Archive for June, 2007

The Little Birdie…
June 25, 2007

 

The story below is an excerpt from Chazown, a book by Craig Groeschel. It’s short and simple…but raises some good points!

One day the bird was flying South for the winter and got caught in a snowstorm. As snow landed on his tiny wings, it melted slightly, then quickly froze, causing the bird to fall to the ground. As he sat helpless and shivering, encased in ice, the bird thought to himself, this is the end.

To make matters worse, a cow wandered toward the freezing bird and – wouldn’t you know it? – deposited a stinking pile of manure on top of the bird. The bird panicked, horrified at the thought that he was going to freeze to death, covered in manure. But slowly, the warmth of the manure caused the bird to thaw out. He fluttered his newly freed wings and began to chirp with joy! Chirp! Chirp!

That’s when a cat, drawn by the chirping, ran over, dug out the bird…and ate him! This story of courage and calamity teaches three important lessons:

1. Not everyone that drops manure on you is your enemy
2. Not everyone who digs you out of manure is your friend
3. When you are in manure, keep your mouth shut

By Micah Davis

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A Simple Analogy
June 21, 2007

Hamilton Wright Mable said, “Don’t worry about opposition. Remember, a kite rises against the wind, not with the wind.” We need to approach challenges with this same mindset. At first, it may seem like a hindrance, but in the end, the wind is what allows the kite to soar and dip gracefully across the sky. Without the wind, the beauty within the kite is not revealed. Face the challenge head-on, with passion, and allow it to help you soar. Remember, no one rises to meet low expectations.

The above is a passage from the Habitudes by Dr. Tim Elmore. What struck me the most about it though was the last sentence that reads, “Remember, no one rises to meet low expectations.” The kite analogy is a simple illustration of how going “against the grain” is what reveals the beauty of the kite. I recently sat down with a fellow entrepreneur and MBA student at Cal-Berkley. In our conversation, he mentioned an idea of his that had a couple of hurdles to overcome. While these barriers to entry may be difficult to overcome initially, upon reaching the other side…the very same obstacles that once hindered his path to success could eventually become the pillars of his competitive advantage.

So to sum it all up…if what you set out to do was *easy*, then somebody would already have done it or there wouldn’t be any great reward in constructing it. The Key to Growth is Resistance…if we could only keep that in perspective.

By Micah Davis

Entrepreneurial Wisdom
June 18, 2007

 

Learning from the mistakes of others can be one of the single biggest *shortcuts* on the path to success. Here are some recent remarks from some entrepreneurs who have “been there and done that.”

Build a Strong Team of Generalists Who Can Specialize – Avichal Garg

Find team members who complement each other but who can jump in to do anything. For example, if you are building a team of engineers, find great engineers, some of whom think about the front-end, some about the back-end, some about speed, but all of whom can jump in wherever and whenever needed to build a part of the product.

Do the Simplest Thing Possible – David Weekly

You’re probably pretty smart so you’ve probably built out a very elaborate scheme / architecture / process for achieving world peace while becoming fabulously wealthy. Drop it. This big-picture kind of stuff is pure intellectual masturbation. Instead, ask yourself, almost as a joke, what the absolute simplest possible version of the idea would be – challenge yourself to something you can do in a day. You may be surprised (positively or negatively!) by the results.

 

Bigger than You – Sumaya Kazi

Surround yourself with people smarter than yourself. It can only breed success.

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Creativity with Constraints
June 14, 2007

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First off, I’d like to mention that one of my best friends and co-founder, Chris Capehart, has recently launched his new blog appropriately titled “The Different Ink.” Chris is one of the most passionate people that I know with a genuine care for relationships and appetite for success. I highly recommend that you check out his blog…I know that I’m looking forward to some more posts (Chris…*hint, hint*). And now we’ll be moving along to what’s been on my mind…

Stuck…ever been there? Ever felt it? Well if you’re human like the rest of us, then the chances are that you have been. But breaking through mental barriers and life’s challenges can be accomplished easier with some tools at hand. So when it comes to being creative, I generally like to try 2 different approaches. The 1st of which is to ask the BIG question of…”What if?” Simple…you bet, but powerful when uttered with intent. I’m actually not going to dive into this direction as Chris has actually just written about the subject here.

Now this next approach seems to be neglected and underutilized a little more often than not. (more…)

SITES *mini* SITES
June 8, 2007

 

Companies and brands are constantly seeking new ways to grab consumers’ attention in both the on and offline space.  Several years back, ad agencies began to promote the use of “mini sites.”  Many of these sites play off of some form of entertainment, humor, game experience or other form of interactive marketing.  Below are some interesting ones that have gone outside the box from most traditional ad campaigns.

SatanHatesLife.com is quite the unique mini-site.  Lifechurch.tv did an excellent job promoting one of their series with an original title and marketing campaign.  But they didn’t just stop there…the complemented the site with a set of several billboards that went up around the town.  Eye-catching to say the least!  I give them an A+ for a viral campaign on this one. (more…)

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June 6, 2007

So if you haven’t had a chance to check out the Microsoft Surface yet…then you definitely need to!  Above is a video of one of the demonstrations…interesting to say the least.  The future of user interfaces seems to be blurring the lines between technology and the human body.  You can also view more clips of the Surface as well as find out further info by clicking HERE.

By Micah Davis

think = P-R-O-C-E-S-S
June 5, 2007

 

In 1501, the Arte della Lana commissioned Michelangelo to create the now famous statue of David.  About 40 years earlier, another sculptor by the name of Agostino di Duccio had tried to sculpt the same object but to no avail.  When Michelangelo was given the task, he was also given the same block of marble that Agostino had worked on those many years ago.  The story is told that every day for 3 months, the 26 year old Michelangelo stood and stared at the marble block.  He would leave at the end of the workday and return the following morning, repeating the routine to the great puzzlement of onlookers.

“What are you doing?” someone asked.  “I’m working,” the master sculptor replied.  (more…)