Change your mind
"Steve Jobs once argued that’s it completely unnatural to touch the screen on a PC. He reportedly said people's arms would fatigue and called the idea “ergonomically horrible"." Sometimes, it's okay to change your mind.
"Work causes mental health issues in 60% of workers, according to a survey of 3,000. 15% of those who admit to having mental health issues at work would face serious repercussions if they tell their boss, so they suffer in silence." Is your work causing too much stress? Maybe it's time for a change.
"Sir David Attenborough always wears a blue shirt and khaki pants to help with continuity when filming months and sometimes thousands of miles apart." Think about consistency.
"Toyota recalled more than 9 million cars, and paid nearly $3 billion in settlements and fines, due to unintended acceleration problem in its vehicles." Mistakes can be costly.
Just a number
"Buzz Aldrin is the oldest person to ever reach the South Pole, visiting in Nov. 2016 at the age of 86." As they say, age is just a number.
"Sumo wrestlers have a special stew called "chanko" that they eat at every meal every day to gain weight, sometimes having as many as ten bowls in one sitting."What's your special stew?
Controversy is powerful
"Mark Benioff, one of the founders of Salesforce, is notorious for coming up with over-the-top (and sometimes inflammatory) marketing gimmicks. Most famously, he once orchestrated a fake protest at a Siebel Systems conference, complete with picket signs, chanting, and even a fake TV crew. This drummed up a lot of attention for Salesforce at his rival's expense." Controversy can be powerful.
"The Torre Mayor, Mexico City, is one of the strongest buildings on Earth, being designed to withstand earthquakes measuring 8.5 on the Richter Scale. Occupants inside at the time of the 2003 earthquake did not know that a 7.6 tremor had occurred." It pays to build strong things.
"The Rockefeller Christmas tree gets turn into a habitat for humanity house each year." Repurposing works!
"The '1% Rule' is a rule of thumb which states that only 1% of users actively create new content. The other 99% only lurk." Are you a lurker or are you a creator?
Keep your head!
"Flexible glass is a 'legendary' lost invention. Inventor took a flexible glass bowl to Emperor Tiberius Caesar who tried to break it. It dented instead of shattering. Inventor repaired it with a small hammer. Tiberius had the inventor beheaded because it could undermine value of gold and silver." Don't count on other people to appreciate your ideas or you could lose your head!
"There was a guy who loved duck hunting so much that he chose it over playing pro football for the NFL. He invented a duck call, started a company called Duck Commander, and eventually put his son Willy in charge.This spawned a media and merchandising empire for a family of rednecks known as Duck Dynasty. " Do what you love.
People who believe
"Sam Walton, Walmart's founder, had almost nothing to his name himself when he started his first general store back in 1945. He relied on a $25,000 loan from his father-in-law to fund that initial purchase, and was an instant success in the retail industry. The first official Walmart was opened in 1962 and by 1976, Walmart was worth more than $176 million." Find people who believe in you.
"The Howard Schultz way. A trip to Milan gave a young marketer working for a Seattle coffee bean roaster an idea for upscale espresso cafes like they have all over Italy. His employer had no interest in owning coffee shops but agreed to finance Schultz’s endeavor. They even sold him their brand name, Starbucks." Find your own way.
"Marine biologist, Stephen Hillenburg, created an educational comic book about tide pool animals called "The Intertidal Zone" to help educate his students. In later years after becoming an animator he began developing those same characters and concepts for what became "SpongeBob Squarepants"." Work on your ideas!
What you need
"For most billionaire businesspeople, having more than one home is par for the course. But for years, Nicholas Berggruen avoided ever buying a house at all. He opted to live exclusively in hotels while traveling the world instead, which earned him the curious nickname of "the homeless billionaire." Just buy what you need.
Can be more
"When a couple of Chicago software developers working on lookup searches for Apartments.com got sick of calling restaurants in search of takeout food for dinner, the light bulb went off: Why isn’t there a one-stop shop for food delivery? That’s when the pair decided to start GrubHub, which went public last April and is now valued at more than $3 billion." Hunger can be more than just food.
"In 1995, a computer programmer started auctioning off stuff on his personal website. AuctionWeb, as it was then known, was really just a personal project, but, when the amount of web traffic made it necessary to upgrade to a business Internet account, Pierre Omidyar had to start charging people fees. He actually hired his first employee to handle all the payment checks. The site is now known as eBay. " Sometimes, big things start small.
“One of the 26 known copies of the United States’ Declaration of Independence was purchased for $4. The man purchased an ugly painting for a frame & found the declaration behind the painting. He later sold it at auction for $2.42 million.” True beauty lies within...
"Mythbusters has saved lives: a woman trapped in her car as it filled with water recalled the episode with the Underwater Car Myth and waited until the pressure equalized to open the door." When your favorite TV show becomes your life-saver.
Hard to break
"Housewarming parties were literally thrown for people to bring wood and warm houses when moving in." Traditions are hard to break, we just modernize them.
Peace and quite
“The world record for the loudest thing ever shouted belongs to an Irish teacher who shouted the word "quiet" at 121 decibels, the equivalent of a jet engine.” We all need some peace and quiet at our workplace.
Nerves of steel
"Marines called live customer support for their Barrett M-107 rifle while engaged in a firefight." If you're calling during combat you better hope for a customer services representative with nerves of steel...
"Right before the show F.R.I.E.N.D.S premiered, the cast took a group trip to Vegas for one last taste of anonymity. "Once the show comes on the air, you guys will never be able to go anywhere without being hounded," director James Burrows told them, not inaccurately." You've got to be confident in your ability to succeed!
"A New York Judge in 2017 jailed 46 people when a cell phone rang in court and no one took responsibility." Own up to your mistakes or it could cost others.