Monthly Archives: June 2012

Quote of the week

The riskiest thing you can do now is be safe. The safest thing you can do is be risky.
Seth Godin

Innovation lessons from a skateboarder

Rodney Mullen, “the Godfather of street skating”, is widely considered the most influential street skateboarder in history, inventing most of the tricks used today. By the time he was 23, Mullen had already set new milestones for skateboarding winning 35 out of 36 freestyle competitions.

Today apart from being a successful entrepreneur, he continues to skate, innovate, and design some 30 years after he won his first world championship at the age of 11.

In this great TEDx Talk, Rodney shares valuable lessons on innovation based on his amazing experience as a skateboarder.

Enjoy!

TEDxUSC – Rodney Mullen – How Context Shapes Content

Funny video, sad reality: Real Life – Online Checkout

Sadly … most online shopping experiences still look a bit like this.

Enjoy!


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Related posts:

1. Consumers have changed … have you?
2. Ever thought how odd your online life is?

How to design, build and ship disruptive products

Tony Fadell is the founder and CEO of Nest Labs, Inc. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of the iPod Division at Apple Inc., reporting to Steve Jobs. He was responsible for creating the first 18 generations of the iPod and the first three generations of the iPhone.

In this excellent video from the 99% Conference 2012, Tony shares incredible insights on everything from his own creative process, to how to keep your team motivated and passionate for the long haul, to how to design, build, and ship disruptive products.

Enjoy!

Tony Fadell: On Setting Constraints, Ignoring Experts & Embracing Self-Doubt

Quote of the week

In an age where transparency is the norm, what matters perhaps more than your wealth is your reputation. In an era of collaborative consumption, where we are increasingly sharing, it’s more important to be trustworthy than to be rich.”
Ajaz Ahmed

Robin Dickinson on why you must develop the commercial mindset

Robin Dickinson is an entrepreneur and business development consultant based in Australia, with over 20 years of experience helping companies and individuals improve their business performance. Apart from that, he is probably one of the nicest guys in the whole world, so it was a huge pleasure to have him as my guest.

He shares with us how he helps entrepreneurs and executives develop their commercial mindset, in other words, on how to focus on the things that drive the business and, at the end of the day, make money.

In this video he shares the three key elements that you need to build the commercial mindset.

Enjoy!

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1. Are you ready to take the CRAP test?
2. 10 remarkable YouTube channels you should subscribe to
3. Develop your commercial mindset
4. The three fundamentals of business development
5. Are you underpaying yourself?

How to break habits

OK … this is it … no more excuses… And you know what? … It’s Charles Duhigg’s fault. Because in his outstanding book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (Amazon affiliate link), he demonstrates that the key to exercising regularly, losing weight, becoming more productive, raising exceptional children, and achieving success is understanding how habits work.

How to break habits


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But that’s not all! The book also explores how by harnessing recent scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

Here is a brief introduction to some of his other findings. Fascinating stuff!

Target knows your secrets


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How the military uses habits


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So … I strongly recommend you to get this book. I have been reading it for the past couple days and I simply cannot put it down. Interesting, provocative, but most important, full of extremely valuable advice.