Saturday
Apr022011

"You Can't Handle the Truth"

Our favorite movie lines. And most of them misquoted!

Here are the Top Ten Misquoted Famous Movie Lines:
 

1.    “Luke, I am your father” – Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)  (17%)

2.    “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) (15%)

3.    “Do you feel lucky, punk?” - Dirty Harry (1971) (13%)

4.    “Play it again, Sam” – Casablanca (1942) (12%)

5.    “Hello, Clarice” – Silence of the Lambs (1991) (10%)

6.    “Beam me up, Scotty!” – Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) (9%)

7.    “Frankly, Scarlett, I don't give a damn” – Gone with the Wind (1939) (7%)

8.    “If you build it, they will come” – Field of Dreams (1989) (6%)

9.    “I don't think we're in Kansas anymore, Toto” – The Wizard of Oz (1939) (5%)

10.  “Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?” – The Graduate (1967) (4%)

 

Do you know what the correct movie quote is? Read the article and find out.

Sunday
Mar272011

Being ridiculed

Oscar Wilde was right.

Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.

So was Scott Ginsberg. Click here to read his whole blog post.

 

"First, consider it an honor to be criticized.

Second, you’re nobody until somebody hates you.

Third, anything worth doing is worth being attacked for.

Fourth, if your dream isn’t being attacked, it isn’t big enough.

Fifth, if everybody loves your work, you’re doing something wrong.

Sixth, if nobody hates your work, you’re not being honest enough."

 

Remember: People who attack your work are terrified of attending to their own misery. So keep your head up and keep doing what you love.

Thursday
Mar242011

You Can Tell a Lot About a Person by Their Hair

Saturday
Feb262011

29 Things All Designers Should Know

Thursday
Feb172011

A Powerful Message. A Memorable Name. An Unforgettable Story.

Love146 turned itself from a non-profit organization into a memorable success story. Watch the video and visit the website to see why. It’s more than a campaign—it’s a movement by passionate people who are trying to stop child exploitation.
And who doesn’t love a good story?


Sunday
Jan302011

Book Review: The Four Agreements

It's 138 pages of great advice. "The Four Agreements: A Toltec Wisdom Book" has four strong lessons. Written by Don Miguel Ruiz, it's a quick read that could make you want to make changes in your life, or at least re-think the way you choose to take things personally.

The Four Agreements:

1. Be Impeccable with Your Word

The word is so powerful that one word can change a life or destroy the lives of millions of people.

2. Don't Take Anything Personally

Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves. People can hook you easily with one little opinion and feed you whatever poison they want, and because you take it personally, you eat it up. If you tell me something insulting, it is only because you're having a bad day, and you're dealing with your own issues and shortcomings. I was only the excuse for you to be cruel.

"If someone is not treating you with love and respect, it is a gift if they walk away from you. If that person doesn't walk away, you will surely endure many years of suffering with him or her. Walking away may hurt for a while, but your heart will eventually heal. Then you can choose what you really want. You will find that you don't need to trust others as much as you need to trust yourself to make the right choices."

Remember, you are never responsible for the choices of others. You are only responsible for you.

3.  Don't Make Assumptions

When we make an assumption, we misunderstand, we take it personally, and we end up creating a whole big drama for nothing.

4. Always Do Your Best

Action is about living fully. Inaction is the way that we deny life. Inaction is sitting in front of the television every day for years because you are afraid to be alive and to take the risk of expressing what you are. Expressing what you are is taking action. You can have many great ideas in your head, but what makes the difference is action. Without action upon an idea, there will be no manifestation, no results, no reward.

5. The Hidden Fifth Agreement that Renee thinks is also important: Don't lie to yourself when you're in love (for all of us that have been through past relationships that didn't go so well):

"Often when you go into a relationship with someone you like, you have to justify why you like that person. You only see what you want to see and you deny there are things you don't like about the person. You lie to yourself just to make yourself right. Then you make assumptions, and one of the assumptions is "My love will change this person." But this is not true. Your love will not change anybody. If others change, it's because they want to change, not because you change them. Then something happens between the two of you, and you get hurt. Suddenly you see what you didn't want to see before, only now it is amplified by your emotional pain. Now you have to justify your emotional pain and blame for your choices."

p.s. I love you, babe.

 

There are also two great prayers at the end of the book. It's a great way to re-consider the things that really get us upset and are truly important in life. 

Saturday
Jan292011

The Guts To Share Your Idea

"It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all."

Edward de Bono

Tuesday
Jan042011

Top 100 YouTube Video Hits in 4 Minutes



And as a bonus video, check out this YouTube video called, "People Are Awesome". Yes, they threw a girl through a basketball hoop. And people actually survived those jumps.

Tuesday
Dec282010

Awkward Family Photo Winner!

I am the proud owner of the book, "Awkward Family Photos." It is hilarious! I also gifted this great book for Christmas. And if you've never visited the website, here is the link to the Awkward Family Photo Contest finalists

Here is the 2010 Awkward Family Photo Winner. Merry F'n Christmas. 

Tuesday
Dec212010

It's not just in some of us. It's in everyone.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? 

Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.  

A quote by Marianne Williamson from A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles

Saturday
Dec112010

This is to be my Symphony

"To live content with small means;
  to seek elegance rather than luxury
  and refinement rather than fasion;
  to be worthy, respectable and wealth, not rich;
  to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly;
  to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages with open heart;
  to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occassions, hurry never.
  In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious
  grow up through the common.
  This is to be my symphony."

~William Henry Channing 

Wednesday
Dec082010

What Would Yours Say?

If you chose any quote to put on your desk, what would it be?

Here are the top 10 from Paul Thornton in his article:

1.)    It can be done!

2.)    No whining.

3.)    The buck starts here.

4.)    Be Brief. Be Brilliant. Be Gone.

5.)    Start talking and get to work.

6.)    A designer know he had achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

7.)    Be Realistic. Demand the impossible.

8.)    Strive for excellence.

9.)    A desk is a dangerous place to view the world.

10.) Leaders should be able to stand alone, take the heat, tell the truth and do what’s right.

 

Click here to read the entire list.

I think mine might be “The one who says it cannot be done shouldn’t interrupt the one doing it.”

Or maybe "Don't sit on the sidelines and complain. Get in the game and make a change."

Sunday
Dec052010

30 Freakiest Ads of 2010

Click here to see them all. (Notice how many are from Europe?)

Here are two of my favorites:

Monday
Oct252010

The More You Give, The More You Have

I’m not sure what it is about this time of year. Maybe it’s feeling humble and blessed when I see 199 people attend the Banquet in Sioux Falls for a warm meal, including 17 children. Maybe it’s walking into my Junior Achievement classroom full of first graders who show me their excitement and humorous honesty each time I visit. Maybe its packing backpacks full of food for children who might otherwise go hungry for the weekend.

I can’t always give the money it takes to make a difference in someone’s life, but I can give my time. I can give a smile. I can give conversation and camaraderie. There are so many ways to volunteer—and it feels good to give back.

 

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and help them become what they are capable of being.”
Goethe

“How can we expect our children to know and experience the joy of giving unless we teach them that the greater pleasure in life lies in the art of giving rather than receiving.”
James Cash Penny

“Living is the art of loving. Loving is the art of caring. Caring is the art of sharing. Sharing is the art of living. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”
Booker T. Washington

“A volunteer is a person who can see what others cannot see; who can feel what most do not feel. Often, such gifted persons do not think of themselves as volunteers, but as citizens - citizens in the fullest sense; partners in civilization.”
George H. W. Bush

“We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.”
Winston Churchill

Friday
Oct012010

People Who Inspire Me

 These are the people that inspire me to be a better person. And the people I love.

Sunday
Sep122010

Need Some Creative Inspiration? These 10 Sites Might Help.

Not sure where to start? Can’t think of that word? These 10 sites always offer me a creative spark.

 

Portfolios: Here are How’s Top 10 Websites for Designers

Websites: Renee’s Link Lounge

Music: Build a playlist. It’s like iTunes + Pandora, but better. 

Humor: Funny T-Shirts to make you laugh

Blogs: Veer’s “The Skinny” and “The Fat” 

Design: The Best of Invitation Designs

Logo Design: LogoPond has some great inspiration

Movies: America’s 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres 

Photography: Browse iStockphoto for images as a solution to your brainstorming 

Words: The thesaurus and dictionary are actually very interesting—especially The Hot Word.

 

 

Thursday
Aug122010

Name That Band

There are 74 bands listed in the picture. (for example, Guns N' Roses, Bush and White Zombie are in the bottom left corner) I've only found 71. 

Can you find all 74? 

Friday
Aug062010

Some Good Old Ads

With ad text like, “Fits so tight it shows all you’ve got…you’re a walking turn-on. And treats your body as well as she does. Easy on, easy off, quick as a flick of her tongue”, you'll wonder why we ever stopped running that ad.

And with ad graphics like a wife getting a spanking and pancake-covered bacon, you’ll want to see all of these Good Old Ads.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
Aug032010

Clean Energy Research & Development

 

“It's very sad that Americans spend more on potato chips than we do on investment in clean energy R&D."

--John Doerr, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer, as quoted by Computerworld

 

Tuesday
Jul202010

A Leadership Lesson from a CEO

In this article, one CEO describes his leadership style: by thanking his star players, truly listening and being present. Here are other highlights from his article that every boss should read:

"I like being surrounded by people who have very little fear and very little respect for the past -- not in a negative way, but in a positive way. They appreciate everything that's been done, but they constantly look for how to do it better."

"You have to have confidence, but also humility. You have to know that you can pull off what you say you are going to do, but you really need to solicit opinions from inside the company, and frankly, from outside the company."

"So with our management team, when we’re in a meeting, it starts on time, it ends on time, no technology. It’s just, let’s stay focused, and we have a much more healthy conversation. People really listen and contribute and we move on. It works well in your personal life as well — wherever you are, be all in."

"I think the way to get employees all in is to listen to them. Every six weeks, I meet with small groups by their function. The rules are, it’s their meeting. They can ask anything, they can communicate anything as long as it’s about how to improve the business or our relationship with our customers."

"I ask employees, “If you had my job, other than giving yourself more vacation and a raise, what’s the first thing that you would do that you don’t think we’re doing yet?” I try to make it comfortable when you do the review process by asking people: What do you need more of from me? What do you need less of from me? What is it that I’m doing that you would like me to stop doing completely? And what is it that I’m not doing enough of that you’d like some more of? From there, it becomes a much more comfortable conversation."

 

Click here to read the full article. Maybe you could learn something from it.