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Big Data In 2020: More Info, More Problems. Big data--which powers everything from Netflix recommendations to fraud alerts--is changing the way we live. But is that a good thing? In the latest Pew Internet/Elon University survey, 53% of a handpicked group of “Internet experts, observers and stakeholders“ said big data would produce an overall positive effect by the year 2020. Meanwhile, 39% said it would have an overall negative effect (8% didn’t answer). Many who said big data would have a positive influence on the future pointed to its potential to solve diverse problems.

"There is value to be found in this data, value in our newfound publicness,” argued Jeff Jarvis, the author of What Would Google Do?. His optimism about the power of big data is shared, for instance, by a startup called Kaggle, which hosts data science competitions that aim to predict everything from which patients will be admitted to hospitals next year to which blog posts people will like. Prof. [Image: Flickr user donielle]

Free Money Finance. “Do What You Love” Is Bad Advice. The following excerpt is reprinted with permission from Rise: 3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, and Liking Your Life by Patty Azzarello, copyright © 2012. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group. I have to agree with this advice. That's why I recommend that people do what they LIKE . Other FMF article topics touched on by this piece are What I'd Do with a High-Paying, Unrewarding Job and And Yet Another Reason Not to Quit Your Job Early . We all get told at some point (if not over and over again), “Do what you love and the money will follow,” and it’s just plain bad advice.

This plays out in two destructive ways: 1. Don’t put this pressure on yourself! KEY INSIGHT: Consider thinking about your work/life strategy like this: Do what you love for free. End of insight: Please read it again. Oops, I Hate My Job—Now What? I am not proposing that you sell your soul to a job you hate just to make a lot of money. I felt stuck. The Expert Enough Manifesto. The Expert Enough Manifesto is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

The Expert Enough Manifesto

Feel free to share the work anywhere, please just link back here if you don’t mind. New: order the Expert Enough Manifesto as a poster at CafePress! Perfect for your home, office, studio or wherever you want a reminder about the brilliance inside you. This is what we’re all about. Care to join us? Making Big Decisions and Mastering the Consequences. My father-in-law Don McFadden told me a story about a big mistake he once made.

Making Big Decisions and Mastering the Consequences

He bought an apartment building in his city and borrowed most of the money to do it. After he took ownership, he learned that many of the tenants were moving out and there was no way to stop them, because they had never signed leases. He was facing an emptying apartment building and a large monthly mortgage payment – a bad combination. Worse, he got surprised: he hadn’t done the research to know that it was coming. So, how did it turn out? In a similar vein, James McCann, the founder of 1-800 Flowers, related this story about the early days of his company: In 1986 I bought the assets of a failed floral company in Texas called 800-Flowers and took that name. And he did. We often confront situations where we have to make a decision without all the information we’d like to have. Many of us err on the side of “wait and see,” using due diligence as a way to put off risk, or to avoid it completely. 1. 2. 3. 4.

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