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Rocky Balboa - Motivational/Inspirational Speech To Son (1080p) - YouTube
Starts @ 1:58

"Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that!"

THIS, is how winning is done

Louder but lower-res version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_Vg4uyYwEk @ 1:00
motivation  video  Stallone 
june 2019 by dandv
Charter Sweet Escape Yacht in the Bahamas
130ft, no price listed
Swim with the pigs
vacation  yacht  motivation 
may 2019 by dandv
"Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt… "
Don't ask if your dreams are crazy. Ask if they're crazy enough.


Too bad Kaepernick is a religious nut.
motivation  video  emotion 
may 2019 by dandv
Cristina Escoda | LinkedIn
"Dr. Escoda is an academic physicist turned venture capitalist turned blockchain entrepreneur. She graduated from Cambridge University with a Ph.D in String Theory and attended NYU's Stern School of Business for an M.B.A. in Financial Instruments and Markets. After establishing herself as an alternative assets specialist, she founded a blockchain start up to transform the way science gets funded, and a venture capital firm that focuses on early-stage deep science ventures. Alongside Knowledgr, Dr. Escoda co-runs Quantum Labs, an advisory firm for early-stage quantum technologies, and Tachyon Valley Biolabs, a life sciences VC angels fund."
career  inspiration  motivation  women  tech 
may 2019 by dandv
You Will Never Do Anything Remarkable - YouTube
The weirdest (and most intellectual) motivational video.

Starts weird. Stay with it.
motivation  video  fun 
april 2019 by dandv
Why consistency matters in exercising (and relations and leadership...) - Simon Sinek - YouTube
Best explained for fitness results actually: working on on a particular day won't matter or get you fit. Working out for X minutes every day will.

Good test of leadership: when you ask someone how their day was, you actually care.
video  consistency  motivation 
january 2019 by dandv
Coach Red Pill - Don't be a wage slave
Long-winded way of saying that time is not a renewable or scalable resource, and instead of selling it, you should employ others and sell their time.
video  motivation  against  job 
december 2018 by dandv
Elon Musk: How To Achieve 10x More Than Your Peers
@4:03 - Business failure would not bother Elon Musk so much as failure to do something challenging, worthwhile, and exciting. High achievers view not doing something impactful as a much bigger risk than financial or social failure.
video  motivation  paradigm-shift 
october 2018 by dandv
3 requirements for motivation: reasons, how, belief that you can
Getting clear on a vision that matters to you requires spending lots of time by yourself and disconnecting from all of the noise around you.
september 2018 by dandv
Pygmalion effect - Wikipedia
"you as a person either rise or fall to the demands of your situation. If your situation doesn’t demand much, you won’t rise up.

Having other people depend on you is a beautiful thing. It’s the pressure that will turn you into a diamond. It will cause you to dig deep within yourself, and overcome the addictions and bad habits holding you back."
motivation  productivity  expectations 
september 2018 by dandv
Shakira - Try Everything (Official Video) - YouTube

No, I won't give up
No, I won't give in
Till I reach the end
Then I'l start again
music  video  motivation  emotion 
april 2018 by dandv
HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE THINK - Motivational Video (ft. Gary Vee)" on YouTube
Kinda weak, but

8:27 - ”Successful people do what they have to do whether they feel like it or not”

At the end: figure out what you want to do, then brainwash yourself to do it
motivation  video 
march 2018 by dandv
How To Learn In 2 Days What Normally Takes 6 Months
[[Research has found that the more satisfied you are with your work, the higher will be your tolerance for ambiguity. In other words, if you enjoy and believe in what you’re doing, you’ll take-on the emotional discomfort of the unknown.

Having goal clarity is essential to motivation. Consequently, in order to get motivated to achieve your big dreams, you need clarity. However, this does not mean you have “it all” figured it. *It means you’re clear on the next step or two.*

If you’re at mile marker 1 and your dream is at mile marker 50, you just need enough info and support to get to mile marker 3 or 4. Once you get there, you’ll need further instructions. But you have no clue what *those* instructions will be.

Here’s what you need to move forward right now:
* A clear “check-point” (so you actually know what to do)
* A hard and fast time-line
* The right tools and systems
* A support structure
If you have these four things, you’ll have enough clarity — and thus enough motivation — to move forward.

You need enough clarity to have high motivation to move forward. The more clarity you have of the path set before you, the higher will be your motivation to go down that path. Thus, rather than trying to motivate yourself, your goal should be to clarify the next few steps ahead of you.

* Clarity is what creates motivation.
* Tracking is what creates awareness.
* Reporting is what creates accountability.
Having these three are essential for rapid progression and learning.

Beyond tracking, research has found that accountability improves performance. When you report your performance to someone, particularly someone you respect, it adds external and relational motivation to succeed. During your accountability sessions, you can get coaching and feedback on where you can improve.

If you want to move quickly toward your big goals, you’ll need to become proficient at acquiring clarity for the next few steps of your journey. The best way to do this is through context-based and immersion-style learning.]]
motivation  clarity  productivity 
november 2017 by dandv
DARE - What if your life ended this minute? This video is a must...
Imagine your life has suddenly ended painlessly. No time to say goodbyes.
Pause: take a moment to settle the idea in. Life will go on without you.

Pause on Q1: What did you LOVE about your life?


Pause on Q2: What regrets do you have?


Pause on Q3: If you could come back to life, what would you do with the time you've been given?

Guess what, you CAN come back to life.
video  motivation  emotion  life  cool  regrets  death  paradigm-shift 
april 2017 by dandv
Rules to Live By - Kurt Spindler's Blog
We are constantly faced with decisions. We can make them on a case-by-case basis, or we can use life rules.

"a good rule is dramatically better than re-making decisions every single time. A good rule ensures that you are consistently working towards goals that you've chosen instead of being attracted by whatever follows your fancy at that time. (Occasional serendipity is certainly good, but it is a poor ruler.)"

1. Eliminate negative people ASAP
2. If you fear something, do it - "This is probably the most fun rule. Anytime you use it, you get an amazing rush of excitement because you are entering the unknown. What happens if you act unexpectedly, if you take on new responsibility, or try something new. You are finding out more about the world every time this happens."
3. To innovate, reason from first principles instead of by analogy
4. Review your goals weekly
rules  life  motivation 
may 2016 by dandv
The "Do Something" Principle
"The more time goes on, the more I realize that success in anything is tied less to knowledge or talent, and tied more to action supplemented by knowledge and talent. You can become successful at something without knowing what you’re doing. You can become successful at something without having much particular talent at it. But you can never become successful at anything without taking action. Ever."

"story about a novelist who had written over 70 novels. Someone asked him how he was able to write so consistently and remain inspired and motivated every day, as writers are notorious for procrastination and for fighting through bouts of “writer’s block”. The novelist said, “200 crappy words per day, that’s it.” The idea is that if he forced himself to write 200 crappy words, more often than not, the act of writing would inspire him and before he knew it he’d have thousands down on the page."
motivation  inspiration  do 
october 2015 by dandv
We Don’t Sell Saddles Here — Medium
"the best possible way to find product-market fit is to define your own market."

all products are asking things of their customers: to do things in a certain way, to think of themselves in a certain way — and usually that means changing what one does or how one does it; it often means changing how one thinks of oneself.
Slack  product  market  fit  marketing  essay  motivation  startup 
october 2015 by dandv
7 Strange Questions That Help You Find Your Life Purpose
So when people say, “What should I do with my life?” or “What is my life purpose?” what they’re actually asking is: “What can I do with my time that is important?”. This is an infinitely better question to ask.

"I would sit and play video games instead of doing more important things like studying for an exam, or showering regularly, or speaking to other humans face-to-face.

It wasn’t until I gave up the games that I realized my passion wasn’t for the games themselves (although I do love them). My passion is for improvement, being good at something and then trying to get better. The games themselves — the graphics, the stories — they were cool, but I can easily live without them. It’s the competition — with others, but especially with myself — that I thrive on.

And when I applied that obsessiveness for improvement and self-competition to an internet business and to my writing, well, things took off in a big way."
life  purpose  find  direction  meaning  motivation 
september 2015 by dandv
Identity-Based Habits: How to Actually Stick to Your Goals This Year
The goal is not to achieve results at first, the goal is to become the type of person who can achieve those things. For example, a person who works out consistently is the type of person who can become strong. Develop the identity of someone who works out first, and then move on to performance and appearance later.
productivity  motivation  build  habit  identity 
april 2015 by dandv
Why You Shouldn't Hack Your Life: Rich Roll
Against shortcuts. Rich Roll Advocates that the journey is long, hard, and painful. Went from 50kbs overweight to one of 25 fittest men in the world in 2-3 years - http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1cxskf/iam_rich_roll_author_of_finding_ultra_when_i/
Rich  Roll  against  shortcuts  hacks  motivation  inspiration  video  vegan  running  marathon  Ironman 
august 2014 by dandv
Turned-On Woman’s Manifesto | Turned-On Woman’s Movement
Your epitaph will begin: “She redefined what it meant to be a good woman.”

It will say: “She scaled mountains, in hiking boots and in heels. She started in her own backyard and then went all the way around the world. She accepted challenges with curiosity and determination. She emerged victorious regardless of outcome, knowing both the pleasure of success and the grace of failure. She tasted long hot days and cool still nights, at home wherever she found herself. She wasn’t always popular, but she was always true. She wasn’t always comfortable, but no one can say she didn’t enjoy her life. She explored her edges, increased her capacity, and lived as big as she could dream. Moved equally by bliss and pain, she played her heart out one moment at a time. She was dialed in. She was courageous. She was turned on.”

If this sounds more like you, what are you waiting for?

[Starts with:

Would it be okay if your gravestone read: “She was an exceptionally mediocre woman”?

If your eulogy went something like: “She followed every rule with precision. She rarely made a mistake and was a great champion of the status quo. She never ruffled any feathers, took any great risks, suffered any great loss. She always operated within the bounds of appropriateness. She had the love and acceptance of her community, family, and friends, though no one knew her. Her life was smooth sailing because she never rocked the boat. She contained her passion, her dreams, and her danger enough that they could call her a good woman”?

For some, that would be enough. But not for you.]
motivation  women  empowered  power  against  ordinary  life 
july 2014 by dandv
How to master your life - Leading a better life - Quora
"Being successful at The Sims is very easy. It’s just like real life, **except without a barrier between what you decide and what you do.**"

Say you want to get fit.

In the Sims, you immediately buy whatever lame fitness equipment you can afford. If you can’t afford anything, go run in the park. Each day you tell your Sim to spend a spare minute exercising, and although progress is slow, you see their bars slowly inch up. Success is guaranteed.

In real life you think about getting fit. You’re not sure what to buy. Can you really afford the ‘right’ equipment? You read reviews. Do you have enough time? You ask questions on Quora. Maybe you buy something. You don’t know how to use it. Maybe you use it a couple times. You don’t see any results. You talk and think and share and do anything but exercise.

The first lesson from The Sims is good decisions require little thought. To get fit: exercise. To be smarter: read. To eat healthier: cook. Such mechanics are elementary to a child playing the game, but when leading your own life, your mischievous mind paralyses you with too much thinking. Stop holding out for perfect decisions. Pick. Act.

You can solve half the hassles of humanity this way. “I like this girl, how do I get her to like me?” Just click on her, and pick something.

“But what do I say?” Anything moves you closer to your goal. Pick something. “But she might not like me!” Right now, she doesn’t even know you. Fix that. Pick something.

The second lesson from The Sims is to nurture your state.

If your Sim is tired, desperate for company or wetting themselves, they won’t get much done. A decent player keeps an eye on these bars and never lets them slide too far; the exceptional player builds a life that takes care of them automatically.

And so it is in real life. If you’ve found yourself having a crappy pointless argument, chances are you were a bad mix of tired, stressed, or hungry at the time. If you want to be your wittiest, smartest, and most resilient, you’d better take consistently good care of yourself. The best way to be consistently awesome is to be in a consistently good state.

The third lesson from The Sims is to build selected skills.

Almost every action your Sim can take makes them better at something. Some skills are easier to gain, depending on your natural strengths, but you can get impressively decent at just about anything with time.

You don't live forever though, so to get great at something means saying no to something else. You must pick, and focus. Fully developed strengths tend to make your weaknesses irrelevant. Woody Allen would not be better off if he had spent less time writing and more time at the gym.
insight  game  gaming  Sims  life  lesson  parallel  paradigm-shift  inspiration  motivation  profound 
november 2013 by dandv
Oliver Emberton's answer to Self-Confidence: Why do I need self confidence? - Quora
Think of confidence as a crude instinct for guessing when you're going to succeed or fail. It’s exceedingly stupid and makes decisions based entirely on whatever comes to mind first.

Humans evolved in dark and dangerous times. An argument with your tribal leader could get you killed. Being rejected by an influential guy / girl could make you unmateable. Unchecked, your actions could end you.

Playing life too safe wasn't much better. A man who wouldn’t hunt, or farm, or build, or bring any value to his peers was unlikely to survive. As we’re all blessed with uniquely uneven skills, it makes sense to act upon our strengths and shun our weaknesses.

We evolved confidence to focus our efforts on what we’re best at.

There’s just one minor problem: life has changed a lot since 100,000 BC

In the modern western world, the survival cost of failure is zero. You can jump out of a plane, argue with the biggest beefcake in the bar and ask Mila Kunis to take you to the ball. Not only are you almost certain to live through it, Mila might even say yes.

The rewards for those who are confident today are staggering. Confidence is attractive. It breeds opportunity. It makes us stand our ground and assert our worth. Confidence in yourself is infectious – it inspires others to believe in you – and can be self fulfilling.

Yet most of us have constant crises of confidence. We fret over something as banal as disagreeing with our superiors, or talking to a stranger. Many men would rather mud-wrestle a bear than ask their dream girl out; swimming with sharks is considered less scary than public speaking.


What evolved primarily to keep us safe in an age of sabre-toothed tigers is now holding you back.

* Be social. Nothing feels better or stings harder than feedback from others. This means your successes must be witnessed. Start in private, by all means, but know that the greatest leaps in self-worth will come from victories like public speaking, dancing in a crowd, or kissing the girl. You can’t do that staying at home or in your head.

* Effort trumps all. The wonderful thing about trying hard is it almost always succeeds, eventually. I’m not a natural runner, but if I try hard enough, I will accomplish something through sheer force of will, and that breeds self-worth.
=== In the absence of confidence, work your ass off. ===

* Resilience. The most important thing is how you handle knocks. They are inevitable. They will make you feel like crap. But the more longer you linger on them, the further your confidence will tumble. Counter swiftly: try again, try something else, but never dwell.

The greatest confidence in life is won, not given. Ultimately, having confidence is the difference between doing what you want, and doing what you’re told. Without confidence, we condemn ourselves to a life in servitude of those who have it.
confidence  inspiration  motivation  Oliver  Emberton  Quora 
november 2013 by dandv
The Best Motivational Speakers
"motivation is really a short term feeling. What’s important is what you do while you’re still motivated. The best way to use motivation is to use it to form habits. Motivation is short-lived while habits are hard to get rid of. Yes, even good habits."

Top 10 in alphabetical order:

Anthony Robbins
Brian Tracy
Denis Waitley
Jack Canfield
Jim Rohn
John Maxwell
Les Brown
Mark Victor Hansen
Dr. Wayne Dyer
Zig Ziglar
motivation  motivational  speakers  top  list 
march 2013 by dandv
AFI's 100 Most Inspirational Movies
Lame list. #30 "Lawrence of Arabia" my ass. #89 Harold & Maude is crap. Ben-Hur probably sucks too. Chariots of Fire is only #100?

Mirror at http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060616/COMMENTARY/60616003
movie  movies  film  films  motivation  motivational  inspiration  inspirational  list  top 
march 2013 by dandv
The most motivational quote of all time
"Decide in your heart of hearts what really excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction. Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow, and the day after that. Look at who you want to be, and start sculpting yourself into that person. You may not get exactly where you thought you'd be, but you will be doing things that suit you in a profession you believe in. Don't let life randomly kick you into the adult you don't want to become."

-- Col. Chris Hadfield, International Space Station astronaut

Wallpaper at http://i.imgur.com/KFgTZV1.jpg
inspiration  motivation  quote  best  ever 
february 2013 by dandv
6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person | Cracked.com
#6. The World Only Cares About What It Can Get from You

For the rest of you, I want you to try something: Name five impressive things about yourself. Write them down or just shout them out loud to the room. But here's the catch -- you're not allowed to list anything you are (i.e., I'm a nice guy, I'm honest), but instead can only list things that you do (i.e., I just won a national chess tournament, I make the best chili in Massachusetts). If you found that difficult, well, this is for you, and you are going to fucking hate hearing it.

If you want to know why society seems to shun you, or why you seem to get no respect, it's because society is full of people who need things.

Either you will go about the task of seeing to those needs by learning a unique set of skills, or the world will reject you, no matter how kind, giving and polite you are.

There is a reason why surgeons get more respect than comedy writers. There is a reason mechanics get more respect than unemployed hipsters. There is a reason your job will become your label if your death makes the news ("NFL Linebacker Dies in Murder/Suicide").

#4. What You Produce Does Not Have to Make Money, But It Does Have to Benefit People

Do the math: How much of your time is spent consuming things other people made (TV, music, video games, websites) versus making your own? Only one of those adds to your value as a human being.

#3. You Hate Yourself Because You Don't Do Anything

"So, what, you're saying that I should pick up a book on how to get girls?"
Only if step one in the book is "Start making yourself into the type of person girls want to be around."

Because that's the step that gets skipped -- it's always "How can I get a job?" and not "How can I become the type of person employers want?" It's "How can I get pretty girls to like me?" instead of "How can I become the type of person that pretty girls like?"

#2. What You Are Inside Only Matters Because of What It Makes You Do

#1. Everything Inside You Will Fight Improvement
harsh  motivation  cool  fun  Cracked  life  advice 
february 2013 by dandv
The Employee-Motivation Checklist | Fast Company
1. Create meaning. BNET survey: 29% of survey respondents said doing something meaningful was #1 motivation about work. Money: 25%, recognition: 17%.

2. Effectively communicate and share information.

3. Give employees clear job descriptions, tasks, and results expected.

4. Give and receive ongoing performance feedback.
Rather than saying, “Who screwed this up?” say, “How could we improve this process or avoid this in the future?”

5. If you don’t believe your employees can do something, they won’t believe they can either, and they won’t do it.

6. Asking questions of your team will get them to participate; dictating the answers will cause them to tune out.

7 .Provide recognition to worthy employees. Constructive praise works better than monetary rewards.

8. Set fair expectations for base pay while also providing bonuses and clearly defining success.

9-15 Foster innovation, manage but don't micromanage, encourage teamwork.

16: Fire underperformers, because they pull others along.
motivate  howto  motivation  leadership  employee  management  recognition  work  career 
november 2012 by dandv
Transformational Entrepreneurship: Where Technology Meets Societal Impact - Startup Genome
Excellent essay (if a bit rambling) by Max Marmer, modeling two axes of value: economic (negative - non-profits; minor - small businesses; high - large corporations) and societal (negative - games, fast-food chains; minor - small businesses, incremental improvements; large - Wikipedia, Amazon, Google, Facebook).

In the top right, lies transformational entrepreneurship.
Max_Marmer  inspiration  motivation  technology  startup  entrepreneurship  transformational 
october 2012 by dandv
Founders Fund Manifesto - What Happened to the Future?

The problem is that all start-ups are difficult – long hours, low pay, and fierce competition wear on even the most dedicated teams. The entrepreneurs who make it have a nearmessianic attitude and believe their company is essential to making the world a better place. It doesn’t matter whether everyone agrees with the entrepreneur about the world-historical nature of the project – if the entrepreneur seeks an impact beyond his own payday
and can convince employees of the same, the project is much more likely to get done. The engineers at SpaceX are passionate about commercializing and colonizing space; profit is a significant byproduct of their extraordinary effort to achieve that goal but not enough to get them to pull the thousandth all-nighter. The same is true of Jobs at Apple, or the programmers at Palantir, or the researchers at new drug companies. Wild-eyed passion
is not a bad thing by any means
technology  innovation  entrepreneurship  transformational  startup  inspiration  motivation 
october 2012 by dandv
What is Strong? (60 second) - YouTube
Is it muscle? Or is it something more? Is it measured in miles or milliseconds? Is it your best time or your worst day? Maybe strong is just what you have left when you've used up all your weak.
running  strong  motivation  video 
march 2012 by dandv
Life=Risk--Motivation - YouTube
"If you've never failed, you've never lived"
inspiration  risk  life  video  motivation 
march 2012 by dandv
How To Be More Interesting (In 10 Simple Steps) - Forbes
If you don't give a damn about anything, no one will give a damn about you.

If you're not courageous, you're going to be hanging around the water cooler, talking about the guy who actually is.

Mirror at webcitation.org/64aGxytEF
motivation  cool  fun  interesting  be  howto  inspiration 
january 2012 by dandv
Seconds - YouTube
Should motivate people to make a move when meeting someone they like. Say hi :)
dating  romance  inspiring  inspiration  insightful  video  women  approach  motivation 
january 2012 by dandv
Apple Steve Jobs The Crazy Ones - NEVER BEFORE AIRED 1997 - YouTube
@0:46 "The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."
inspiration  motivation  Steve  Jobs  crazy  ones  change  the  world  cry  awesome  cool  video  ad  commercial  Apple 
october 2011 by dandv
Gary Vaynerchuk: Do what you love (no excuses!)
@0:52: There is no reason in 2008 to do shit you hate.

@2:19: "Listen to your users" - absolutely. But giving a shit about your users is way better.

@2:37: Look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself: "What do I want to do every day for the rest of my life?" Do that. I promise you can monetize that shit.

@8:38: You need to build brand equity in yourself, because you never know what will happen - Lehman brothers, anything can happen. But if you have brand equity, you'll be fine.

@12:04: I don't want to hear about this "9 to 5, I don't have time" thing. If you want this, if you have a passion, work 9 to 5, spend a couple hours with your family, **7[pm] to 2 in the morning it's plenty of time to do damage**. But that's it; it's not gonna happen any other way.

@You work 9 to 6, you get home, you kiss the dog, and you go to town [i.e. work very hard]. Everybody has time. Stop watching fucking Lost. If you want this, if you want bling-bling, if you want to buy the Jets, work. That's how you get it.
motivation  video  social  media  business  startup  do  what  you  love  Gary  Vaynerchuk 
may 2011 by dandv
Charles Eugster's Experience: I am a 91-year-old bodybuilder | Life and style ...
"People have been brainwashed to think that after you're 65, you're finished. We're told that old age is a continuous state of decline, and that we should stop working, slow down and prepare to die. I disagree. To me, a 65-year-old is young. I turn 92 this year. It is a frightening prospect - the law of averages is against me, and, yes, one day something will happen and that will be it. But until that day comes, I'm going to carry on working"
health  fitness  old  age  geriatrics  bodybuilding  motivation  story  aging  never  quit  inspiration 
april 2011 by dandv
Seth's Blog: Do you need a permit?
[[Where, precisely, do you go in order to get permission to make a dent in the universe?

The accepted state is to be a cog. The preferred career is to follow the well-worn path, to read the instructions, to do what we're told. It's safer that way. Less responsibility. More people to blame.


If you think there's a chance you can make a dent, GO.



You have my permission. Not that you needed it.
motivation  Seth  Godin  make  difference 
october 2010 by dandv
Woman's persistence pays off in regenerated fingertip - CNN.com
Woman who got her pinky chopped off in a home accident and refused amputation and e-mailed doctors she never met about therapies they had published online, to ultimately get tissue regeneration therapy. Which worked.

Five lessons learned

Here are lessons Kulkarni learned through her pinky ordeal, plus a few from the doctors who worked with her:

1. Realize your doctor doesn't know everything
"I grew up in India, and doctors there were looked up to as being next to God, and they knew everything and could cure you," Kulkarni says. "What I found out is that even though I like my doctors, I don't have to take every recommendation they give me. I can do my own research." [...]
Petersen, Kulkarni's surgeon, says he's learned from many patients who've come to him having done research on the internet.
"I get a lot of good ideas from patients," he says.
2. E-mail doctors you don't know
3. Don't be afraid to be a 'bad' patient
4. Be organized
5. Recognize you might be wrong
story  cool  regenerate  finger  health  motivation  inspiration  medical  innovation  tissue  regeneration  MatriStem 
september 2010 by dandv
Oscar Pistorius - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius (born 22 November 1986) is a South African Paralympic runner. Known as the "Blade Runner" and "the fastest man on no legs", Pistorius is the double amputee world record holder in the 100, 200 and 400 metres (sport class T44) events and runs with the aid of Cheetah Flex-Foot carbon fibre transtibial artificial limbs by Ossur. In 2007 Pistorius took part in his first international able-bodied competitions."
blade  runner  double  amputee  athlete  running  motivation  sports  handicap  prosthetics  paralympics  never  give  up  artificial  feet  legs  foot 
april 2010 by dandv
Bobbie Carlyle - Self-Made Man (Detail)
"left to his own devices, man will use his [...] talents to be creative, productive, and prosperous. Using free will, he will better his own situation and that of those around him, thereby influencing in a positive way his own destiny."
self  made  man  sculpture  art  freedom  motivation 
april 2009 by dandv
Soft Skull: The Murdering of My Years: Artists and Activists Making Ends Meet by Mickey Z., ed.
"With the rare exception of people fortunate enough to have a job they are fulfilled by and enjoy, time spent at work is an unpleasant (often debilitating and unhealthy) trade-off to obtain basic necessities such as food and housing. Work, like the proverbial death and taxes, is not a choice. [...] Work is a fifty year fugue from which people occasionally awake, wondering where their lives went; time spent working is a series of murdered years."
book  anti  against  work  job  career  quit  life  motivation 
april 2009 by dandv
Alfie Kohn :: Challenging Behaviorist Dogma: Myths About Money and Motivation
"To the best of my knowledge, though, no controlled scientific study has ever found a long-term enhancement of the quality of work as a result of any reward system. For five years, I have challenged defenders of incentive systems to provide an example to the contrary, and I have yet to hear of such a study."; "At least 70 studies have found that rewards tend to undermine interest in the task (or behavior) itself; this is one of the most thoroughly replicated findings in the field of social psychology."
debunk  motivation  reward  incentive  money  work  intrinsic  extrinsic  compensation  behavior  psychology  productivity 
april 2009 by dandv
YouTube - Where the Hell is Matt? (2008)
Must watch with sound enabled. "If you can't watch this and feel something, you really need to see what's wrong with your soul". The song is Garry Schyman - Praan. Replace "18" with "22"in the URL for HD. Direct download of HD (720p) version: run this bookmarklet: javascript:if(document.location.href.match(/http:\/\/[a-zA-Z\.]*youtube\.com\/watch/)){document.location.href='http://www.youtube.com/get_video?fmt=22&video_id='+swfArgs['video_id']+'&t='+swfArgs['t']}
emotional  motivation  video  Matt  youtube  Praan  dance  world  travel  HD  download  catharsis  cool 
march 2009 by dandv
Official Google Blog: From the height of this place
Google's vision on information and the Internet: all information will be accessible from one's hand; everyone will be able to publish and everyone will; making sense of the data will be crucial and statistician will be the new sexy job; most processing will happen in the cloud. Written in nice President's Day address style.
Google  vision  Internet  information  future  trend  web  cloud  motivation 
february 2009 by dandv
blog.pmarca.com: How to hire the best people you've ever worked with
"I define drive as self-motivation -- people who will walk right through brick walls, on their own power, without having to be asked, to achieve whatever goal is in front of them."

"Motivating people who are fundamentally unmotivated is not easy. But motivating people who are self-motivated is wind at your back."

"Curiosity is a proxy for, do you love what you do? Anyone who loves what they do is inherently intensely curious about their field, their profession, their craft.
They read about it, study it, talk to other people about it... immerse themselves in it, continuously.
And work like hell to stay current in it.
Not because they have to.
But because they love to.
Anyone who isn't curious doesn't love what they do."
howto  hire  startup  job  career  interview  cool  motivation  drive  curiosity 
january 2009 by dandv
Stevey's Blog Rants: Get Famous By Not Programming
"sometimes the schedule just gets you. Given a choice between having significant impact by getting something out the door, and spending a bunch of time up front writing every line of code to be beautiful and high-performing and robust, which would you pick?

I'll pick impact. You can always fix the code later."
procrastination  motivation  philosophy  programming  time  management 
december 2008 by dandv
YouTube - Inspirational Speech by Dr. Randy Pausch On the Oprah Winfrey Show: The Last Lecture. Dr. Pausch Passed Away On July 25, 2008
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo&fmt=18 is a longer 1h16m version, more rambling and less relevant at times (aimed specifically at CMU students), but with touching moments in the last ~10 minutes.
speech  motivation  inspiration  life  death  cancer  CMU  Randy  Pausch  video 
november 2008 by dandv
YouTube - Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
Transcript: http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html

I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle.
"If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something."
motivation  video  Steve  Jobs  Stanford  life  speech  cool  Apple  college  emotional 
november 2008 by dandv
All about flow - (37signals)
Watch in addition http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/mihaly_csikszentmihalyi_on_flow.html. Basically, the brain needs to be maximally stimulated so that it focuses on one pleasurable thing and on not much else. That requires involvement in a challenging activity, and matching skills.
flow  state  zone  happy  psychology  motivation 
october 2008 by dandv
Do It Now by Steve Pavlina
Awesome article on productivity, time management, and beating procrastination
cool  time  management  productivity  Pavlina  lifehacks  do  it  now  procrastination  discipline  motivation 
july 2008 by dandv
YouTube - The Secret (morning motivational clip)
Suspend the disbelief in the pseudoscience theories in "The Secret" and enjoy the video clip.
video  motivation  Secret  cool 
march 2008 by dandv
ESPN - Armed with confidence, boxer overcomes odds - Boxing
One-armed kid enrolled in box training to overcome disability
inspiration  motivation  story  box  one  arm 
march 2008 by dandv
Henry Rollins - IRON, from Details Magazine
Motivational essay on weight training. "The Iron is the best antidepressant I have ever found. There is no better way to fight weakness than with strength. Once the mind and body have been awakened to their true potential, it's impossible to turn back." "I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds."
motivation  essay  fitness  happy  cool  workout  iron  200  pounds 
march 2008 by dandv
Perfect Timing Doesn’t Exist. Stop Waiting For It · LifeReboot.com
Blog post encouraging those who hold unsatisfying jobs to quit, NOW.
blog  career  job  quit  perfect  timing  start  motivation 
december 2007 by dandv
Restart your life
Self-improvement blog with insights into starting over, valuing time, and choosing what to do with one's life.

See http://www.lifereboot.com/2007/first-post/
blog  life  reboot  restart  start  over  inspiration  motivation 
august 2007 by dandv
The Graphing Calculator Story
Laid off Apple employees come back to work for free on software project, illegally entering the building, gathering peer support and generating enthusiasm
skunk  works  project  story  Apple  graphic  calculator  motivation  dedication  passion 
july 2007 by dandv
Anti-procrastination plan, Design your own ~
"Imagine how you would behave right now if you were not a procrastinator. Get a clear
picture in your mind, and then act out that role —or pretend— for the next hour that
you’re not a procrastinator. When you’re done, evaluate your "acting." Did you do a
good job? How did it feel?"
lifehacks  productivity  anti  procrastination  motivation  GTD  self  improvement 
june 2006 by dandv
Fun demotivational posters (picture+message)
humor  fun  art  business  demotivators  motivation 
april 2006 by dandv
Personal Development for Smart People - Steve Pavlina
Free, high-quality, personal development articles from Steve Pavlina to fill several books. Topics covered: time managment, motivation, discipline, overcoming procrastination, goals, courage, work/career, wealth/money, momentum, problem solving, balance,
productivity  motivation  lifehacks  gtd  blog  positive  personal  development  discipline 
april 2006 by dandv
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