How Observant Are You?

Too often, people are guilty of getting stuck in their own world. They focus on the minutiae of daily activities – without realizing the vast, amazing changes that are happening around them.

Those who are most observant of their external environment gain knowledge that can prove to be very beneficial. Knowledge that lends to creativity and new ideas – enabling people to get unstuck from the confines of their own world.

How observant are you?

Three Poignant Stories from Steve Jobs

It’s no secret that Steve Jobs, Apple’s Co-founder and CEO, has achieved remarkable success in his career. I came across this video of his 2005 Stanford Commencement Address on TED, and I thought I would post it here. In the video, Steve shares how his path to success was far from linear. If you can spare fifteen minutes, I highly recommend watching the video, it’s quite inspirational.

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Homeless to Harvard – An Inspiring Story

I learned about Liz Murray in a recent issue of Success magazine. I thought I would share this video, which I found on YouTube.

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Off and Running!

I have been active in social media for quite awhile now. I use social networking sites such as Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn and Twitter quite regularly. I also co-founded a social group with a friend, Sip, which leveraged several social media platforms, including a blog, Twitter, Ning and Meetup. Sip actually grew to over 1,000 participants, it was a lot of fun running the group.

Yet, for one reason or another, I hadn’t started my own personal blog. I suppose I didn’t blog because I wasn’t yet sure what I wanted my blog to be about . I didn’t want to write for the sake of writing, I would much rather create a blog with content that will be of value to those who read it.

Which leads me to this, “Running with Scissors”.

I’m a marketer, branding is very near and dear to me. Given the significant changes the profession is enduring, with the evolution of social media and the shift in spending to new media and non-traditional platforms,  it is a very exciting time. I would like to use this blog to to share my thoughts and opinions, and hopefully hear yours, as I develop and advance my career in the field.

I am also very interested in topics related to personal development, innovation and leadership. I am an avid reader of publications such as Fast Company and Success, and I regularly read books from authors like Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin and Stephen Covey. From time to time, I will provide some insights on what I’ve learned, as well as book reviews.

Regarding the title of this blog, well … I really enjoy running! I have completed several marathons and half marathons.  I also have a somewhat whimsical nature, and in life I believe it’s important to take risks and experiment. Thus, “Running with Scissors”.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I look forward to the journey I am now embarking on.