The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – September 19, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending September 19, 2014

5 blogs that matterEvery day I learn something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. Here are quotes from 5 blogs that got my attention this week. I don’t benefit from reposting any of these posts. Sometimes, I don’t even know the writer. However, I do read and personally grow my knowledge by reading posts that challenge my thinking and get me to think outside my old paradigm. It’s not important that you agree with any of these writers. It’s only important that you think. I hope you will find some new sources of inspiration with these posts. Here’s the next group of 5 in the series:



Bruce Van Horn

Life Is A Marathon Podcast

Bruce Van HornI am so excited to share something with you that I have been planning for the past several months!

For almost a year, a few of my close contacts have encouraged me to start a podcast. They said it would be a natural fit for my gifts given the fact that I love to speak, especially about topics on which I am passionate–namely personal development, positive thinking, and self-esteem.

Looking back over the last year of my life, I am very glad I did not start a podcast then. I see clearly now that one year ago was definitely not the right time in my life to start such a venture! However, the timing feels right, now, and all the pieces have fallen into place very nicely over the last month.

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Chris Guillebeau


Chris GuillebeauFrom my own 193-country journey to the stories of many other people who were kindly willing to share, The Happiness of Pursuit attempts to extract and convey the lessons of modern-day quests. This series explores some of these lessons.

Lesson: Unhappiness can lead to new beginnings.

If you’re not happy with an aspect of your life, or even if you just feel a faint stirring to do something different, pay attention to the dissatisfaction…

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Christopher S. Penn


Christopher PennSara Jane Fair from Rochester Institute of Technology’s Social Media class asked if I had any personal branding tips for college students:

Let’s start with some Hippocrates: first, do no harm. While he was speaking of medicine, this equally applies to branding. First, don’t do stupid things. Don’t post photos of yourself that you wouldn’t want on the front page of a newspaper, because when someone Googles you, that is the new front page. Don’t behave irresponsibly, because cameras are everywhere. Don’t load photos to the cloud that you’d prefer people not see, because clouds get hacked. If you should happen to do something stupid, don’t do it repeatedly – just ask the NFL how well that works for them…

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Julie Austin

When Branding Turns Negative

Julie AustinI made a call this morning to the International Special Events Society and a pleasant voice answered “ISES”. Now, I’m sure no one out there is going to associate an event organization with a terrorist group that beheads journalists, but still, it must suck to have your brand hijacked by a negative situation.

Apparently ISES isn’t the only organization having to deal with this. The ISIS mobile app is changing its name to avoid any association with the terror group. Again, I don’t think people would confuse a mobile app with a terrorist group, but as a brand owner myself I can see where it would probably leave a bad taste in your mouth when branding turns negative..

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Sean Stannard-Stockton

Why Do People Really Give to Charity?

Sean Stannard-StocktonIn February I wrote a post positing that people give to charity as a way to satisfy their deeply held need to find meaning in life. The post is now the number 2 result in Google for the phrase, “why do people give to charity.” The number 1 result is a publication of The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis titled, “The Economics of Charitable Giving: What Gives?” The paper discusses theories of giving labeled “Perfect Altruism,” “The Warm Glow,” and “Prestige,” and concludes:

“Although some people may be altruistic when giving, economics tells us that the dominant motivation is the internal satisfaction that individuals derive from the act of giving itself. Individuals derive utility from giving much in the same way they obtain satisfaction from buying a new car or eating at a restaurant; especially when the number of donors is large, and the social context of other people’s giving is overshadowed by the satisfaction of one’s own giving when considering how much to give.”

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