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The Last Lecture of Randy Pausch

2014 October 21
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We are re-viewing this inspirational speech by Dr. Randy Pausch given to his last class at Carnegie Mellon University in my hometown of Pittsburgh.  Here he is on the Oprah Winfrey Show.  His advice: "Don't complain, just work harder—you can choose to take your finite time and effort and spend it complaining,or you can spend it playing the game hard."

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Daily Thoughts for October 21, 2014

2014 October 21
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Love is not the end of your response to another who is better than you are, but there is no better way to advance your life than to develop a taste for being with those who can teach you much about life--and about love.

Sandra Aamodt: Why Dieting Doesn't Work

2014 October 20
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In the US, 80% of all girls have been on a diet by the time they are 10 years old. In this honest, raw talk, neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt uses her personal story to frame an important lesson about how our brains manage our bodies.  She explores the science behind why dieting not only doesn't work, but is likely to do more harm than good. She provides ideas for intuitively living a less diet-obsessed life.

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Daily Thoughts for October 20, 2014

2014 October 20

Creating a new being is not as difficult as achieving a high degree of integrity within a society that is determined to hide its brightest lights behind policies that are designed to blight large portions of their people most of the time.  Until you can stand alone and feel at home, you cannot be as you would wish to be.

Andy Puddicombe: Transformative Power of Doing Nothing

2014 October 19
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When was the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 minutes? No texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing nothing, because all it takes is 10 mindful minutes to refresh your mind. 10 minutes a day simply become totally experience the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in strange positions.)  Andy claims: "We spend more time taking care of our clothes and cars than we do our minds."

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Daily Thoughts for October 19, 2014

2014 October 19
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In your world of work are many who do not want to be there.  Are you one of them at heart or do you work because it provides you with the means to do what you dream?

Guy Kawasaki on Entrepreneurs Top 10 Mistakes

2014 October 18
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Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist of Apple and co-founder of Garage Technology Ventures, addressed the Haas School of Business at the UC Berkeley Startup Competition and explained the top 10 mistakes entrepreneurs make. He covers all stages of a startup from inception to exit.  Although a bit long, if you are in business for yourself, you need to buckle down and stay the course!  Kawasaki warns:  "The moment you take outside money, you have lost control of your company. Fifty one percent is an illusion of control; if you can't deal with that, don't take outside money."

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Daily Thoughts for October 18, 2014

2014 October 18
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Powerful work gives you the aura of being powerful as well, but are you any better than others?  Are you wise to pump up your work and appear to be bigger than you are?  Will others then require you to take care of them more than they might have if you were less powerful now?  Are you the one who has to be the keeper of all or can you ignore others more and not share what glory you have or may soon have?

Do Trees Communicate?

2014 October 17
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Another encore presentation…because you must not forgot the message.  University of British Columbia Professor Suzanne Simard shows how all trees in a forest ecosystem are interconnected and how the largest, oldest "mother trees" serving as hubs. The underground exchange of nutrients increases the survival of younger trees linked into the network of old trees. Here is a real-life model of forest resilience and regeneration. In forests, 1+1 equals more than 2.  Video less than 5 mins.

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Daily Thoughts for October 17, 2014

2014 October 17
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In the world of today are many places where you can forget that you will live another day, but when you enter them you are not sure.  Do you need to let go and forget that you will be here when this day is over, or do you enjoy this time as if there will never be another life?