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Five Around the Web #4

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1. Article/Post

How to Tap into the Hidden Potential of the People Who Surround You Every Day

Do you have a dream? Is there a business that you’re dying to launch, a story in your head demanding to be told, or an idea you’re frantic to see made a reality?

If you’re like most people, the answer is “yes.” Or, more likely, “yes, but…” Just about everyone has a crazy dream they’d love to pursue – but they just don’t know how.

What you need is a little expert advice, someone with brains and know-how to explain what you need to do and, more importantly, how to do it.

What kind of understanding might you find hidden in the strengths of your friends and loved ones? Consider:

  • The natural storyteller: how to weave compelling, “sticky” narratives; how to grab and hold onto people’s attention; how to set people at east.
  • The slacker: how to relax; how to roll with the punches; how to accept criticism without letting it define you.
  • The social butterfly: how to connect with strangers; how to present yourself professionally; how to avoid being defined by your weaknesses; how to listen.
  • The entrepreneur: how to face adversity; how to understand financial data; how to plan for the unknown.
  • The organizer: how to rally people to your cause; how to balance contradictory demands; how to stay cool under pressure.

These are just a few examples of different types of people that almost everyone knows. Look around you at the people closest to you and try to identify their hidden strengths. Don’t dismiss people’s talents just because their accomplishments are small – even the simplest achievement might be the outcome of an encyclopedic knowledge of the task.

2. Picture

Ghost Train

Ghost Train

3. Comment

I suspect the crowd is way too hardcore for me and will leave me dangling by my underwear from the top of a server rack by spanishmanners on twitter about Thursday Night Curry.

4. List

10 reasons why newspapers won't reinvent news

  1. Newspapers' core audience still doesn't want change
  2. The culture of newspaper management is a dysfunctional relic of a low-bandwidth, monopoly era
  3. The culture of newsroom leadership contains a fatal 20th century flaw: A fundamental belief that equates all new trends with dangerous "fads"
  4. No budget for research, development or training means most newspapers can't see what's coming, don't have the necessary tools for survival and couldn't use those new tools effectively anyway
  5. Newspapers don't "own" enough creative technological expertise
  6. Inertia, uncertainty and toxic paralysis rule most newspaper companies
  7. Individual ad-reps still make more money selling print ads than Web ads
  8. Newspapers have already lost one of their key selling points: Social currency
  9. The connection between quality and profitability has been broken irreparably
  10. Newspaper companies hate modern journalism

5. Video

Clay Chess

By Brian Logan   Tue 28-Oct-2008

1 comment

Comment from: Pua [Visitor]

Always nice to “see” you B. I wish I were a better blogger anymore, but I keep trying. Thanks for being such a faithful friend!

Fri 31-Oct-2008 @ 06:29

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