What can a nine year old do to become an astronaut?

I´m reading Chris Hadfields “An Astronaut´s Guide to Life on Earth” right now. Chris Hadfield has brought a lot of publicity to space travel since he kept us updated with incredible pictures on his YouTube/Twitter… account while staying on the ISS.

I´m a huge fan of space travel and all the developments in this area within the last years. The ISS, Rosetta, Virgin Galatic … all of them are awesome projects.

The latest book of Hadfield is kind of an autobiography where he shares a lot of insights in his life, the obstacles he faced and the learnings he gained.

Right in his first chapter is a passage of text which is already worth reading the whole book.

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Are You a Lift or Drag Force?

zen habits published an article last week about if we are a lift or drag force.

They start with the fact that our development and our being is highly influenced by the people surrounding us:

In our lives, the people around us lift us up, or they drag us down.

This is nothing new and discussed in a zillion articles, blogs and books. But what I really like in the quick-read article of zen habits, is that they turn the tables.

Which are you? The lift or the drag force on people around you?

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Sticking to a Habit

On zenhabits, Leo Babauta posted an interesting article about “sticking to a habit“.

The skill to stick to a habit is super important because this makes the difference between most successful and not successful people. Good habits we can stick to can be eating healthy, learning constantly, doing sports, getting up early, taking care of our relationsships and so on.

Leo Babauta points it out: “The hardest thing for most people, when it comes to building habits, is sticking to it long enough for it to become ingrained.” And this is what we all know. I started playing guitar – quitted. Started learning Thai – quitted. And so on…

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My 100th post and the meaning of life

This is my 100th post on selfvestors.net. It´s been a while I posted my first article about “expand your comfort zone” in Novembre 2012. 1.5 years later I´ve shared 100 summaries, articles, videos or guides.

I still love reading and writing about entrepreneurship, investing, marketing, social media and so on. Some stuff I read is just useful, some is inspiring and some is even eyeopening. That´s why I still like going through all the article- and book-summaries again and again.

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I would rather give my billions to Elon Musk than charity

I would rather give my billions to Elon Musk than charity

This morning BusinessInsider posted a short article about Larry Page.

The google CEO said he would rather give his money to capitalists (like Elon Musk – founder of SolarCity and Tesla Motors) than to charity. Capitalists have big ideas for changing the world.

His statement or even call to everybody is kinda provocative but reminds me actually of a former article I posted last year. -> The way we think about charity is dead wrong.

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Different thinking by Förster und Kreuz

Different thinking by Förster und Kreuz

Some time ago I´ve read the book “Different Thinking” by Förster und Kreuz. Unfortunately the book isn´t available in englisch – it shares a lot of great thoughts. Anja Förster and Peter Kreuz are marketing pros and inspiring authors.

different thinkingThey different thinkers on a high level – that´s why I can really recommend their book even though it´s already around 6 years old. Which is definitely old when it comes to marketing tools.

They point out several “rules” for nonconventional marketing and business models.

 

I just want to share some of their highlights and summarize a few short chapters.

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Google, Wiki, … the obsolete know-it-all?

Google, Wiki, … the obsolete know-it-all?

A pretty entertaining and also interesting TED Talk by Ken Jennings discusses the importance and power of knowledge.

TED´s headline: Trivia whiz Ken Jennings has made a career as a keeper of facts; he holds the longest winning streak in history on the U.S. game show Jeopardy. But in 2011, he played a challenge match against supercomputer Watson — and lost.

After talking a while about his career and experiences as trivia whiz he finds a perfect shift to the important topic knowledge.

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Some will always say you are wrong

Some will always say you are wrong

One of my favorite entrepreneurs and inspiring bloggers – Derek Sivers – made a short but very inspiring article.

It´s an important lesson he´s sharing. We have to keep this in mind whenever we make a decision, whenever we set our goals.

You have to know your preferences well, because no matter what you do, someone will tell you you’re wrong.

But if you expect this criticism in advance, and take pride in your stance, you can bash on with a smile, being who you want to be.

Then every time they say you’re wrong, that’s a sign you’re doing it right.

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