Blogroll – Part I

Part I

I decided that I would update my blogroll this week. It has grown exponentially over the last few months so this is a two part post, the first half of my blogroll are:

Seth Godin

Darran Rowse

Tim Ferris

Leo Babauta

Gary Vaynerchuk

Jamie Varon

Tommy Ill

Cody McKibben

Lea Woodward

I have included a little about each of these blogs below, in the interest of accuracy I have used each blogs about page for information.

Seth Godin, he is the Marketing Guru for the Web 2.0 world and beyond. Seth’s blog posts are short, timely and packed full of goodness. 

Darren Rowse is a full time Blogger making a living from this new and dynamic medium from blogs like Digital Photography School and TwiTip and Problogger Darren is the Guru when it comes to making a living from publishing your work online. He is a posting machine!

Tim Ferris is an angel investor and author of the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek bestseller, The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been sold into 34 languages. Tim is an interesting cat he holds a BA from Princeton University, he has been featured by more than 100 media outlets, including The New York Times, The Economist, TIME, Forbes, Fortune, CNN, and CBS. He speaks six languages, runs a multinational firm from wireless locations worldwide, and has been a popular guest lecturer at Princeton University since 2003, where he presents entrepreneurship as a tool for ideal lifestyle design and world change.

Leo Babauta, has six kids, lives on Guam, is a writer and a runner and a vegetarian, and the owner of Zen Habits. Zen Habits is one of the Top 100 blogs on the Internet, and covers: achieving goals, productivity, being organized, GTD, motivation, eliminating debt, saving, getting a flat stomach, eating healthy, simplifying, living frugal, parenting, happiness, and successfully implementing good habits. He is also the author of a new best-selling book, “The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essentials … in Work and in Life“. 

Gary Vaynerchuk has captured attention with his pioneering, multi-faceted approach to personal branding and business. After primarily utilizing traditional advertising techniques to build his family’s local wine business into a national industry leader, Gary rapidly leveraged social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook to promote Wine Library TV, his video blog about wine. As his viewership swelled to over 80,000 a day, doors opened to a book deal, several national TV appearances, and a flurry of speaking engagements around the world. Gary’s dual identity as both business guru and wine guy has made him the “Social Media Sommelier.”

Jamie Varon is the proud owner of her own graphic design and consulting company, Shatterboxx Media. She likes marketing, graphic design (specifically typography and the ampersand), social media, community management, blogging, and reading books.

Tommy Ill is a charming young fellow who happens to make a lot of rap music. When he’s not rapping, Tom also enjoys cleaning up the messes his cat leaves behind and riding in aeroplanes. He also writes fro Stuff.co.nz on his Beats-Me blog.

Cody McKibben is a location-independent digital nomad, a social media coach/consultant, blog developer, WordPress evangelist, writer and traveler born in Sacramento, California, and currently living in Bangkok, Thailand. His two biggest personal passions are for music and travel. He has been bringing together resources on lifestyle design, personal and professional development, social media and more at Thrilling Heroics since 2006.

Lea Woodward is the co-founder of Locationindependant.com. She started off her professional career as a management consultant with Accenture, then re-trained to become a personal trainer and health coach and finally setting up her own business,Kinetiva - a company dedicated to creating online communities for people following their dreams.

The next half will follow in Part II of my Blogroll. Check these guys out, your life will be enriched!

 

Mea Culpa

Wow I feel like I’ve let you guys down latlely!

I’ve been hanging out at home over the last two weeks and have not even looked at lukesnedden.com it has been so busy! I thought about the promises I have made to you my beloved readers over the last couple of months, such as three posts a week, a bigger blogroll, a regular top 5/10 bloggers and I realise that I haven’t just failed me, I’ve failed you guys.

So like the little kid who realises he’s been naughty, I say sorry. But like the little kid I may do it again!

Up until the end of June is a really busy period. Here’ s a taste of what’s to come:

Sunday 24th May: Fly to Gold Coast Australia from Auckland New Zealand

Monday 25th May: Drive to Brisbane, Fly to Bundaberg QLD

Wednesday 27th May: Project due for Financial Planning course

Saturday 6th of June: Fly to Brisbane, Fly to Mackay QLD

Monday 15th of June: Fly to Brisbane, Exam one in afternoon

Tuesday 16th of June: Exam 2

Wednesday 17th June: Exam 3

Wednesday 17th June: Fly to Mackay QLD

Finally I will be able to concentrate on some of my online adventures and lukesnedden.com will be a part of it!

Watch out for a couple of new ventures that i am working on as well, they involve plenty of video goodness, so when you get the word tell your friends!

Thank you for sticking with me over this period of sparse contact, keep me in you readers, and keep subscribing!

Some advice from Chuck Berry – Red Bull Base Jumper

I am doing some spring cleaning (that is; making space on my laptop because it has almost reached capacity!) and found this question and answer from Getfrank.co.nz. They asked their readers for questions and chose one of mine:

You’re clearly a guy who’s living his dreams (or at least doing cool shit your passionate about) ; how did you turn doing what you love into a career and what advice can you give to someone who hates prescribing to the rat race but can’t see a way out? 

Chuck came back with this little nugget:

Believe in your dreams and understand that they can come true if you put the work in to realise them.

Imagine yourself where you want to be & work backwards to put everything in place to get there.

Have faith in yourself and don’t be put off by the non believers.

The difference between the talking and the doing; is the doing!

And remember…

Thoughts without actions…are just thoughts!

Perseverance, Passion, Motivation and Opportunity – Mao’s Last Dancer

Perseverance

I have just read Li Cunxin’s biography “Mao’s Last Dancer”.

Li Cunxin was a peasant from Qingdao, China who was picked out of a classroom at the age of 11. He left home to begin a seven-year long harsh training regime, that saw Li get up at 5.30 am and train until 9 pm, 6 days a week at the Beijing Dance Academy.

Li was discovered by Ben Stevenson, one of the world’s most respected teachers, choreographer and the Artistic Director of the Houston Ballet as part of the first US cultural delegation to communist China. Li became one of the first two cultural exchange students allowed to go to America to study under Mao’s regime.

On Li’s second trip to America he dramatically defected to the US completely cutting ties with China until Barbara and George Bush snr stepped in and negotiated a return. His is a fantastic story of determination and perseverance.

At first Li had no idea what Ballet was and had no passion for dance at all. Slowly he discovered his true love for dance and for me that is where the lesson’s began.

Passion and Motivation

He is a living example of Malcolm Gladwells 10000 hours. It was not until his fourth year of study that things began to click. Li began to train harder than the rest of his fellow students using every minute of every break, siesta and even training by candle light after lights out to get better.

“He would practise his turns at night by candlelight, and hopped, one-legged, up and down stairs with heavy sandbags tied to his ankles to build his leg strength at 5 am in the mornings when others were still asleep.”

Li used his passion to motivate himself to get better, to become the best.

Opportunity

Li was able to keep his head up and eyes open for opportunities that he believed would aid in his ambition; to become the best dancer in the world.

His first chance came when he was asked to become a member of Mao’s Youth Communist Party. His membership and standing in Mao’s communist China saw opportunity present itself where he would have otherwise been overlooked. At this stage in his life he was not the best dancer in his school. However the favouritism that was awarded to him as a member of the party allowed Li to gain experience and become a better dancer.

Li’s first trip to the US opened his eyes to the lies that were fed to the Chinese public under Communist rule, he decided that to become a better dancer he needed to spend more time in America.

His second trip opened his eyes even further to the opportunity that living in America presented, this and the love of his first wife, ultimately led to his defection from China to the US in 1981.

After reaching the age of 34 and becoming one the the most famous dancers in the world, Li saw retirement on the radar. By this stage he had married Mary McKendry a Ballerina from Australia, and moved to Melbourne. In true Li Cunxin style he studied finance with the Australian Securities Institute and landed a job at ANZ Securities in Australia. Li continued to dance while studying and working, after two years workload pressures forced a choice and Li retired from dancing.

This story of the rise of a peasant to one of the greatest Male soloist dancers in the world is a real inspirational rags to riches type story. The themes that I will take away from his tale, Perseverance, Passion, Motivation and Opportunity, without these themes I don’t think that we will be able to succeed on our individual journeys through life.

Li’s ability to Perservere and find his passion, use his new found passion to motivate himself and grasp opportunities that others do not see, is truly inspiring!

How are you using your passion to motivate you to be outstanding?

Are you really taking those opportunities that present themselves on your journey through life?

Welcome to lukesnedden.com

This post was published on the original “Confusion Management”. I read it again today, I also posted it on the original lukesnedden.com blog. I am posting it again to remind me again of the path that I want to take.

It is an important passage for me as it serves as the reminder and by putting it out into the public domain it is a lot harder to retract!

This passage explains why I have moved to participate in the Web 2.0 world, it will give you a good insight into my mindset and how I wish to continue.

Welcome to lukesnedden.com

This is the first time I have left a job without knowing where I will work next. I am really excited about where this will take me. Let me qualify this by saying that Amanda will be working so I won’t be devoid of income, but I will need to pull my own weight pretty quickly.

What am I going to do? I’m not really sure, I do need to think of some sort of plan to at least point me in the right direction.

My plan as it stands at this juncture is to do something that works for me rather than working for something. It may sound cliché in some ways, and some might say “but everyone is doing that these days” but I think the reality is that most people are happy working for someone or something, rather than having something work for them. I do realise that these things don’t happen magically. A new venture/business will work, but it will work only with hard work.

The jobs that have always been successful for me are the ones which you are rewarded for the work you put in. Most jobs you get paid the same amount every week and as an employee you manage to do the bare minimum to get by, if you do an more than that you are not using your time affectively.

But hold on you say, what about having pride in you work and yourself?

Many employees will talk about have pride in their work, having pride is great, however what are you more proud of?

Its great that work is a source of pride, but what if you were asked “What are you more proud of?” I bet the first answer that comes to most peoples mind is not their work, it will their beautiful family or their success at sport or their hobbies, how they built their own house, or even their car. Pushed further I’m sure they will mention their work.

At the end of the day we all need some sort of income to enjoy life, I’m hopeing that I will be able to produce something that I am proud of but not necessarily what I am most proud of.

Short and Sweet – Steve Jobs isn’t sick

Leo posted this quote today:

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs

Not bad from a man who commands a salary of $1 a year…

Asylum Seekers – What Australian’s are missing

Its funny, I am in Australia at the moment as an immigrant, it was really easy for me to enter the country thanks in part to the partnership between New Zealand and Australia under “Closer Economic Relations“.

But there is a huge uproar around so called ‘boat people’ trying to enter the country to take advantage of opportunities that they would not otherwise receive in their own country. These people have been labeled as “Asylum Seekers”.

The first question I have is:

Does the Australian Media use the term ‘asylum seeker’ as a way to sensationalise and create a villain out of those who wish to seek Refugee status in Australia?

I thought they were plain old ‘Refugees’?

The most recent spark to the controversy occurred last week where an asylum seeker’ boat, under control of the Australian Navy, caught fire and two ‘asylum seekers’ died. The cause of the fire has been touted as sabotage, but it is still under investigation.

Many commentators are complaining that the Rudd government is not doing enough to deter these people risking it all to try and get into Australia. They are calling for tighter controls, more money spent on border security and they are saying that the Government is not doing enough to deter asylum seekers.

My second question is:

Do the commentators realise how desperate these people are to escape oppression?

The point that many of the commentators are missing is that the only way to discourage asylum seekers from trying to enter Australia  is to make Australia itself unpalatable for asylum seekers.

This is impossible to do. To compare Australia to the places in which these people have escaped is impossible. Australia and any other first world countries are seen as Heaven on earth to these asylum seekers.

Asylum seekers do not care if they get picked up, they have no idea what laws are in place to stop them arriving, they are aiming to try and get into a situation where they have a chance to get out of the suffering in their own country.

So to all the detractors of the Rudd government’s changes to the border protection policies, you need to examine why these people are coming to Australia. 

You will not be able to stop the flow of asylum seekers trying to enter your country, why?

Because of the paradise you have created.