1. How Do Maverick Geniuses Get Created?
Since it was founded in 1861, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has boasted a stunning capacity to produce graduates who go on to found profitable, innovative companies. “If the MIT was a country, it would have the 11th highest GDP of any nation in the world.” In this piece, The Guardian takes a look at what gives MIT an edge. Not surprisingly the school’s curriculum focuses on doing, not dreaming:
2. Does Great Hiring Mean Creating A Cult? (Yes.)
Via Sebastian Marshall, I recently stumbled on this piece by veteran entrepreneur Steve Newcomb, which dispenses some wonderful, no-nonsense advice on how to hire well and how to work through your anxieties as a business owner. Don’t be deterred by its length, the whole thing is worth reading.
Steve on managing your start-up anxiety:
3. Illustrator Christoph Niemann on Happiness, Work and Creativity
A regular illustrator for the New Yorker, the New York Times, and other major publications, Christoph Niemann knows the life of the freelance creative professional inside and out. I had a great conversation with him about creativity and deadlines on 99U, and Swiss Miss recently invited him to give an awesome talk at her Creative Mornings. Watch it here.
4. 50 Ways to Expose Yourself to Randomness
The Twitter-sphere recently resurfaced this classic post from one of our favorite bloggers, Ben Casanocha. Our greatest strokes of luck often come through random connections, and this list is all about pushing outside of your comfort zone to spark even more ideas, connections, and relationships.
Some of my favorites:
18. A crummy little assignment comes along. But it would give you a chance to work with a group of people you’ve never worked with before. Take the assignment.
34. Institute a monthly Brown Bag Lunch Session. Encourage all your colleagues to nominate interesting people to be invited. Criterion: “I wouldn’t have expected us to invite — — .”
36. Consider a . . . four-month sabbatical.
5. Roseanne Barr on How Hollywood Really Works
One of the month’s most unexpected gems was a tell-all piece by comedian Roseanne Barr about the making of her runaway hit sitcom, Roseanne. The eye-opening essay provides an excoriating account of how Hollywood really works (at least from Roseanne’s perspective), and she doesn’t shy away from taboo topics.
Roseanne Barr on her first disillusionment:
What Are You Reading?
What have you read lately that opened your eyes?
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