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Bio Photograph of Rear Admiral John KirbyThroughout my time working on the Chief of Naval Operations staff, I have sought out ways to improve my writing.  There is a Plain English document floating around, via email.  One fast tracked individual saw my printed copy and forwarded me the link to the thoughts by Rear Admiral John Kirby on writing.

I must confess, the daily chaos of my job leaves my writing lacking.  The frequency and the quality of my writing has dwindled on my site.  More recently, the amount of time spent at work has increased.  Hopefully, this trend rights itself.

Admiral John Kirby’s comments are brilliant, concise, and easy to receive.


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What should you do with a free 36 minutes and 27 seconds, you ask?

As you know I’ve read Abundance and found it an exceptional piece of work.  Now I recommend that you watch this collection of Peter Diamandis’ Abundance Espresso Shot videos.  You’ll quickly learn Peter’s Laws (quite awesome), the challenges of raising money, when to give up (never), dematerialization, breakthroughs, exponentials, and how to create a billion dollar company.

Why should you watch these, beyond my mere recommendation?

Peter DiamandisDr. Peter Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, the Foundation is now launching prizes in Exploration, Life Sciences, Energy, and Education.

He is also an international leader in the commercial space arena, having founded and run many of the leading entrepreneurial companies in this sector including Zero Gravity Corporation, the Rocket Racing League and Space Adventures.

As co-Founder & Chairman of the Singularity University, a Silicon Valley based institution to utilize exponential technologies and incentivized innovation to dramatically accelerate their business objectives.

Dr. Diamandis attended the MIT where he received his degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering, as well as Harvard Medical School where he received his M.D.   Diamandis’ personal motto is: “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself!”

Abundance Espresso Shot #1: How to Avoid a Negative Mindset

Abundance Espresso Shot #2: Peter’s Law #1

Abundance Espresso Shot #3: Finding Your Passion

Abundance Espresso Shot #4 - Peter’s Laws #2 & 3

Abundance Espresso Shot #5 - Peter’s Laws #4 & 5

Abundance Espresso Shot #6 - Raising Money, Part 1

Abundance Espresso Shot #7 - Raising Money, Part 2

Abundance Espresso Shot #8 - When to Give Up

Abundance Espresso Shot #9 - Dematerialization

Abundance Espresso Shot #10 - Launching Your Idea Above the line of Super-Credibility

Abundance Espresso Shot #11: Breakthroughs Happen In Small Boxes

Abundance Espresso Shot #12 - The 6 D’s of Exponentials

Abundance Espresso Shot #13 - The Importance of Community

Abundance Espresso Shot #14 - Adapting to Exponential Technologies

Abundance Espresso Shot #15: Evolution of a Product or Service

Abundance Espresso Shot #16: How to Create a Billion Dollar Company


In which shot did you learn the most?  Which shot was your favorite?


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Race Against The Machine

Erik Brynjolfsson’s Race Against The Machine

What do you do in your daily and weekly routine to go beyond the usual and continue lifelong  learning?

Below is an aggregation of what I enjoyed through the week to keep me thinking about the bigger picture or to get my mind out of the daily routine of things.  It consists of my usuals (GeekBeat.TV, This Week in Tech (TWiT), MacBreak Weekly (MBW)), my broadening (Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED)), and some things I’m specifically interested in learning (This Week in Photo (TWiP)).  Who knows, maybe I’ll get better at this photography and video thing.

I thought that TED released an interesting pair in the first two videos.  They seemed to compliment each other as one challenged the innovation and growth occurring and what is the true race in competition (against the machines).

For the above reason Erik’s video was the one I most enjoyed this week.  I’ve discovered his book, Race Against the Machine, which discusses the how the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy.  No small set of feats, right?  Anyway - enjoy my wrap up!

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