You know what remarkable looks like.
You see it every day.

You consume remarkable music, eat remarkable food, drive remarkable cars, and use remarkable pieces of technology.

You do not partake in anything less than remarkable.

So why would you ever think that something that you create that is not remarkable would be consumed by anyone else?
Why would you settle for mediocre?
Why would you not honor yourself to have remarkable first before you expect remarkable results.

Signed: Your future self

Creating something remarkable takes time, effort, and attention.

Let’s make our work remarkable so our future self can’t write us letters.

-Kyle

 

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Must Watch Ted Talks

The TED talks have grown in popularity. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, which covers a broad spectrum. TED talks excel best when looking towards the future and providing insight into our ever-changing present.

Springing from the annual TED Talks Conference, the talks are now available online and have attracted a global audience. Consequently, these talks have reached billions. Clearly, the world is rapidly changing, and twenty-somethings have more to prove than ever.

Here are 11 essential TED talks videos every young adult should see.

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I have been watching the show Gold Rush since the first episode. I don’t know if you have seen an episode, but let me catch you up. The show follows gold minors who are looking to hit it big and find gold wherever they can. As you can imagine with any reality show, the amount of drama and action is always at an all-time high each episode. And this season opened in true Gold Rush fashion with high action and high drama.

As I watched the season premier a couple of weeks ago I realized that I had been learning a valuable life lesson from this show.

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No, this lesson has nothing to do with finding gold or getting rich.
I learned what it means to persevere and move forward.
Let me explain…

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giving

I have always had a hard time giving money.
Every time I hear the pastor at church talk about the importance of giving money, anxiety runs to my throat and renders me speechless with only excuses left to fill my head.

“Well I don’t have any money to give.”
“I will give next week.”
“I forgot my checkbook, dang.”
“I will give when I make more money.”
“I already give enough.”
“I serve, that is giving right?”

These are just some of the excuses that run through my mind every time I hear the need or the request. Each one is filled with it’s own ridiculousness, and each one seems to ring truer every time the anxiety of not giving rushes over my body.

Truthfully, I do give.
Each month, me and my wife both support a compassion kid.
We support a friend who is a church planter.
We offer our home to host parties and friends.
We give of our time to serve others.

But this is not the giving that I feel convicted on.
Where the struggle plays out for me is in the way I sacrificially give.
I do not understand what it means to give till it hurts.

This brings the deepest problem to the surface. I am scared to give.
My trust only goes as far as my budget will go. And with each automatic withdrawal, the safety of giving casually protects me from the giving sacrificially.

Giving is suppose to hurt. I don’t want to hurt.
Therefore I do not give.

 

PrayforthePhilippians

Around 10,000 people may have died in just one area of the Philippines hit by Typhoon Haiyan, according to officials.

One of the worst storms on record, it destroyed homes, schools and an airport in the eastern city of Tacloban.

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We have more choices then ever to continue our learning.
From the daily tweets we read, the facebook updates that we skim, and the many blog post we read. Options are not limited when it comes to our ongoing education.

But, all the options listed above, feel like the fast food of learning. Quick and cheap seems good at the time but is not a plan for sustainability.

The constant in my path learning continuos to be books.
They seem to be the feast that I am looking for.

Books provide the sustainability of learning.
Just like our favorite meals cooked by our favorite cooks, books have been well thought out, prepared, and given enough time to cook.
Let’s eat!

Here are 3 books worth reading:

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Is often the things we try and eliminate the most. Creating a barrier to anything seems to be the worst thing you could ever do. Which leads each of us to find ways to minimize and free others from barriers holding them back.

The reality is, having barriers to entry could be the best thing you did.

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Today, everyone is trying to eliminate barriers (distractions) so more people will interact, engage, and buy. But with everyone trying to eliminate barriers, the reverse effect is taking place, barriers of convenience are being created which in turn hold people back.

There is a taco spot here in Nashville called Mas Tacos. Their food is amazing, but they have one barrier, they only accept cash. How annoying is that? But the barrier to entrance for me when going to Mas Tacos is that I know I have to have cash which makes me work for the food (I would call that exercising…walking to the ATM and back) and honestly makes me happy to go there. They have kept the barrier of cash only to cut down on cost but also to make you really want to have their tacos.

There is a coffee shop here in Nashville called Crema. They have the best coffee in town, and everyone knows this to be true because there is hardly ever a free table to be found in their shop. You would think people would go find somewhere else less crowded and quicker, and yet every time I am there the line is out the door. They have kept the barrier of scarcity over commercialization.

There is this sports team in St. Louis called the Cardinals. They have some of the best baseball players in the world on their team. They have some of the best young talent a team could have. But this talent is hand selected and features a very few. They have created a barrier to playing professional baseball, you have to be really really good to make their team. Thus making this barrier the standard of success and separating player from fan.

There is a game called CandyCrush. One of the most addicting games anyone will play (that is why I refuse to play it). They have created a barrier to how many times you can play by making you wait a set amount of time before you can go again. You can eliminate this barrier by paying money to continue.

Any time we try and market something, barriers are the first thing we try and eliminate. The thought of losing any potential “customer” crosses our mind and we start to comprise on our product or story.

Our world (whether it be physical or social) is full of noise. You cannot drive down the street without seeing a mortgage company telling you to like them on Facebook, or a TV show featuring a hashtag for every segment. When the noise is to loud the natural response is to turn it down or turn it off. Barriers can be the very thing that helps us cut through the noise. It is the Purple Cow of business, the hook to your pitch, the opening line of your speech, the cost of services. Yes, remove barriers, but make sure you don’t remove the barriers to entry.

Barriers do exactly what they are suppose to do…separate you from others.
Join the noise or stand out.