Ian Ruhter – American Dream

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The American Dream video is based on the fear of success, this thought is extremely powerful, fear has the ability to cripple us from pursuing our dreams. The moment I embraced my dreams it was as if the universe had drawn people to help us and share their stories. Our goal is to tell the stories of the people who live in America.

“If that one little idea is in your head that’s saying I can’t do it … that’s disability right there.”
– Oscar Ricardo Loreto Jr. – @oskervoid

“It’s just like the old way of doing things … just barter and trade.”
— Ian Ruhter – @ian_ruhter

Alan Watts – By Trey Parker + Matt Stone

[YouTubeUlar] <— 1,523,412 Matt Stone and Trey Parker created these little animations based on presentations and lectures from the late Alan Watts. It needs zero explanation. Don’t even tell yourself to watch it… just get it.

Here is where it comes from.
[Open Culture Link]

Don’t like watching things? Here is something else to wrap your head around.
[Tim Lott on Alan Watts – Article]

And here is an entire world of thought and abstractness wrapped around money $$ from an Alan Watts 1960s television program.

“Just let your mind alone, and stop trying to make sense of the world. There is really something to think about… other than thought itself.”

[Alan Watts – The Silent Mind]

TED – JR – Turning World Inside Out Recap

[YouTubeUlar] <— 40,636 While researching Prezi – a new’ish presentation platform for desktop/cloud/intermanets/iPad, I was directed to this follow up TED presentation of street artist JR’s mission to change the world. I remember seeing and posting his 2011 TED Talk which was both incredible and inspiring. So not only was this content relevant, but prezi is also pretty amazing.

Double Awesomeness

Life Is Full

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 beers.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed…

‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things — your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions — and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car… The sand is everything else — the small stuff.

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Take care of the golf balls first — the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.

Seth Godin – What are you leaving behind?

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I love watching contrails, those streams of white frozen exhaust that jets leave behind. It's a temporary track in the sand, and then the sun melts them and they're gone.

Go to Montana and you might see the tracks dinosaurs left a bazillion years ago. Same sort of travel, very different half-life of their passage.

All day long you're emailing or tweeting or liking or meeting… and every once in a while, something tangible is produced. But is there a mark of your passage? Fifty years later, we might hear a demo tape or an outtake of something a musician scratched together while making an album. Often, though, there's no trace.

I'm fascinated by blogs like this one, which are basically public notes and coffee breaks by a brilliant designer in between her 'real' work. Unlike tweets, which vanish, Tina's posts are here for a long time and much easier to share and bookmark. Her trail becomes useful not just to her, but to everyone who is interested.

What would happen if you took ten minutes of coffeebreak downtime every day and produced an online artifact instead? What if your collected thoughts about your industry became an ebook or a series of useful instructions or pages or videos?

What if we all did that?

I Love Awesomeness — Overcoming Fears

[YouTubeUlar] <— 1,203,524 This I Love Awesomeness moment comes from Ryan Johnson – Thanks for the share.

4th grader to 4th grader, I’m pretty sure Kelly Sildaru could run circles around this future ski jumper – but competition isn’t what overcoming your fears is about. Personal competition with yourself… now that’s more like it.

What is the latest fear you personally have overcome?

Manuel De Los Santos

[YouTubeUlar] <— 241,195 Social Networking does work... how else would I have noticed that Boyd Easley watched this video, and then posted it for me to find.

“Manuel de los Santos is one of sport’s most inspirational figures. Growing up in the Dominican Republic, he played baseball from a young age and by 2003 was planning to turn professional. But a motorcycle accident changed his life forever when he lost his left leg above the knee.”

Excited for some golf season to be rolling around. It was 65 in Golden today, going to be the same tomorrow. Time to hit the range.

Tribute to Kristian Anderson

[YouTube] <— 4,085 Kristian Anderson sadly passed away two weeks ago from cancer... he was made famous from this video he made for his wife’s birthday. The video went viral… they appeared on oprah… she gave them $250,000 to help cover medical bills and he passed away early this year. Very sad, but truly inspirational.

[Original Video] <— 587,635 [Article]

iTunes – [Marry Me – Save Me, San Francisco (Bonus Track Version)]

Pennies Heart – Powerful

[Vimeo] <— 50,700 Wow - fair warning on this one... this is real. Would suggest watching alone. Fantastic story telling by Phos Pictures while utilizing an amazing track by Noah & the Whale.

Artist: Noah & The Whale
Song: The First Days of Spring
Album: The First Days of Spring (Bonus Track Version)
Credit: Amazing share Jordan Bradford

Live Your Childhood Dreams

[iDevice Link] <— 12,985,313 I came across this Randy Pausch lecture while YouTubing today... and what a reminder it was to live life to the fullest. It sounds cheesy, but if you are having a hard time comprehending what the point of life is - this lecture will help you. I remember when Randy passed away in 2008 and shortly following I spent a good amount of time consuming his thoughts and lectures and found him to be truly inspirational. I'm glad I ran into him again on the internets... and this time have a bloggish video reminder memory bank tool to share and remember his story forever.

The quick history on Randy:

Randolph Frederick “Randy” Pausch (October 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) was an American professor of computer science and human-computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Pausch learned that he had pancreatic cancer in September 2006, and in August 2007 he was given a terminal diagnosis: “3 to 6 months of good health left”. He gave an upbeat lecture titled “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” on September 18, 2007, at Carnegie Mellon, which became a popular YouTube video and led to other media appearances. He then co-authored a book called The Last Lecture on the same theme, which became a New York Times best-seller.

Pausch died of complications from pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008.

[Carnegie Mellon]
[Randy Timeline]
[The Last Lecture]

Randy’s last speech – May 18th, 2008.

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Andy Irons Memorial :(

This is not the original… don’t know why they would have pulled it down. A little upset over it, but I will post a replacement.

[iDevice Link] <— 3,013 views. Original: [iDevice Link] <— 14,463 views. This was yesterday... this is amazing. This is the speed of media. Genius.