Archive for the ‘Productivity’ Category

Bill Gates Hates Facebook

10 Aug

billgates“Facebook performed an illegal operation and should be shut down” said Bill Gates speaking on a recent tour to India.

Bill signed up and promptly got 10,000 requests to be his “friend”, which he admits overwhelmed him.  He especially found the process of reviewing new friend requests too arduous.  I wonder how far he got?

Read the full story here.


Earth Nearly Full.

03 Aug

It is estimated that 1.5 exabytes (1.5 x 10^18) of unique new information will be generated worldwide this year. That’s estimated to be more than in the previous 5,000 years.


..according to Glimpse of the Future by Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod.


It IS Your Fault

20 Apr

Written by Clay Collins on his inspiring blog

Read the full post here:

One of the most “successful” phrases in the history of direct sales copywriting is this: “it’s not your fault.”

Fortunes have been made with this phrase.

Billions of dollars have been collected by telling people that their obesity, their poverty, their unhappiness, their dysfunctional relationship patterns aren’t their fault (and then selling them the “cure” that can fix everything).

There are all kinds of reasons why you don’t follow your deepest purpose.

Let’s see . . .

  • Your passion might a require a large commitment of time and money (and and then fail)
  • There’s uncertainty in starting a venture or launching a product
  • You might fail and look like a loser in front of your spouse, children, and family (who didn’t think you’d make it in the first place)
  • You’re afraid that if you follow your passion, you won’t be able to feed and house your family
  • You’re afraid it’s going to take a LONG time before you reach profitability
  • You don’t want to be in your mid-forties, driving a shitty car, and living in two-bedroom apartment with your family
  • You’re afraid that you’ll end up a bum in the street, destitute, and in debt with no savings, no food, and no health insurance
  • You’re afraid that you’ll be left out in the cold with no security
  • You’re afraid that if you leave your job and start doing what you were born to do, that it will flop and you’ll have to re-enter the job force in a bad economy and that you’ll won’t be able to compete with younger guys who learn faster and will work for less money
  • You’re afraid you’ll lose your house
  • You’re scared about having enough money for retirement

Well, I have news for you. . .

. . . you might not have unlimited money, but you do have unlimited resources.

Your time IS now…..

Great stuff! Read the full article at


Brilliant example of mentally engaging with a physical problem

17 Apr

An excerpt from one of my favourit blogs,  Havi, the author, works with her own sore arms.  This sort of engaging with physical symptoms using dialog and logical reasoning was a breakthrough in modern psychotherapy and can yield dramatic results.  Often found in the world of hypnotherapy.


The Fluent Self


Tension. Attention.

Posted: 16 Apr 2009 08:55 AM PDT

NOTE: If you’re one of the people who write in because you’re completely confused by the “what’s going on with Havi’s arms?!” question, so am I. Sorry.

The short answer is that it’s some sort of stuckified chronic pain that was originally doing a pretty decent imitation of carpal tunnel or repetitive-stress-ish stuff, but isn’t. All I can tell you is that it involves my body talking to me about internal stuff going on. A lot.

We’re making progress with it. I’m learning. It’s healing. My arms are going to be fine. Just give us time.

Chasing the pain.

The pain in my arms is moving. Migrating, really.

It started in my hands and wrists and then spent several weeks inching up my arms until it found its winter hibernation home — and then it settled in for a bit.

From about two inches (5 cm) above the wrist to two inches (5 cm) above the elbow. That’s where it wanted to do its agonizing thing. And that’s where I’ve been working on it.

But lately the pain has been on the move again. I can’t tell if it’s running away or just chasing some confused dream of Manifest Destiny. Either way, it now starts about mid-tricep and goes up to the shoulder joint.

And it’s talking. It has a lot to say.

An astonishing piece of information.

The scene: on the massage table. Chris (my wonderful massage therapist) is working on my arms, and I’m trying to relax.

Me: Hey, arms? Is there anything you need from me while we’re getting this massage? Something I can do to help you relax?
Arms: No relaxing! You can’t make us!
Me: Wow. Okay. You don’t have to relax if you don’t want to. It sounds like this is really worrying you. What’s going on? Can you tell me more about this?
Arms: Relaxation is bad. Period. No discussion.

And then I had to stop and think for a bit, because I didn’t want to accidentally step on my arms’ toes — which makes no sense, I know.

It’s just that I didn’t want the conversation to end by me saying something that would make my arms think that I’m not really listening and that I don’t really care. Because then they clam up and don’t talk at all.

And at the same time, I was completely confused. Really? Relaxation is bad?

All these years that I’ve been teaching yoga and meditation… and leading — wait for it — guided relaxation exercises… there has been a part of me that thinks that relaxation is bad?

I mean, I freaking love relaxation. I have more (and better) tricks than anyone I know for magically calming down and for getting into a quiet, safe space.

But if I’ve learned anything about anything, then it’s that if you want to find out what’s really going on, you have to be willing to drop all the things you think are true. Or, you know, at least some of them …

So I just have to ask …

Me: Okay. I’m willing to accept that relaxation could be a bad thing. I get that you have strong opinions on this, and I’m sure you have completely legitimate reasons for knowing what you know.
Arms: Well, yeah. Hmph.
Me (trying for the most neutral tone I can come up with): What happens when we relax? What is the bad part of relaxation?
Arms: Oh. Relaxation is bad for you. When you relax, you let your guard down and then you get hurt. People take advantage of you.
Me: What are you talking about?
Arms: (they provide me with about twenty examples of different situations, in the form of various memories)
Me: Oh.
Arms: All that bad stuff? We’re not letting that happen to you again. We are not going to let you get hurt again.


Me: Ohhhhhhhhhhh. Oh. You want to take care of me. You want to keep me from getting hurt.
Arms: Well, yeah.
Me: Every single time. All my pain and all my fear and all my stuck. It’s always about protection and safety. It’s always about these really good intentions that accidentally produce horribly painful results. This is amazing.
Arms: Just don’t relax, okay? Don’t let down your guard.
Me: Ohmygod. It’s the vigilance thing again.
Arms: Don’t relax. Please……..

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Feel-good Video!

17 Apr

Can’t help but get a good buzz going when I have a listen of this:


How to better manage your critical inner voice

24 Mar

This was written by Janet Bailey of the Mindful Time Management Blog – a brilliant idea!

The power of the split screen

Years ago, when I was making my living mainly from freelance writing, I tried an experiment to help me cope with my brutal internal editor. (The one who was immobilizing me, oh, every third word or so.)

I opened a separate window on my computer screen, just for writing down what I was saying to myself every time I got stuck.

For the next few hours, I toggled back and forth between manuscript and self-talk. Turns out (no big surprise) that when I got stuck, it was usually not just because I was struggling to find the right words.

I was also saying to myself things like, “This is impossible.”  “I don’t have enough information.”  “It’s hopeless.”  “I can’t finish.”  “It will never work.”

Trapped in my mind, those thoughts typically drove me into the kitchen for a sugar fix, or pretty much anywhere other than the computer where I was mired in the apparent, and repeated, hopelessness of the situation…..

Read the full article at Mindful Time Management Blog


If You Build It, They Won’t Come

18 Nov

This post was written by Naomi of – a highly recommended blog

If You Build It, They Won’t Come
Posted: 17 Nov 2008 01:43 PM CST


If you run a service business — and in service I include coaching and consulting — and to a degree if you run any other kind of business, here’s the best piece of advice I’ve got.
Spend 4 times more time on MARKETING than you do on DOING.

I could give you the list and litany of people who are the worst at this, but basically everybody is the worst at this. Except maybe life coaches. They’re the REAL worst.

You bust your ass creating this wonderful business that is going to change lives. You get the certification and you spend the money on the website and you give the free sessions to get the testimonials. You create something that will quite honestly make it so people will not even remember what their life was like before they worked with you. And then what do you do?
You sit around and wait for people to find you.

Read the full post at

If you are not getting enough clients, your only priority is getting clients.
That is all. Now stop reading blogs and get back to work.


Sell what Sells, NOT what’s Cool by Worldwide Brands

04 Nov

Sell what Sells, NOT what’s Cool by Worldwide Brands: “One store leads to two, two lead to four, and so on. Never get stuck limiting your entire business to just one type of product!” : About Us

02 Nov : About Us

A brilliantly put together video about CafePress, would make you want to change the world.

Also, a good model for selling customised products at over the odds as a fundraising tool.


Want to Start a Startup? by Paul Graham

31 Oct

Excellent article