The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Since the dawn of the industrial revolution people have been worked to death in sterile environments, devoid of passion.

In the 21st century the average employee spends 3 hours a day actually doing productive work.

The majority of people on this planet are merely existing.

Playing out their best days waiting for a retirement which may never come.

This has to change.

Startwatch is my first js project.

You plan, execute and review the most important tasks one at a time, in 10 minute bursts, measuring, learning and refining as you go.

The pain of this situation has driven me to learn things I never thought I could.

Check out the prototype and let me know what sucks/ what’s awesome:
http://www.startwatchapp.com


Work Less (Parkinson’s Law)

Parkinson’s Law:

“work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”*.

As the project came to its end, Steve Jobs set insanely tight deadlines for the Macintosh team.

The result?

The team built a product that destroyed the original specs within the allotted time.

 

See:

When we’re faced with insurmountable odds, we have to rethink our approach.

We have to reach outside of the known.

We have to make a conscious decision to innovate, to find a new solution for the new problem.

Decide:
To do the work that matters.

To explore what truly is possible and discover new, unexplored paths.

To make the world more awesome.

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*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkinson’s_law


The Game

We created a world in which people are constantly working their asses off.
Too busy to spend quality time with the people who matter most.
Too busy to remember what we’re truly passionate about.
Most people are so busy they can’t do anything about their own failing health.
It’s an incredibly clever system.
Cause once you’ve worked your ass off, how can you possibly sit down and think about living your own life?


Awaken the self to free the mind


The Adventure

Each and every one of us has limitless potential.
To dream up world changing innovations.
To free people from pain and suffering.
To create a reality all of our own making.

Our sub-conscious mind is the most powerful tool we have.

The challenge we face is to harness it’s power toward a definite purpose.

Inside each of us, a battle is being waged.
Every day, the person we are and the person we want to be go toe-to-toe.
The victor?
The one who we empower through education, inspiration and perspiration.

We have a choice.
To take accountability for our lives.
To stand up and say this is my dream,
This is my vision
And I will stop at nothing to see this through.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been teaching myself to code.

I’ve been working on a prototype for a motivational application to inspire and empower people to ask
‘What if?’

You can check out the prototype here:
http://www.startwatchapp.com


Death By Discounting

Death by Discounting

Steam, the humble bundle, PlayStation Network and Xbox Live all do it.
Publishers regularly use discounting to leverage traffic in mobile app stores.
But do flash sales and an influx of gamers logging in for cheap or free lead to brand loyalty?
Double Fine warns indies against deep discounting.
 

Ad-Bomb

Century of the Self examines the impact of Sigmund Freud, his daughter Anna Freud and his nephew Edward Bernays on how we live.
Bernays, infamous for his book Propaganda, reimagined the world of advertising.
Using his uncle’s work, he introduced women to cigarettes with a PR push that played on their deepest desires.
As we move into the information era, we have to ask ourselves - does manipulation add value in the long run?
 

Fail Race

If I fail more than you, I win.
What makes Rovio so special?
How come Muse are such a rock powerhouse?
Seth Godin talks about how frequent small failures are key to staying in the game long enough to build something awesome in this great interview.

Great Teams Win for the Coach

Why are great leaders great leaders?
Simon Sinek explores what makes great leaders great in this talk on why leaders eat last.


Business Changed

Every fact we were taught is wrong.
Even the experts are lost.*

We have a great opportunity to approach business from a simpler perspective.**

Dylan once said the times they are a changin’.
So let’s set ourselves up for success in the new world.

New scares people.***
New companies creating new products need to be nurtured and birthed into the world by those who care.
When people see the beauty and simplicity of what New can do, we can turn fear into love.

Imagine the limitless possibilities that will open up when we connect with the people who share our passion.****

Why not share this message with a friend or colleague?
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* Eddie Obeng The World After Midnight : http://on.ted.com/Obeng

** Seth Godin The Tribes We Lead: http://www.ted.com/talks/seth_godin_on_the_tribes_we_lead

***Innovation and Early Adopters: http://www.ideacouture.com/blog/innovation-early-adopters-beyond-the-bell-curve/

**** Ernesto Sirolli Want to Help Someone? Shut Up and Listen: http://on.ted.com/Sirolli


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