Thought for the Day

“If you meet an asshole in the morning, you met an asshole. If you meet assholes all day, maybe you’re the asshole”.

Quote of the Day — George Orwell

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”

Quote of the Day — William Feather

“The tragedy is that so many have ambition and so few have ability.”

From: quantmleap

CustomizeGoogle

CustomizeGoogle: Googling Just Got Better — Firefox Extension

CustomizeGoogle is a Firefox extension that enhances Google search results by adding extra information (like links to Yahoo, Ask Jeeves, MSN etc) and removing unwanted information (like ads and spam).

Why Your Employees Are Losing Motivation

Why Your Employees Are Losing Motivation : HBS Working Knowledge

Business literature is packed with advice about worker motivation—but sometimes managers are the problem, not the inspiration. Here are seven practices to fire up the troops. From Harvard Management Update.

Word Count

roachfiend.com » Word Count

Will count the number of words in any text that is selected. Simply highlight the text, right-click, and select “Word Count”. A pop-up window will show you how many words are in that selection.

Text Area Word Counter

Text Area Word Counter Firefox Extension v. 0.4 by Gina Trapani

Text Area Word Counter is a Firefox extension by Gina Trapani which will give you the total number of words not including HTML entered into all the text areas in a document. Target audience is webloggers interested in post word count.

Continuous Partial Attention

Levy: (Some) Attention Must Be Paid! – Newsweek Technology – MSNBC.com

Search Engine Ordering

Mozilla Update :: Extensions — More Info:Search Engine Ordering – All Releases

Rearrange the search engines in Firefox’ search bar! You can use Drag & Drop to change the order as you want or right click somewhere in the menu to sort them alphabetically.

14 Resources for the Artistically Challenged

Christian Montoya » 14 Resources for the Artistically Challenged

You and I, we can’t do art. We just weren’t born with it. Remember art class? Sure, someone might have thought your work was special, but that was your mom. You were dealt some useless talent like math or programming, and visual design was something you always avoided. Your website is no different. It’s ugly and there is little you can do. You tell yourself everyday: “I’m not an artist. People will overlook that. They will still visit my ugly website. They will like me anyway.” Or maybe you make excuses. We’ve heard them all. “It’s an effective use of whitespace. It’s not for everyone. My website reflects who I am, even the bad parts.” But an ugly website is an ugly website, and if you can’t pay someone to design it for you, you might not be able to save it.

There is, however, hope. From one artistically challenged person to another, here are 14 resources that will help you make your site more attractive. These are not tutorials but rather images, patterns, and icons ready for use, and everything is free. I know you will like them because I use them too. So enough talking, and on with the links.

3 Steps to Highly Efficient News Reading

dmiessler.com | blog

One of the main problems we as information fetishists face is the lack of a solid, repeatable methodology for processing new input online. Too often we bounce back and forth between this site and that site, maybe check a blog or two, and then half-heartedly label the task of “reading news” as completed. This approach is not only a really poor way to stay on top of what’s new, but it’s also very anti-GTD.

A practical guide to web typography

The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web – a practical guide to web typography

Free Management resources

Here is a huge list of management resources on seventy-five different topics such as Organizational Change, Interpersonal Skills, and Personal Productivity.

Free Management Library for For-Profit and Nonprofit Organizations

Go it alone!

The New Entrepreneur: Bruce Judson’s Go It Alone! The Secret to Building A Successful Business on Your Own

In a first-of-its-kind initiative, HarperCollins Publishers has made the full content of Go It Alone! available free for readers at this Web site. Bruce Judson is a successful go-it-alone entrepreneur, a bestselling and award-winning author, and one of the nation’s leading experts on marketing and entrepreneurship. Judson’s unique approach is to “battle test” his innovative ideas by founding real businesses based on his evolving principles. These practical tests of his theories, combined with his extensive research, then form the basis for his widely acclaimed books.

Procrastination: Ten Things To Know

Psychology Today: Procrastination: Ten Things To Know

There are many ways to avoid success in life, but the most sure-fire just might be procrastination. Procrastinators sabotage themselves. They put obstacles in their own path. They actually choose paths that hurt their performance.

Grocery List Generator – Firefox Extension

Mozilla Update :: Extensions — More Info:Grocery List Generator – All Releases

The GLG (Grocery List Generator) is a helpful little tool to store your recipe-ingredients and other groceries you need regularly. It creates a well-organized grocery list to help make your grocery shopping as easy as possible.

The best GTD resources

The best GTD resources – Listible!

GTD stands for Getting Things Done and is a way of organizing your workflow.

30 Boxes, Best… Calender… EVER!

Thomas Hawk’s Digital Connection: 30 Boxes, Best… Calender… EVER!

Let the ajaxification of your life continue! Yesterday I had the opportunity to sit down with a group of bloggers and technologists for a discussion about how we use calendaring as well as view a preview of 83 Degree’s latest project 30 Boxes (you can’t get into the site now, but will be able to when they launch their public beta on Sunday). In attendance at yesterday’s meeting, in addition to myself, were Matt Mullenweg from WordPress, Mike Tatum from CNET, Niall Kennedy from Technorati, Lane Becker from Adaptive Path and Andy Baio and Gordon Luk from Upcoming.org. From 83 Degrees (the company bringing you 30 Boxes) were Julie Davidson, Narendra Rocherolle and Nick Widler.

The GoalsGuy Knowledge Center

Goal Setting Advice & Tips – The GoalsGuy

Some of the best opportunities in life are the ones we create. We trust this goal setting feast consisting of motivational insights will help you to create some exciting opportunities.

Our goal was to challenge you to think deeply, encourage you to dream greatly, and ultimately, to inspire you to take action immediately!

Personal development is a lifelong pursuit because life is a work in progress. There will never be a day that will not require dedication, discipline, good judgment, energy, and the feeling that you can improve. Each day offers an opportunity for improvement. Each moment an advance or retreat in the pursuit of your goals.

As a parent, child, spouse, friend, citizen, leader and employee, we can all improve our performance. No one is perfect; no one walks the straight and narrow line all the time. The absence of perfection leaves the door open for improvement, and this knowledge center was designed to inspire performance while enhancing your intellectual capital.

You are responsible for your own personal development. It’s a solo act. It is contemplative thought and behavior modification. Self-improvement begins at home, inside our minds. Spend your life learning how to live. Living is a performance art that requires you to do the hard work if you–re going to do it well.

Life is an ongoing journey, with lots of beginnings and continuations. We never get to a point when all knowledge is attained and understood, when our bodies function flawlessly, when we completely honor our values, and achieve every goal.

We get better when we do better. And we do better when we know better. Personal development is the way that we purposely make everything count!

Is training irrelevant?

CoP: Learning Is Social. Training Is Irrelevant?

[Communities of Practice] New ideas about social learning may hold the key to understanding how people really learn at work.