Alan Watts – Wake Up


[YouTubeUlar] <— 521,871 Need a quote to inspire the weak necessities of real work, real time and real money? Pick one of these 50 Quotes from Alan Watts and get busy. Good luck freeing your mind.

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Alan_WattsPick one. Get inspired… and wake up.

Zen Buddhist Alan Watts passed away, or transformed life in November, 1973 at the age of 58. He was an imaginative creature and I feel as if I could learn a lot from him and his writing.
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[Alan Watts on Hermits and Outcasts]

Hugh MacLeod – Own It

“Owning it” means being in control of your craft. The feeling that you got successful because you earned it fair and square, not just because you got lucky.

And that can take decades. In my case, I didn’t get successful at cartooning because I was tremendously talented at it from the age of ten, I wasn’t. I got good because I liked doing it and continually wanted to get better… and kept at it for many, many years.

You can own your career, control your own destiny; You don’t have to go for the executive position.. that is unless, it is something that you really want to own.

This idea of “ownership” is very much aligned with “mastery”. It can be in art, finance, law or lawn care. It involve sacrifice, dedication and time. Is it worth it? That is for you to decide, but from where I sit, it is one of life’s great treasures.

Hugh MacLeod – #YayHappy

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Make It Happen

When I was younger, I thought love just kinda happened. You met a girl/boy, you liked him/her, he/she liked you, then suddenly BAM!!!! Fireworks and happy ever after.

Luckily (as it turns out), it doesn’t work that way. It takes effort and deliberation. You gotta be proactive. “Random” might get you laid on occasion, but that’s about it.

That being said, it’s still a very happy cartoon… #YayHappy.

TOTD – Your Sliver

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What I have to say:

Think about this on all aspects of life. The brands you choose, the places we choose to live and the friends and relationships we choose to be in.

Pick your sliver well … my friends. Or better yet – with business, we have the ability to create our sliver.

Lets party guys!

What Hugh MacLeod had to say:

“Usually, the deal here is, I draw a cartoon and then write something to go along with it. Some little philosophical add-on to balance it out, etc.

But I got stuck with this one.

The meaning of this cartoon is just so self-evident to me that I really don’t think adding anything will do it justice.

So I’ll just shut up now…

No. Really.”

Goodbye Father

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Hydle update — Yes, it is true… My father Les Hydle was put to rest last night, Sunday June 10th, 2012 at 10:00pm after suffering traumatic injuries from a motorcycle crash only 2 blocks from my home. He was not at fault in this accident … A driver turned left directly in front of him as he was leaving my neighborhood following a heartfelt visit to show me his newly purchased 2008 Yamaha Venture. This bike was his dream.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity of spending the last waking hour of my fathers life showing him adventures and telling him stories from incredible projects I have recently worked on. I made him sit and listen to music… the way he used to make me when I was a kid. He loved music – and he loved the music I was sharing with him. Our final moment will never be forgotten.

I can not say enough to all the support I have received from all my friends and family. Every visit, note, message, gift, thought and prayer has been felt and my family and I thank you.

I love you dad. And thank you for giving me the opportunity to watch you rev your engine one last time, and ride off on your new dream.

[My Father’s Final Playlist]

HYDLE – TSOIGDH

In the history of HYDLE.com… this ridiculous “TSOIGDH” entry marks my 999th public blog post since May of 2009 – When I started this crazy world of blogging ideas, thoughts and Genius vs. Not Genius intermanents and social media successes or failures.

So for the sake of getting google credit for it…

“TSOIGDH” = TURNING SHIT ON IT’S GOD DAMN HEAD

Turning shit on it’s god damn head is going to be my 1 single inspiration for the next 999 blogpost entries. I can’t wait to open up my connection layer for all my loyal readers… so I can start finding out who you actually are.

Cheers to 999!

TSOIGDH

Hugh MacLeod – The New Jobs

Hugh MacLeod - The New Jobs

“Jobs, Jobs, Jobs.

Not Steve, the other Jobs. The kind that pays you. The kind the politicians promise you. The kind that have been disappearing or becoming more elusive with every passing year. While it might seem scary to think that jobs are melting away like the polar ice caps, there is indeed a silver lining. Instead of expecting our next job to be handed to us on a silver platter, we need to think about creating it.

We need to look in the mirror and see the opportunities that are in us. While the job market may be challenged, we have more opportunities than ever before to find our own freedom. It is time to look in the mirror and be the entrepreneur of yourself. It is time. Your time.

Say hello to your new CEO! Yay!”

I love Hugh MacLeod’s words and cartoons… he is spot on.

Go be yourself-eo.

The linked article bugs me though. Even though it is completely awesome and worth the read… the writer who generalizes Apple’s success to simply just creating great products doesn’t get it. I have nothing against Sassholes, but it is a theme I continue to see more often. Just because you own an iPhone and MacBook Pro doesn’t make you an Apple expert – and that includes most Apple employees.

Seth Godin – A Simple Antidote

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Care.

Care more than you need to, more often than expected, more completely than the other guy.

No one reports liking Steve Jobs very much, yet he was as embraced as any businessperson since Walt Disney. Because he cared. He cared deeply about what he was making and how it would be used. Of course, he didn’t just care in a general, amorphous, whiny way, he cared and then actually delivered.

Politicians are held in astonishingly low esteem. Congress in particular is setting record lows, but it’s an endemic problem. The reason? They consistently act as if they don’t care. They don’t care about their peers, certainly, and by their actions, apparently, they don’t care about us. Money first.

Many salespeople face a similar problem–perhaps because for years they’ve used a shallow version of caring as a marketing technique to boost their commissions. One report by the National Association of Realtors found that more than 90% of all homeowners are never again contacted by their real estate agent after the contracts for the home are signed. Why bother… there’s no money in it, just the possibility of complaints. Well, the reason is obvious–you’d come by with cookies and intros to the neighbors if you cared.

Economists tell us that the reason to care is that it increases customer retention, profitability and brand value. For me, though, that’s beside the point (and even counter to the real goal). Caring gives you a compass, a direction to head and most of all, a reason to do the work you do in the first place.

Care More.

It’s only two words, but it’s hard to think of a better mantra for the organization that is smart enough to understand the core underpinning of their business, as well as one in search of a reason for being. No need to get all tied up in subcycles of this leads to this which leads to that so therefore I care… Instead, there’s the opportunity to follow the direct and difficult road of someone who truly cares about what’s being made and who it is for.

Seth Godin – Making a Ruckus

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Bring forward a new idea or technology that disrupts and demands a response

Change pricing dramatically

Redefine a service as a product (or vice versa)

Organize the disorganized, connect the disconnected

Alter the speed to market radically

Change the infrastructure, the rules or the flow of information

Give away what used to be expensive and charge for something else

Cater to the weird, bypassing the masses

Take the lead on ethics

(Or you could just wait for someone to tell you what they want you to do)

Seth Godin – Check Planning

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If you’re going to build a $10 million skyscraper, by all means, plan and prototype and discuss and plan some more.

On the other hand, if the cost of finding out is a phone call, make the call. No need to spend a lot of time planning how to call or when to call or which phone to use when execution is fast and cheap.

The digital revolution has, as in so many other areas, flipped the equation here. The cost of building digital items is plummeting, but our habit is to plan anyway (because failure bothers us, and we focus on the feeling of failure, not the cost).

The goal should be to have the minimum number of meetings and scenarios and documentation necessary to maximize the value of execution. As it gets faster and easier to actually build the thing, go ahead and make sure the planning (or lack of it) keeps pace.

Seth Godin – The Coalition of No

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It’s easy to join.

There are a million reasons to say no, but few reasons to stand up and say yes.

No requires just one objection, one defensible reason to avoid change. No has many allies–anyone who fears the future or stands to benefit from the status quo. And no is easy to say, because you actually don’t even need a reason.

No is an easy way to grab power, because with yes comes responsibility, but no is the easy way to block action, to exert the privilege of your position to slow things down.

No comes from fear and greed and, most of all, a shortage of openness and attention. You don’t have to pay attention or do the math or role play the outcomes in order to join the coalition that would rather things stay as they are (because they’ve chosen not to do the hard work of imagining how they might be).

And yet the coalition of No keeps losing. We live in a world of yes, where possibility and innovation and the willingness to care often triumph over the masses that would rather it all just quieted down and went back to normal.

Yes is the new normal. And just in time.

Hugh MacLeod — Phone Call

“They say talk is cheap, but based on usage, most folks must think texting is cheaper…

Truth is we live in a world dominated by mobile phones – there are actually more phones than there are people in the U.S. – yet we barely speak to each other anymore.

Our phones have become everything but a device to speak into (unless you’re one of the iPhoners who talk to Siri).

Phone or no phone, we should talk more, don’t you think?”

What more can I say – Genius.

Seth Godin – Speechless

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Unhappiness compounds.

Unaddressed, it compounds into frustration.

And frustration is the soul killer, the destroyer of worker and customer relationships, loyalty and progress.

The solution is pretty simple: address the unhappiness. Change the system or talk about the problem or acknowledge it if that’s all that can be done. None of this can happen, though, unless there’s communication.

Most open door policies are window dressing. Most, “is everything okay with your dinner?” is rote. True communication, actual intention (and action) in digging deeper, is difficult work. If it doesn’t feel like you’re working at it, you’re probably not doing it right.