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Wonder, perspectives and standing ovations

Wonder is a 2017 movie about Auggie, a child with facial deformities, going to school for the first time in fifth grade. It is one of the most beautiful movies I’ve watched in a while. The most beautiful thing about the movie is its depiction of perspectives. It shows similar events from the points of view of Auggie, his sister and her best friend. It is a master stroke as you begin to realize that the story isn’t just about Auggie (it just as easily could be) and connect deeply with other characters in the movie. And, it brings to life the idea that every person has their own challenges and viewing them based on their perspective and experiences would likely transform your view about them. As a result, it is but natural that the overarching theme of the movie is kindness – “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” But, a line that stayed with me is reflection from Auggie at the end – “Maybe the truth is, I’m really not so ordinary. Maybe if we knew what other people were thinking we’d know that no one’s ordinary, and we all deserve a standing ovation at least once in our lives.” It is poignant and true. Everyone around us has struggles of their own. And, everyone does deserve a standing ovation at least once in our lives. Share this: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Like this: Like Loading... Related https://alearningaday.com/2018/03/08/wonder-perspectives-and-standing-ovations/

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Profits and Social Responsibility

The relationship between profits and social responsibility is a topic I’ve touched on many times here over the years. I believe you can be a socially responsible person, investor, or company and also be a high performing one. I tweeted this yesterday on the news that our friend Shri has launched a new venture capital firm called Spero: “At Spero, the mission will be to combine impact with top tier returns” This can be done. https://t.co/hgFkOun6Hq — Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) March 21, 2018 I do believe you can be an impact investor and produce top tier returns. And then later yesterday, I came across this interview with Josh Silverman, the CEO of Etsy, where I am Chairman, and I love this comment: The best of Etsy has always been our commitment to social responsibility. It was our execution that was letting us down. And I think we were at risk of confusing those two. So, we continue to hold to our commitment to the broader community. But when you’re a socially responsible company, you’ve got to hold yourself to a higher bar on execution. We’ve defined three areas in particular where we believe we’re especially well positioned to have impact on our community: economic empowerment [for sellers], diversity [of our workforce] and environmental impact. I agree with Josh that you can do both, but when you are committed to doing both, you have to hold yourself to a higher bar on execution because any mis-steps will be viewed as the cost of the double bottom line. And that is unfortunate. http://avc.com/2018/03/profits-and-social-responsibility/

Planning for the middle

The problem with career and life plans is that they don’t work as per plan. But, that doesn’t render the act of building plans useless. The trick, at least in my mind, is cultivate the habit of planning without ever obsessing about plans. And, the key to a good planning process is to be crystal clear about long term direction and short term process. Doing so helps us avoid the trap of getting too caught up about the middle. Planning for the middle years of a 3-5 year or longer plan is a thankless task. There is no way you’re going to be able to predict the exact path and attempting to do so will likely only close you to possibilities. Planning for these middle years is also a recipe for unnecessary stress and disappointment. When you’re at the beginning, don’t obsess about the middle, because the middle is going to be difference once you get there. Share this: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Like this: Like Loading... Related https://alearningaday.com/2018/03/07/planning-for-the-middle/

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Source: http://theoatmeal.com/blog/crabs