blog soup 01.30.2012
Mixed Epiphanies for a Monday
by Stan Faryna
Enya, Wild Child
Dave Gallant is a start up guy. That means he’s failed. And it means he’s ready to fail again. Because that’s a big part of what it takes to succeed.
Dave defines failure beautifully:
When you try your best, and it’s still not good enough.
Dave punctuates the definition with an image from the movie, 300 – a movie that tells the inspiring historical drama of King Leonidas I of Sparta as told by the Greek historian Herodotus, the Father of History.
At the battle of Thermopylae (480 BC), King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans made a final stand against the invading Persian army of HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS – to delay the murder and rape of Spartans by one day.
Failure is inevitable. Nor is any one success self-sustaining. Each and every success is a prize that must be fought for and hard won.
I’d love to hear more about your current start up, Dave.
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Brad Shorr guest posts on Kris Olin’s blog.
Brad says Social Media is about the small talk. In other words, get over the breakfast tweet!
Love what Phil says in his comment about making the best of the online social experience:
You can take your time and craft something, so you sound as smart as you are.
When I was in my twenties, I loathed small talk. Going to do small talk was like going to hell. I couldn’t do it gladly- do what I thought that small talk was.
Do ya know what I mean?
In my thirties, I learned that the problem was me – not small talk.
If you want to talk about something that matters, do some of the talking. Make conversations. Speak from the heart. Talk about the things that choke you up!
Within the context of the conversation, of course.
That’s what blog soup is really about. Yeah, I know, that’s a spoiler for some.
Sometimes, the secret ingredient should stay secret. Yes?
Thanks to you, Brad and Kris, for a thought-provoking read.
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Pam asks a question of you. And me.
Are you part of the beating heart?
Or are you just a part of the noise contributing to the stress, confusion and disbelief in the value of social media?
The heartbeat of social is the people.
The heartbeat of social is people sharing life together.
So it is. These things and more.
The heartbeat of social is people, sharing themselves with each other, and receiving each other as the gifts each, infact, is.
These thoughts remind me of something my friend, Florin Cosac, says:
Help others dream bigger.
The question I ask myself, right now, is not who did you lift up today? But, how many!?
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The music video ends with the beautiful sound of children’s laughter. Wow! That’s where hope lives.
Now we have a starting point from which we can be and become greater gifts unto each other, Dan.
Music is wonderful that way.
And social media.
And, last but not least, hard times. Because we need hard times. All of us. It’s a can opener for stubborn and hardened hearts.
I do have to say that your impatient and gruff comment on Bruce Sallan’s recent blog post made me think twice. [grin]
In my own humble opinion, Karen Horney, a strong critic of Freud, offered some profound insight into the differentiations of the female psyche.
Anyway, I am a gambling man. And, maybe, it was just a bad day. Just like you said.
Anything to put a smile on Gini’s Monday!
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Paul Flanigan asks the big question:
Was it worth it?
Paul is referring to Tropicana creating an artificial sun rise in Trafalgar Square.
The arrogance of an extravagant artist that envies God is never justified. But there is a certain wow and sexy hutzpah to that kind of reckless ambition.
What I didn’t say:
For example, we love Apple. I mean “love” in a generic sense.
And our love for Apple is unchallenged by our awareness that the Chinese factory workers at Foxconn are so miserable that some of them believe that they would be better off dead. Foxconn is a major Taiwanese-owned manufacturer catering to famous-name brands including Apple, Dell, HP, Motorola, Nintendo, Sony and Nokia.
A report on Foxconn’s inhumane labor practices is documented by a report was produced by a non-profit group in Hong Kong. It’s here: http://sacom.hk/archives/740
Yes, we’re whores like that. That includes me…
Here’s my idea for Tropicana’s next promotion. Tropicana will pay me a million dollars for the concept. [grin] 50 percent of that consulting free and intellectual property compensation will go to the creation of an NGO that aims to overcome rural poverty through social and citizen media.
A circle of Tropicana people are wearing orange shirts at the center of a mass of African children in need. Tropicana is spelled out by red shirts for 7 seconds.
Like rays of light, the orange shirts move out in lines into the surrounding mass of children.
Food, candy, water, Tropicana juice, yellow-white-and orange shirts are distributed to the children.
Zoom out: the mass of children starts to change color as they put the shirts on.
Close up: smiles, laughter, and joy.
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30 January 2012
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