One of the most incredible things I have seen is Ueli Gegenschatz base flying along the side of a cliff in his wing suit. The closest thing to humans flying showing incredible skill and ability. In this video he takes us through his progression from parachuting, skydiving, sky surfing and then base jumping, what he called the purest form of human flight.
Incredible visuals and demonstrating how to achieve a personal strategy in an incremental way.
Sadly, after a BASE jumping accident on Nov. 11 2009, Ueli died in a Swiss hospital.
This post is in memory of a visionary athletic pioneer.
You can watch his fascinating talk at ted.com and the video is included below.
Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi grew up in Europe and was a child of ten when world war II ended. His experience caused him to grapple with the question of what makes people happy. He had witnessed a whole generation whose life, work, homes and security were destroyed by war. He wanted to understand what made life worth living.
In this unassuming video, he talks about his life work which has become about understanding and measuring when people are in flow. In sport we might call this ‘The Zone’ or ‘The Field’ and it applies as much to business as it does on the sports field.
You may know it as that experience when times seems to fly by, you have more energy upon completion of what you are doing that when you started and you feel an absence of self consciousness. It is the perfect space for performing at your best.
Mihaly explains why money cannot make us happy and shows us the ingredients for getting into flow or into the zone.
Seth Godin has a very simple strategy for his business of being an author, speaker and publishing the world’s #1 marketing blog. As with most great strategies, there is lots underneath it but at the top level it can be explained simply as focusing on ‘doing what he does best’.
For his blog he writes short, relevant and opinionated pieces (sometimes more than once a day). They are quick reads and instant gratification to people wanting to keep on top of the world of marketing, which is his specialty.
He is able to do what he recommends all good marketers do, create something that people want to talk about, every day.
On the Incredible Strategies page I’ve included a a video from outside the TED conference where he talks about his strategies and some of the people who get it right. You’ll be interested to hear why he doesn’t do Twitter nor Facebook. His reason, he wants to be a meaningful specific rathar than a wondering generality.