Tag Archives: Ideas

How to be Truly Excellent

4 Principles for Achieving Excellence

Unlocking Your Full Potential

Life is full of distractions that can keep us from achieving our maximum potential.  Our real purpose can get lost in the background of daily activities, robbing us of living prosperous and fulfilled lives.

Putting passion into purpose can help us find courage and strength in the face of adversity during our journey to excellence. This is the act of living up to one’s full potential, as described by the Greek word “Arete“.

Understanding the essential characteristics of excellence can unlock the secret to living a prosperous and fulfilled life.

  1. Treat Your Skill as a Craft
  2. Become a Craftsman
  3. Practice Discipline
  4. Set Goals for Achieving Excellence

4 Steps to Being Truly Excellent

Self Development

  1. Educate Yourself
  2. Be Disciplined
  3. Learn From & Share with Peers
  4. Be Patient


Become the “Chief Operations Officer” of Your Life

Develop Operational Mentality

Career Development

A Velocity 2011 Video Presentation by Theo Schlossnagle

Velocity Conference

Companies, big and small, face the same challenges. Our platforms must be fast, our infrastructure must scale up (and down) efficiently, and our sites and services must be reliable. Velocity is the best place to learn from peers, exchange ideas with experts, and share best practices and lessons learned.  O’Reilly Media was also kind enough to share several “Must See” videos from the Velocity 2011 Conference on their Google YouTube video channel here.

9 Principals of Leadership

Lighting the Path for Others

Leadership Lessons from General George C. Marshall

  1. The principle of integrity-Doing the right thing.
  2. The principle of action- Mastering the situation.
  3. The principle of selflessness- Serving the greater good
  4. The principle of candor- Speaking your mind
  5. The principle of preparation- Laying the groundwork
  6. The principle of learning and teaching- Sharing knowledge
  7. The principle of fairness-Choosing and rewarding the right people
  8. The principle of vision-Focusing on the big picture
  9. The principle of caring- Supporting the troops.

Have Courage

Take Hot Pursuit of Your Passions

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~Steve Jobs

Inception: Ideas for the Naked Mind


Inception is defined as the beginning or creation of something.

The Inception movie reminds us of the value of an idea.  The plot of the movie is about implanting an idea into someone else to change an outcome.  In the movie they do this by entering people’s dreams.  A dream is when your conscience mind and your unconscious mind communicate most.

Have You Ever?

Have you ever driven your car to a place while doing some deep thinking?  Did you find yourself in a state of surprise when you realized you were at your destination?  It’s as if your unconscious mind realized that you were busy and just took over the driving task.  The unconscious mind is powerful, this is the place for clear thought without the “white noise”.  This is the naked mind that influences our behavior.  Ideas can be planted easier here, than in our dreams.  Great speakers and advertising agencies spend a lot of money and energy on techniques for talking to the naked mind we call our unconscious mind.  These techniques include Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)Subliminal Messaging, Suggestive Communication, and many other strategies for affecting human behavior and emotions.  Many of these techniques are used to plant ideas in peoples minds.

What if more people used these techniques to plant great ideas?

Inception: The Movie

The movie, Inception is amazing.  You should see it at the theater a few times before buying the DVD.

The Inception / Toy Story 3 Movie Mashup

The Inception / Toy Story 3 movie mashup is very impressive.  This is another example of how talented people can combine things we already know to create something new.  You can see these movies in a whole new light in this video.

Planting Ideas About What You Eat

You can see how Kentucky Fried Chicken wants to plant the idea of how your dollar has little (small) value compared to their sandwich in this video.

Planting Ideas About What You Drink

You can see how Coca-Cola plants an idea about how their drinks are sexy in this video.

Planting Ideas is Nothing New

You can see several examples of planting ideas in this video.

Planting Ideas Also Works on Ad People

You can see Turning the Tables for Idea Planting on Advertising Agencies is funny in this video.

How to Implant Ideas with Everyday Conversation

You can also learn how to implant ideas.  There are many resources available on the web and here are a couple books.

NLP: The New Technology of Achievement

4130978NG2L._SL160_NLP has already helped millions of people overcome fears, increase confidence, enrich relationships, and achieve greater sucess. Now the NLP Comprehensive Training Team has written a book that reveals how to use this breakthrough technology to achieve whatever you want.

Short for neuro-linguistic programming, NLP is a revolutionary approach to human communication and development. In NLP: The New Technology of Achievement, you’ll be guided step-by-step through specific programs for learning the characeristics of top achievers and creating a blueprint for unlimited sucess. Plus, an all-new twenty-one-day program created especially for this book provides you with the essential skills you’ll need to achieve peak performance in business and life.

Persuasion Skills Black Book: Practical NLP Language Patterns for Getting The Response You Want

513uzhHiPzL._SL160_The Persuasion Skills Black Book is a manual for quickly learning some very powerful hypnotic language patterns that you can use in practical, real world situations.

These patterns are not necessarily about sending people into a hypnotic trance but just a way to move you from one perspective on an issue to another. By the book’s end you will have the structures in place to make more money, attract more people and have more fun.

Just some of the applications include:

  • Managers: powerfully motivate your teams
  • Leaders: inspire people to your vision
  • Parents: protect and encourage your children
  • Teachers: get your classes to commit to learning
  • Coaches: build client confidence and commitment
  • Sales Pros: obliterate objections and get to ‘yes’
  • Marketers: boost your response with compelling copy
  • Couples: strengthen and build your relationship
  • Singles: attract and impress potential partners
  • Employees: manage your boss and gain promotions
  • Customers: get your complaints handled properly
  • Service Staff: turn angry customers into best friends
  • Job Seekers: ace interviews and win the job you want
  • All of us: get more of what you want from life

Best Web Video Ever: HTML 5, Mobile Web, Social Networks, & more from the Masters!

Web 2.0 Summit 09: Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Tim O’Reilly

This video is amazing! The Web’s Founding Fathers @timberners_lee & @timOReilly cover so much on Web 2.0, semantic web, FOAF, micro formats, social networks, HTML 5, mobile web,..

You really need to watch this a few times and take notes. This video is 33 minutes of pure genius!

If you only watch one video about the web this year, this is it!

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