I've spent the day catching up on emails and reading some interesting blogs and articles.
I haven't been as present on my blog these days, because I've been busy and glued to the Twitter world. It seems micro-blogging on Twitter is more relevant, spontaneous and easier to follow. Whether you're in or out of the twitter loop, here's a great article to read: "Life is tweet: How the Twitter family infiltrated our cultural world"
So besides this blog, another great way to follow my adventures is at twitter.com/shiralazar
With that in mind, I've tried to think about ways to distinguish my blog from my twitter. My blog is obviously a place for longer, more in depth posts. Also, since there are so many updates on twitter it's easy to lose track of standout items that I really want people to see. That's why a blog is still extremely useful.
I've also been thinking of doing more posts based around whatever inspires me that day. It could revolve around a person, event, article, video or link that I stumble on. Yes it's completely random, but hopefully they will be posts that are informative, relevant, make you think, laugh or simply entertain.
Here are some interesting links/people I've been checking out today:
Duke Stump- I've had the honor of being connected to Duke, who's the founder of The NorthStar Manifesto. He's the former brand builder at Nike and a master of getting what is now and what is possible. After attending the TED conference for the first time, he wrote this really interesting blog post about what he learnt.
He's also developing a blog called "The Real 100"- a list of the new generation of pioneering thoughts, individuals and brands.
I actually got very emotional after watching this video about Maggie Doyne, founder of Blinknow Foundation. At 20 years old, she has dedicated herself towards enhancing the quality of life for children in Nepal by creating an orphanage and non-profit. She is truly inspirational!
Also, check out Kit Cooper's Best Life Practices site that just launched. He has done some great interviews with leaders and entrepreneurs like Richard Branson who not only talk about their professional success but their personal life practices that keep them grounded.
I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO and founder of the Acumen Fund who was given this advice from her mentor:
"Spend less time trying to be interesting and more time being interested in people and the world."