“Thinking about the Wahhabi strategy made my head spin,” Mortenson says. “This wasn’t just a few Arab sheikhs getting off Gulf Air with bags of cash. They were bringing the brightest madrassa students back to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait for a decade of indoctrination, then encouraging them to take four wives when they come home and breed like rabbits.”—'Three Cups of Tea' by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
Prior to the trip, I had quit my job with all its health benefits and started working at charity: water with zero anything. So, I went to Africa, had an amazing trip, got back, and found out that I had malaria. I went to the hospital, stayed there for three days, got treated, and was sent home with a bill for $40,000. Scott was in debt and I owed two months on rent—we were just freaking out.
The amazing story that happened was I called my old job’s HR department, which was in Seattle, and spoke with a woman about my situation. I told her I quit work last month and now have a giant hospital bill. I asked about COBRA and she put me on hold to look at my file. She came back and told me, “I don’t know how this happened, but someone here forgot to cancel your health insurance, so you’re completely covered. I’m just going to pay this all off for you and then cancel your insurance.” Scott and I were in tears.
“For a few years, I loved it. I got to see what the inside of an ad agency was really like behind the scenes of all the commercials I had watched on TV. About two years into it, the allure wore off. I started to see how much thought actually went into manipulating people to buy products they didn’t really need, which probably put them in debt and didn’t make them happy anyway.”—Vik Harrison on working in advertising, The Great Discontent
“During dinner the subject of work/family balance often came up. And it wasn’t pretty. Divorce was common. Missing kid’s events or games was the norm. Men who prided themselves on their ability to move mountains got sheepish describing the fissures and faults in their home lives.”—Why you need more margin in your life
“The most amazing thing, when you work in tech, is that from 6am to 9am NOTHING HAPPENS. Of course there is news, but there are few emails or phone calls that you’re expect to handle during that time. None of your employees or coworkers are awake. You’re completely free to do whatever you want, for a solid 2-3 hours.”—
“It’s been a struggle because we are so conditioned to multitask; to always be thinking, always doing, always checking social media, always consuming some product or service. For one to sit and be present goes completely against the modern order. It feels graceful and empowering to throw it all aside for 20 minutes a day and just be here.”—Scott Stahl – Discovering Zen
I’m leaving behind old ‘i wanna work in advertising' blog. I'm not excited about selling other people's stuff anymore and working my ass off to make some people even more rich. It's not fun. For over a year now I'm building digital products for public sector. This is what I'm into now the most.
This blog still will be my (well-tagged) warehouse of stuff I found useful or interesting, but won’t be 90% about advertising.
Technology, apps, civic startups, innovations in public sector, crowdfunding, open government, urban planning, etc. – these themes will be covered a lot in here from now on.
Wake up early. Show up. Learn how to think. Be genuine, but appear nice. Use envy for motivation instead of destruction. Do what you say you’re going to do. Ensure balance in every area of your life. Confront repressed thoughts immediately. Surround yourself with people who are better than you (but remember the thing about envy). Work out every day. Be good at what you do. Make money doing what you love. Have good friends. Never settle.
This is my personal recipe for happiness and success.
With almost any song you want available online with a click, it can be easy to dismiss music as nothing but a commodity. So, it’s good to see musicians innovating to create experiences that create a meaningful, memorable connection with their audiences. Case in point, the new app out today from Calvin Harris.
“If everybody else your age is doing something very different than what you’re doing, there’s always going to be someone saying to you you might not succeed with it, you might not make any money with that… there’s always going to be some type of obstacle in the way. All of those things will go away if you really focus on what makes you happy.”—Kevin Clash
The best elevator pitch doesn’t pitch your project. It pitches the meeting about your project. The best elevator pitch is true, stunning, brief and it leaves the listener eager (no, desperate) to hear the rest of it.