7/20/2017

Knowing How to Tell a Good Story Is Like Having Mind Control | Alan Alda





People who are natural storytellers make it look easy, but cut to the moment you're in the hot seat—at an interview, a conference, or even in a social setting—and suddenly the suave-ness is not so forthcoming. So what is the key to telling a story that grips a crowd, and takes them emotionally from point A to point B? This has been a point of focus for actor and author Alan Alda throughout his career, and here he draws on two examples from his life: the first about a brilliant nano-scientist who couldn't get anyone to care about his breakthrough invention until he let slip that it was a total accident; and the second is a simple but astounding demonstration that involves a person carrying a glass of water across a stage. Not exactly riveting? Watch and learn, young grasshopper. Alan Alda's most recent book is If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?

7/18/2017

Why Interest-Based Negotiation Will Get You What You Really Want









Negotiation is part of life. Whether we're talking about something as grandiose as healthcare or as personal as buying a car, we often spend the vast majority of the negotiation process haggling over the numbers. This is often a bad way to look at it, says Dan Shapiro. And he should know: he's head of the Harvard International Negotiation Project and knows an awful lot about getting two opposing sides to see eye to eye. So what's the best way to do so? Perhaps talking about why each party wants what they want and negotiating from there. When polarized debates come to a head over "use vs them" mentalities, looking at it from this angle—i.e. the nuts and bolts of a position and less so the end result—can humanize each side to the other.


7/17/2017

5 tips to improve your critical thinking - Samantha Agoos






Every day, a sea of decisions stretches before us, and it’s impossible to make a perfect choice every time. But there are many ways to improve our chances — and one particularly effective technique is critical thinking. Samantha Agoos describes a 5-step process that may help you with any number of problems. 


7/13/2017

How to practice effectively...for just about anything - Annie Bosler and Don Greene




Mastering any physical skill takes practice. Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal of improvement, and it helps us perform with more ease, speed, and confidence. But what does practice actually do to make us better at things? Annie Bosler and Don Greene explain how practice affects the inner workings of our brains.

7/12/2017

Stop and Hear the Music




Will one of the nation's greatest violinists be noticed in a D.C. Metro stop during rush hour? Joshua Bell experimented for Gene Weingarten's story in The Washington Post:




7/11/2017

The Neuroscience of Creativity, Perception, and Confirmation Bias | Beau Lotto






To ensure your survival, your brain evolved to avoid one thing: uncertainty. As neuroscientist Beau Lotto points out, if your ancestors wondered for too long whether that noise was a predator or not, you wouldn't be here right now. Our brains are geared to make fast assumptions, and questioning them in many cases quite literally equates to death. No wonder we're so hardwired for confirmation bias. No wonder we'd rather stick to the status quo than risk the uncertainty of a better political model, a fairer financial system, or a healthier relationship pattern. But here's the catch: as our brains evolved toward certainty, we simultaneously evolved away from creativity—that's no coincidence; creativity starts with a question, with uncertainty, not with a cut and dried answer. To be creative, we have to unlearn millions of years of evolution. Creativity asks us to do that which is hardest: to question our assumptions, to doubt what we believe to be true. That is the only way to see differently. And if you think creativity is a chaotic and wild force, think again, says Beau Lotto. It just looks that way from the outside. The brain cannot make great leaps, it can only move linearly through mental possibilities. When a creative person forges a connection between two things that are, to your mind, so far apart, that's a case of high-level logic. They have moved through steps that are invisible to you, perhaps because they are more open-minded and well-practiced in questioning their assumptions. Creativity, it seems, is another (highly sophisticated) form of logic. Beau Lotto is the author of Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently.


7/05/2017

How books can open your mind | Lisa Bu




What happens when a dream you've held since childhood ... doesn't come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself. She shares her unique approach to reading in this lovely, personal talk about the magic of books.

7/03/2017

All it takes is 10 mindful minutes | Andy Puddicombe





When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.)


Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe wants to make meditation accessible to everybody: for a happier, healthier you.

Why you should listen

Andy Puddicombe wants you to take a break -- not just from work, but from your own mind, which is so full of anxieties about the world and anxieties about its own anxieties.To help you do that, Puddicombe, a former Buddhist monk, co-founded Headspace, a project to make meditation more accessible to more people in their everyday lives. Puddicombe also writes prolifically for the Huffington Post and the Guardian, on the benefits of mindful thinking for healthy living.

6/29/2017

How to build your creative confidence | David Kelley





Is your school or workplace divided into "creatives" versus practical people? Yet surely, David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. Telling stories from his legendary design career and his own life, he offers ways to build the confidence to create... (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)

David Kelley’s company IDEO helped create many icons of the digital generation -- but what matters even more to him is unlocking the creative potential of people and organizations to innovate routinely.

6/27/2017

Mind Control: How to win the war in your head | Owen Fitzpatrick




Owen Fitzpatrick is a globetrotting Psychologist from Dublin, Ireland. He has travelled to more than 92 countries and delivered talks and courses in more than 27 countries helping them to understand more about how their brain works. Owen has a masters in Applied Psychology, had his own television show on RTE ONE for a couple of years and has spoken on stage with the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Seth Godin and Dr Richard Bandler. 

He has presented lectures and talks in University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin and the Michael Smurfit Business School. Having travelled as far as countries such as North Korea, Rwanda and Afghanistan for his research, Owen has been fascinated with how propaganda, storytelling and influence works. Co-founder of the Irish Institute of NLP, Owen has spent many years working as a therapist and corporate trainer. A trained actor and screenwriter, he has specialised in the power of stories as a tool to influence.

6/21/2017

Career Advice from a Woman Who Ruled Wall Street | Sallie Krawcheck





Sallie Krawcheck is the current CEO of Ellevest (a digital investment platform for women), is a former CFO and CEO at Citigroup and Merrill Lynch respectively, and is a self-described "financial feminist". She speaks here to women, but this advice can be applied across the board to anyone who is marginalized in the workplace or wants to jumpstart their personal wealth. For Krawcheck, the best career advice no one is talking about is actually financial advice: invest. Make your money work while you do, so that you have more financial freedom to make confident decisions in your career: ask for a promotion, quit the job that doesn't treat you well, or test your own business ideas. If you have money in the bank, you are free to play looser with your decisions. Men do it, and women should too. Remember this: "Ladies, we will not be equal with men until we are financially equal with men," Krawcheck says. Her second piece of advice is to ask for more money from your very first job, and to plant the seeds of a 12-pronged pay-rise request far in advance. Twelve prongs? Yep. It will all makes sense once you hear out her incredible guide to negotiating a salary increase and closing the gender pay gap. Sallie Krawcheck is the author of Own It: The Power of Women at Work.

6/20/2017

A Message to Recent Graduates, from Nicholas Negroponte






If you're graduating right now, or if you've just graduated, I would make a very simple observation. Because I think you're very lucky to be graduating now. Because 25 years ago when people graduated and went and let's say had a job in investment banking, very successful careers. And let's say today they're in their middle to late fifties and they've just retired and you meet them at a cocktail party. What do they tell you about? CEO of an investment bank. They tell you about the Peace Corps years and what they did in the Peace Corp. And I'm saying, "Wait a minute. You've just had this amazing life and you're talking about the Peace Corps." And then they say, yeah. And now I'm gonna use the rest of my life to do something meaningful . I made a lot of money, my kids are graduated, empty nest and now I'm gonna do something meaningful. And I say to myself, wow, here's somebody who graduated and basically did something meaningless for a period of time and then decided to do something meaningful. And the reason I'm so enthusiastic about people who graduate today is that we're starting to understand that it's possible to have meaningful lives all the way along. And to be a social entrepreneur if you want to put your entrepreneurial energy in that way.

To do things that, in fact, do mix market with mission. It's, in fact, a period today where you can take an avocation and turn it into something that's very intimately connected with what you do. And if you are, you know, toying with taking a job because it pays well but you hate it, don't do that. Don't ever do that because it is the saddest period. You're gonna wake up every morning and unless you really wake up and not only smile about it but you tell your spouse or your family what happened and how excited you are. That's the life you want to live and more than ever before lots and lots of people can do that. And so that's why I think graduating today would be really interesting. Thirty years ago we were a bit more in lockstep obedience and you did things because you were supposed to and opportunity didn't include making the world a better place.

6/16/2017

Simon Sinek: How to Build a Company That People Want to Work For | Inc. Magazine





Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why, explains to Inc. features editor Diana Ransom why great leaders give their employees the space and responsibilities to grow.

6/15/2017

The Basis of Education Should Be Questions, Not Answers




“You can can get more information in your cell phone now than you can in any school, but you can also get more misinformation,” says American-Canadian theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss. And he’s right: we’re in an era where any human can access a previously unimaginable wealth of knowledge. This access has grown faster than our ability to process it critically, however, and what we lack is any decent filter to weed out erroneous or partisan information. Children are the most susceptible to this, and Krauss argues that teaching children how to question information—essentially, how to make children skeptics—may save humanity from a dumbing-down. Lawrence Krauss' most recent book is The Greatest Story Ever Told -- So Far: Why Are We Here?

6/13/2017

Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone | Yubing Zhang | TEDxStanford




Leaping off buildings wasn’t exactly something graduate student Yubing Zhang ever thought she’d do. But pushing beyond her comfort zone and taking that bungee cord leap taught her more than she ever could have imagined.

Yubing Zhang is a first-year MBA student at Stanford University. A series of transformational moments have led Zhang to completely change her understanding of fear and courage, redefine her comfort zones and push herself to the edge. She has experienced the unlimited potential that exists when we break through our comfort zones, and is dedicated to inspiring others to do the same. Zhang has lived in six different countries and worked in four different industries. She holds a master of science degree from the University of Oxford and a bachelor's degree from the University of Hong Kong. Zhang has served as an entrepreneur for the Bank of China, launched a vocational training program for victims of domestic abuse in Cambodia and founded a platform that supports and coaches everyday people to share their passion, ideas and extraordinary stories through talks and performances.

6/06/2017

STORIES: Edreece Arghandiwal - Finding Your Light






Founder & CEO of Jurni Inc. Edreece Arghandiwal tells an inspiring story of the importance of doing what you love and finding your light.

http://www.jurni.me/

5/30/2017

These U.S. Companies Wouldn't Exist Without Immigrants





Jan.31 -- President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration received rebukes from many American companies. Here are some companies that were founded by immigrants or their children

5/29/2017

How Mark Cuban Decided He Couldn't Work for Anyone Else | Inc. Magazine




Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban sits down with Inc.'s Eric Schurenberg to talk about his early struggles and biggest successes, Donald Sterling and Shark Tank--and offers frank advice for other business owners.

5/25/2017

Top Silicon Valley VC George Zachary Is Placing All His Bets In Biotech






CRV’s George Zachary was told he had cancer, but after months of testing, it turns out the tumor was benign. The exhausting experience made him switch gears entirely, and his sole focus is now on bioengineering.

5/23/2017

How I learned to read -- and trade stocks -- in prison






Financial literacy isn't a skill — it's a lifestyle. Take it from Curtis "Wall Street" Carroll. As an incarcerated individual, Carroll knows the power of a dollar. While in prison, he taught himself how to read and trade stocks, and now he shares a simple, powerful message: we all need to be more savvy with our money.

Why you should listen

The media calls Curtis "Wall Street" Carroll the "Oracle of San Quentin" for his stock picking prowess and ability to translate financial information into simple language for his students.
Carroll grew up in Oakland, California surrounded by poverty. In 1996, at 17 years old, he committed a robbery where a man was killed. He turned himself in and ended up an illiterate teenager in prison with a 54-to-life sentence. While in prison, the stock market captured his attention, but due to his illiteracy he couldn't learn more about it. Motivating by the lure of financial gaining, he taught himself how to read at 20-21 years old, and then he started studying the stock market. Carroll's role models changed from drug dealers and sports figures to Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. He wanted others to learn this new way of making money.
When Carroll arrived at San Quentin in 2012, he met Troy Williams, who helped him start the Financial Literacy Program. Together they created the philosophy F.E.E.L (Financial Empowerment Emotional Literacy) that teaches people to recognize how their emotions affect their financial decision, and how to separate the two.

5/22/2017

Henry Rollins: The One Decision that Changed My Life Forever






Rollins describes the seminal moment when he decided to leave his job as manager of Haagen Dazs to become the lead singer of Black Flag.

5/19/2017

How to be a Friend to Yourself





The person we may find it hardest to be kind and sympathetic to is, surprisingly, ourselves. Yet being a friend to ourselves provides the only viable basis for living an emotionally fulfilled life. 

5/15/2017

9 Bad Habits You Must Break To Be More Productive






Genius Is Not about Excelling at Something—It's about Doing Things Differently







Eric Weinstein is an American mathematician and economist. He earned his Ph.D in mathematical physics from Harvard University in 1992, is a research fellow at the Mathematical Institute of Oxford University, and is a managing director of Thiel Capital in San Francisco. He has published works and is an expert speaker on a range of topics including economics, immigration, elite labor, mitigating financial risk and incentivizing of creative risks in the hard sciences. 

5/09/2017

The One Thing Schools Forget To Teach





Network only includes

1. Individuals who like you enough to want to help you out
2. Individuals who like you enough to put their name on the line for you

5/08/2017

How Iva Pawling built the Richer Poorer Brand






Iva Pawling is the co-founder and CEO of Richer Poorer. She sat down with Entrepreneur Network partner Jen Hacker in Hawaii to talk entrepreneurship and building her brand.

https://richer-poorer.com/pages/mens-new

5/04/2017

Communication Skills - How To Improve Communication Skills - 7 Unique Tips!





1. Be efficient with your speaking
2. Use Pauses instead of fillers
3. Conversational Threading
4. Use statements instead of questions
5. Humour
6. Story Telling
7, Deep Conversation

5/02/2017

Steve Jobs on hiring "Truly Gifted" people





Steve Jobs being interviewed in 1995 about life and success, when questioned about hiring employees he explains that if you get A players they will only want to work with other A players and the B and C players wont be aloud in , creating a self policed team of Truly Gifted employees.

4/26/2017

How to Close a Sale - 5 Reasons Clients Don't Buy




1. Do not have the money to buy
2. Do not have time
3. Do not need it
4. Do not have the urgency
5. Do not trust you

4/24/2017

Warren Buffett : Form habits to make people attracted to you




Warren Buffett being interviewed in India , he discusses how he is able to have such rich relationships with the managers of companies owned by Berkshire Hathaway and how you can choose habits to make yourself more attractive.

4/19/2017

How to be Organized for School, College or Life | The 6 Habits of Highly Organized People






KEEP IT SIMPLE
DEVELOP ROUTINES
HAVE A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING AND PUT EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE
KEEP A CURRENT AND DETAILED TO DO LIST
DON´T BE A PERFECTIONIST
TOSS THINGS DAILY AND PURGE ROUTINELY




4/11/2017

Advice From The Most Successful People On The Planet






Impact Theory - Mel Robbins
Gary Vaynerchuck
Tony Robbins
Ryan Holiday
Owen Cook
Daniel DiPiazza
Warren Buffet & Bill Gates
Mario Tomic
Tom Bilyeu

4/07/2017

Hetain Patel: Who am I? Think again




How do we decide who we are? Hetain Patel's surprising performance plays with identity, language and accent — and challenges you to think deeper than surface appearances. A delightful meditation on self, with performer Yuyu Rau, and inspired by Bruce Lee.

4/06/2017

Suffering





Don’t let your past hold you back, every day you have a chance to reinvent yourself

4/05/2017

Advice From The Most Successful People On The Planet - Episode 2






When you move from a place of integrity and you grow characteristic traits that you admire in others, you will become that person later on.

While it Is good to be grateful with what you have right now in life, don´t let that stop you from going after your ambitions. The person you become in that journey is the reward.

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 inner voice.

Take control of your time, be intentional with your actions.


Move closer and closer to your goal each day and don´t pay attention to what other people are doing.  
Focus on yourself and only yourself. 

4/04/2017

Advice From The Most Successful People On The Planet - Episode 1




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It is very important to sit down and have an honest conversation with yourself about the type of life you want to lead and what things will personally fulfil you. Understanding that everyones notion of success is and will always be subjective is crucial. Stay away from social media for a time if you have to.

Don´t chase a goal because of the validation you might receive from others. Its okay not to know right away what you want to do in life, you can be micro goal oriented, advancing and progressing 1 per cent everyday to becoming a more complete version of yourself, reading the books, listening to the seminars, eating healthy and excercising.


Invest in yourself, grow and become better that who you were yesterday

3/31/2017

Young Steve Jobs on how to hire, manage, and lead people





How Steve Jobs managed people, led people, gave people a common vision, hired insanely great people, and how he avoided "professionals."



3/30/2017

Olivier Scalabre: The next manufacturing revolution is here





Economic growth has been slowing for the past 50 years, but relief might come from an unexpected place — a new form of manufacturing that is neither what you thought it was nor where you thought it was. Industrial systems thinker Olivier Scalabre details how a fourth manufacturing revolution will produce a macroeconomic shift and boost employment, productivity and growth.

3/29/2017

SMALL BUSINESS NETWORKING - BOOST Your BUSINESS




1. SHARE IDEAS
2. GET OUT OF YOUR OFFICE
3. PRACTICE YOUR SALES SKILLS
4. TO WIN NEW BUSINESS

What is your networking target ?

2  IMPORTANT RULES

Prospect, Get out there and meet people
Listen

Show a genuine interest in the people you talk to

3/24/2017

HOW TO STAY FOCUSED





Your focus drives everything, your Thoughts, Emotions !!! Focus is about experiencing the best quality of your life !!!

3/23/2017

Why Is Work so Boring?





Many of us find our work rather boring and when we do, we tend to blame ourselves. But there are very large-scale reasons, rooted in history and economics, why certain sorts of modern work are both more lucrative and rather more boring than they might have been in the past.

I am large !!!!!  I contain multitudes !!!!

3/22/2017

7 Things Successful People Do That They'll Never Tell You




1. They have weird routines
2. They are always positive
3. They believe in themselves
4. They accept criticism
5. They visualize success
6. They are humble and Philanthropic
7. They follow their heart


Young entrepreneurs are not scared of failure

3/21/2017

6 Secret Steps to Success in Life By Eric Thomas




1. Set Objectives
2. Start Inmediately
3. Be optimistic
4. Take action
5. Be resolute
6. Attract it


3/17/2017

Oyo Rooms : Story of India's Youngest Billionaire!





From Rs23 in bank account to founding a $500 million (Rs 3250 crore) company (OYO Rooms) at the age of 20; this is the story of the life and struggles of RItesh Agarwal, college dropout, Thiel fellow, founder and CEO of OYO Rooms.

https://www.oyorooms.com/


3/15/2017

3/14/2017

How to Get Creatively Unstuck: A Lesson from Novelist Jonathan Safran Foer




"The worst that can happen is it´s a book that will be for nobody but you, but that is actually a much better fate than writing a book that lots of people like, that isn´t for you"

2/24/2017

Adapting is the Key to a Successful Business





Kimberly Eberl, CEO & Founder of Motion PR, knows that in PR there is always change, so you either can adapt to the changes or you die as a company.


2/21/2017

How To Be Confident




The fastest route to confidence is to stop being so attached to one’s dignity and seriousness; and plainly admit that one is – of course – an idiot. We all are. I

2/20/2017

Why You Still Have Time To Change Career





We often feel as if we might have run out of time to change career. That’s because we usually have a wrong understanding of time

2/17/2017

How Great Stoic Thinkers Inoculated Themselves Against Fear






We all know about goal setting – actively sitting down to establish what you want. But what about the things you don’t want? Tim Ferriss reveals the other half of the goal-setting exercise that many people unknowingly skip: fear setting. If you’re stressed or fearful about a decision, and it’s preventing you from what could be a good opportunity or venture, nothing works better than nailing down what the worst-case scenario outcome would be, and working out honestly whether you could bounce back from it. If that fear is financial, you could do what Kevin Kelly, the founding editor of WIRED does: sleeps on the floor in a sleeping bag for a couple of days and eat only basic bland foods like oatmeal or beans. This reminds him that if everything he built was suddenly swept away, he could survive it. We're more resilient than we think. Stoic philosophers like Seneca, Cato and Marcus Aurelius did this a millennium ago, they rehearsed their fears. In acting them out, worst-case scenarios lose their power over you. “You're effectively inoculating yourself against fear later, which will cause you to make bad decisions,” says Ferriss. Tim Ferriss is the author of Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers.

2/16/2017

9 Bad Habits You Must Break To Be More Productive





Nothing sabotages your productivity quite like bad habits. They are insidious, creeping up on you slowly until you don't even notice the damage they're causing.

Objetivismo - una filosofía para vivir en la Tierra





www.objetivismo.org by Domingo García Cartagena

2/15/2017

How to make a decision-




Christine Hassler left her successful job as a Hollywood agent at 25 to pursue a life she could be passionate about . . . but it did not come easily. After being inspired by her own unexpected challenges and experiences, she realized her journey was indeed her destination.  She is the author of the ultimate guidebook to healing disappointment - Expectation Hangover: Overcoming Disappointment in Work, Love and Life. In 2005, she wrote the first guidebook written exclusively for young women, entitled 20 Something 20 Everything. Christine’s second book, The 20 Something Manifesto written for men and women stems from her experience coaching twenty-something’s. H Today, she supports individuals in discovering the answers to the questions: “Who Am I, What do I want, and How do I get it?” Christine is a Life Coach with a counseling emphasis known for catalyzing radical self-reflection while offering practical direction. She is passionate about busting the myth that life is about living by a checklist and having it all figured out. Christine believes we all deserve and are capable of discovering our passion, pursuing our dreams, and making an impact on the world. Christine began her evolution as a Gen Y expert with a discussion group for quarter-lifers in Los Angeles struggling with questions about themselves and their lives. As she continued her investigation of herself and others, she began to craft a roadmap for life for people of all ages which includes discovery, self-acceptance, self-forgiveness and clarity. As a professional speaker, Christine leads seminars and workshops to audiences around the country. She has spoken to over 100,000 people at colleges, personal growth events, conferences, and corporations. Christine has appeared as an expert on The Today ShowCNNABC, CBS, FOX, E!, Style and PBS, as well as various local television and radio shows, speaking about life issues and “Expectation Hangovers®” – a phenomenon she identified and trademarked or generational diversity. She is also a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and Cosmo. As a Gen Y Expert, Christine is a spokesperson for American Express and the key resource for their women’s and millennial advocacy programs. She is also a member of the Millennial Advisory board for Cosmopolitan Magazine. From her passion about education and student development, Christine created a life balance curriculum for the Leadership Institute. She is member of Northwestern University’s Council of 100, The Young Entrepreneur Council and is a faculty member at the University of Santa Monica teaching programs in Spiritual Psychology. Christine grew up in Dallas, graduated cum laude from Northwestern University and received her Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Christine is active in volunteerism and loves living a healthy lifestyle. She currently resides in Los Angeles and loves spending time with her family and friends in Austin, Texas.

2/14/2017

Failing Fast Isn't Really Failure – It's Accelerated Learning | Astro Teller






Hertz Fellow Astro Teller is now the Captain of Moonshots (aka CEO) at X, formerly Google X, where he oversees X's moonshot factory for building magical, audacious ideas that through science and technology can be brought to reality. Additionally, Astro is co-founder and director of Cerebellum Capital, Inc, a hedge fund management firm whose investments are continuously designed, executed, and improved by a software system based on techniques from statistical machine learning.
Previously, Astro was the co-founder and CEO of BodyMedia, Inc, a leading wearable body monitoring company that was sold to Jawbone in 2013. Prior to starting BodyMedia, Dr. Teller was co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Sandbox Advanced Development, an advanced development technology company. Before his tenure as a business executive, Dr. Teller taught at Stanford University and was an engineer and researcher for Phoenix Laser Technologies, Stanford's Center for Integrated Systems, and The Carnegie Group Incorporated.
As a respected scientist and seasoned entrepreneur, Teller has successfully created and grown five companies and holds numerous U.S. patents related to his work in hardware and software technology. Dr. Teller's work in science, literature, art, and business has appeared in international media from the New York Times to CNN to NPR's All Things Considered. Teller regularly gives invited talks for national and international technology, government, and business forums on the subject of the future of intelligent technology.
In addition, Astro is a writer. In 1997 Random House published his first fiction novel, Exegesis, which went on to critical acclaim and publication around the world in many other languages. He has since published a second novel, sold a movie to Paramount, placed many op-ed pieces and journal articles, and his third book, this one a non-fiction work called Sacred Cows about our society's confusions about marriage and divorce, was published in July of 2014.
For his undergrad work, Dr. Teller received a BS in computer science from Stanford University, and continued at Stanford to obtain an MS in symbolic and heuristic computation. Afterwards, Teller matriculated into Carnegie Mellon University, with the support of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellowship to pursue a PhD in artificial intelligence.

2/09/2017

Desire Success? Start Asking Dumb Questions


Chris Sacca is very good at asking dumb questions, says Tim Ferriss – and Ferriss means it as a compliment. Years ago, Sacca got an entry-level job at Google and invited himself along to executive meetings where, once people got used to his strange presence, he started asking dumb questions, chiming in with the obvious things that no one was bringing up. “He's created some incredible breakthroughs in investing as a result of that,” says Ferriss. In a world where everyone is afraid of looking stupid, a lot of basic improvements and ideas get missed for fear of embarrassment. Through several anecdotes amassed during the writing of his new book Tools of Titans, Ferriss makes a case for being more intellectually secure in yourself so that you can raise your hand without fear, ask a dumb question, and actually become smarter. And in Sacca's case, wealthier. Tim Ferriss is the author of Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers.

2/07/2017

Simon Sinek: Actually, the Customer Is Not Always Right




This will be music to the ears of anyone who's ever worked in customer service. Is this old managerial adage doing companies more harm than good? Simon Sinek's latest book is "Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

2/06/2017

Gary Kovacs: Tracking our online trackers




As you surf the Web, information is being collected about you. Web tracking is not 100% evil — personal data can make your browsing more efficient; cookies can help your favorite websites stay in business. But, says Gary Kovacs, it's your right to know what data is being collected about you. He unveils a Firefox add-on, Collusion, to do just that. (Update: Collusion is now called Lightbeam.)

Gary Kovacs is a technologist and the former CEO of the Mozilla Corporation, where he directed the development of Firefox


2/03/2017

David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence








Is your school or workplace divided into "creatives" versus practical people? Yet surely, David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. Telling stories from his legendary design career and his own life, he offers ways to build the confidence to create... (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)

2/02/2017

The Accidental Creative: How To Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice by Todd Henry








Creating on demand is hard! But by changing your behavior a little bit each day you can experience creative insights more consistently.

1/31/2017

Grow Your Stars -- Don't Buy Them






An interview with Boris Groysberg, Professor, Harvard Business School. Many star performers hired from outside don't perform as expected at their new company. So, develop stars within your company; for example, through strong training and mentoring programs.

1/30/2017

What is the Happiness Advantage? by Shawn Achor




We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.

Why you should listen

Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard.
 
He is the CEO of Good Think Inc., a Cambridge-based consulting firm which researches positive outliers -- people who are well above average -- to understand where human potential, success and happiness intersect. Based on his research and 12 years of experience at Harvard, he clearly and humorously describes to organizations how to increase happiness and meaning, raise success rates and profitability, and create positive transformations that ripple into more successful cultures. He is also the author of The Happiness Advantage.

1/27/2017

FLOW BY MIHALY CSIKSZENTMIHALYI | ANIMATED BOOK REVIEW





Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (HungarianCsíkszentmihályi Mihálypronounced [ˈt͡ʃiːksɛntmihaːji ˈmihaːj]; born 29 September 1934) is a Hungarian psychologist. He recognised and named the psychological concept of flow, a highly focused mental state.[1][2]He is the Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University. He is the former head of the department of psychology at the University of Chicago and of the department of sociology and anthropology at Lake Forest College

In his seminal work, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, Csíkszentmihályi outlines his theory that people are happiest when they are in a state of flow—a state of concentration or complete absorption with the activity at hand and the situation. It is a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter.[11] The idea of flow is identical to the feeling of being in the zone or in the groove. The flow state is an optimal state of intrinsic motivation, where the person is fully immersed in what he is doing. This is a feeling everyone has at times, characterized by a feeling of great absorption, engagement, fulfillment, and skill—and during which temporal concerns (time, food, ego-self, etc.) are typically ignored.[11]
In an interview with Wired magazine, Csíkszentmihályi described flow as "being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you're using your skills to the utmost."[12]
Csikszentmihalyi characterized nine component states of achieving flow including “challenge-skill balance, merging of action and awareness, clarity of goals, immediate and unambiguous feedback, concentration on the task at hand, paradox of control, transformation of time, loss of self-consciousness, and autotelic experience.”[13] To achieve a flow state, a balance must be struck between the challenge of the task and the skill of the performer. If the task is too easy or too difficult, flow cannot occur. Both skill level and challenge level must be matched and high; if skill and challenge are low and matched, then apathy results.[10]
One state that Csikszentmihalyi researched was that of the autotelic personality.[13] The autotelic personality is one in which a person performs acts because they are intrinsically rewarding, rather than to achieve external goals.[14] Csikszentmihalyi describes the autotelic personality as a trait possessed by individuals who can learn to enjoy situations that most other people would find miserable.[11] Research has shown that aspects associated with the autotelic personality include curiosity, persistence, and humility.[15]

1/26/2017

YOUR BODY LANGUAGE SHAPES WHO YOU ARE






Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. (Note: Some of the findings presented in this talk have been referenced in an ongoing debate among social scientists about robustness and reproducibility. Read Amy Cuddy's response under "Learn more" below.)




Why you should listen

Amy Cuddy wasn’t supposed to become a successful scientist. In fact, she wasn’t even supposed to finish her undergraduate degree. Early in her college career, Cuddy suffered a severe head injury in a car accident, and doctors said she would struggle to fully regain her mental capacity and finish her undergraduate degree.
But she proved them wrong. Today, Cuddy is a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, where she studies how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments affect people from the classroom to the boardroom. And her training as a classical dancer (another skill she regained after her injury) is evident in her fascinating work on "power posing" -- how your body position influences others and even your own brain.

What others say

“Using a few simple tweaks to body language, Harvard researcher Amy Cuddy discovers ways to help people become more powerful.” — TIME Game Changers, March 19, 2012