Don’t follow your passion

I’m a huge fan of Ben Horowitz – although I’ve never met him… and his speech to the graduation class at Columbia is such a fresh breath of air, its positive and profound – and as always he’s encouraging the new and unusual, love it !!

I wish more people would follow this advice; “When you go through life, what you’ll find is what you take out of the world over time — be it money, cars, stuff, accolades — is much less important than what you’ve put into the world.”

Nikola Tesla – When women is boss

Brain pickings is in general a very worthy and quite brilliant place to learn, discover and broaden your mind – and this article on Nikola Tesla and his views on women as leaders and beyond is testament to not only this but to the foresight and brilliance of Tesla.

I’m fortunate to have grown up in a country where women as leaders became normal and respected before I was even born (and I’m not that young)… and I have had great experience with female leaders; reporting to, reporting to me and working with as clients and business partners… and the truly sad thing is that I’m even mentioning it – because it should just be normal, everywhere!

Like so many other things in life – gender, whether you are born with that gender or discovered later in life you were born with the wrong gender or a mix for that matter… or colour or braces or a limp… or whatever – it doesn’t determine what we can do, mostly it’s other people standing in our way because they secretly know they can’t … so nobody else should…

Was he right about gender equality? I believe equality is paramount – it should be ground rule One… I think that maybe possibly it went a bit wrong along the way – and sadly didn’t yet happen at all in too many places. I wish there was true equality – True Equality, but I’m not actually sure anybody really wants it… maybe I’m a dinosaur?

In any case – Rock on girls !

Talent in all it forms – what a cool girl

Ok… I may not be the worlds foremost beatboxing fan, but Nicole Paris is awesome – watch her on Colossal, it’ll put a smile on ya and you just have to appreciate human talent in all its forms !!

Dad’s pretty cool too… but my dime is on Nicole 🙂

Oh and – do check some of the other BB guys like this one… amazing… inspiring !!

Darn… now I’m getting hooked… Tom Thum on TEDx … lost for words

What people do when nobody’s watching …

It is the good we do when nobody is watching that truly matters, and few measures up to Sir. Winton… what an amazing person, what an amazing life, such an examplary inspiration to live by. I’m not sure what speaks the loudest… saving hundreds of children from nazi death camps – or not finding it worth mentioning, even to his wife…

I for one didn’t know… my list of such heroes were pretty much limited to Mr. Schindler – maybe it’s the same for you, so start here with this New York Times article, it will hopefully inspire you, see the world as a better place and help keep the legacies of these Everyday Heroes alive… there are so many of them once you start looking.

Waste Land – Vik Muniz at work… for 3 years

Vic Muniz is in my eyes an interesting, thought provoking and even provocative in a good way, engaging, etc. etc. artist – so there’s that. But his work done at the scrap yard in Rio de Jeneiro – documented in Waste Land is taking it to a new level.

Working with the people who makes their truly humble living off collecting scraps for reuse – making them his models and ultimately involving them in creation of the pieces, it makes for a deep portrait of the people, what happens when you suddenly introduce ‘opportunity’ into their lives – or disruption for some as it is.

We all meet people who are unaware of the opportunities available to them, or the talent and abilities they have dormant… and whether they benefit from knowing – is that ‘other’ life actually better… ?

It is a beautiful story – made my throat all lumpy several times… just beautiful people !!

Pencil

The pen is enough

If you are not able to make your point with just a pen, you don’t deserve attention and certainly not respect !

Everybody should be free to speak their mind, but freedom of speech does in absolutely no way allow you to speak against other peoples beliefs or preferences in life, as long as they don’t hurt anyone – who are You to comment !

The pen is a mighty tool, it should be all we need – not bullets, not bullying, just speak Your mind – not against others… maybe we will all start learning…