It’s been quite some time since I shared a Sunday Spark, but this new video with Seth Godin was too good to pass up. One of his most important lessons was this: Being everywhere gets you nowhere. Do one thing remarkably. Enjoy…
An excerpt from basketball coach Jimmy Valvano’s acceptance speech for the Arthur Ashe Courage & Humanitarian Award on March 4, 1993.
“To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is to laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears – could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think and you cry, that’s a full day…
Cancer can take away all my physical ability. It cannot touch my mind; it cannot touch my heart; and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever. I thank you and God bless all of you.”
Have you been hunting for your dream job? Are you looking for a way to stand out from a sea of other highly qualified candidates? This video, called the Google Job Experiment, is a fantastic example how one person accomplished both.
To read more about his stunt, check out Industry Spy’s post.
On Sundays I post an inspirational video or quote to get you started on the right foot for the week ahead. But sometimes I get stuck. And, to get ‘unstuck’, my jolt of inspiration is usually David Stark’s website & blog. Not to get off track here, but my husband can watch a movie or read a book over and over again. He says that every time he does he learns something he didn’t notice the time before. I feel the same way about David Stark’s designs. There’s so much depth to his event storylines that even when looking at old favorites I discover a new gem of an idea.
David has recently launched his new website and there are some great new portfolios to look through. He also recently launched a new book: David Stark Design. If you’re looking for ways to get ‘unstuck’ this week, take a gander and buy the book.
Oh, and check out this Liberty of London for Target pop up installation. It drips inspiration…
One of the hardest things we face is change. Heck, if my husband puts the toilet paper roll on upside down I’m beside myself. It’s natural to want things to stay the same and to believe that because it once worked for us ‘that way’, it’ll work just as well for everyone else. But each generation is shaped by their own major events and realities. The internet and social media to people in my generation and beyond wasn’t natural – we had to learn it and we had to shift our thinking to understand it. But for those generations who grew up with computers in their homes and schools think…well, let’s face it, they don’t think about it…it just is.
The Youtube video above was about a child asking educators to understand and relate to digital natives. Imagine replacing the word “educators” with “employers”. That same child is going to enter the workforce in about 15 years. Bah, 15 years is a long time. But wait a second…every year that goes by new blood is pumped into our industry. That’s new blood that is naturally more comfortable in a digital world than you. My challenge for you this week is:
Instead of saying: “This new generation just doesn’t get it because ________ (fill in the blank).”.
Ask yourself: “What do I need to do to adapt to this new generation?”.
when pursued, is always beyond our grasp,
~ Quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne
When I started Sunday Spark, I wanted to hone in on insights that really inspire a jolt of action. As with creativity, inspiration is very subjective. I found this presentation by novelist Amy Tam, filmed during Ted 2008, wonderfully inspiring and refreshingly funny. In it, she talks about how creativity is inspired. As with many other speakers on this topic, there is a belief that creativity is sparked by randomness and ‘the universe’. Although most talks on ‘the universe’ are a bit too esoteric for my taste, the point is that preparedness extinguishes creativity. Amy Tam’s take on this topic and much more is uniquely told by winding her points around compelling stories. I highly recommend viewing this one – it will require 18 minutes of your time to view from start to end.
And for those of you who have picked up on the fact that it is now Monday (not Sunday), I apologize for the delay in posting. I’ve been battling a flu for the last few days. Better late than never!