Conclusion

Until today I reworked on every of my texts, with special attention to Connectives and short up sentences, of course also to any mistakes which I missed before.

As you can see I published five new entries dealing with some other information to passion and curiosity :-)

Now it is six o’clock and I have to finish and hope you enjoyed reading my blog:-)

Outliers – The story Of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

As you know, I already wrote something about Malcolm Gladwell, strictly speaking about his speech as the D5 Conference. ( Youtube video!;-))

In other words this brought him into my mind and I bought a book of him ” Outliers – The Story Of Success”.

This book deals with the question ” Why do some people achieve so much more than others?” To answer this question Malcolm Gladwell looks on every successful persons from rockstars to athletes.

“Outliers will change the way you think about your own life story, and about what makes us all unique.”

Well, I wanted to tell you more about this book this evening, but I had no time to read the whole book last week, so I just read the first four chapters, but I can tell you – this book is really really interesting and manyfold. The way Gladwell is writing is very convenient, he avoids repetitions but is still convincing. Frankly speaking I like his way of writing much more than Friedman’s.

I know our project will end up tonight, but if you like I can still write something about it after reading, tell you wether Outliers really changed my way of thinking – so just let me know,write a comment or talk to me in class after Tuesday – when you all know who I really am;-)

The pursuit of happy(i)ness

“Don’t let ever someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you, you can’t do it. If you wan’t something, go get it. Period.”

This sentence is from the biographical drama “The pursuit of happyness” (2006) , directed by Gabriele Muccino. It is based on a true story of a man called Chris Gardner and his book of the same title . Just a short description: Chris Gardner invested his whole money in medical devices called “portable Bone Density Scanner”. For this reason he has to sale two a month for the living costs, but the health professionals think that this device is ‘unnecessary’ what makes it very hard to sell them, finally he hasn’t sold any for a while. The family has no money, that is why his wife Linda leaves him alone with their five year old son Christopher and goes to New York.

They loose their apartment, have no money for any other room, as a result they are forced to sleep in a bathroom of a train station.

“I still remember that moment. They all looked so damn happy for me.”

That is what Chris thinks when he stays in front of a stockbroker firm and decides to make an unpaid six moth training to get a job there. Twenty people and just one will get the job. The protagonist has to take care of his son, to sell some BDS and even learn and work for his stockbroker career at the same time. After all the head of the firm calls him in the office and tells him that he got the job, the next day will be his first one as a stockbroker. That gives him the chance to run out of poverty and build up a new life.

The reason why I post about this movie is , because this story shows again that you are able to reach everything if you really want to. Though Chris was at the end of existence, he even donates blood to get money. He doesn’t know where to sleep or what to eat, but he never gives up. And where does he has this strength from? From his passion and the love to his son Christopher, his dream of a better life and the pursuit of happiness.

What I have done so far…

Well, I started to rework on my texts.

Until today I edited the two summaries (part I and II) and the analyses- consequently I payed special attention to connectives, moreover to short up sentences where it is possible, of course also to any other mistakes.

In the next days I will correct the next texts, in addition I will publish a post about a book I am reading about my topic or a film I am just watched last time – strictly speaking I will publish something about both things, but tonight I don’t know what to start with, we will see tomorrow;-)

I think I’ll publish it on saturday or sunday, because I have not that much time until then.

Greetings.

Steve Jobs: Passion in Work

Well, Steve Jobs doesn’t disappear out of my mind, consequently I did again some research about him. Therefore I found these two videos on Youtube:

Firstly this video shows S.J. (I think some years ago, but it is nowhere mentioned!) on a meeting talking about marketing and passion, further about ‘Apple at the core’ , especially what makes Apple that special.

In this context he says:

“We believe that people with passion can change the world for the better.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2cDQw-Cmd4&feature=related

Secondly this one comes to my mind:

“People say you have that a lot of passion for what you are doing and it is totally true and the reason is, because it is so hard and if you don’t – any rashly person would give up.(…) If you don’t love it, if you don’t having fun doing it, you don’t really love it, you gonna give up.”

This video is an excerpt of Steve Jobs on the D5 Conference on May 30, 2007. There he is talking about two reason for success: One is the passion in what you are doing and the second belongs to the people who are working with you.

” You got to be a really good talent scout. Cause the matter how smart you are, you need a team of great people.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PznJqxon4zE

( Just to give a short information to those, don’t know who is the guy sitting next to Jobs – This is Bill Gates, CEO of Windows;-))

Please watch the videos and feel free to tell me your opinion about it:-)

Meaningful Work: Malcolm Gladwell

“When you throw your heart and mind and soul into something, you get something back!”

I found this video on youtube and I think this would be very interesting for you  – it deals again with passion and curiosity in work.      

Just to give some basic information of Malcolm Gladwell:

He was born on the 3rd of September in 1963. Then he went to College in Canada and graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in history in 1984. His father described him as an “unusually single-minded and ambitious boy”.From 1987-1996 he was a reporter of the “Washington Post” where he mostly wrote articles about business and science. Since 1996 he lives in New York City and is a staff writer for the “New York Times Magazine”. Moreover, he is an author of four ‘New York Times Bestseller books’.

This video shows a speech of him at the  Dreamforce conference in San Francisco and deals with Malcolm opinion that if put your heart and mind into something, you make it special and this is what he calls “Meaningful work”.

To give an example he tells the story of a band we all know, “The Beatles”, but before I watched this video I wasn’t that familiar with their background. Another example, he makes us think about is Bill Gates. It agrees with me because I wrote about the head of the company apple and he talks about the ‘windows man’. Both of these stories shows how much passion and curiosity matter if you want to be successful.

I think Malcolm Gladwell’s speech is very strong and I am absolutely his opinion. What do you think about it?

Connecting the dots: Connecting what I have done so far.

I thought it would be good to connect the most important aspects I have discovered so far- for sure, some new will follow soon- finally that is what I’ll do in the following text, at the same time I would like to reflect my work with this theme.

When I started reading “The Right Stuff” -to be honest- I had no really idea what would expect me there. For sure I thought about the right stuff for success, probably also that he would mention some skills people should have, but I thought about skills like math etc. again…

But then Friedman started his chapter with ‘to learn how to learn’, in addition he explained that it is equal which class you take- it is just important that you have got the right teacher giving  you the motivation to start love learning and so ‘to learn how to learn’. He goes on with navigation in the world wide web , moreover that it is important to decide wether this source is trustful or not – aspects where I totally agree with him.

The next part of his chapter was a little bit confusing. What is PQ, what is CQ and why didn’t I heard about this before, when he tells me that this is more important than IQ? In this part of the chapter I got to know the ‘Passion Quotient’, the ‘Curiosity Quotient’ and the ‘Intelligence Quotient ‘(but of this one I of course already heard of before!;-)). His theory was risky and it activated me to do research about it and this again took me to Virender Kapoor. “The Greatest Secret of Success” is the title of the book this man has written. My curiosity was roused –  I tried to get this book but my navigation skill told me that this website does not look really trustful and I was shocked because something happened to me, which had never happened before: You can’t find this on amazon.de and also google didn’t show me a website which looks more serious…But while I am writing this, I think I’ll ask tomorrow in a bookstore, because this book seems to very very interesting. Oh, just to mention this at this time again:This book deals also with the topic that passion and curiosity matter more than Intelligence. A discussion came up on my blog with jeylay and lemontree with the  conclusion that passion and curiosity are very important, but that intelligence is the basis for this. It would be very interesting to hear who Virender Kapoor argues to base his theory.

Friedman is also talking about a many-sided education in “Stressing Liberal Arts”. There he quotes a speech of Steve Jobs at the Stanford university. And I was impressed of the background of Steve Jobs, but I didn’t mentioned it before –  so maybe now is the right moment.

Steve Jobs biological mother was very young , that is the reason why she decided to put him for adoption. Her condition was that the ‘new parents’ have to be graduated from college, so that he will go one day to college too. She chose a lawyer and his wife but “at the last minute” before he was born they decided that they want a daughter not a son. Finally he was adopted by non college-granduates and they had to promise that he will go one day to college – otherwise she would refuse the adoption. They did and Jobs chose later on a collage which was very expensive, but after a few months the noticed that it doesn’t make any sense to spend there for him:

“After six moths, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life.”

Then he dropped out. His life became harder from now on but he could “stop taking the required classes” he wasn’t interested in. And for this he slept on the floor in friend’s rooms and returned coke bottles to get money for something to eat. But he never regretted that he followed his intention and curiosity. This took him into calligraphy classes and this – as we now- brought him later on to his success and also the company ‘Apple’.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust  that the dots will somehow connect in your future, You have to trust in something- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the differences in my life.”

Steve Jobs was such a successful person, but before I have read this, I had no idea of his background, still he is very impressive. Moreover that he reached his goals by trusting in his heart.

The first analysis of “The Right Stuff” demonstrated me his argumentation strategy : To remove the distance between him and the audience. Finally this is what he does with a really effecting motive: childhood. That was the reason I quoted him with this firetruck thing. Because he had success with this in my case, I really often thought about this sentence and about the ‘childlike feeling’ we have to rediscover.

Further I also found some childlike feeling in the movie “Outsourced” we watched in class and about which I wrote a movie review. From the moment on Todd starts to engage in the country, or when he starts to do what he wants to do at “Holi” he feels fine and it feels like being home somehow. Or when you take a look at his employees : From the moment on where their could design their place of work how they want(bring some personal stuff etc.) they worked better.

At least I did again some research about passion and curiosity and today this took me to Albert Einstein: “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”  This quotation was another proof for what I have learned from Friedman. To come to a conclusion until today I have to say that I totally agree with what Friedman mentioned in this chapter and that my own research just brings other proofs for what Friedman already has said.

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