This little guy is not thinking about his iphone. Wonder what his challenges for a good night sleep will be…. photo via Flickr via kbbear’s photostream.
I’m fascinated with Arianna Huffington. Whether you support her political beliefs or not, you have to admire this about her:
She is clearly puts her point of view out front and center.
That’s what draws me toward her. On some level we are all drawn toward those among us who take a stand for what they believe in — both companies or individuals.
Don’t you think that’s true?
Anyway, if you read the blog, you know that Dodds and I attended the Pivot Conference in NYC as “part of the press” a couple of weeks ago. I love that. It was such an up close and personal perspective on the shift in how and from whom we’re getting our information these days.
So tonight (it’s Sunday when I am writing this), I’m going to share with you the three things that stuck in my heart and my mind about Arianna’s talk. I am not even checking my notes or facts, just shooting from sheer memory.
Challenging myself and doing that on purpose to make a point.
See, if you’re a speaker or writer, I think that is all you hope for. That something you might say will get stuck in your audience’s heart in a way that allows them to write about it or speak to it two weeks, two months or two years later.
BTW, It was also so insightful to watch the live twitter stream during her talk. We’re now able to see in real time what’s hitting an emotional nerve. I love to listen in when one of us is out speaking from Brains on Fire. The stuff that gets repeated and recorded by “the press among us” really makes you think.
So — from Arianna:
1. We are a sleep deprived nation. Her advice to us all was to charge our electronic devices in a separate room while we sleep. I’m guilty of checking my phone in the middle of the night. For no reason other than the fact that it’s there. I’ve started leaving my phone charging in another room and it really makes for a better sleep. I have to leave it in my bathroom because it’s also my alarm. But even that small shift works. Try it. Her remark about us being sleep deprived was repeated over and over again on the conference twitter stream. It hit a nerve and I believe it stunned us all to have her say something so simple and personal and true out loud.
2. There has been a tremendous value shift in our country. Arianna told this story (perhaps that is why I remember it so easily) about her friend. She that years ago her friend took a job. A good job and he grew up the ladder with loyalty and dedication. But she knew it was not his passion. It was just a job. A year or so ago she ran into him and he had quit his “steady job”. And instead was following his passion, his dream. She asked him what changed. He said he used to think there were two paths in life. You either followed your dream or you got a secure “steady” job. Then, as he watched the layoffs of 2009, he realized that there simply are no secure “steady” jobs. And he said, “I might as well follow my dream.” Hmmm. That’s a beautiful lesson from the great recession in my humble opinion. The world will be a better place if we all take that point of view. AND the challenge will be for companies to put their passions front and center in an effort attract and retain talent. Both changes for the better. We all work better and smarter and with more love when we are working with our passions showing.
3. We’re not getting our news sitting on the couch watching Walter Cronkite. We are riding a fast paced horse and galloping away with it. Retelling and spreading it like never before. I am seriously taking some liberties and not quoting her exactly of course. Like a game of “telephone” gone wrong, I might even be missing the point. But I love this metaphor. We are the press and we have to tools and the technology to shout from the rooftops as we gallop about our days. Use your words wisely.
So that is what I learned that got stuck in my heart. Hope it helps you in some small way.
Stay close. And Happy Monday. Geez, it’s November already. Can you freaking believe that?