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Wednesday Wisdom #38: Foundations

Wednesday Wisdom #38: Foundations

Over the last few weeks I’ve been helping City & Guilds work on a ‘direction of travel’ for Open Badges. I’m going to spend the next week or so digging into some of the details to focus on over the next six months.

Stumbling across the above quotation, therefore, was rather serendipitous! It serves as an introduction to Chapter 2 of Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel.


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Image CC BY-NC Tom Blackwell

Wednesday Wisdom #37: Confluence

Wednesday Wisdom #37: Confluence

Today I had the pleasure and privilege of meeting Uri Gonda, who showed me around the Wayra UK startup accelerator. During coffee afterwards he imparted a lot of wisdom, some of which I wrote down.

This particular quotation really struck me as he talked about the conditions required for startups to thrive. It reminded me of the ‘slow hunch’ Steven Johnson talks about in this RSA Animates video.


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Image CC BY-NC mgaloseau

Wednesday Wisdom #36: Cats

Wednesday Wisdom #36: Cats

Storytelling is everything.


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Image CC BY-NC-SA Grant MacDonald

Wednesday Wisdom #34: Promises

Wednesday Wisdom #34: Promises

Actions, as they say, speak louder than words. Don’t trust people who trade in promises rather than deeds.


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Image CC BY Vlastimil Koutecký

Wednesday Wisdom #33: Uncertainty

Wednesday Wisdom #33: Uncertainty

Umair Haque wrote a post entitled Ambiguity and the Art of Meaning recently. While I don’t agree with the main thrust of the post, I thought this bit was great.


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Image CC BY Patrik Jones

Wednesday Wisdom #32: Quality

Wednesday Wisdom #32: Quality

I’ve noticed an increase recently in people using the word ‘quality’ rather indiscriminately. It can be a filler word, something people use when they actually mean “the way things have always been done”.

Reading Eric Ries The Lean Startup has convinced me that you need to know who your ‘customer’ is when designing products, systems, workflows, and tools. There may be no monetary exchange, but the value proposition needs to be strong.

It’s only then that you can start talking about ‘quality’.


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Image CC BY Laura Dinneen

Wednesday Wisdom #29: Completion

Wednesday Wisdom #29: Completion

One of the most pernicious things that young people learn when they’re younger is a ‘fixed’ mindset. Carol Dweck defines this in the following way:

In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb.

Instead, we should all realise that we’re a work in progress:

In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.

If I do one thing with my children (other than show them unconditional love) it will be to develop this growth mindset in them. In the other direction lies a dangerous form of conservatism.


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Wednesday Wisdom #28: Influence

Wednesday Wisdom #28: Influence

I’m not sure when this video was created, but it’s certainly a younger Steve Jobs. It includes the above quotation, which I think is so powerful – especially if you come across it as a young person.

I’d love to get a poster of it for my kids’ bedrooms. Perhaps I’ll create one.

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Wednesday Wisdom #27: Trying

Wednesday Wisdom #27: Trying

I came across this quotation via Twitter but it looks like it came from a Reddit AMA (‘Ask Me Anything’) he did in January. The highlights of that can be found here. Elon Musk is, of course, the creative and commercial genius behind Tesla and SpaceX.

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Wednesday Wisdom #26: Friends & Enemies

Wednesday Wisdom #26: Friends & Enemies

This maxim from Baltasar Gracián’s The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence is a bit Machiavellian. However, it’s also absolutely true.

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