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The Fire Fly Manifesto

I was on Twitter a few hours ago and one of the tweets from was a link to Jonathan Fields new ebook The Fire Fly Manifesto. Just released today!

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It’s packed with great career advice but more importantly life advice. Check out the Intro:

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“Whether you flip burgers or swap derivatives, losing a job just plain sucks. I’m not here to tell you otherwise. Especially, when you were following the rules, you did everything right, you worked your ass off, you sacrificed what you really wanted to do for years or decades on the promise of a better life…and still got sacked or, worse, watched your entire company go down in flames.

What’s going on in the world and the economy right now is frightening. Nobody knows when the other shoe will drop, what it will look and feel like when it does, or if another shoe even exists. And, for many of the hundreds of thousands of folks who lost their jobs this year, the position you’ve lost simply doesn’t exist anymore…in any company. So, going back or making a lateral move isn’t an option.

But, I’ve got news for you…

What feels like the end of the the world to you now may, in fact, be the window you’ve dreamed of for decades.

How many of you have spent months or years secretly praying to win the lottery so you could stop doing what you were  doing and finally do what you loved?  How many of you have felt locked into a tired, life-sucking career by a suffocating marriage of golden or lead handcuffs, fear that you’d be judged or ridiculed for changing paths and a life-stifling lack of belief in your ability to make a living doing what you love?

Thing is, if that’s you…

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The economy has just served you up a big, fat opportunity!

In fact, you may never get an opening like this again….”

It resonated with me because I’m a believer in working on things you’re passionate about. I believe that If you’re getting up because the alarm clock sounded then it means something is wrong. Get up because you have a purpose to make a difference and can’t wait to get started again!

Now is the time to make things happen, opportunities might not be clear to some, all I can say is that by the time this “crisis” is over life will be much different for those who challenged the status quo.

Dream, create, explore, imagine, pioneer. Do these words describe what you do? If not then you’re already irrelevant.

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10,000 Hours to success

Talent is overrated argues Malcolm Gladwell in his new book Heartbreakers release . Although I have yet to read the book I’m fascinated by the idea behind the . Gladwell argues that excellence at a complex task requires a critical, minimum level of practice.

“In study after study, of composers, basketball players, fiction writers, ice-skaters, concert pianists, chess players, master criminals,” writes the neurologist Daniel Levitin, “this number comes up again and again. Ten thousand hours is equivalent to roughly three hours a day, or 20 hours a week, of practice over 10 years… No one has yet found a case in which true world-class expertise was accomplished in less time. It seems that it takes the brain this long to assimilate all that it needs to know to achieve true mastery.”

The real path to great performance and therefore success is a matter of choice. . Just make sure you practice on the things you’re passionate about.

Gladwell’s new book is generating a lot of buzz with countless interviews picking his brain:


For a real treat check out Fortune Magazine’s article from last month. It’s not about Malcolm Gladwell’s book but about the principle of deliberate practice. Uptown Girls movies District 9 psp The essence of deliberate practice is to stretch an individual beyond his or her current abilities. With examples of Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer, Chris Rock, Giants Quarterback Eli Manning to name a few you’ll find this a good read.

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Did you know that a typical 5 year old asks 65 questions a day while a typical 40 something adult asks only about 6 questions day? It seems that the older we get the less questions we ask and therefore the less creative we become. We become so rigid on our beliefs of how things are that we fail to imagine any other possibilities.

Questions have been the enablers of innovation for centuries. Questions stimulate the brain!

, looking at things from different perspectives and questioning existing norms and methods help open your mind to find new solutions to problems.

What is Wisdom?

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is inspired by the idea that one of the greatest gifts one generation can pass to another is the wisdom it has gained from experience. Produced with cooperation from Archbishop Desmond Tutu it seeks to create a record of multicultural group of people who have all made their mark on the world.

Malcolm Gladwell on “meaningful work”


Here’s Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, Blink Out There on dvd discussing some finding from his new book Outliers. Here speaking at the in San Francisco, he gives examples of The Beatles and Bill Gates and how hard work, pouring your heart and mind into something, results in meaningful work and at the same time getting rewarded for it.