Marcia Conner

Take A Cue From Cliff Divers

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Take A Cue From Cliff Divers

A young man dives from a 30-foot cliff over a waterfall inside Casa Bonita, a Mexican-themed “entertainment” restaurant in Denver, Colo. That’s his job; he dives again and again for the enjoyment of dining patrons. Between dives he admits, “I have yet to have a day where I don’t want to go to work.”...

Most people aren’t that lucky or brave. We don’t often get to practice our craft again and again, let alone get cheered on to dive in or climb back up. Doing it every day doesn’t mean it doesn’t require courage, that it’s not hard, or that there aren’t risks; there are just more reasons to keep... [read more]

Take A Cue From Cliff Divers

Advice for Executives: Get Some Sleep!

Our lack of sleep deprives us of the capacity to excel. There was a time I chose to sleep only a few hours a night. I commuted between continents for months and then from the East Coast to West Coast each week for years. Habits included late night reading, early morning email, and thirty...

years without a nap. I believed I could achieve higher productivity by simply sleeping less. Now I chase after sleep like fireflies: enthusiastically but with little sparkle the next day. I have a young son and a husband with restless legs. I also have a new company about to launch and another fall season on the road... [read more]

Advice for Executives: Get Some Sleep!

Girls Gone Engineering

Perhaps the reason only 7% of engineers are women is because rather than persevering, we interpret early failures to mean we need to change our interests to increase the likelihood we'll succeed. A new book, Rosie Revere, Engineer, can offer girls another way.

Girls Gone Engineering

I do believe in magic

"When I was twelve years old, the world was my magic lantern, and by its green spirit glow I saw the past, the present, and into the future. You probably did too; you just don’t recall it...We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains...

"When I was twelve years old, the world was my magic lantern, and by its green spirit glow I saw the past, the present, and into the future. You probably did too; you just don’t recall it... [read more]We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand. But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out. We get out on the straight and narrow and told to be responsible. Told to act our age." From Boy's Life by Robert McCammon

I do believe in magic

Great people do things before they’re ready.

As I work on finishing up a book chapter about taking action and a report about using your brain at work, I found this fantastic quote from Amy Poehler. Perhaps not a new year’s resolution as much as a solid kick in the ass to move along NOW. In short: Step into life. Go....

This is from Amy’s Smart Girls “Ask Amy” series in a response to a question from teenage Mae about staying courageous. For those of you who want the words to requote and with a bit more at the end than was in the image: Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they... [read more]

Great people do things before they’re ready.

Focus on What Matters Most

Marcia interviews Elaine St. James about simplifying, writing books, and finding a place in the world.

Focus on What Matters Most

Give an Epic Minecraft Gift

Minecraft makes even less sense than Twitter to the uninitiated. Big pixel visuals get no love from gamers anticipating in 2013 realer-than-life graphics. Long login routines seem to imply the developers, lead by Markus “@Notch” Perrson, holed up in Sweden, don’t know simple is in. A distributed worldwide network of new servers, coming online daily...

from everyone but Minecraft’s parent company Mojang, avoid the giant serverfarm fashion. Yet the fanatical following Minecraft has gained since launching a public alpha in 2009  dismisses what’s expected, snickering at how software’s suppose to be done. I grew curious as my son became smitten, then fascinated, then enthralled. Despite more than a decade working inside software... [read more]

Give an Epic Minecraft Gift
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