A great interview with the founder of Foursquare. There is so good advice / encouragement at the end here. Kevin Rose does a great job with this series, I recommend watching them if you can.
This talk was a very inspiring and help to motivate me a lot this week. I hope you get as much out of it as I did.
Another great talk but Simon Sinek at the 99% conference. The foundation of why we do what we do. Know why you do what you do. PLEASE!
-- This is really great to hear!
'A kick in the ass for the creative mind'.
While I agree and would say that this idea is where my inspiration for the Work Undone project started i know that there are a lot of people out there with great ideas that don't consider themselves creative. Creativity needs to be redefined a bit but there are so many rolls to play in making a project come to life and we all have the skills to fit into a great project on some level. Please start something, try something, learn from your mistakes, grow, help other, encourage others and make something (even something small) happen!
I hope this changes the game on stadium seating. This is like Dyson coming up with a vacuum that actually works. What else is out there that needs a redesign? I've started my list!
-- One of the most impassioned talks I have ever seen anyone give. What do you feel strongly about? What is it that you're not doing because of the limitations you or others have put on you? Start small think big and do something, you won't regret it.
People that inspire and the people that inspire them.
This is a great project that asked 10 inspirational people in 10 industries to share who has inspired them. Several of the people that inspired this project are on this list and it is no doubt worth a look.
-- Are you balanced, Work, Life and Soul? Which one of these does spend the most time on? Nigel Marsh's talk is a great prospective and a great story of a person seeking to answer the difficult questions in his life. He created a project out of it and from what it sounds like had a great journey along the way. I look forward to reading his book.
-- Ends up that WHY you do something can very well determine how successful that something will be. Animals can smell fear and consumers, volunteers and students can all smell disingenuine intent. Our projects have a much better chance of success if we are truly passionate about them, if they come from the heart.
Connecting with others and talking about your ideas can be one of the best ways to figure out how your idea might come to fruition. Brainstorm with friend and flush out your idea. There is a good chance it could be the next big thing or help a lot of people.
Need to connect with people interested and passionate about the same things that you are? Well this is the spot, there are 'Meet Ups' in nearly every major city on all sorts of topics of interest. Connecting to people interested in anything from Ultimate Frisbee to Social Responsibility, it's all there. Give it a look, grab a friend and go check it out or even better start your own 'Meet Up'. (I haven't personally checked any events out but I have heard great things and hope to test it out for myself soon. I'll be sure to update you all)
Kick Starter is one of the best ideas I have ran across in years and it's success is astounding! If you have a project that is in need of funding this should be your first stop. It is also a great place to get inspired from other projects. I am looking forward to have a project campaign on here one day soon.
Tuex Duex is a great work flow list app from the mind of Tina Roth Eisenberg @ Swiss-Miss. Everyone works differently and this is Tina's take or rather she created an app that works for her. Of course it just so happens to work for a lot of other people too, go figure. I have been using this app for a while now and find it pretty handy. Give is a try, it's free after all.
Evernote is one of my favorite apps I have found. It is a little clunky and takes a little getting use to but worth the effort. I mostly us this for capturing inspiration that I run across online. I am then able to sort into different projects and categories by tagging the captured information. I have gotten the best results from highlighting the images and or text I want to keep and then clicking the convenient Evernote button that you can download for your web browser. By highlighting this info before you click the Evernote button the app will collect only the highlighted info rather then all links, menus and facebook this and that. 'Clean' and 'simple', my favorite word to associate with work flow.
We are all designers on some level or another. Hearing how professionals design and see the world around them can only help in our ability to synthesize the information around us and to design a better world that immediately surrounds us.
On another note I love projects that collect interviews via web cam and hope more people start doing this more focusing on specific topics of interest. It's easy to do and most people are happy to answer a simple question or give out a small piece of advice.
Do Lectures is bit more of a granola approach to inspirational talks such as TED and 99%. Less focused on tech, these talks feature change and passion from more of a grass roots approaches. Defiantly worth checking out!
“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” — Thomas Edison
99% is a conference and website that focuses on talks, tips, tools and more that might help to inspire you to make that good idea happen. Ends up everyone has good ideas but so very few of them actually get done. Why? because it is hard work and we don't know where to start, well start here.