Are You Dreaming Big Enough? 3 Tips To Think Like Elon Musk

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“I don’t think I’m that talented. I just dream really big.” Elon Musk

I’ve been on an Elon Musk kick lately. The Tony Stark like founder of Pay Pal, Tesla, and Space X is an inspiration to many but what makes him so special?

I think it’s his ability to dream big.

I was watching the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions over the weekend and Peter Gabriel had a similar quote during his acceptance speech.

Dream big and let your imagination guide you.” Peter Gabriel

I was doing my weekly GTD review, where I review my current projects, follow up on things I’m waiting for, etc. and I honestly looked at the previous week and was disappointed in my production.

I spend almost two full days working on a report for my boss.

Is that thinking big?

If you asked my boss about my performance…

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Toyota Hydrogen Car to be released before April 2015

Originally posted on The Tech Globe:

Toyota is going to release the FCV hydrogen fueled car at the beginning of 2015.

It will launch in Japan first at around $70,000 and the automaker is already in the process of preparing the launch across the globe.

The FCV will have a range of 700kms and is refueled in as little as 3 minutes.

Hydrogen can be produced in various ways including wind power and solar and once it is compressed it actually a higher energy density than batteries.

If this lives up to the potential Toyota believes it has we might see this also impacting automakers such as Telsa that have been betting big on electric cars. For that to happen though, we would have to see some high performance and luxury hydrogen vehicles to come out.

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* The Space Between Resistance and Inner Peace

Originally posted on Find Your Middle Ground:

How can we move from resistance and struggle to acceptance and inner peace? I believe there is a space between the two. Like the pendulum of life, we find ourselves moving from one to the other…. yet there is a moment when we can slow down and pause.

pendulum of life

Tara Brach calls this The Sacred Pause. For me, it is a place of grounding as well. I call it our Middle Ground.

It is the same space that we all aspire to experience. It is the doorway to clarity, inspiration, understanding and peace of mind.

blue door to our true natureHere is some of Tara Brach’s practical wisdom from her Spirituality and Practice website:

“The Sacred Pause. helps us to reconnect with the present moment. Especially when we are caught up in striving and obsessing and leaning into the future, pausing enables us to reenter the mystery and vitality only found here and now.

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Originally posted on african monastic:



  1. Accept everything just the way it is.
  2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
  3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
  4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
  5. Be detached from desire your whole life.
  6. Do not regret what you have done.
  7. Never be jealous.
  8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
  9. Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself nor others.
  10. Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.
  11. In all things, have no preferences.
  12. Be indifferent to where you live.
  13. Do not pursue the taste of good food.
  14. Do not hold on to possessions you no longer need.
  15. Do not act following customary beliefs.
  16. Do not collect weapons or practice with weapons beyond what is useful.
  17. Do not fear death.
  18. Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age.
  19. Respect Buddha…

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The line between spiritual narcissism and support

Originally posted on Random Thoughts of Alvin Lau:

Sometimes, there are people who want deep support… maybe sympathy is a better word. Really, they want the spotlight and only focus on themselves. They have little to no regard for others. (I would term this spiritual narcissism.)

Then there are others who are unwilling to take any support. Willing to help others but not willing to receive help.

In between is the healthy balance between when to seek support and when to divert the attention. That balance is not static either. There are seasons when a person really needs to community to rally around them and lift them up. There are other times when that person needs to bring the focus on others more than themselves. I wrestle with that balance. I don’t want to be that needy person who sucks up all the attention and energy for those around me. Yet I know I’m not supposed to go…

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Your Demons Hold Your Key to Freedom

Originally posted on | | | amanda childers:

demons, angels, fear, ego

I’ve witnessed over the past year that every decision I once made from a place of fear has come undone. To paint a better picture for you, nearly everything I did in the past came from fear. I let the ego trick me into choosing safe and secure, way too many times, rather than listening to whatever the risky business my heart was into.

In all honesty, it’s been the most challenging year of my life. There comes a point when you can’t run from yourself anymore and there’s nowhere left to hide. Eventually you have to face your demons; and they don’t tend to fall out of the closet politely and orderly, more like they come barreling out obnoxiously and all at once.

This is the part of the “growth process” that sends most people back down the same dark road with a tighter lock on that door. But…

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What companies look for in a cloud vendor

Originally posted on The Path to Value:

Choosing a cloud vendor is one of the first steps in the migration to the cloud. We’ve looked at what companies expect from their cloud services providers, but what sets one apart from the rest of the pack? While price is an obvious point of differentiation, we found that companies with more mature cloud migration strategies have different priorities than their peers.

Which of these qualities differentiate a provider from others in your decisions regarding service providers? Rank the top three.WindstreamQ27

Price is much more of a concern for smaller companies—41% list it as their top priority versus 5% of the largest companies. Instead, large companies are much more likely to choose a provider based on brand reputation and portal capabilities.

We also identified a group that is further along the path to value than other survey respondents. Trailblazers, as we call these companies, are more likely to value pre-sales…

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Is experience overrated in a knowledge age?

Originally posted on bluyonder:

In my experience, the education sector can only benefit from the innovations and ideas from other sectors and industries.  I think we should be examining the underlying philosophies, principles and practices that make an organisation successful in a knowledge age and how schools can learn from or even adopt similar practices.  Yet there is still a reticence to do anything that has been cultivated from without the education sector.

Everything is evolving in a connected world and it seems the game-changers are companies like Amazon and Google including how they employ and retain creative staff.  It seems that potential is more valuable than experience in the 21st century according to article in the latest Harvard Business Review.

The article’s author, Claudio Fernandez-Araoz believes we are moving into a new era of talent spotting, in which ‘potential’ is the ‘most important predictor of success at all levels.’  Fernandez-Araoz says that the 21st century work…

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Test driving Push notification in Bluemix

Originally posted on Giga thoughts ...:

This post is a continuation of my earlier post ‘Getting started with mobile cloud in Bluemix‘. Here I take a test drive of the push service that Bluemix offers based on the article “Extend an Android app using the Push cloud service” from developerWorks.

This post assumes that you have already completed the changes from my earlier post for the mobile cloud. If you haven’t,  you could clone the code from “mobile data” which is the official IBM version of this app and includes all the changes needed for persisting data in the cloud through their Android.

The Mobile Cloud App I created on Bluemix is “mobtvg“. The main steps to have Push notification service using Bluemix are

  1. GCM services : Get Google API Project number  & GCM API Key
  2. Include the Google Play services library project
  3. Add the jar files…

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