Daily Newsfeed


Obama faced another technical glitch during his call to OFA supporters; DC mayor signs law allowing illegal immigrants to get driver’s license; Oxford Dictionaries name “selfie” as the word of the year; George Zimmerman gets arrested for allegedly pointing a shotgun at his girlfriend; and a new law is aiming to protect celebrities kids. All this and more, please follow the links below.

Another Technical glitch, this time to OFA caller supporters

Illegal immigrants now have driver’s licenses in DC

“Selfie” is the word of the year

George Zimmerman gets arrested again for domestic assault

Time Magazine: A new law that aims to protect celebrities’ kids

Motivation Mondays: Treat Every Misfortune As A Gift


It’s Monday, the beginning of a new week, and you need words of motivation to start your week off right.

This week’s words of motivation: Treat Every Misfortune As A Gift

In this 3 minute TED talk video, we see brand strategist and brain tumor survivor, Stacy Kramer, give a most touching talk of an unlikely gift that changed her life forever. Stacy does not only do a brilliant job in drawing the audience into her story, but questioning their own motives in life.

When I watched the first few minutes of Stacy’s TED talk, I was emotionally drawn into her story; I really wanted to know what was inside that box. What she described to me, and to everyone, was everything that I ever wanted from life–especially eight weeks of doing absolutely nothing. However, it would not be until she opened the box that I (including everyone else) had to take a step back and question my own motives in life–maybe the misfortunes that exists in our own lives are actually gifts in disguise.

“The next time you’re faced with something that’s unexpected, unwanted and uncertain, consider that it just may be a gift.” –Stacy Kramer

So this week, treat every misfortune as a gift no matter how big or small. Stacy’s gift truly altered her life forever; she obtained everything that most people dream for a lifetime. Although I may not want Stacy’s gift in the size of a golf ball, but I do want what comes with it: adoration and rest.

If you wish to follow Stacy Kramer and her TED Talks go to: http://www.ted.com/speakers/stacey_kramer.html

You can also follow Stacy’s branding company, BrandPlay, at http://www.brandplay.com/

If you are curious of what is a hemangioblastoma? go to http://nyp.org/health/hemangioblastomas.html

or go to wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemangioblastoma

A Salute To Our Veterans!


Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I vet...
Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982. He is holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is a post that I have written in the past; in commemoration of Memorial’s Day–saluting our men and women in uniform, both young and old, and the deceased.

Thank you to all of our veterans for keeping our country safe, and for allowing me to keep doing what I am doing now freely!

If you see a Veteran today, give that Veteran a hearty handshake and say, “Thank you!” Buy them a cup of coffee, if you have to.

Motivation Monday: Emulate and Honor the Work Ethic of a Soldier

Motivation Monday: Evolve the Art of Storytelling


It’s Monday, the beginning of a new week, and you need words of motivation to start your week off right.

This week’s words of motivation: Evolve the Art of Storytelling

In this 3 minute TED talk video, we see iPad storyteller and entrepreneur, Joe Sabia, give an inspirational talk on the history of storytelling; and how technology was able to advance it thanks to German author, Lothar Megendoffer. Sabia does not only do a phenomenal job of storytelling (detailing each part of his story with powerful visuals), but an excellent job in conveying his point across.

“The art of storytelling has remained unchanged. And for the most part the stories are recycled. But the way humans tell the stories has evolved with pure, and consistent novelty.”

–Joe Sabia

Stories are what keeps the world spinning. And I am so fortunate that I am able to use my writing, and my website, as a platform to share people’s stories across the world via the web. 

*I invite all of you to check out my “Interesting People” section and read the amazing stories that I have amassed since I first produced my website to the world! 

Thank you Megendoffer for giving me, and the world, the Megendofferitis: to make our stories come to life. If you hadn’t said “Genug ist Genug,” then our stories would have never reached the medium to where it is today.

So this week, evolve the art of storytelling–and catch the Megendofferitis. Instead of sharing your story face to face, grab a phone and video stream your story online and make your story come to life. Utilize social media to make your story (and/or your product’s story) come to life!

To follow Joe Sabia and his TED talks, go to: http://www.ted.com/speakers/joe_sabia.html   

You can also follow Joe on his personal website at http://www.joesabia.co/ or on Twitter (@joesabia)

Motivation Monday: Utilize the Project of Philosophy


It’s Monday, the beginning of a new week, and you need words of motivation to start your week off right.

This week’s words of motivation: Utilize the Project of Philosophy.

In this 3 minute TED talk video, we see philosophy professor and tech entrepreneur, Damon Horowitz, give an amazing talk of an encounter, which he experienced at San Quentin State Prison, while teaching philosophy to a class of inmates; one inmate in particular named Tony. And through his encounter, not only did Horowitz reveal a forgotten art to the world, but create a life changing moment that inspired one inmate to think critically about what is right and wrong.

What I love most about Horowitz’s TED talk was not only his ability to storytell [which he did a magnificent job], but his ability to illustrate, to the world, of how important philosophy is; and how it can positively change the life of one person (including one prison inmate), if they utilize it effectively: to free your mind; to allow your mind to wander; and think critically.

What is right or wrong? And who are we or they to define them? It is very likely that the act, in which Tony associated himself, was wrong, however, it was those types of questions that allowed him to truly apply the project of philosophy–to question; to research; and apply educated principles of what we already know. And in return, it ultimately made him a more knowledgeable and respected individual. He was no longer a “convict” which society has branded him as; he was now a free thinker–a philosopher. [Remember that Martin Luther King Jr was branded as a “criminal” for committing a crime against the State. But he too utilized the project of philosophy and composed a literary piece of what will be later known as “The Letters from Birmingham Jail.”]  

“We are here for knowledge. Our enemy is thoughtlessness. This is Philosophy.” -Damon Horowitz

The project of philosophy is not just for philosophers (or scholars) but for everyone; and anyone who feels negatively “branded” by society. After watching this TED talk, not only do I have more respect for philosophy, but I have concluded that Education and Knowledge are one of main tenets towards peace in the world. To see an inmate seek knowledge, instead of hate, makes me realize of how important education really is.

We must all invest in an education and support it at every level, including prisons.

So this week utilize the project of philosophy. Question the status quo in your work; your office; your business; etc. and seek knowledge. Don’t be bombarded by false advertisements that tells you what is or what is not true; instead apply the project of philosophy. So in the words of Tony and Damon Horowitz,

“Let’s Do This!”

To follow Damon Horowitz and his TED talks, go to http://www.ted.com/speakers/damon_horowitz.html

You can also check out San Quentin’s Prison University Project (where Damon taught Philosophy) at http://www.prisonuniversityproject.org/

Daily Newsfeed


The Red Sox Take The Lead in the World Series; The White House grants extension on health law sign ups until March 31st; McDonald’s won’t be serving Heinz Ketchup anymore; Starbucks is now e-gifting through Twitter; US spy chiefs face Congress amid spying rift with Europe; and the World is debating if the Netherlands’ Sinterklaas feast is racist. All this and more, please follow the links below.

Red Sox lead the World Series, 3-2

The White House Extends deadline for penalty free sign ups

The Ketchup Wars: McDonalds says no to Heinz

Starbucks’ new program: “Tweet-A-Coffee”

US spy chiefs take the stand during spying rift with Europe

Is the Sinterklaas feast racist?

Don’t Forget to RATE PRINCE AS “VERY” GQ at www.gq.com

 

Motivation Monday: Learn from 404 pages; Don’t Ignore Them


It’s Monday, the beginning of a new week, and you need words of motivation to start your week off right.

This week’s words of motivation: Learn from 404 pages; Don’t Ignore Them

In this 4 min TED talk video, we see media strategist, Reeny Gleeson, talk on the most common and annoying incidence that has ever befallen on Internet users everywhere: the dreaded 404 page. Not only does Gleeson educate us on “what is a 404 page,” but teaches us how 404s can actually be beneficial in our own lives.

404 pages, as Gleeson tell us, is another way of saying, “that you fell through the cracks“; you made a mistake. Rather than having a beautiful picture that rewards us for finding the right page, we instead receive an ugly page for the mistake that we made. However, instead of ignoring 404 pages, Gleeson and his group of start ups turned it into an opportunity: to create interactive 404 pages. Not only was his team able to create fun and interactive 404 pages, which then turned into a contest for $404, but they learned a valuable lesson:

“Those little things, done right, actually matter. And that well-designed moments can build brands” –Renny Gleeson

To me, 404 pages are like the mistakes that we have in our lives; they teach us what we should do and not do. But if we choose to ignore our mistakes, or 404 pages, then we will never find innovative ways to succeed and create something spectacular. Remember that the light bulb was invented by a mistake (and plenty of them).

So this week don’t treat mistakes like 404 pages. Be innovative and creative; that’s how we learn from our mistakes.

If you wish to follow Reeny Gleeson and his TED Talks go to: http://www.ted.com/speakers/renny_gleeson.html

You can also follow him at http://www.rennygleeson.com/and http://www.wk.com/#/

Don’t Forget to RATE PRINCE AS “VERY” GQ at www.gq.com

Daily Newsfeed


France wants US Allegations of NSA spying the European Summit Agenda; Dead Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect implicated in 2011 triple murders; JP Morgan has struck deal w/ Justice Dept to pay $13B over dodgy mortgage products; Syrian Snipers are targeting unborn babies; and Libyan Terror suspect implicates himself in terror crimes according to federal prosecutors. All this and more, please follow the links below.

France wants US allegations on the Euro Summit Agenda

Dead Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect linked tripled murder

JP Morgan pays $13B to DOJ

Syrian snipers are targeting unborn babies

Libyan Terror Suspects forfeits his Miranda Rights

Don’t Forget To RATE PRINCE AS “VERY” GQ at www.gq.com

 


Motivation Mondays: Try Something New (For 30 Days!). Watch Google Engineer and Webmaster, Matt Cutts talk on how “trying something new for 30 days” can actually help you get the most out of your life. To watch, go to www.princesdailyjournal.com. #princesdailyjournal #monday #motivation #google #siliconvalley #engineer @ted #tedtalks #inspiration #supersizeme #seo #webmaster #tech

Motivation Mondays: Try Something New (For 30 Days)


It’s Monday, the beginning of a new week, and you need words of empowerment to start your week off right.

This week’s words of motivation is: Try Something New (For 30 Days!)

In this 3 minute TED talk video we see Google Engineer and Webmaster, Matt Cutts, give a most interesting talk on how “Trying Something New For 30 Days” can help you achieve all of the things that you have ever wanted in your life. Crazy, right? But, apparently not so.

And so, Matt Cutts did not only prove to his audience that he wasn’t crazy (such as biking to work everyday or completing a novel in 30 days), but has discovered that making the smallest changes in our habits can be the most rewarding when it comes to sustainability or consistency, which Cutts says, “It’s more likely to stick.”

We all have a childhood dream, no matter how old you are; that dream will always stick in your mind. But what often kills that dream is doing the opposite of what Cutts and Morgan Spurlock did: not trying it [furthermore not setting it for a fixed amount of time to do it like 30 days]. Although I can not tell you on what I want to do for the next 30 days (because I have been told by Derek Sivers not to), but this TED talk has really motivated me and everyone else to really take control of the time that we have and start setting goals for each month; and practically doing them.

 “The next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, so why not think about something you have always wanted to try and give it a shot for the next 30 days?” –Matt Cutts

So whenever you see someone doing what you have been always wanting to do, don’t be envious of that person. If a senior citizen can complete everything on his or her bucket list within 30 days or less, why can’t you? Why not try it for 30 days? And don’t wait till the last minute of your life to do it. Not only will you enjoy it, but you will gain new confidence in yourself.

If you wish to follow Matt Cutts and his TED Talks, go to: http://www.ted.com/speakers/matt_cutts.html

You can also follow Matt Cutts, on the social media outlets below:

Twitter: @mattcutts

Blog: mattcutts.com/blog

PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO RATE PRINCE AS “VERY” GQ!! (CLICK ON THE LINK TO BE DIRECTED TO HIS PAGE)

Motivation Mondays: Keep Your Goals To Yourself


It’s Monday, the beginning of a new week and you need words of empowerment to start off your week of right.

This week’s words of motivation: Keep Your Goals To Yourself

In this short 3 minute TED talk video we see musician and entrepreneur, Derek Sivers, give an interesting TED talk on the misnomer of telling your goals to the world. Not only does he provide humor but compelling evidence (stretching far back as the 1920s) to his reasons why we should keep our goals to ourselves.

Telling someone your goals I think really depends on the goals themselves, but in terms of short term and long term goals. Short term goals are harder to accomplish because they require little focus. So when do you tell your short-term goals to anyone, lose 45 pounds in 1 month, chances are you won’t accomplish them or forget to do them altogether. In contrast to long-term goals, they require more focus like pursuing an education, graduating from college, becoming rich, or making a trip to Europe or to an exotic island. You can aspire to accomplish these goals even faster by telling your closest friends and family because they will all motivate you if not give you advice–plus the expectations are not as great versus telling your goals to the whole world.

So this week, do keep your goals to yourself and do plan accordingly. Your goals are your life, so do handle them with care–or give them away carelessly.

To follow Derek Sivers and his Ted Talks, go to http://www.ted.com/speakers/derek_sivers.html

You can also follow Derek Sivers on the web (http://sivers.org/) and on Twitter (@Sivers)

Motivation Monday: Finding Inspiration From Within


It’s Monday, the beginning of a new week, and you need words of empowerment to start your week off right.

This weeks words of motivation: Find Inspiration from Within.

In this short 10 min TED talk video, we see graphic designer Saki Mafundikwa show a hidden language of Africa’s unique writing system. In this talk he does not only show us the beauty and elegance of Africa’s symbols, but encourages his students and the world to remember the past; recognize Africa’s unique hand written languages; and more importantly find inspiration from within–and not from the outside world.

What I related to most, from his TED talk, was his idea that we must find inspiration from what’s in front of us (or within)–and not from looking “outside.” Like his students, I struggled to find inspiration (or success) when I moved to Boston. I have been to find success or inspiration by what’s being shown “outside” of one-self (Television Ads, Media, etc.). It was not until I stopped looking to the outside world, and began looking from within, that I found my inspiration and my hidden value.

“Sankofa” does not only imply to “remembering the past or history” but remembering one-self. I had to remind myself that I was handsome; that I loved to write; and that I loved to talk with people. Doing this, I was able to create my career path for myself.

So this week, practice inspiration by looking from within or what’s in front of you. Remember who you are, remember what you love to do, and pursue it. You will be amazed of just how special and intricate (like the hidden language of Africa’s symbols) you really are. Return to the past and look what’s right in front you for inspiration.

If you wish to follow Saki Mafundikwa and his TED talks, go to:

http://www.ted.com/speakers/saki_mafundikwa.html

You can also follow him and his digital art school on the web at:

http://www.ziva.org/