The word graduation doesn’t define what is actually happening this month at high schools and colleges. Before this month’s links of things to read and react to, a quick rant.
If you get it, you never graduate. You evolve. You grow up. You mature. You quit things. You get grit. But you don’t graduate.
So when you write your cards and checks to those leaving school this May, don’t congratulate them on graduating. Honor their work and time and tell them to keep going and to work harder and spend more time.
We are all terminal. We get one at bat. Don’t graduate. Give your everything and never settle.
And now on to the what I read that might interest you …
Love it when I read headlines that help answer a question I have, like this one: Why scouts botched it so bad on Stephen Curry in the 2009 NBA Draft.
Answer? They saw someone who they couldn’t fit into a position on the court. They should have taken note that he had improved at the game each year in college, had incredible work ethic, cared about the game and had high character.
I have mentioned WeWork before in R&R (“The company rents office space from landlords wholesale, breaks it into smaller units, and subleases it at a profit.” Cool because they also put a bar and cafe and coffee shop on a floor in the building so a community is created, not just a workplace.) And now they are about to layer services like shipping, software, payroll and training into the benefits of “subscribing” to their community. A profile of the man behind the idea.
If you have a chance to watch “Billions,” the series on Showtime about a hedge fund manager vs. a district attorney dead set on bringing him down, I recommend.
Some numbers …
The World Economic Forum’s 2016 report, The Future of Jobs, estimates that 5 million jobs will be lost to automation by 2020.
One Intuit report projects that more than 40% of U.S. workers will be independent contractors by 2020.
John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” is No. 1 in the audience for election-related video clips, with 82.2 million total views, compared to Jimmy Fallon’s 62.7 million, Stephen Colbert’s 30.7 million and Jimmy Kimmel’s 23.6 million. – WSJ
People who wrote the hell out of it …
Dan Barry: Two men entered the ring for their first professional fight. Then something went wrong.
Bryan Gruley, Joe Carroll, and Asjylyn Loder: Aubrey McClendon, the co-founder of Chesapeake Energy, liked to sneak Champagne into movie theaters on date nights with his wife.
This is real, folks: The Atlantic says native advertising will make up about 75% of the company’s ad revenue this year, a jump from 15% last year. The magazine publisher’s marketing group, Atlantic Re:think, now has a team of 32 people.
Preach: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison
I like this idea: Get rid of stoplights completely. Guys at MIT have a plan “where cars and infrastructure communicate through an algorithm that choreographs a graceful dance of vehicle platoons through an intersection.” Hells yeah.
And this one, too: The New York Times is launching Watching, a new website and newsletter centered on helping people figure out what to watch on TV and streaming services.
This is why companies need to create their competition outside the company rather than try to fight against it within their walls: “The reason why it is so difficult for existing firms to capitalize on disruptive innovations is that their processes and their business model that make them good at the existing business actually make them bad at competing for the disruption.” – Clayton Christensen
“The best things in life aren’t free.” – message that will soon pop up if you visit nytimes.com with your ad blocker on.
I tried to get my employer to buy Twitter last year. This is why: Twitter will be where we watch TV. A good start down that path? Livesteaming NFL games, which it just won the right to do.
NPR built a private personal finance Facebook group that now has more than 10,000 members
Habits of successful people that aren’t the usual:
1. They focus on minutes, not hours.
2. They mark their calendars instead of making to-do lists.
Here are the 10 skills employers say they seek, in order of importance, according to a survey done by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
1. Ability to work in a team structure
2. Ability to make decisions and solve problems
3. Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization
4. Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work
5. Ability to obtain and process information
6. Ability to analyze quantitative data
7. Technical knowledge related to the job
8. Proficiency with computer software programs
9. Ability to create and/or edit written reports
10. Ability to sell and influence others
How about some firsts …
The first picture ever uploaded to the World Wide Web.
The first tweet.
The first use of emoticons (All the way back to 1982)
The first uploaded YouTube video.
“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.” – Alexander the Great
See you next month. jc