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This is a powerful TED talk from CEO and Author Chip Conley discussing a change in thinking on what we truly value.  Challenging GDP with GNH, Gross National Happiness.

“What the world needs now, in my opinion, is business leaders and political leaders that know what to count.  We count numbers, we count on people, what really counts is when we actually use our numbers to truly take into account our people.” - Chip Conley

“Nature shows us the way. Maximum performance with minimum energy consumption for tomorrow’s production.  Bionic solutions for efficient automation.” – Festo

Festo is a leading world-wide supplier of automation technology and the performance leader in industrial training and education programs. Our aim: maximized productivity and competitiveness for our customers.
Source: http://www.festo.com

Serious knowledge / motivation / inspiration / power / truth in this article.

5 Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires

1. Set your sights on where you’re going

2. Educate yourself

3. Passion pays off

4. Grow your money

5. No guts, no glory

The Biggest Secret? Stop spending.
Every millionaire we spoke to has one thing in common: Not a single one spends needlessly. Real estate investor Dave Lindahl drives a Ford Explorer and says his middle-class neighbors would be shocked to learn how much he’s worth. Fitness mogul Rick Sikorski can’t fathom why anyone would buy bottled water. Steve Maxwell, the finance teacher, looked at a $1.5 million home but decided to buy one for half the price because “a house with double the cost wouldn’t give me double the enjoyment.”

Source: Yahoo “Shine” – http://shine.yahoo.com/event/financiallyfit/5-secrets-of-self-made-millionaires-1370279/

We’ve heard it before. The familiar phrases: struggling artist, struggling new business owner, unnoticed blogger, battling against the odds. Someone mentions following an unfamiliar path and immediately the peanut gallery is quick to submit an opinion on why it’s not a good idea. There are clearly much safer choices.

Society tends to deter the inspired from following the career path of an artist, actor, writer, creator or somebody who lives their life in an unfamiliar way; by alluding to a life without money, a continuous or never ending struggle, one in a million chances of success or by suggesting we face this apparent reality that we’re not special enough – those people are ‘lucky.’

“After all, we can’t all be artists can we? Who’s going to pick up the trash?” Read Full Article →

Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs at a Stanford University Commencement address discussing the pursuit of the dream, living before you die and discovering opportunity in setbacks.

You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something; your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing the dots will connect down the road, will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path, and that will make all the difference.
- Steve Jobs