Group Work Experiments – You Fooled Me Once, Twice…Now Stop Fooling Me!

I have fallen victim to so many surprise group work tests.

Seth Godin: Ok, now it’s time to use what we’ve learned the past two days to create a book from scratch. You have 2 hours to brainstorm ideas, write, and design the book to be published from scratch. The topic is “How to be an Impresario on Campus.”

A half hour later:

Seth Godin: Stop stop stop. What’s going wrong?

*It’s a good thing he came in early to help nudge us into the right direction. Here is our finished work. I think we are all quite proud of it.

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/files/impresario.pdf

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Top 3 Thought Provoking News of The Week – Robots and Spoiled Millenials Take Over

Pitch: It doesn’t take much to self-publish. Here’s how:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/16/technology/personaltech/ins-and-outs-of-publishing-your-book-via-the-web.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

Takeaway: This is more of a re-realization on how easy it is to create something. For my college application I created an illustrated resume through Lulu.com. When I was at orientation, the Dean of Admissions remembered my book, came up to me, and commended me on it. It no longer takes “$5,000 to $10,000” to publish something. It just takes acting out on your plans.

Thought Provoked: If I were to write about something, what would I write about? In what ways could it benefit me and others?

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Fending off the Lizard Brain

Seth Godin’s 3 day seminar revolved around facing your fears and fighting off the lizard brain in you – that was the easier to remember term we used to refer to the amygdala for non-psychology majors. It is the piece of brain in charge of fear. It is there holding me back when I want to ask a question in class, there when I give a presentation, and there when I contemplate giving my seat up to someone who may be in need. Anything that put me out there to be judged in any way made me feel vulnerable and left my little lizard brain shaking to an extent. It is paralyzing and there are so many things we can achieve if we had control of our amygdala – the ringleader of irrational thinking. Seth showed us that training our brain isn’t all that daunting throughout the seminar and through a little story that I’d like to share.

When little Seth was at summer camp(?) there was a high diving board that kids often went on. When they climbed to the top, and looked down, most kids realized it wasn’t quite as easy as they thought it’d be. Fortunately, the ladder was too slippery and dangerous to go down, which left the kids only one option – to gather up the courage and make that jump. Some stayed for hours on the plank and one stayed the whole night on it, but those who overcame their fears had no regrets. Every kid jumped, and every kid went right back up and did it again.

I like this story because it rings oh-so-true. 4 days ago my friend and I stood staring off a cliff into Lake George as silly little kids with underdeveloped lizard brains made fun of us for not jumping. When we finally did jump, the little rats asked me to do it again but from a higher place. It took me 2 seconds to make that jump; my friend followed suit – no questions asked.

I felt great.

My cliff jumping friend wanted me to send a motivational text message to her tomorrow. Here’s a blog post instead.

Ricardo Semler’s Proven Method of Turning Everything You Learned on its Head

Can you imagine a company where its employees decide what days to work, when to work, what they work on, and even how much they get paid? How about a company where there are no business plans or job titles? I couldn’t, and I still have a hard time fully grasping how everything at SEMCO runs, but the book 7 Day Weekend (an international bestseller) by Ricardo Semler has shed new light on many new concepts that I feel are groundbreaking.

Ricardo Semler is no ordinary man. In 1980 Semler took over his father’s company at age 21 (the same age I am today) and fired 60% of all top-level managers. He then began to completely disembody and rebuild the company culture. Under Semler, SEMCO had an average growth rate of 40% per year up until the book published ($4 million —-> $212 million annual revenue). Continue reading

Top 3 Thought Provoking News of the Week – VC Pays $100k to College Dropouts


Pitch: Peter Thiel gives 24 young entrepreneurs $100,000 to abandon college and pursue their dreams. See how they’re doing:

http://www.inc.com/jillian-donfro/peter-thiels-college-dropouts-one-year-checkup.html

Takeaway: The best way to learn is by going out there and doing. What’s the worst that could happen?

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Rerealizing the Importance of Blogging

I have been caught up on reading and learning that I have pushed aside blogging. It is interesting that I keep telling myself to do so, sometimes even thinking about the points I would write, and as time passes I clearly notice that what I remember is slowly diminishing.

At the same time, the most common examples I bring up in conversations are from the material on this blog – further reaffirming the reasons on why I blog. (I seriously need to stop talking about intrinsic motivation – but feel free to check out this post)

The best way to learn is to teach.

The last two months have been quite a quest for knowledge.

But now it’s time for a change of pace and for me to move on from my current internship to spend the next half month utilizing that knowledge to Continue reading