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Steve Jobs: 20 Life Lessons

Steve Jobs: 20 Life Lessons
My feelings about Steve Jobs have always been a little mixed. I long admired his entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen and was in sheer awe of his natural instincts for what appeals to consumers. On the other hand I bristled at what I saw as his — and by extension Apple’s — occasionally capricious and even contradictory actions (App store products in or out, inability to get in front of product issues, antennaegate) and super-secretive nature. Now, having finished the 600-plus page Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, I think I finally understand Steve Jobs. Like most of us, his personality had many sides. As I read the tome on my Kindle, I highlighted interesting, surprising and relevant passages. Don’t Wait When the young Steve Jobs wanted to build something and needed a piece of equipment, he went straight to the source. Make Your Own Reality “I didn’t want to be a father, so I wasn’t,” Jobs later said, with only a touch of remorse in his voice. Control Everything You Can Related:  Thoughts

The Six Attributes of Courage Courage is something that everybody wants — an attribute of good character that makes us worthy of respect. From the Bible to fairy tales; ancient myths to Hollywood movies,our culture is rich with exemplary tales of bravery and self-sacrifice for the greater good. From the cowardly lion in The Wizard of Oz who finds the courage to face the witch, to David battling Goliath in the Bible, to Star Wars and Harry Potter, children are raised on a diet of heroic and inspirational tales. Yet courage is not just physical bravery. (1) Feeling Fear Yet Choosing to Act “Bran thought about it. (2) Following Your Heart “Passion is what drives us crazy, what makes us do extraordinary things, to discover, to challenge ourselves. 3) Persevering in the Face of Adversity When we are afraid we ought not to occupy ourselves with endeavoring to prove that there is no danger, but in strengthening ourselves to go on in spite of the danger. — Mark Rutherford (4) Standing Up For What Is Right About the Author

Five Tips for School Leaders Here are 5 simple things that school leaders can do to help teachers as they transition their classrooms to Web 2.0 learning. There is so much pressure on school leadership in this day and age. School budgets are growing tighter and tighter. More, now than ever, schools and districts are facing the real possibility of laying off teachers and not having enough in funds to to even keep the doors open to some schools. The vast majority of districts across this country have had to make hard decisions regarding budgets; many of them deciding to make drastic, but necessary cuts in order to save jobs and still give students the best possible education. There is pressure from state and federal mandates on testing. With all of these external pressures there is little time for school leadership to encourage teachers to take risks in their classroom and be creative in terms of technology. 1) Why do we even need to be having this conversation? 2) What do good school leaders do?

Web Social VS Apple Web Social VS Apple Depuis quelques semaines, le web social ressemble à une fourmilière en effervescence lorsqu’il s’agit de parler du prochain iPhone qui devrait être annoncé le 12 Septembre 2012 (Lire : La keynote d’Apple du 12 Septembre 2012). Tiens, on me dis dans l’oreillette que c’est pour demain d’ailleurs ! A vrai dire, cela a commencé le 11 Juin 2012 avec la keynote d’Apple nous présentant les nouveautés d’iOS6 (Lire : iPhone 5 : les nouveautés d’iOS6). Les séries de questionnements, d’affabulations et/ou de vérités étoffés par les internautes (Lire : Apple, ou le marketing by customers) ont donc commencées il y a pile poil trois mois. Trois mois que le web social est en ébullition que ce soit au niveau de la presse et des articles de blogs, des prototypes fabriqués mais surtout au niveau des commentaires laissés par les internautes sur les articles du web. La rédaction web : l’étincelle ! Les prototypes : l’alimentation… Les internautes : débats et autres joutes verbales

Startup entrepreneurs are ‘arrogant and psychopathic’ The startup economy is well-known for lauding the most successful young entrepreneurs, those twenty-somethings who are turned into millionaires — or even billionaires — through their exploits. Yet there are also plenty of stories about the bad behavior and kill-or-be-killed attitudes that often emerge inside startups. That’s no coincidence, say a pair of German academics. In an interview in Germany’s Der Spiegel, Dominik Schwarzinger and Matthias Kramer, who are researching the entrepreneurial personality, say that borderline personality disorders can actually be crucial elements behind startup success. As part of a study that has been underway since 2009, the duo suggest that there are several traits that may be highly unpleasant in ordinary life but can help startups succeed. In many ways, this is no revelation. The duo admit that in most cases, these are not full blown personality disorders (hence the “sub-clinical”) and merely trends.

'Three formats cannot be played in equal numbers' | Cricket Features | Global Rahul Dravid's speech at the Bradman Oration in Canberra, in which he covered issues from flaws in cricket scheduling to the need for cricketers to be more transparent Thank you for inviting me to deliver the Bradman Oration; the respect and the regard that came with the invitation to speak tonight, is deeply appreciated. I realise a very distinguished list of gentlemen have preceded me in the ten years that the Bradman Oration has been held. Yet, but first before all else, I must say that I find myself humbled by the venue we find ourselves in. Yes, we cricketers devote the better part of our adult lives to being prepared to perform for our countries, to persist and compete as intensely as we can - and more. The people of both our countries are often told that cricket is the one thing that brings Indians and Australians together. India's first Test series as a free country was played against Australia in November 1947, three months after our independence.

100 Diagrams That Changed the World Since the dawn of recorded history, we’ve been using visual depictions to map the Earth, order the heavens, make sense of time, dissect the human body, organize the natural world, perform music, and even concretize abstract concepts like consciousness and love. 100 Diagrams That Changed the World (public library) by investigative journalist and documentarian Scott Christianson chronicles the history of our evolving understanding of the world through humanity’s most groundbreaking sketches, illustrations, and drawings, ranging from cave paintings to The Rosetta Stone to Moses Harris’s color wheel to Tim Berners-Lee’s flowchart for a “mesh” information management system, the original blueprint for the world wide web. It appears that no great diagram is solely authored by its creator. Most of those described here were the culmination of centuries of accumulated knowledge. Most arose from collaboration (and oftentimes in competition) with others. Christianson offers a definition:

This Time Its Personal Personalized Learning | Feature This Time It's Personal Truly student-centered learning has a lot of support in high places in education, but it can’t happen without the right technology infrastructure to drive it. By Jennifer Demski01/04/12 Educators have known for some time now that a one-size-fits-all approach to learning does not lead to the level of student engagement and academic success that schools strive to achieve. In their search for a more customized approach to delivering instruction, they’ve explored project-based learning, addressed different learning styles, and increased collaborative learning among students. But, for the most part, schools have incorporated these 21st century instructional techniques and tools as add-ons to the teacher-centric 19th century classroom structure, in which the majority of the curriculum is pulled from a textbook, and, despite best intentions, most students learn the same thing in the same way at the same time.

What You Can Learn From Apple Product Design When you mention education technology, you’re likely to hear about Apple, Google, and basically everything else. In that order. So why all the fuss about Apple in the classroom? The tech behemoth has made huge inroads into education and they’re going to be around for quite awhile. One of the biggest reasons they’re such a big part of education might be Apple product design. So what can we learn from Apple’s product design? Use the following video to help understand the current state of Apple products, how you can think twice about designing something, and what it means to ‘design like Apple.’ What’s the worst thing that can happen? « Startup Marketing Lessons Learnt Matthieu Ricard - Happiest man in the world You have been there too, in a similar situation, I am sure. For me, there is this startup I am running called Buffer. What used to happen, is that I would think the world collapses. What I found is, we keep thinking about that terrible situation, but we don’t think about that big thing in our head and why it is even there. A quote I found most accurate is this one: Worrying is interest paid on a debt that you might never owe. Whilst we keep worrying about the situation, that big thing in our heads is possibly something completely unnecessary. “Joel’s exercise” to battle tough situations The one thing that helped me the most is something I have started to call “Joel’s exercise”. Joel would in every case keep a calm mind and just say:”Let’s think about it, what’s the worst thing that can happen?” Happiness is a skill, not a state “Happiness – in essence, is not a state, but a skill to be learned.” So yes, we have to practice being happy.

Ten Principles to Live by in Fiercely Complex Times - Tony Schwartz by Tony Schwartz | 10:08 AM July 12, 2011 If you’re like most people I work with in companies, the demands come at you from every angle, all day long, and you have to make difficult decisions without much time to think about them. What enduring principles can you rely on to make choices that reflect openness, integrity and authenticity? Here are ten that work for me: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 5 Characteristics of a Change Agent cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by visualpanic (change agents) – People who act as catalysts for change…2 In my work through school and organization visits, I have been fascinated to see the correlation between the speed of change and an individual who is “leading” the charge. As Malcom Gladwell describes in his book, “The Tipping Point“, he states: The success of any kind of social epidemic is heavily dependent on the involvement of people with a particular and rare set of social gifts.7 Although Gladwell talks about the “Law of the Few” (connectors, mavens, salesman), I do not believe change is solely dependent upon their skills, but also the culture in which they exist. With that being said, I have noticed that the individuals that are really successful in helping to be a catalyst for change certainly embody some similar characteristics. 1. Should every school/district administrator have these qualities? What qualities from this list did I miss?