I would say:

    Being a first-time entrepreneur is hard.

    Come to think of it, actually…

    It’s hard starting a company even if you’ve done it before.

    I’ve done it three times, and it’s still hard.

    Off the top of my head here are 11 reasons why.

    1. Having a great idea at the right time is hard. Big ideas are hard, and timing of ideas is hard. Being excellent is really hard but truly important, since nobody can steal an idea.

    2. Designing an excellent and simple product is hard. User experience is hard to make excellent, and user interfaces are hard to make simple. Product-market fit is extremely hard.

    3. Developing something people want is hard. Prototyping is hard, and iterating is hard. Minimum viable product definition is hard, and figuring out what people want is hard.

    4. Getting traction is hard. Users are hard to satisfy. Attracting and retaining great users is hard, and attracting great content and quelling bad content is hard. Network effects are hard.

    5. Keeping the damn thing up and running is hard. Technical operations are hard. “The Cloud” means some computer somewhere out there that you don’t control is going to go down at the worst possible moment.

    6. Implementing a scalable business model is hard. Revenues are hard. Not all advice comes in three words. Although there is a lot of three-word startup advice, that matters not. Revenues require continual improvement of sales knowledge and the market, and that takes time, patience, and unbelievable tenaciousness.

    7. Building a great team is hard. Finding a great co-founder is hard, and hiring is hard. Even if you read a lot about hiring, it’s hard. And sweet sassy molassy, managing people is hard. And being tough is very hard.

    8. Raising seed money is hard. Angels are hard to understand. And finding a great fit between investor and entrepreneur is hard, very hard.

    9. Raising venture capital is hard. Venture capitalists are hard to understand. Once upon a time you could
    raise money with just a great idea. Then you needed a great idea and a great team. Then you needed a great idea, great team, and great prototype. Then you needed all those things and great traction. Now you also need a great business model, great revenues, great press, and if it’s not too much trouble, make the world a better place, too.

    10. Turning away all the free advice is hard. People are unpredictable, and making decisions is hard. But it’s better to make any decision than no decision. Furthermore, the right people make all the difference in the world.

    11. Managing your emotions is really fucking hard…      
    Ben Horowitz said it best. Also, not quitting is quite hard.

    If it were easy to start a company, everyone would do it.

    But it’s not easy. And not everyone does it.

    It’s hard. Really, really hard.

    There’s a great analogy here: starting a company is like you’re 106 miles from Chicago, you have a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and you’re wearing sunglasses. Hit it!

    Here are 11 things you can learn to navigate those rough waters, ripped lovingly from a long Quora answer I once wrote about mistakes entrepreneurs make. 

    1. Learn the difference between important and urgent.
    2. Learn the difference between working smart and working long.
    3. Learn the difference between an opportunity and a problem.
    4. Learn the difference between lucky and smart.
    5. Learn the difference between focus and activity.
    6. Learn the difference between publicity and reality.
    7. Learn the difference between prepared and over-prepared.
    8. Learn the difference between output and throughput.
    9. Learn the difference between managing up and managing down.
    10. Learn the difference between managing expectations and just riding the roller coaster unmanaged.
    11. Learn the difference between knowing the path and walking the path.


    Remember, you can do it. But it’s hard:

    Keep your eye on the ball,
    Your head above the clouds,
    Your ear to the ground,
    Your shoulder to the wheel,
    Your nose to the grindstone,
    Your finger on the pulse,
    Your feet on the ground, and
    Your head on your shoulders.

    Now… try to get something done. 

     

    In summary: Activate your network, work smart, work hard, open yourself to opportunities, close off some opportunities, overcommunicate, underspend, hang in there, stop things that aren’t working, collaborate, and listen.

     

    June 12, 2011

    Be excellent.

    I want to be truly great.

    I want to do something great.

    So the question is, how do we become excellent?

     

    You don’t become great by trying to be great. You become great by wanting to do something, and then doing it so hard that you become great in the process. ~ xkcd 896

     

    Interconnectedness takes me from that illustration, to a place that makes me want to watch a Tony Robbins video.

    Tony says being great depends on tiny differences that put a person in a state of certainty, confidence, and flow.

     

    To be excellent, we train ourselves emotionally. Get rituals.


    Incantations, not affirmations, embody what we want.

    Incantations help us navigate MUSTs vs SHOULDs.

     

    As we move from within our own minds out to interactions with others, influence is essential.

    Because when two people are having a conversation, the one who is more certain is going to influence the one who is less certain. Always.

     

    This is why I’ve been thinking a lot about conversations lately.

    And conversations are the foundation of 106 Miles.

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    106 Miles recently had a conversation of greatness, which inspired me to find 11 great quotes…

    11) “Greatness doesn’t take two months, or even a year. It takes years of focused practice to achieve even an ounce of it.” ~ Trizle

    10) “Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.” ~ Albert Einstein

    9) “On the road to great achievement, the late bloomer will resemble a failure.” ~ Malcolm Gladwell

    8) “Success is moving from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” ~ Winston Churchill

    7) “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” ~ Will Durant, not Aristotle

    6) “Excellence is not a skill; it is an attitude.” ~ Ralph Marston

    5) “You do not possess a natural gift for a certain job, because targeted natural gifts don’t exist. (Sorry, Warren Buffett.) You are not a born CEO or investor or chess grandmaster. You will achieve greatness only through an enormous amount of hard work over many years. And not just any hard work, but work of a particular type that’s demanding and painful.” ~ Geoffrey Colvin

    4) “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    3) “Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” ~ Swami Sivananda

    2) “It’s not what you take but what you leave behind that defines greatness.” ~ Edward Gardner

    1) “It’s not where you take things from; it’s where you take them to.” ~ Jim Jarmusch

    Now, I am incanting to take excellence to me.

     

    Be_awesome

     

    I want PandaWhale to be excellent.

    I want 106 Miles to be excellent.

    I want my favorite pizza place to be excellent, too. (This will take time. Right now, people hate us on Yelp.)

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    And in my state of incantation, I include greatness.

    As if I’m climbing the Ron Swanson pyramid of greatness.

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    Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.

    Don’t just be excellent. Be excellent to each other.

    Be excellent. Go beyond a limit.

    This takes my mind to an epic night. A really epic night.

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    After a party like that, it’s difficult to focus.

    I want to hear Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory“!!!

    Sing it, Gaga!!!

    I’m on the edge… of glory…
    And I’m hanging on a moment of truth… 

    And I’m dancing like no one’s watching!!!

    Did YouTube invent Lady Gaga or vice versa?

    No worries. Hakuna matata!! Or is that…

    Hasa diga eebowai!!

    Um.

    Where was I?

    Oh, right, dividing my attention.

    Unlike attention, happiness is something that multiplies when it is divided. (Thank you, @aaker @padmasree @paulocoehlo!)

     

    Now, where does motivation come from again?

    Tony Robbins says understanding motivation is the key to happiness.

     

    Daniel Pink says we are happiest and most motivated in our work when we have the opportunity for mastery.

    Now, I’ve been told it takes 10,000 hours to master something.

    That said, being good at something makes us like it more.

    And there is much power in perseverance aka “grit”.

    Thinking about all of this puts my mind into a state of flow.

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    Which brings us back to where we started: xkcd 896.

    Repeat after me: Do something so hard that you become great in the process.

     

    May 12, 2011

    That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.

    I think of Emily Dickinson’s poem as I reflect on the shockingly sudden passing of my dear friend Omar Ahmad, who left this world on May 10, 2011. 

    Omar was a great optimist who made me think about possibility, and he made me want to do something great and live everything

    Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the question now. Perhaps then, some day far in the future, you will gradually without even noticing it, live your way in to the answer.
    Rainer Maria Rilke, trans. by Stephen Mitchell (via Kristen Collins)

    The past few years I’ve felt the pain of loss of several close friends.

    It hurts. I miss Omar. A lot. Even as I watch Omar’s memorial.

    I remember from ten life lessons: Don’t take yourself too seriously.

    I do feel like I didn’t spend enough time with Omar.

    And neither did Rohit. Or our little friend. Though we be successful.

    I loved Omar. He was truly a friend who inspired me to be kind.

    I will watch Omar’s TED talk again and again as a reminder to be active.

    I truly miss you, Omar. I truly do. And I still feel connected to you.

    Thank you, Omar. You and Steve Jobs inspire me to do something great — to design something simple that brings great happiness to others with what is left of my life…

    Almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

    It’s worth repeating what Steve Jobs said. “There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

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    May 6, 2011

    Whatever you can do, or dream you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

    Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — ifindkarma @ 6:11 am

    Apparently that line is not from Goethe.

    We shipped the pre-alpha (alphalpha?) of PandaWhale on Cinco de Mayo 2011.

    Our alphalpha is at 106miles.net so startup folks can have conversations.

    Every week we simplify and improve PandaWhale for 106miles.net …

    For now, we need more time. And more pandas

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