Happy 2017, Big Art & Exceptional Work ūüď¨ ūüėĪ ūüėć ~ Online Highfliers Issue 42

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Hi and welcome to the 42nd Edition of this email.

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Happy 2017!

I’m a fan of delighting people via postal mail.

Most end of year cards I saw this year were wrapped in thick, unrecyclable plastic so I ordered recycled paper postcards and got out the watercolours.

If you’d like a treat in your postbox, reply with your postal address before 16 December.¬†Let’s have fun.

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Big Art.

I’ve had a great surprise this week: a bird’s eye view of a new, massive street art being painted and seeing focused artists¬†Fintan Magee¬†and¬†Jason Parker. They’re¬†painting in all kinds of weather, up and down and across in the cherrypicker (effortlessly working at heights) and their iPhones are getting workouts to check their plan. Seeing them write the original grid with numbers on the empty cement wall then filling in each section with such attention to the shading and colours has been so inspiring.¬†Imagine doing a paint by numbers of this size, to this level of detail and with such success. Whoah! Talent!

Great to see they’re supported by Taubmans (I enjoyed reading links to street art and their¬†history)¬†with loads of paint rollers, brushes and sooo much paint.

If you’re in Melbourne, head down Little Bourke Street, just before Spencer, to see this and others painted. Otherwise,¬†here are the photos¬†as it comes to be (I plan to add photos to this link until the art is completed).

Thanks to¬†Juddy Roller¬†& crews for bringing this to be and to Sarah Moran for helping me track down the artists’ names.

Ease.

“Fin uses a combination of human and machine intelligence to provide high quality, on-demand assistance so you can focus on what is most important to you.”¬†Product Hunt newsletter.

Excellent! This great product video shows how Fin is clever.

Fin could save you time and give you more ease. It’s a great time to try it out as¬†“Fin is waiving the $120 monthly minimum spend for the Product Hunt community — you can signup¬†here¬†to pay per request.”

Ross Hill first mentioned using Fin so you could get in touch with him.

Favourite Reads & Listens.

Once again Cal Newport (author of “Deep Work”) has me captivated. In “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” he shares his observations of the 3 core traits in people he’s interviewed that love doing exceptional work:

(1) Impact
Creativity (2)
(3) Control

He debunks the passion hypothesis (that you need to follow your passions to find work you love) and courage culture (that you need to be emotionally brave too) and instead highlights people who have developed their experience and skills (career capital) prior to using it for greater autonomy, income, flexibility and more.

These¬†summarised notes¬†are worth a scan if you’re not going to read the book (the Audible version is short & engaging).

It’s a fascinating time as always. I’m curious to see what happens with¬†Facebook’s Messenger for Kids¬†and will be looking on¬†to see what the main character in this street art has in his left hand (will let you know)! Haven’t yet mentioned anything about the Apple Watch 3 – after a couple of months I’m a fan!

That’s all from me for now.¬†As always, shoot me a reply with topics you’d like to read – they add extra spark.

Have a wonderful time,

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

 

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Ready Player One, Semi Lattes, and Extending Senses ~ Online Highfliers Issue 41

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Hi and welcome to the 41st Edition of this email. Enjoy!

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It was the “latte” in this Tesla semi post that made me grin.

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Books that you miss upon finishing.

I was entranced and entertained listening to Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

VR/AR leaders often recommend it to experience one of our possible futures:¬†ultra-simulation (in 2045). The impressive narration by Wil Wheaton often had me chuckling, the detail in the book astounded me and of course it was fun to hear the vast number of (familiar) 1980’s references.

It’s also a Spielberg¬†movie to be released next year.

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Kevin Kelly in Recomendo.

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Favourite reads & listens

  • What senses would you extend?

    Neil Harbisson¬†talks¬†about going from full colourblindness to installing an antenna so he could hear sound.¬†Apparently the cleaning product isle in the supermarket is like a fun nightclub!¬†It’s an¬†uplifting, fascinating, futuristic, 9:35min watch. Actually even the first few minutes is worth it to imagine¬†a new dimension for you.

    Photo credit: Ted.com

  • Rolling Stone¬†followed Elon around for months.

    Here are a few quotes that struck me:



  • The world is getting better at a stunning rate“. This report has “evidence of abundance” graphs and insights. Big¬†thanks to Peter Diamandis and his team for showcasing how the world is improving. Here’s to¬†balanced¬†news.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Using algorithms and radical transparency¬†at work may make your workplace even easier.¬†(thx Jacqui Hocking)
  • The¬†Websummit opening remarks¬†are¬†a great call for designers, creators, entrepreneurs¬†and technologists to focus on building tech that is useful and fair for society. Included are: Stephen Hawking on AI, Bryan Johnson on HI,¬†a regulator’s view of Facebook and other ultra powerful tech companies.

Great presence

  • Thanks for the laugh David Roberts (of¬†Innovation and Disruption at Singularity University). Here is his¬†bio: “His fascination with technology began In fourth grade after building a hovering electric drone, to carry his younger sister to the bus stop, powered by¬†what was formerly his mother’s vacuum cleaner, and fortunately limited by the length of an electric power cord.”Have you added humour to yours?
  • Good fun at the London tube:

Have a wonderful week,

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

PS.¬†One of the companies and experiences that have most impressed me in the last couple of years is¬†Manly Ocean Adventures. Knowledgeable, exceptional value, and thoughtful, they’re advertising their incredible experiences (with or¬†without whales) as¬†great¬†Christmas gift ideas. If you’re near Sydney or your people are… this could be for you!

 

 

PPS. in a previous email I wrote about the Apple Airpods. My update from a month of using them is that I’m still loving the earphones quick change between computer and iPhone and watch phonecall pickup.¬†I am missing the ease of the Jaybirds hanging around my neck. The Airpods are a bit more of a cognitive load for me. They’re fiddly to remember where they are / to put in my pocket when I’m on the move and I sense I’ve a higher risk of losing them. Jaybird X2 Sport were around my neck all the time and I could use one or two earphones and never think about the battery or getting into the practice of taking out one Airpod during a long phonecall to make sure I have enough battery. The tech of the Airpods is beautiful and clever and it’s wonderful they can be used across many bluetooth devices – not just Apple’s. Airpods around the neck!?!

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Enjoy reading a variety of topics in past editions here.

Learn about blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies via this prioritised list of 25+ links.

The extended list of great online presence is here and here.

Enjoy these fascinating audiobooks & podcasts.

Watch something fascinating (YouTube playlists are great).

Say ‘Hi’ on Instagram.

If we’re not connected, let’s do so by clicking¬†here¬†and¬†here.

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Tips from Elon ūüĎĹ ‚ú® ūüíź ~ Online Highfliers Issue 39

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Ways to feel happy about your future.

Elon Musk says his massive visions are all about¬†not wanting to feel sad about the future. He suggests people need things in our future to feel excited about (such as the real possibility of a civilisation on Mars). Such simple perspective that’s leading to significant global progress, innovation and inspiration.

“Fundamentally, the future is vastly more exciting and interesting if we are a spacefaring civilisation and a multi-planet species”

“You want to be inspired by things, to wake up in the morning and think that the future is going to be great. And that‚Äôs what being a spacefaring civilisation is all about.”

His insights have inspired me across topics from entrepreneurialism to intentional visions to being playful while aiming high Рperhaps they will for you too via this easy YouTube playlist. Press play and watch each one.

One of the fascinating things is that Tesla’s mission is about influencing the industry (not just selling cars) and if they fail, they’ll have influenced other car manufacturers to progress their sustainable energy cars.

He recently promoted GM making electric cars:

Elon’s Top 5 Areas for¬†Humanity.

The five areas Elon sees as important to work on now for humanity:
  1. Doing Artificial Intelligence (AI)¬†“in a good way”
  2. Reprogramming genetics Рincluding higher bandwidth to the brain.  Whoah.
  3. Self driving cars
  4. Sustainable energy
  5. The Internet

One for the history books!

Since we reuse airplanes, we might as well reuse rockets! Go SpaceX!

Favourite reads & listens

  • Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy”¬†by Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg is a guide for being a great human, a great friend, to those going through the grief of losing a loved one and tips for people who are directly going through mourning. There were snippets in there about resilience and adversity that could apply to other aspects of life though it was predominantly about Sheryl’s story of her husband unexpectedly dying at 47 years old and how she coped and performed with the help of supportive colleagues at Facebook, friends and family and includes the wisdom that helped. An emotional rollercoaster and a book for life that I recommend. 6 hour listen on Audible.
  • Melburnians –¬†Dior¬†is here¬†’til 7 November. The scale of this exhibition at NGV is brilliant as is seeing the House through the years. Worth¬†a couple of hours. If you’ve seen the¬†Dior and I documentary¬†you’ll enjoy the familiarity. I was mesmerised by this¬†Autumn/Winter 2017 show¬†on the big screen:
  • Simple, short watch¬†to support you and the other high achievers you know.
  • Ski like a girl¬†talk by¬†Lynsey Dyer. Lynsey started¬†She Jumps¬†which teaches girls and kids to: Find your own magnificence and sense of belonging through:¬†1. Have a goal 2. Lighten up on yourself 3. Be your own best friend 4. Listen to your intuition 5. Accept all the parts of yourself.
  • My new¬†airpods¬†are as excellent as people say they are. Effortlessly (so fast) changing and connecting¬† between¬†computer, watch and phone, and comfortable.¬†Ohhhh yeahhh….
  • Enhancing Human Intelligence (HI) via a chip in your brain.¬†What’s possible?¬†Bryan Johnson provides food for thought and insight.
  • “Work should light a fire in your soul!” Go¬†Tina.

Great online presence

  • @msjohannam¬†on Instagram.
  • It was wonderful to be part of¬†Type.Human‘s launch today. Get in touch with them if the¬†idea has you curious.
  • Oh NASA, of course, you’re AMAZING!
  • I’ve been¬†baking. Enjoy!

Blockchain and Cryptocurrency News

Remember that list I mentioned? The one with 25+ links of Blockchain and cryptocurrency insights? It has a few additions for you ~

  • a new, prioritised YouTube playlist,
  • a new video on blockchains for supply chains,
  • a new talk by Andreas about Bitcoin’s future.¬†I particularly liked his analogy to not mistaking smooth sailing¬†as a sign of great sailors,
  • favourite podcasts and newsletters you can subscribe to¬†and more.

Click on those of interest. The YT playlist has a few short ones that are easy to pickup.

Shoot me a reply so I can improve the next email. Thanks.

Here’s to your wonderful¬†week!

~ Sam

RunwayDigital.com

P.S. Like my new t-shirt?

 

 

 

 

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Enjoy reading a variety of topics in past editions here.

Learn about blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies via this prioritised list of 25+ links.

The extended list of great online presence is here and here.

Enjoy these fascinating audiobooks & podcasts.

Watch something fascinating (YouTube playlists are great).

Say ‘Hi’ on Instagram.

If we’re not connected, let’s do so by clicking¬†here¬†and¬†here.

 

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Automate Happy Birthday messages on Facebook

After years of using scheduled Birthday reminders and todos for sending messages and physical Birthday cards, I looked online for a service to simplify. I was also keen to increase the likelihood of messages and Birthday cards arriving on the right date. This great app helps you automate Happy Birthday messages on Facebook.

It’s quick and simple to sign up and then you can get into the joy of tailoring messages to friends with an upcoming¬†birthday. The app¬†lists friends in order of the next Birthday coming up.

Automate Happy Birthday messages on Facebook

If their Birthday is today, you can send a message or schedule posts. The post is added to your Facebook wall on the date and includes a tag of the person who’s Birthday it is.

I’ve scheduled posts for the next month of friends’ birthdays – good fun!

Turning on¬†this app was¬†a test. I wasn’t overly comfortable posting on my wall so all of my friends could see a¬†post that may not be of interest.

The delightful surprise from this experiment is that mutual friends have seen and liked the post (and added their Happy Birthday messages). I love an experiment that works!

Automate Happy Birthday messages on Facebook

Acknowledge Facebook friends’ Birthdays easily.¬†Never forget a Birthday. Feel the joy of seeing someone delight in your message!

I’m still on the hunt for a service that will automatically send Birthday cards. If you know of one, let me know!

Keen to see you fly high online and in life,

~Sam

Written: Melbourne’s CBD, 25 May, 2016.

P.S.¬†For other productivity hacks, check out our upcoming guide “The Standout Professional’s Productivity Hacks”.

New Year, New Content. Let’s Lift-Off!

Blog by Runway Digital Capt’n, Samantha Bell.

Content Planning 2013 Runway Digital

Hi there and welcome to 2013!

This week at Runway Digital, we’re excited to give you content planning insight¬†¬†(templates, guidance and clever tips)¬†via¬†Twitter,¬†Google+,¬†LinkedIn.¬†Tune in on your favourite channel to Lift Off!

We think simply about content (tweets, Facebook posts etc) Рcombining both spontaneous and automatic.

Spontaneous:  you want to share there and then in the moment. It may be very time-relevant. (Often the easiest and what people and companies do when they start publishing on Social Media.)

Automatic: plan ahead campaigns that will engage, entertain, teach and provide value to your audience. Schedule using Buffer.

Planning content starts with thinking about what your audience loves and needs. What can you provide. Plus, how you can provide to save them time. (Your audience reading and watching lots online may delay them doing what they need to.)

Now’s the time to think about topics you want to publish through the year and how often. A good start is month by month. What do you want to publish in January and February? Do you want to post once a week or once a weekday?

Then – if you have the time – get into more detail. Think about topics that you want for a few days / weeks – sometimes referred to as a campaign. Perhaps there’s a topic that is important and one around a product you have for your audience. Think about how it’s best distributed – via a combination of Facebook offers, tweets, Facebook posts and would a Pinterest board be useful. What time is it best to send each of these posts and how could you get influencers in your market to be involved? Is there a way to include also in your physical marketing – e.g. brochures, signage.

Go. Lift-Off!

We’re interested to hear from you via Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn. Click through to our Pinterest board to see great examples of people and companies who have digitally lifted-off.