Episode #19 of The Digital Loop
The Digital Loop: Gamification
The Digital Loop: Gamification (Audio Only)
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Not long ago Mitch Joel, President of Twist Image, published his new book Ctrl Alt Delete: Reboot Your Business. Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends on It. (Amazon Affiliate Link).
To celebrate the lunch of the book, instead of having the standard book launch party, Mitch invited Seth Godin to join him on stage to have a remarkable conversation about how much business has changed, and what this means for all of us going forward.
This is a fascinating conversation between two amazing thought-leaders. I strongly recommend you to watch the video on its entirety and then go … no … run to buy Mitch’s books.
Mitch Joel and Seth Godin, “CTRL ALT DELETE”
1. Mitch Joel on how everything we know about business has fundamentally changed
2. Seth Godin on The Icarus Deception, pushing the limits and connecting with other humans
3. Seth Godin on risk taking, initiative, curiosity and much more
4. Mitch Joel on the future of the web
“Be careful of what you practice because you might get really good at the wrong thing.”
Seth Godin’s latest book The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? (Amazon affiliate link) is simply outstanding. In it Seth shares how the story we know of the young Icarus, who ignored his father’s instructions not to fly too close to the sun, and as a result drowned after burning his wings, has been lost along the way.
According to him, people think the story says “don’t fly too close to the sun,” but that’s not what it used to say 150 years ago. Back then it also used to say “don’t fly too low, because if you fly too low, the mist and the water will weigh you down, and you will perish.”
So, basically the message we have been fed for years has been to stay low, don’t try and fly too high. In other words, we should just stay in our comfort zone, play it safe, do not make waves and just listen to the experts.
The book is about about forging your own path, not settling, pushing beyond what is expected, and connecting with other humans. This is a truly remarkable book and I strongly recommend you to read it.
Bryan Elliot had a very interesting conversation with Seth in which they went over some of the most important concepts from the book.
1. Seth Godin on risk taking, initiative, curiosity and much more
2. Think differently
3. Seth Godin and Tom Peters on social networking, the internet and blogging
4. Seth Godin on entrepreneurship, freelancing, communities and shipping
5. The Great Books Series – Linchpin
6. 10 remarkable ChangeThis manifestos you should read
“Follow your passion” has been for a long time a sort of “gospel” when most people talk about accomplishing success. Thousands of career advisors, coaches, “experts” and self-help books spread the gospel every year on how, in order to be succesful, you must “follow your passion“.
Well … Cal Newport, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University and author of the new book: So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love (Amazon affiliate link), recently spoke at Google where he shared his views on why “follow your passion” is actually a terrible advice and on what it takes to build skills that matter and, as a result, develop a remarkable career by creating work you love.
The presentation’s duration is around 40 minutes. Trust me, I know how valuable your time is, and I can tell you that watching these 40 minutes is most definitely worth it.
By the way, I have not yet have the opportunity to read the book (is not yet available on Kindle (Amazon affiliate link) [why Amazon?]), but based on this video and on the book’s summary, it looks like this is an important book that you should definitely check out, regardless of where you are in your career.
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.
Tony Fadell: On Setting Constraints, Ignoring Experts & Embracing Self-Doubt