Re-Blog May 2010

June 3, 2010


I continue to be amazed at all the great places that I can become a little more enlightened and entertained in the blogosphere.  Back in my direct response advertising days, I remember a manager at our company telling us, “if your spouse or loved one ever gives you grief about watching too much television, tell them you’re doing research for work.” I laughed because it really was true.  I feel much the same way about spending time reading blogs and Tweets and letting my curiosity guide me to where I want to go.

With this in mind, I have stumbled upon some great stuff in the month of May.  Here’s a rundown:

The No. 1 Habit of Highly Creative People. Leo Babauta’s highly popular Zen Habits is a source for some interesting, thought provoking musings on simple productivity.  Truth be told, I haven’t spent much time there in recent months.  But after reading this post, I have a strong desire to give him a high five.

In a nutshell, Leo’s number one habit of highly creative people is solitude, which allows us to think, reflect and create.  He shares numerous quotes from notable creative geniuses and my favorite is from Nikola Tesla, “The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone, that is the secret of invention: be alone, that is when ideas are born.”

The next time you don’t have a date on Saturday night, don’t despair.  Get your creative juices flowing. Check out the article in its entirety over at Zen Habits by clicking on the title above.

In the End, It’s About the Stories We Tell. Mitch Joel is a digital marketing expert, dubbed by Marketing Magazine as the “Rockstar of Digital Marketing.”  His Six Pixels of Separation blog is a great source for thoughts on marketing, social media and the digital world.  This post really struck me as simple, yet profound.

I enjoyed how Joel stresses that marketing is, ultimately, about telling stories.  I also enjoyed his (and Chris Brogan’s via video) recommendation of Donald Miller’s book A Million Miles in A Thousand Years, which challenges readers to think about their lives differently…as if it were a story.  If you love stories or the power of a good story, you might want to check out this post and it’s accompanying video.

An Amateur’s View of Social Media Circa May 2010 Disorganized Musings. I’ve always respected what Tom Peters has to say about the world of work whether it be personal branding, customer service or various trends.  We all know that “Social Media” is a huge buzz word these days that means a lot of things to a lot of different people.  As a seasoned professional who has “seen it all,” Tom Peters provides his take on Social Media.

One of my favorite musings, number 13, says, “Beware of hanging out with too many social media peers.  Hyping each other and getting caught up in ‘SM is all there is’ is a deadly sin.”

Video Vednesday: Annual Goals, Daily. I’ve been a fan of Colleen Wainwright since I sat next to her and watched her speak at Pam Slim’s Escape from Cubicle Nation workshop last summer.  Last month, on her Communicatrix blog, she shared a very interesting and intriguing video about reviewing our annual goals on a daily basis.  I find this interesting because I know, firsthand, how many of us forget and lose sight of those goals we create at the beginning of the year.  This is a great video that just might have you changing how you start your days.

Making Ideas Happen at an Alarming Rate. As an “ideas person” I can really appreciate this post on Scott Ginsberg’s Hello My Name is Blog last month.  It’s all about generating more ideas, taking massive action and getting past those barriers that prevent us from generating more ideas.  He also shares some insights from Scott Belsky’s Making Ideas Happen book.  If you’re ready to generate more ideas and put these into action, click on the above link.

How about you…did you stumble onto any interesting posts last month?  Did you learn anything new?  Care to share?

1 Lori June 3, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Hi Tim,
Hey, what a great tool shed (er, I mean post). I see lots of great ideas here that I’d like to check out.

I actually just finished reading A Million Miles in A Thousand Years last night. And, can I say wow! I highly recommend this to anyone who likes a great story, loves to read clear, concise, engaging writing, and could use a shift in thinking about his or her life. It was especially interesting to me as a writer as he describes (in the context of his memoir) a few techniques to push a plot forward and to craft a great story.

Great post, Tim! Thanks for the useful links.

2 Tim June 4, 2010 at 10:44 am

Hi Lori: Ha…glad you like the shed and that you find some links of interest to you. Wow, very cool that you read Don Miller’s book and it is encouraging to hear so much positive buzz about it. I actually started reading another of his books over the weekend, but it’s still too early to have any strong opinions just yet. But, like you, I really believe in the power of a great story. Thank you for stopping by and sharing…have a great weekend!

3 Lance June 5, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Hi Tim,
Between you and Lori…the “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” is sounding pretty awesome!!

And I too, really enjoyed Tom Peters take on social media. In fact, I often enjoy the material he shares.

And…since I know of all of these people, but don’t visit all that often – this is really great stuff!!

A favorite I’ve come to really like is Kristi Hines (@kikolani on twitter) – and especially her Friday post that summarizes some great material from the week.

4 Tim June 6, 2010 at 6:37 am

Hi Lance: You’re right about that book and all the interesting writers/bloggers…lot’s of good stuff out there…I know it’s just the tip of the iceberg. And since I’m always on the lookout for more interesting stuff, I thank you for providing the link at the end of your comment. Thanks for stopping by and best wishes for a great weekend!

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