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Life Fail

People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance.

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Posted: June 4th, 2011
at 12:36pm by mnp


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Lifestyle Business Fail

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Countless people have begun businesses blogs, only to drop it all 6 months later because they aren’t sure why they aren’t making money.

I’m going to tell you right now that for 95% of the people out there that are trying to start a lifestyle business, you’re doing it all wrong.

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Posted: May 31st, 2011
at 6:24pm by mnp


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Start-up Fail

How do start-ups fail? With these metrics.

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Posted: May 30th, 2011
at 5:39pm by mnp


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Adaptation Fail

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In 1982, the management consultants Tom Peters and Robert Waterman published In Search of Excellence, a colossally popular business title. The book aimed to learn lessons from the world’s best companies, and Peters and Waterman produced a list of 43. But just a couple of years after In Search of Excellence had been published, BusinessWeek ran a cover story with the simple title: "Oops! Who’s Excellent Now?" Almost a third of the companies singled out for praise by Peters and Waterman were in financial trouble.

My aim isn’t to mock Peters and Waterman, but to point out that the rise and fall of business models is an unavoidable part of economic growth. In a complex world, things fail - a lot. According to the economist Paul Ormerod, 10 percent of U.S. firms go bankrupt every year. Ormerod - an iconoclastic figure who enjoys beating fellow economists at their own game, mathematics - has studied the statistical patterns that emerge from these bankruptcies. He thinks they suggest that failure and success in business are far more random than our culture of CEO-worship would have us believe.

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Posted: May 13th, 2011
at 9:24pm by mnp


Categories: business,weaponry,development,entrepreneurship,fail,innovation

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Meditation Fail

Phil Dhingra on getting rid of excuses and starting to meditate.

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Posted: May 12th, 2011
at 9:38am by mnp


Categories: health,philosophy,fail

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Royal Cartwheel Fail?

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Posted: April 29th, 2011
at 12:54pm by mnp


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Education 2.0 Fail

Is the American education system broken? What happened to the bright minds that once brought upon new technology and innovation? We’re living in a education bubble of debt, that forces students to work in areas that they may not be suited for in order to repay their loans. The disaggregation of college:

One of the best parts of a Personal Learning Network is occasionally you find out about people doing things you had only thought about in theory. I watched a great video from David Wiley and he mentioned something called Western Governors University. This school offers no classes. Instead they offer degrees in an interesting way. They don’t care where you got the information from, they will just assess what you know in a very rigorous way. If you pass, you get the degree. Basically they are just the credentialing function of a university. (Source)

The Forrest Gump of the internet explains the need for the interaction between computer science and journalism:

Last year at NYU, a small group of programmers who called themselves Diaspora sparked the imaginations of thousands of people and journalists. Here was a band of smart young people who would build something just for the joy of it. Programming in the cause of freedom. A hugely optimistic act. It’s the motivation for what I’m talking about. But, what was missing was the contribution of a university — of experience informing, guiding, and teaching the young people how to do what they set out to do. People who had been down roads much like the one they’re traveling, and can guide them past the potholes, pirates and vigilantes, carpetbaggers and cliffs. There’s a Mr Potter or Mr Burns lurking around every corner, it seems.

In other arts, there’s a healthy respect for the knowledge accumulated by previous generations. These days, however, in programming — that respect seems to be fading. I think, if we can learn to communicate across generations, we can combine our strengths, your youth, vigor, optimism for the future — with my generation’s lessons from the trenches. And if we can remember the feeling that many of us had when we were young, that the sky is the limit, that we can be great if we just will ourselves to be great. We can have it all.

Implementing a DML initiative for the entire school is necessary:

And, here’s the thing about working with kids in schools: not all of them are going to be that excited about new approaches to learning. Even if they are excited about what you are trying to do in their classes, a bunch of kids are going to still tell you that what you are doing is "boring" and generally go out of their way to signal that they aren’t interested. Why will they do this? Because they are kids.

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Posted: April 21st, 2011
at 6:59am by mnp


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Win Fail

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Everybody fails and its good for you…

This motley crew of entrepreneurs don’t seem to have much in common. Macy founded one of the world’s greatest department stores, Edison brought his own dreams to life, Ford took other people’s inventions and made them a commercial success, and Walt Disney captured the imagination of children and adults around the world.

The one thing these entrepreneurs did have in common though was the belief that one day, somehow, they would succeed. Instead of letting failure, being broke, and even the ridicule of others stand in their way, each entrepreneur embraced their setback as a learning experience. They knew that every failure brought them one step closer to success. (Source)

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Posted: April 6th, 2011
at 5:27pm by mnp


Categories: business,fail,innovation

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Web Fail

Here’s the list

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Posted: March 28th, 2011
at 10:22pm by mnp


Categories: web,not ninja-worthy,lists,fail

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