Life is Short and So Am I - My Talk at J and Beyond 2013

I had the privilege of delivering the Saturday night keynote at the JandBeyond 2013 Conference in Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands (#jab13) on June 1st.

I had the privilege of delivering the Saturday night keynote at the JandBeyond 2013 Conference in Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands (#jab13) on June 1st.

JandBeyond is great conference.  Held every year in different cities around Europe, it's more of a developer's conference - so there are a lot of very smart people in the room.  The conference was well organized and the facility was really perfect for it.  The only down-side - the pizza party on the beach was cancelled due to the rain and 48F temps... no-one really felt like freezing (chickens).

Cover - Life is Short and So Am I

Some of the resources for my talk (in no particular order):

  • The idea of making every day count and counting the days we've been alive comes from this fantastic book - 20,000 Days and Counting by Robert D. Smith.  I can't say enough about how much I have appreciated this short book.
  • Using Our Practical Wisdom - Barry Schwartz (TED Talk)
  • What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work - Dan Ariely (TED Talk)
  • Enchantment - Guy Kawasaki
  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People / First Things First - Stephen Covey
  • Platform - Michael Hyatt
  • Harvard Business Review - I'm an avid reader - so many ideas over time - but definitely an influence on this talk
  • Triumphs of Experience - George Vaillant - The Harvard study I quoted at the end of my talk
  • Story of the Zen Master - Charlie Wilson's War
  • The Bible - most of the Proverbs I quoted are from the book of Proverbs (NLT)

Enjoy!

 

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