Monday, August 21, 2017

Simon Sinek's - Why Leaders Eat Last

A fascinating story about how great leaders build trust and, most importantly, safe-for-employment work spaces so that our companies thrive! This was a fascinating post as it demonstrates how great companies are similar to powerful communities - they help each other out, so that the whole will thrive. Very Platonic, yes, but such a powerful point. Imagine if you felt secure in your job, and that you knew your leader would bend over backward to protect your job! Imagine if there was no c-suite, but an openness of idea-sharing and engagement... Imagine if we all had security knowing such a work place as possible? How would that change your creativity, and possibilities?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Faster Payment Task Force - A Federal Reserve Study

There are a few payment podcasts that I listen to and Around The Coin is one of them. One of their latest does an amazing job of detailing the Federal Reserve's Task Force on Faster Payment Processing (you can find the link to the task force here and you can find a copy of the paper here). Essentially, the paper describes how the Federal Reserve obtained market and industry feedback about our (the US) payment systems. Starting in 2012, the authors interviewed payment processors, banks, consumer and merchants about what's work and what is not, in the payment ecosystem.

Check out the Around The Coin interview below...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Ethereum - Not Blockchain A Global Computer

What is Ethereum? Meet global computer, monetary gas machine and smart contracts...

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Jocko Willink - Extreme Ownership - TedX Talk

Incredible presentation about the powerful impacts of war... If you haven't seen this, I strongly encourage you to watch this presentation.

What moved me:

  1. How the fog of war caused a critical failure
  2. Honor on the battlefield 
  3. Owning responsibility 
  4. Leadership like you've never seen before
  5. Strength of character
Every leader should be reminded of what our soldiers go through each and every day! 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Meditation: The One Thing I Should Be Doing...

If I had a dollar for every day I told myself, "gee, I think I'll start meditation today..." there would be another $1,600 in my bank account. From what I know, heard, read, figured and understood is meditation is one of the clearest paths to true mental and physical health. Ah, but who has the time, right? I should, my obligations are pretty simple... Alas, I never seem to actually sit down, breath and just relax! So the best way for me to try this out... Well, there's an app for that: HeadSpace...

As of this moment, I'm on day 1 of 10 (after that, I think I have to subscribe). The app experience, again, so far, was really enjoyable. The narrator (voice in the app) was pleasant and calming - job one, score! There is a calendar and alarm to remind me about my meditation commitment. Oh, and like every app, I can keep track of my progress (would be kind of cool if I could add data to the app like: I'm totally fucking killing it with mindfulness). So, we'll see how it goes... Already though, I'm feeling pretty good.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Quitting Social Media - Week Four

Four weeks ago I watched a video by Dr. Cal Newport. His pitch was centered on questioning the value of social media. Along with other points about why, one struck me the most: most, if not all, of the social media companies use Engagement Engineers. Their goal is to keep your attention in the app, for as long as possible. In other words, the value you are receiving is for entertainment only! Argue what you may, but I think he's right! When I followed his thinking through, 9 times out of 10, I didn't learn something new. I was entertained (I'm mainly referring to Facebook and Instagram). Granted, I have learned/laughed at times, but on the whole, I haven't. So I've quit those two social networks for the past four weeks, and I've learned even more...

For starters:

  1. One phenomenon I've noticed about social media, is the desire for couples to post all the wonderful things they are doing... I've never been a big fan of this... I always wonder: who are they really talking to? Are they trying to make someone jealous? Is it an ego thing? I mean, if you are happy, why post... I've never understood this. But, I've seen their posts, and I have judged my current relationships by what I am seeing - not good! With my new girlfriend, I've stayed clear of, well, this silliness, and I'm only judging the relationship by how it makes me feel. This has made an incredible difference! 
  2. Time suck! Social media, although I don't spend a ton of time on Facebook or Instagram, I've noticed that I can waste a few minutes a day running through the site. Well, that time is now used for other things like, READING! 
  3. Frankly, I'd rather not just re-post a bunch of junk, or like a bunch of stupid shit, I'd rather create valuable content (I'll give Instagram a bit of a pass on this one, as some of the pics are really cool). This means, creating more blog posts or videos of value... I'd rather give back to the network, and honor and LIKE content that actually serves the system. 
  4. Oh, and my anxiety level has gone down... More on that later. 
So, that's it so for now... I hope everyone who reads this understands I'm not judging them (it may sound like it), I'm judging how I've been perceiving social networking post (this is my judgment and value... Not the value of your content, because some of what people share is incredible).

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Bruce Lee - The Immortal