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Will Smith on Success

December 31, 2010 Leave a comment

Damn – Will Smith channeling his inner Tony Robbins:

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How David Blaine Held His Breath Underwater for 17 Minutes

January 20, 2010 Leave a comment

I just discovered an excellent  new TEDTalk featuring illusionist David Blaine. There’s an important lesson here as Blaine explains:

1) The process of trial and error

2) How much research went into these stunts

When I was at MAS Chris Owens (The Richards Group) said that “the Planner has to be the most confident person in the room.”

Confidence comes from preparation, and preparation comes from making mistakes and doing your research — often going above and beyond what other people are willing to do.

He ends his presentation with this:

“As a magician I try to show things to people that seem impossible, and I think magic, whether I’m holding my breath or holding a deck of cards, is pretty simple: It’s practicing, it’s training and experimenting while pushing through the pain to be the best I can be…and that’s what magic is to me.”

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Reading//Writing

October 23, 2009 5 comments

I was just turned onto Ben Casnocha‘s blog a couple weeks ago through another blogger, Colin Post. Ben recently mentioned a post by writer Justine Musk titled “To Develop Your Writer’s Intuition, You Must First Read Like A Maniac.”

The first thing that caught my eye was this quote: “Reading is the inhale, writing is the exhale.”

You should really read the entire post. It’s full of great, passionate writing like this:

Reading is the ‘learning’. You can never learn enough. The more I read, the more experienced I become in just what other writers do to achieve a powerful level of storytelling. As a reader, I enjoy myself, and as a writer, I file those examples away deep in my undermind where they join up with other examples and play around and cross-fertilize and wait for the moment when they’re needed. They become the river of knowledge, influence and inspiration that I can draw from and the more I read, the deeper and wider that river gets.”

I think Musk’s observations encapsulate a lot of the reasons why Planners should read (and write) a obsessively.

Read to learn more about the world.

Write to get a better understanding of what you just learned.

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Post It Note Experiments

September 11, 2008 Leave a comment

This video is awesome. Why can’t more be like this?

EepyBird’s Sticky Note experiment from Eepybird on Vimeo.

 

Thanks to Iain Tait for sharing on Crackunit.

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