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Abraham Cajudo
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I make movies that move people and fly too close to the sun.
I make movies that move people and fly too close to the sun.

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Questlove dropping knowledge as per usual. So much insight in this piece on music, business, art, Kickstarter. Dig!

On J Dilla: "His rule was that there's absolutely nothing worth rejecting as far as sampling is concerned. I always thought that music was spiritual, but he really taught me how to absorb it. He always used the word "absorb." He would close his eyes and absorb it. He never skimmed, never scanned. He absorbed it. It starts there. He had this patience to sift through a lot of shit just to get that magic moment. And he knew when he got that magic moment. He just had to find it."

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All of this. GSP is an artist.
Professional fighter Georges St-Pierre about innovation

Standing still is never a good option. Not in the ring, and not in life outside the octagon either. When you stop moving, you’re done. When the status quo becomes your main weapon, your arsenal is diminished. When you can find no other way forward except for repetition, your mistakes are compounded into defeat.

Therefore, the only way forward in life is innovation. And innovation, born from true creativity, depends on movement. Life, after all, is all about motion, whereas stasis is equivalent to death.

When you’d rather die than relive an error, and when you’re truly committed to finding a better way to live your life, this is when the world opens its arms, welcomes and rewards you with opportunity. This is why we innovate, or we die.

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 I’ve learned that my innovative capacities seem to rise up when there’s a crisis, a conflict. Like losing my title, for example, or hurting my knee badly. Those situations told me I needed to continue my innovation to recapture my title, my place in martial arts. The way I see it, innovation is a discipline, not a lottery. It’s got nothing to do with luck, or even eureka moments, because those are unplanned, unscripted. For me, it comes from the combination of two elements within my control: hard work and open-mindedness.

Very often, we see leaders lose sight of how they got to where they are: by being and thinking differently from the competition. They make it to first place, and then their thinking changes from seeking innovation to seeking the status quo. They think, I made it to first place, so now I must not change a thing. But change is what got them to the top in the first place! This is because they’re focused on the positive result rather than on the process of success.

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062195638

(Thank you +Denis Labelle , I am a GSP fan now ;)
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Really enjoyed this one. Great insights, spoken plainly.

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Being a huge nature and science geek, I really enjoyed this lengthy NY Times article on The Immortal Jellyfish. The best part for me though was this timeless piece of writing describing the jellyfish:

"In exchange for simplicity — no head or tail, no vision, eating out of its own anus — they gained immortality."

Secret of life or not, dookie jokes will always be funny. 

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"But given the choice, I'd say first is a better use of your talent."

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Pretty neat. Fashion advice (and links to buy on Svpply) based on your local weather.

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The $100 Investment. Glad to experience this last week and to be part of this tribe of world-changers. Onward! +Chris Guillebeau 
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