5 links for the weekend

How to be fluent in 3 months (a 1-page mind map)
A 1-page summary of the genius of Benny Lewis.

The Flea and the jar
Sally Hogshead’s short parable about challenging your limitations.

What Michael Phelps’ 19th Olympic Medal can Teach You About Smarter Online Marketing
Online Marketing lessons from the world’s greatest swimmer.

Pixar’s 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some notable inclusions:

  • “Discount the 1st thing that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th – get the obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself.”
  • “Why must you tell THIS story? What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That’s the heart of it.”
  • ” Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.”

The Terrors (and Occasional Virtues) of Not Knowing What You’re Doing


But it’s gotten me thinking: how did Radiolab actually happen? Or more generally, how does any new idea ACTUALLY come in to the world? What is it ACTUALLY like to make a “show” that’s NOT trying to be like other shows?

In an industry that innovates at the pace of geologic time, this seems like an important conversation to have. I hope this essay will start a conversation…

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