I was listening to a This American Life podcast when a special came on about Harper High School in Chicago, Illinois. Last year 27 students were shot at Harper High School. A startling statistic. This American Life asked to put three journalists in Harper for five months, an entire semester, the school agreed.
This two-part series is two hours of heart-wrenching stories and a sick realization of what some people go through daily. You should listen to these stories, it’ll give you perspective and an absolute appreciation for where we live.
With 16 security guards for 550 approximate students Harper High School is still understaffed when it comes to security. How many security guards did your high school have?
Everyone in this neighborhood is in a gang. You can’t avoid it. Whatever street you live on signifies what gang you’re affiliated with. If you don’t want to have any part of the gang interaction you have to stay in. Literally. They talked to one boy who hadn’t left his house at night for several years. Could you imagine going through high school without leaving your house at night?
By the sounds of it, This American Life picked the worst high school in the United States to do a story on but that’s hardly the case. The end of part two is a chilling realization of what high school is for some kids. You must listen to the end.
Give it a listen, you won’t regret it.
Photo Credit: This American Life
I found this video that Robin Sharma had Tweeted the other day. It really is worth your time to watch. It’s called How To Think Like A Superhero.
Robin Sharma wrote one of my favorite books The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and the best selling The Leader Who Had no Title.
In the video he talk about thinking like a superhero. His thesis is that super successful people, CEOs, celebrities etc. aren’t more special than you or me but that they have a far superior work ethic than the average person. He says at one point that these successful people he’s interviewed and worked with can accomplish in a day what most people do in a month.
The secret to success is that there is no secret to success, there’s no way around it, you have to work hard at it. But if you do work hard, and focus on a goal, you will accomplish it.
You should pick up some Shwarma and sit down and read some Robin Sharma.
(Photo credit: http://fullmetalcynic.wordpress.com/2008/01/17/when-real-life-becomes-a-superhero-action-movie/)
In a recent Six Pixels of Separation podcast, Mitch Joel tells Seth Godin about a question with an amusing answer he saw on Reddit that week.
“If someone from the 1950s suddenly appeared today, what would be the most difficult thing to explain to them about life today?“
One of the best answers was:
Really makes you think about how far we’ve come and yet so many people never really use the internet to its full potential.
What do you think?
I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command.
Half the things you do, you might just as well turn over to me and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed, you much merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of all great men and women and alas of all failures as well. Those who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures. I am not a machine, thou I work with all the precision of a machine, plus the intelligence of a human being.
You may run me for profit or run me for ruin, it makes no difference to me. Take me, train me, be firm with me and I will place the world at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you.
Who am I?
When I first read this I instantly loved it. In life on our way to achieving our goals we have the choice to develop habits that propel us in the right direction or habits that drag us down and push us in the opposite direction. It’s ultimately up to you to develop the most positive habits throughout life, they make all the difference.
Thanks to Mitch Gallant who found this for me.
I’ve needed windshield washer fluid for almost a month. Well not really “needed” per se, every now and then when I slammed on the brakes the windshield washer fluid light would come on. So during winter I probably had a couple months left in her. Any who. Continue reading »
Make your message bloody specific.
If outdoor billboards are part of your marketing mix take a lesson from TheWeddingFair.ca. I saw this in Calgary the other day. The most prominent part of the billboard is exactly what they want you to remember. Their website.
They respect your time by not trying to tell you everything about the event. If you don’t bombard people with information, they like that, weird hey? The simplicity of the billboard makes it stand out on a busy street. You could argue the billboard is not only simple but also unexpected if you’re talking about Chip and Dan Heath’s book Made to Stick six principles of sticky ideas.
If you’re advertising, make it incredibly clear what your goal is. Obviously the website is the most valuable piece of information to take away from this billboard. From there you can look up anything you would like to know about the event.
Don’t make the classic mistake of trying to include more information than you have to. This goes for ANY of your marketing material. You should always ask before you publish/print “does all this information really need to be on here?” the more critical you are the better the end product will be.
Good on you TheWeddingFair.ca