Jared
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A very tangible example of someone discovering a voice that feels unique to them and captures a unique sound.
Some solid advice about having a conversation. I personally struggle quite a bit not talking about my own experiences when someone shares some challenge they are going through even though I recognize that it rarely helps when I'm the one going through the challenge.
I struggle to say "everyone should follow their passions" as life is hard and just following your passions often makes it even harder, but it's hard to argue with that advice when you see the effect it has on people who have finally taken that step.
This is an amazing idea. I love ideas that effectively capture disparate ideas in a single cohesive narrative. They seem to add exponential value. The idea that you can transform the always sub-optimal experience of a laundromat and turn it in to an educational experience and a way for parents to spend more quality time with their kids is really amazing.
My appreciation for storytelling and the value it provides continues to grow. Giving a good presentation is an important skill and this advice seems worth paying attention to.
Despite a cheesy title I do think these quotes are valuable to keep in mind as you approach any goal.
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Some of the best videos, articles, podcasts, etc. I've found from around the web. Hope you enjoy.

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Brilliant commencement speech. It's great, honest advice delivered in a completely unexpected framing.
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The idea that each of us can shape the world around us, that in fact the world has only been shaped by people just like us, is a powerful idea.
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Video interpretation of David Foster Wallace's commencement speech at Kenyon College. Solid advice for any of us to keep in mind, but presented from the mind of a literary genius.
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"Make good art". It could stop there as it's a powerful message and one I completely agree with, but I also really appreciate his approach to achieving goals (keep walking toward the mountain), his three rules for success (of which you only need two out of three), the greatest advice he failed to heed (enjoy your success), his reflections on Impostor Syndrome, and how pretending to be what you want to be is actually effective.
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A great nuanced description of the evolving relationship many people have with work, providing a perspective that is neither too good or too bad. Very reflective of my personal experiences.
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Some wonderful thoughts and analogies regarding our capitalist society and how our perspective on it needs to evolve to better consider the societal benefit of capitalistic behavior. Touches on income inequality, regulation, etc. "If you lose a game 10,000 to 1 you'll quickly lose interest in that game".
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The two criteria are "can I trust this person?" and "can I respect this person?". In my experience this is dead on and has an enormously impact on an individual's professional and personal life.
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I've been a big fan of Kathy's work for some time. This video is a great summary of her primary message. Specifically she makes the point that we need to focus our efforts not on making a great product or service, but on helping people be great or have great experiences through our product or service. It's a nuanced difference, but she provides specific examples of where many prominent companies fail to recognize the difference.
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Some very high quality advice. I particularly appreciate the observation that "everyone just wants to be heard". It doesn't mean you have to accommodate them, but if you let them know that they've been heard and that they are respected it goes an incredibly long way.
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The story of Musk starting SpaceX and Tesla at the same time is one of the most impressive feats I've seen and seems to be driven from a place of deep curiosity and desire to have an impact on the world.
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This is a great talk on design, coming from a fascinating perspective (city flags), that actually inspired me to want to redesign my city flag.
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This is fascinating clip (and analysis) of Steve Jobs responding to some very direct criticism. Interestingly it runs counter to the narrative of a complete jerk as he responds very appropriately to the criticism, providing some direct explanation for why Apple was making certain decisions. Within that explanation is a deep appreciation for design and story telling.
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Nicky Case has been creating some great interactive explanations of everything from coming out as gay to anxiety and exposure therapy. They're excellent from a design perspective, technical perspective, and pedagogical perspective and I really appreciate the effort to tackle complex issues that aren't often or easily discussed. Worth checking out.
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