Audiobook – Shoe Dog – Phil Knight

This book was a great read for me. I love these Auto Biography books that get into the “nitty gritty” of what happened. The memoir style of writing was refreshing for me. Interesting to feel like I was in his head.

Shoe Dog is Phil Knight’s (eventual co-founder of Nike shoes) journey to pursue his passion in life, shoes, building something, purpose, meaning.

The struggles, and the emotion, they hit home for me. So many times he has “impossible” situations and he holds conviction and makes it happen. I have seen these types of events firsthand. The situation seems hopeless, but then there is light and you run at it. I think these things happen to test our resolve and commitment to our journey.

Nike brand is now much more to me than ever before, knowing the history behind it. I always thought it was a great branding exercise that really connected with people. But, that was it, a branding exercise to sell shoes. Now I know why it really works, I have respect for the process.

Audiobook – Start With Why – Simon Sinek

I’m an audiobook fan, and I have decided I want to keep track of what I’m “reading”/listening to, and sharing here is a great way.

I have just finished listening to Simon Sinek‘s book, Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. This is a fantastic read. The principles can be applied to a large number of things in life.

Find the real reason you are doing something. Rethink your brand or business proposition. Market things more effectively.

NZ Peer-2-Peer Lending with Harmoney

Over the recent months I have become fascinated with the opportunity that is providing in New Zealand.

It allows you to lend money to people who want a loan and earn between 10% to 40% interest per year in return.  Harmoney are doing all the heavy lifting, but there is still risk involved and time will tell how great it really it is.

If you would like to learn more, the following interviews were insightful into how it works and where they are going.

Interview from 2014 April

Interview from 2015 February

Life Purpose Sweet Spot

This is a great way to visualize the sweet spot we are trying to find when it comes to your life purpose.

Life Purpose

Jim Rohn Motivation for Life

Jim Rohn was an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. This video is a soundbite with some powerful points.

Change the way you think and act as the human condition allows us to choose, “the dignity of choice”. And to often it is easy to be lazy. Finding that passion is hard, but Jim has always pushed for learning more everyday. Only in the doing will we find that passion.

A Vision of Expansion into the Solar System

This is a short film called “Wanderers” by Erik Wernquist.

“Wanderers is a vision of humanity’s expansion into the Solar System, based on scientific ideas and concepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever happens. The locations depicted in the film are digital recreations of actual places in the Solar System, built from real photos and map data where available.

Without any apparent story, other than what you may fill in by yourself, the idea with the film is primarily to show a glimpse of the fantastic and beautiful nature that surrounds us on our neighboring worlds – and above all, how it might appear to us if we were there.”

The words and voice overlay are from Carl Sagan.

Wanderers – a short film by Erik Wernquist from Erik Wernquist on Vimeo.
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The Bitcoin Doco – Episode 1

I really enjoyed this mini doco and I look forward to the rest of the series. If you want to support this doco with bitcoin, they provide an address at the end.

“Mainstream media would have us believe that cryptocurrencies are insecure, unstable, fads, ponzi schemes, an avenue for money laundering or for trafficking drugs. We are on a mission to uncover and present the real stories, the personal stories and the impact that cryptocurrencies are having on peoples’ lives here in Australia.” –

The Bitcoin Doco – Episode 1 from The Bitcoin Doco on Vimeo.

The Trap of Time Management

We can have good intentions, and want to succeed, but are we pursuing something of passion? It is easy to think something is a good idea and have all the reasoning for it, but can you keep the momentum going once you have to start doing it?

When it comes naturally it is amazing, but when you are trying to force it, do you really want it more than breathing? What should you do? Try some other motivation strategies or search for something else that really lights your fire?

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Consider Your Social Interactions

This video is a spoken word style rap/song. Price Ea raises some questions about how we are interacting with the world with our Internet connected lives.

I’m not a big user of online social networks. I do prefer to spend time with people face-to-face. Maybe because I have and do spend so much time with devices and the Internet.

How Bad Do You Want It – Part2

ET (Eric Thomas) The Hip Hop Preacher is a motivational speaker and lectures at conventions and high schools or colleges.

This is a follow up to last week’s Part1. Eric drives home the story, take action, live it!

Eric also has a YouTube channel and does a series that he calls T.G.I.M. (Thank God It’s Monday). It is a motivational series of videos.