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Absolutely, Brett. Persistence is huge in Star Wars. How many X-wing fighters flew down the Death Star trench until Luke hit the mark?
2 years, 1 month ago on 12 Most Intergalactically Enduring Life Lessons from Star Wars
Terez - You really hit the mark on this one. Very well done. I only wish I had this list back when I was 19. I especially used to struggle with #5!
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IFTTT? What? I feel like I'm playing basketball with a rising star who can dunk in all kinds of new and creative ways that are beyond the abilities of my generation. Thanks for the insight, Doug. You got game.
2 years, 2 months ago on 12 Most Easy-Peasy IFTTT Recipes for Business Bloggers
These tips are helpful and easy to follow -- just what someone like me who's never used Dropbox needs to get started.
2 years, 2 months ago on 12 Most Constructive Uses for Dropbox
Great tips, Doug. And the beauty of these recommendations is they extend to others in your network as well, beyond just customers. With so much noise and so many contacts, even the tiniest gesture can stand out and make someone feel appreciated.
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Nice, meta post. I like that you linked back to other 12 Most posts for most of your list items.
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Thanks for offering some good old fashioned RSS tips. Even with the proliferation of social media services and SMS, I still consume a ton of content via RSS, and I appreciate it when someone takes the time to customize the feed.
2 years, 3 months ago on 12 Most Stupendous Tricks You Can Perform with an RSS Feed
Excellent list, Bushra - thanks for sharing. I would give honorable mentions to Entrepreneur and Business Insider as well.
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@dbvickery It's a hard fight with my daughter (the Wookie). Though just a toddler, she's already good at brinksmanship and reading me and knows just when to shift from tears to hugs!
2 years, 4 months ago on 12 Most Intergalactically Enduring Life Lessons from Star Wars
@kdbelmonte Was thinking about this list today during the holiday, and a new title kept coming into my head: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
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Good tips and nice prose style.
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@susansilver thanks for reading and commenting. Star Wars served as a great point of departure for many of my early friendships as well.
More recently, I've come to appreciate that with Star Wars, you can pick up where you left off. Whether at reunions or getting reacquainted through social media, once you start talking about the films, you're right back where you were when you were eight.
Wow. I respect anyone for tackling a list like this, and you really did a great job, Kelly. These works may represent your list, but they will no doubt resonate with many. Here are some with which I personally identify for you and everyone to consider: "Self-Reliance" by Emerson, "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman, and "Light in August" by William Faulkner.
@annedreshfield Thanks and good point about Leia. When my daughter turned three, I wrote a column about her comparing to four famous fictional characters. Anchoring the list was Princess Leia!
@pbulteel Good addition. When I was researching what else had been written about Star Wars in this vein -- and there's a lot -- I noticed many posts elaborating the spirituality of the Force. So I tried to steer in other directions. Thanks.
Great post, Anita. I am American but attended grad school in Canada (at the University of Ottawa), and fondly recall my days of study there. Happy Canada Day, or Bonne Fête du Canada, if you prefer!
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@TimEntwisle That's hilarious! Does that include Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Belichick? I always suspected they were both were masters of the dark side of the Force.
@celerysoda1 Agreed - Han's debt is integral and I wouldn't remove it from the story. I included this point because -- for me at least -- I always processed his indebtedness and dealings with Jabba as a model of behavior to avoid. Frankly, Han was lucky he ended up meeting Ben and Luke -- they literally saved his life.
@terez07 Thanks for commenting. There are so many great lessons to pick from Star Wars, it was hard to select just 12. I'm really interested in what other people cite as their favorite lessons.
Brian, you were absolutely prescient with this post. The playoffs have been phenomenal and we have one of the best finals match-ups in years, featuring two of the game's best players. Perhaps these NBA playoffs deserve a follow up: 12 Most Dunkredible Reasons I Loved the NBA Finals?
2 years, 5 months ago on 12 Most Dunkredible Reasons I Love NBA Playoffs
Nice article, Shelly. There's really a lot you can do on LinkedIn -- thanks for sharing! In addition to what you mentioned, I would recommend people add to their profile by adding not only Projects, but also Skills & Experiences and Publications.
2 years, 8 months ago on 12 Most Little Known Tricks to Use On LinkedIn
@dbvickery Thanks for reading - I'm glad you enjoyed the piece and the comparisons.
2 years, 8 months ago on 12 Most Striking Comparisons of Technology Companies to Countries
@AliRichards15 Thanks for reading. The UK-Oracle comparison did not come initially or as naturally as some of the others on the list, but it grew on me as I thought more about it. Which tech company would you pair with the UK?
2 years, 9 months ago on 12 Most Striking Comparisons of Technology Companies to Countries
Wonderful list, Doug. Thanks for compiling and sharing.
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@Knikkolette Church Thanks, Knikkolette, I'm glad you enjoyed the comparisons!
@susansilver Thanks for checking out my post. This was fun to write, in part because I figured others would see different comparisons and relationships.
Just to build on this, my four year old already uses our iPad for almost everything you listed. And this with only minimal instructions.
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Nice post, Tim. I do backslide on #7 occasionally, though, thinking my tweet will be so brilliant that Celeb with 1,000,000 followers will of course respond.
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Yes. As you point out, there are many dimensions affecting working at home with children and spouses. My wife actually started working from home before I did and managed it for a time with our then baby daughter at home with her. As my daughter became a toddler and demanded more time and attention, my wife had to manage her time precisely and eventually phased our daughter into daycare full-time.
3 years, 2 months ago on 12 Most Massively Critical Things to Do Before You Work From Home
@MichaelPacPal In my personal experience working from home, I've not used any contingency as a crutch or failed. I have had to scramble a few times due to VPN issues, though, which is why I advocate some kind of backup.
janechin, margieclayman, thanks for the comments - I'm glad you enjoyed the post.