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When Steve Jobs learned to dance

Did you know that Steve Jobs learned to dance? He took dance lessons whilst studying at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. (Actually, he’d dropped out of formal study, but he hung around campus and attended classes that interested him.) He…

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Dear Death, your timing is lousy

Dear Death, it’s time we talked. You’ve taken 3 people from me these past two months and I’m not happy. I know your response. I come for everyone, eventually. Enough! I’ve heard it a hundred times. Just keep quiet for…

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Unopened flowers

Hussein Khaled Ahmad, teacher. Mo’ayyad al-A’raj, eye surgeon. Charlotte Bacon, sculptor. Daniel Barden, environmentalist. Mohammad Husam al-Breem, restaurateur. Omar Husam al-Breem, muralist. Hadi Hayel Abu Dahrouj, software developer. Abdullah Hayel Abu Dahrouj, app developer. Olivia Engel, veterinarian. Josephine Gay, actress….

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Be the creative inlet

How many of your workmates have a creative outlet? Do they play bass guitar in a country band? Or bass drum in a pipe band? Are they sculptors or woodworkers? Are they Irish dancers or Swiss yodellers? Are they in an…

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A long time to become young

At 5, you told people you were 5 and a quarter. You couldn’t wait to be 6. At 9, you couldn’t wait to get into double figures. As a boy, you couldn’t wait to start wearing long pants to school….

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When brains collide

Steve Jobs said that creativity is just connecting things. He’s right. Every new idea is created by connecting two previously unconnected ideas (or pieces of information or experiences). Inside your brain ideas travel on neural highways at speeds up to…

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What can you see?

Look at this blackboard. What do you see? Can you see the chalk dot? It’s not that difficult, is it? In fact, it’s blindingly obvious. Congratulations. Your sight is great. Do you also see the cigar butt? What about the…

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The tree not there

The next time you stub your toe on a chair leg or crack your shin on a coffee table, I want you to consider something. Could you have avoided the pain if you’d closed your eyes? Think I’m being ridiculous?…

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Finding your path

How many jobs have you had so far? Whilst you count them, let me tell you about my maternal grandfather and my father. I have a gold watch that was my grandfather’s. It was given to him when he retired…

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Please fondle my nether regions

What do you do when a client accuses you of not listening? Well, one response that’s sure to get your client’s full attention is to ask him to fondle your nether regions. I’m being serious here. I’ll explain. At first,…