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an odd congomeration of diverse bits, part 1 (of 2)

here’s a weird little collection of things i’ve thought about posting, but haven’t gotten around to…

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a new friend of mine, jeff goins, who i met through my work with adventures in missions, has written a fantastic manifesto published on the provocative website, change this. my understanding is that the first week jeff posted this, it was in the #1 spot. in typical “change this” format, it’s a dense deck of slides with right-to-the-point text.

jeff’s manifest (which you need to click through and read), is: Wrecked for the Ordinary – A manifesto for misfits
here’s the summary page
or, just download it here

here’s a tease:

Something is missing. Something important. Something necessary to making a difference in the world. And most are afraid to find out what it is.

This is a manifesto about the discovery process of finding what’s missing. It’s not as glamorous as a get-rich-quick scheme or as mystical as New Age spirituality. It doesn’t shine with the veneer of a car salesman’s suit or catch your eye like a pretty girl.

No, it more likely grabs your attention like a week-old bag of garbage sitting in the corner or piques your interest like nails on a chalkboard. Yes, it’s hard, but it can’t be denied.

OH, and check out “wrecked“, a site dedicated to this kind of thinking.
also, check this out: jeff’s post about how and why to write a manifesto.

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jon acuff is right when he says this is an amazing ted video about creativity. it has already shifted how i think about creativity in my life (and the lives of others).

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the story behind queen’s “bohemian rhapsody“. i got a kick out of watching this 6 part you-tube series (of a bbc documentary) of the story behind the song and the groundbreaking video.

the power of taking time off

i bookmarked this video on mike king‘s blog some time ago, and finally got around to watching it. it’s stefan sagmeister, a new york designer, giving a talk at TED about the power of taking time off.

i often find that i need people who do things more extreme than me to push me to do a portion of that extreme. sagmeister’s regular year-long sabbatical is extreme – but how cool would that be? in the mean time, this is a reminder to me that i have to be diligent in planning my quarterly three-day silent retreats.

i got diligent about this last week, and found a place (and dates) for my next retreat. and it’s now. i’m leaving tonite, after my final ‘leadership coaching program’ meeting with john townsend, and will be isolated and silent through thursday noon. no internet, no cell coverage – nothing but me and god and a small handful of books.