Book review: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, by Donald Miller (****.)

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I decided to read Donald Miller’s latest book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, after reading a review by Michael Hyatt (CEO of Thomas Nelson, publisher of the book) – of course that review (here) might have been biased, but it was the way the review that was written that convinced me, reading the author’s note and first chapter online (here), and the the quirky and innovative concept of the book.

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years seems on first sight to be a biography (or even an update, since his previous book was also biographical), written as if it were to be made into a hollywood film.  It is however so much more – it’s a reflection on true values, an exercise in soul-searching, and a celebration of (and acceptance and gratitude for) life, in all its minutia and boring detail.

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Google’s “Project 10 to the 100th” – will you vote for something worthwhile?

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One of the things that I like to think that my blog can achieve is to share/broaden awareness of topics that interest me, which I come across and believe that are not so well known. A good example of that is “Project 10 to the 100th”, a Google sponsored initiative to collate “ideas to change the world, in the hope of helping as many people as possible”.  Google has committed to invest $10 million to support this.

Now that I’ve come across this initiative, I’m surprised that the project seems to be so ‘low key’.  I also consider the name to be surprisingly ‘techie’ for something that is ultimately aimed at delivering global social/environmental improvements (and hence risking lack of attention from people who might not have come across Google’s blogs).

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Have you “let yourself down” recently? Have courage, and use it to your benefit!

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While away on a business trip recently (in UK), I watched an episode of “Masterchef: the Professionals”, a television show where four chefs compete to qualify for later stages in a competition which judges their culinary skills. Very often the participants stated “I really let myself down” after hearing criticism of their efforts.

I was intrigued by the frequency that I heard this, and wondered why this should be the case.

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An outsider’s perspective on Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)

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I was recently at a dinner with a number of people who have attended NLP training events, some of whom I know well, and have heard about NLP from them already (I myself have not attended a NLP event). Also at the dinner were others who did not know about NLP. The discussion that followed (principally ‘what is NLP?’) led me to think about this blog post.

Here I set out some thoughts on my own perspectives of what NLP is (briefly, since the facts are fairly clear in this respect, and well documented elsewhere), as well as what NLP means for society in general, for the people who practice it, and for those who don’t follow it.

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My Déjà Vu MBA experience yesterday …

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So, yesterday (Wednesday September 2, 2009) I was on a flight from Hamburg to Frankfurt am Main, and I was reading the Financial Times (paper version).  On pages 16-17, Companies and Markets section, three news stories caught my eye (all on the same double-spread page), as well as a further story on page 14:

  • “Skype set to carve a future of its own” (page 16)
  • “Marvel’s illusive ‘Ike’ is a key character” (page 16)
  • “Boeing shakes up Dreamliner team leadership” (page 17)
  • “Bankruptcy blow for SkyEurope” (page 14)

Apart from appearing in the same newspaper on the same day, these stories appear to have little connection. Except, for me they do.

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Interest based ads – what you should know that Google knows about you!

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Interest based ads (advertisements) are advertisements that appear on pages that you are browsing on, in the internet, which are specifically selected to be relevant to your interests. This means that Google is tracking some information about you, in order to prioritize the adverts you personally see (other people will see different ads).

According to Google, there is no need to worry about ‘big brother’ tendancies, since (i) you can opt out, and (ii) no personal information (identity details, bank details, etc.) is recorded.

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