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10 talks from inspiring teachers

10 talks from inspiring teachers
Professor John Keating of “The Dead Poets Society.” Calculus teacher Jaime Escalante of “Stand and Deliver.” Marine-turned-teacher Louanne Johnson of “Dangerous Minds.” Hollywood might want to take note of a new award-winning teacher on the block, Stephen Ritz, who gave this fast-paced, highly inspiring talk at TEDxManhattan. Stephen Ritz: A teacher growing green in the South BronxA parent and teacher in the South Bronx, Ritz has noticed his students getting larger and more sickly over the years, not to mention the fact that they’re parsing fewer options for earning a living. “Kids from the poorest Congressional district in America can build a 30 x 15 foot wall — design it, plant it, and install it in the middle of New York City,” says Ritz. Since starting the edible wall project, Ritz has seen his kids’ attendance jump from 43 to 90 percent. In honor of Ritz’s work watch nine more talks from truly inspiring teachers below.

4 Steps to landing a job in a new industry (actual email included) Tweet How do you land a job at a technology startup with a fine arts background? How do you land a job in any industry where you don’t have the requisite background, for that matter? Recently, I met with Jenni*, a fine arts major looking to break into the startup world but unsure as to where to start. It’s now four weeks later and she’s just accepted an offer at a hot technology startup here in San Francisco. So how did we make that happen? Let’s take a deeper look into her process to uncover what tactics work best when trying to land a job in a new industry. STEP 1: Meet with influencers There’s a quote from the book, The Start-up of You, that I like. Opportunities do not float like clouds in the sky. The best way to get any job is through people – not spamming folks with your resume. Jenni’s first step was to reach out to me through a mutual friend. Jenni used that common background as a jumping off point to hear about my experience and seek advice. STEP 2: Get a warm intro Interest. 1. 2. 3.

Khan Academy 4 Ways Self-Employment Is Less Risky than Getting a Job Modern society has conditioned us to believe that having a job is the safe route; that the artist’s or entrepreneur’s life is only for those fearless few who don’t mind the risks. Balderdash. Artists know that creation-as-business is more rewarding than playing cog in someone else’s machine. And I’d like to show you four ways self-employment reduces your risk. I’ll say it plain: making your own way is the safe route. Not that you’ll hear this in the voices around you… Your mother wonders when you’re finally going to get a real job. Even you sometimes wonder whether it wouldn’t be safer to take the well-traveled road. I say again, vehemently: no, it would not. 1. First, by spending 40 or more hours a week at someone else’s beck and call you will sacrifice control over your own happiness. Because for most of us a job is such a central part of life, it is essential that this activity be as enjoyable and rewarding as possible. That brings up our second point. 2. 3. 4. We need excitement in life.

Free Online Courses, Workplace Skills Training, Interactive Education and Multimedia Learning | ALISON Ten Reasons Winners Keep Winning, Aside from Skill - Rosabeth Moss Kanter by Rosabeth Moss Kanter | 7:00 AM August 1, 2012 Whether the game involves competing every four years in the Olympics or every day in a business, winning brings advantages that make it easier to keep winning. To understand sustainable success, I compared perpetual winners with long-term losers in professional and amateur sports and then matched the findings to business case studies for my book Confidence. The sports were a comprehensive mix including women’s soccer, men’s and women’s college basketball, major league baseball, U.S. football, international cricket, and North American ice hockey. I found that winners gain ten important advantages as a result of victory — and that smart leaders can cultivate and build on these advantages to make the next success possible. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Winning streaks eventually end because winners can get over-confident, slipping into arrogance or complacency, or because the competition gets better.

Facebook App Directory | Facebook Timeline Apps & Business Tools 25 things I've learned after 4 months of starting a business It has been four months since I transitioned to a location-independent lifestyle. Since starting, I’ve been to and/or lived in D.C., Ecuador, Mexico, Oregon, and Texas. This month, I’ll be making my way to Tennessee, Illinois, New York, and Rhode Island while continuing to work on my business from Wi-Fi to Wi-Fi. The following list is in no particular order. It is simply a list of the things I’ve learned along the way, and hopefully you’ll learn a thing (or 25) from it, as well. Here are the 25 things I’ve learned from location-independence and starting a company for the past four months. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. So there ya have it. 25 (er… 26) things I’ve learned in the past 4 months! Did you enjoy this article?

Facebook to increase profile picture size for pages Facebook to increase profile picture size for pages Facebook will increase the size of profile pictures on all business and fan pages on Thursday, according to an email the company sent to page owners. The new profile picture will appear as 160×160 pixels and will sit 23 pixels from the left and 210 pixels from the top of the page. Pages’ profile pictures will now be presented as the same size as users’ profile photos. We’ve provided a visualization of the new specs below. Sponsored Post Hands-On Social Media Training for Beginners In our Social Media 101 boot camp, you’ll determine the social media sites that matter most to you, based on personal and professional goals.

Google+ Guide | Quick and Dirty Guide to Killing It with Google+ I hate it when people make predictions about the outcomes of events with an air of certainty. Stock market. Super Bowls. Weather. Because when it comes to making predictions, our rate of success usually stinks. This is why I was rolling my eyes when Brian Clark announced back in January that Google+ will become a tool in every content marketers’ toolbox. Yeah, sure. I have to confess: I wanted to see his prediction fall flat (I’m sadistic like that), because I just did NOT want to contend with another social media platform. Well, after months of extensive research with clients I officially cry, “Uncle.” So, more than ever getting that Google+ account is critical for the content marketer–especially when it comes to driving traffic, subscribers and sales. You have to optimize it if you want to kill it. Optimize Your Google+ Profile Your profile needs to be optimized with keywords just like a typical web page. You won’t show up on internal or external searches. Let’s look at that now. Use Ripple

How to Create Custom Tabs for Facebook Business Pages Facebook business pages just went through quite a change with the release of the new page design that includes the addition of Timeline. But that also means your old way of customizing page tabs -- the tabs you could use to pull in your own custom content alongside the standard tabs like "Photos" and "Likes" -- has changed. These tabs are important for your social media marketing, because they let you create a much richer user experience on Facebook and control the content that your followers see when they visit your page. So, with the new layout, how do you create your own custom Facebook tabs? Wait, Where Do Tabs Exist on the New Facebook Page Layout? Before we get started, let's make sure we're all on the same page about where tabs now exist since the layout is still new to many. Alright, now that we've got that out of the way, let's start customizing! Step 1: Log In as a Facebook Developer Visit Step 2: Create and Name Your New App

How Greg Hartle Built His Business with 10 Dollars and a Laptop Greg Hartle is one of the smartest entrepreneurs I've had the good fortune to meet over the last few years. He's a serial entrepreneur in every sense of the word. He's hit rock bottom and climbed back to the top - multiple times. This is one of the most amazing stories I've come across. It's so good that I emailed a friend who is a literary agent because I want to see Greg's story turned into a book. Here are some of the highlights from our chat: How Greg Hartle Rebuilt Himself from Scratch Greg Hartle is an educator, author, and digital nomad. Download podcast as mp3(right click ⇒ save as)

4 Essential Facebook Page Apps to Improve Communication With Fans This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business. The number of Facebook applications can seem a little overwhelming at times. While Facebook doesn’t share an exact number, an independent website called AppData monitors trends for over 100,000 Facebook applications, which is a lot to sift through. As a business, trying to determine which of those apps can help your organization can be daunting. 1. Tweets to Pages, which has 1.2 million monthly active users, will create a tab on your Facebook Page that displays a timeline of your company’s most recent tweets. If you want to upgrade to the paid version, you can better control your content limits, choose a color scheme, add a banner and allow comments on your tweets. 2. 3. ContactMe, with 180,000 monthly active users, adds a tab on your organization’s Facebook Page with a contact form. 4.