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The Win Without Pitching Manifesto by Blair Enns [book review]

Book Review: The Win Without Pitching Manifesto Bair Enns

“not our objective to sell, convince, or persuade… instead simply determine if there exists a fit suitable enough to merit a next step.” -Blair Enns

This is not a book it’s a bible for the modern day agency or consultancy. After reading strait through the book in 2 sittings I was left wondering just one thing: This was published in 2010 and I’m just now finding about about it three years later? After finishing reading the book for the first time I had filled up five pages of moleskin notebook with quote after quote. For me this book solved a huge problem in that it completely reaffirmed my acknowledgement that the old way of doings things is not always the best way.

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Doner for Life Blood Type O- Universal Doner


A pint of Guinness contains 0.3mg of iron, less than three per cent of daily adult needs. #Onegative #donateblood #beersafter by @raleightl

When it comes to giving back to your community sometimes it’s not about time or money. It’s easy to think that the only way to give is in the form of time or money but I’ve found another way where when I give it goes farther: my blood. I’m one of the few with the blood type O negative. That means I’m a universal donor which is critical to those with more rare blood types who need transfusions. Luckily I’m not afraid of needles because I make a habit out of donating every time I become eligible again. Lucky the time between donations is long enough that my arms don’t have track marks all over them ;)

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Hackschooling: It’s a mindset, not a system.

A technology teacher friend of mine told me about this Ted Talk video by 13 year-old Logan LaPlante and I had to go look it up. I was not disappointed and after watching the video had tremendous respect for the kid, his parents and the outlook of education. I consider myself someone who ‘hacked’ their education and I’m a total advocate for just about every word from this young shred grom’s mouth. I’ve captured many of his quotes I found moving and discuss them more below if you keep reading.

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1 Year On-Tour: Selling my Car to Bicycle Only [timelapse]

Join me in this timelapse video on my bike commute to work along the scenic North Harbor Drive along the San Diego Bay. This video is sped up to 1/10th of the time the ride actually takes me. You should be able to see exactly why I have no plans of stopping this beautiful bicycle commute anytime soon. Continue reading to hear more about the past year of my bike only lifestyle.

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The Act of Getting Up Again with the Inspirational Rodney Mullen

Rodney Mullen TED Talk
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The skateboarder who invented the flatland ollie. If you are not a fan of him you have probably never heard him speak. His latest 18 minute TED Talk On Getting Up Again is a great place to start listening to what he has to say. As Rodney says, “he was faced with that challenge that made him better” which seems to be a theme of this talk.

We are sophisticated puppets.

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Office Skate Memorabilia Collection Inspired by Tony Hawk & Bones Brigade

Raleigh PageLadder Office Bones Brigade CollectionWhen wondering how to decorate your office it doesn’t always have to be a artsy fartsy task. I choose instead to surround myself with inspiration that reminds me why I do what I do. So much of the work I do is innovation since the online marketing world is such a rapidly changing beast. The PageLadder office houses a nice collection of Bones Brigade memorabilia on it’s walls.

The Bones Brigade were the innovators of modern day skateboarding. Tricks like the ollie and mctwist set the stage for skateboarding and all action sports at the time and for years to come. With my business we are constantly innovating new tactics and operations to stay on the forefront of what marketing will look like in years ahead. In business you have to be inspired constantly from those business leaders in the past who solved some of the challenges of business long ago that laid the foundation for businesses like mine today.