Sophia Amoruso Sketchnote from Tools of Titans

Sophia has humble beginnings. She was a thrift shopper back in the early 2000s and flipped them online on eBay. She grabbed a copy of eBay for Dummies and got to work. The two most defining factors that led to the success were the name of the item and the image. So copywriting and knowing how to take a good photo. Comically, she started commenting on the feedback of her purchasers that she was starting nastygal.com, which eBay frowned upon. You don’t want people in your community sending traffic away from your marketplace. So she was banned. This leads us …

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Peter Diamandis Sketchnote from Tools of Titans

What’s the magnitude of your thinking? According to Peter, you, me and the other person are part of the 99.9% of people who aren’t focussing on the big problems. Peter Diamandis is worth listening to. He’s rates in the top 50 of the world’s greatest leaders according to Forbes. He is founder and executive chairman of X Prize among other notable prizes. He is author of the books Bold and Abundance. According to Peter, the best way to find out how your company will be disrupted is to pay a 20 year old entrepreneur to reveal how they would take …

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Scott Belsky Sketchnote

How do you know when to give up or persevere? Scott points to a sense of conviction. What’s conviction in this context? It’s a sense of belief or knowing that you and what you’re doing will provide value to others. If you still have that, then persist. If you don’t, then it’s time to think alternatively. Ultimately, you never will know. I think another good filtering question to ask is “am I doing this for the benefit of others or for the benefit of myself? Scott spoke about passion and that not being a strong signal of success. He prefers …

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The Most Confronting Haircut I’ve Ever Had

Sometimes, you get what you need and not what you want. That happened to me today as I booked in a cut with a barber. I’ve been thinking about business of late and how the product or service is actually how you feel when you walk out the door. Having worked at a barbershop before as a barista (yep, you read that right), I knew that people get cuts to feel a sense of confidence among other positive feelings when they walk out its door. So that’s what I thought I was booking myself in for this afternoon: confidence and …

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Justin Boreta Sketchnote from Tools of Titans

Justin Boreta is known as a founding member of the electronic group Glitch Mob. He has no formal knowledge of traditional instruments so is an outlier when it comes to success. I like this as it’s a demonstration of an obscure way to get to the same destination. He is a well-spoken and thoughtful speaker and I would encourage a listen of the podcast in its entirety. Tim’s DiSSS in Action The interview is an example of Tim’s learning process in action due to his curiosity around audio equipment and production. DiSSS stands for deconstruction, selection, sequencing and stakes. The …

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Mike Shinoda Sketchnote from Tools of Titans

Mike Shinoda is a rapper, rhythm guitarist, keyboardist, principal song writer, artist, producer and mixer of Linkin Park, which has pulled in two Grammys. His side project is Fort Minor of which Tim is a fan. Interestingly, prior to listening to this podcast, I thought to myself that I ought to watch the Godfather series as I’ve never seen it before. Guess what Mike referred to as one of his favourites? Yep, you got it, so now I’ve scheduled it in. We seem to have similar film tastes as he also referred to Se7en, Fight Club and even Wall-E. S …

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Neil Strauss Sketchnote from Tools of Titans

Neil is one of Tim’s good mates. He appeared as a guinea pig in Tim’s book 4-Hour Body. He’s the author of 8 New York Times best sellers and has edited for high profile magazines such as Rolling Stone. I’ve gone for a different flavour here. In terms of my recall, I’m trying to limit one bit of information per card as it makes it a little easier. Of course, this eats into production time but I’m going for a simple cue then response. I can see that eventually I’ll tire of creating more cards, so I’ll improve my visual …

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Kevin Rose Sketchnote from Tools of Titans

Kevin is a pal of Tim’s and was the first guest on “Tim Tim, Talk Talk.” This was the name Kevin suggested that Tim use to title his podcast. Kevin is a proven investor and the co-founder of Digg. He’s been named in Bloomberg’s Top 25 angel investors. He and Tim also co-host a random show podcast. Kevin’s LITMUS Test To Identify Trends The Rose component of Kevin’s name will be used to seeds the biggest of wisdom from his interview. The rose flower is a plant and plants grow. Kevin has a knack of identifying things before they takeoff. …

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Luis von Ahn Sketchnote From Tools of Titans

What’s the most popular language app in the world? Duolingo. Luis is its co-founder and CEO at the time of the writing of Tools of Titans. He is a computer science professor who is from Guatemala. Amusingly, in one unit he taught, he created a fake website of a solution to a problem he asked his students to solve. What his students didn’t know was that he tracked their IP addresses thus revealing who took to Google to ‘cheat’. He is also the founding father of those annoying captchas on the Internet. The origin story is from Yahoo where some …

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Kaskade Sketchnote From Tools of Titans

Kaskade is a five time Grammy nominated music artist from the States. He has headlined Coachella 4 times and is considered one of the founding fathers of house music. How Did Kaskade Get His Break? What immediately comes to mind when I think of Kaskade is a cascading waterfall. A waterfall can start off kind of slow, but once it has established momentum it’s just about impossible to avoid travelling along its path. I link opportunity to this metaphor as when it’s identified, there is a ‘cascading domino effect.’ In the case of Kaskade, his big break came when he …

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