Amongst of all the beautiful things in life, it’s incredible that whats between those quotation marks got me to start typing again*. I am leaving behind all my intention of long perfect content pieces, and focus on greasing my writing process.
This is the only way for me to produce the better of my writing going forward.
Ps. I am picking up an old device called “morning pages**” to start tapping, typing and seeing on a regular basis. It will be interesting to see what I will find-out about myself.
But what if those opening notes weren’t actually written by Jimmy Page or any member of Led Zeppelin? What if the foundation of the band’s immortality had been lifted from another song by a relatively forgotten California band?
You’d need to rewrite the history of rock ’n’ roll.
Yes, yes… biggest sham of the entire history… Regardless my lack of faith to rumours, and what is yet to come out of that courtroom (Led Zeppelin Is Getting Sued Over ‘Stairway to Heaven’). Over the course of their career, Zeppelin has proven the breadth of their creativity with exceptional work.
This will register a blind statement, but I raise and eyebrow to the genuineness of claims made after 50 years.
As a Twitter user, I have witnessed this simple communications tool used to help unlock long-locked doors, to promote cultural awareness and sensitivity, to tear down walls of oppression, to alter the way businesses attend and respond to customers, to connect people in ways never before thought possible, and to democratize the creation and flow of information around the world. I have met and interacted with so many incredible people because of Twitter.
For all the reasons above and more, I love Twitter.
“Twenty years ago if I asked you how many feet were in a mile (and you didn’t know) you could go to a library and look it up. Ten years ago, you could go to a computer and google it. Today, you can literally ask your phone. It’s not a stretch at all with the advent of wearable computing that coming soon – I can ask you that question and you’ll instantly answer. … How would you change if you had instant brain-level access to all information. How would you change if you were twice as smart as you are now. How about ten times as smart? (Don’t answer, truth is, you’re not smart enough to know). Now, let’s leap ahead and think about what that looks like in 100 years. Or 1000. Or whenever it is you’ll think we’d have the technology to travel to another solar system. We’d be a scant remnant of what a human looks like today. … The question of why aliens might ‘want to come here’ is probably fundamentally flawed because we are forming that question from our current (tiny) viewpoint. The word ‘want’ might not apply at all to someone 1000 times smarter than us.”
to make sure that you are living out your own story, you constantly have to change.
Stand out or fit in.
Not all the time, and never at the same time, but it’s always a choice.
Those that choose to fit in should expect to avoid criticism (and be ignored). That that stand out should expect neither.
Beautifully written by Seth Godin. And all that is justified for the goal of leaving a mark, a snail also does that. Can you?
image creadit: Snail in the rain by @T_bech
Science fiction is our collective self-fulfilling prophecy.
FastCoDesign started a very intriguing series of articles on what today’s social networking solution providers were once set-out to be & what they are now.
Before Twitter became a micro-blogging sensation it was a podcasting business. YouTube’s founders were convinced they’d hit the jackpot with a video-dating site. PayPal’s original mission was to beam IOUs from Palm Pilot to Palm Pilot. Flickr grew out of a massive multiplayer online game as a way for players to drop photos into text messages.Â Instagram’s founders created a check-in technology called Blurbn before settling on photos.
This pattern of change is not coincidental, or under-considered. All these companies are dealing directly with society, on a daily 1-to-1 basis. These companies that are pivoting in response to the demand are actually answering the need in the market for the organization that can change, which is limber and obviously gets it.
As straightforward as the fact that these companies are unmissable parts of how we connect, they sustain this position by being in tune with their audience, and understanding what their users’ needs are (even what it will be). They seek to be useful.
This leads us to observe that change at human centered organizations is permanent, due to unstable/ ever-evolving nature of people’s needs & desires.
The Pivot is a very interesting read and you can join the conversation following the #thepivot hashtag.