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Career Security, Not Job Security (Part 2)

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There were alot of great comments on my post awhile ago: your resume is meaningless (and building career security, not job security). Please take a moment to read it if you haven’t, as I want to build upon what I wrote there.

I think this issue is relevant again because of the state of the economy. I get the sense that some people are fearing for their jobs. Stepping back and looking at the bigger picture you should never live a single day of your life with any fear – there is no reason for it. It’s simply not a productive use of life. Not if you want to be remarkable and reach your full potential.

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October 18, 2008 Author Adam Singer In Inspiration, Opinions, Randomness

50 Stunning Images From Flickr Under Creative Commons

You’ll notice at the bottom of this blog (and many others) a little icon that looks something like this:

This signifies that the work is published under a creative commons license. Click the button and you’ll be taken to the license page – which explains:

Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, educators and all content producers easily mark their creative works with the freedoms they want it to carry. Everyone can use Creative Commons to change their copyright terms from “All Rights Reserved” to “Some Rights Reserved.”

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October 13, 2008 Author Adam Singer In Inspiration, Opinions, Randomness

21 Reasons You Should Make Art

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I have a theory. I believe that the ability to make art, whether music, drawing, painting, sculpting – it doesn’t matter what kind – is an inherently human trait.

Anyone who makes the statement “I am not creative” is wrong. Translated, it really means “I never tried”.

I’ve been told I am lucky to have the ability to make music. It’s really not luck at all, I am no more skilled in writing it than you can be. The difference is, I have put forth arduous hours, days, weeks, months and years of my life into it.

We are hard-wired for creativity. It is just a matter of honing it to a specific craft. And, it is perhaps one of the most rewarding feelings you can have — giving life to something original from within yourself to share with the world purely for intrinsic value.

Not convinced you should be an artist yet? Here’s 21 more reasons to consider it:

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October 1, 2008 Author Adam Singer In Inspiration, Opinions, Randomness

Just How Large Is The Business World’s Digital Divide?

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I’ve been traveling this past week – and Thursday morning as I stepped out of my hotel room for a series of meetings, I noticed a usual sight: a copy of USA Today sitting at the steps of my door.

And, my usual response was to pull it inside my room and set it aside where it remained unopened and unread. Perhaps a better idea would be to bring it downstairs and ask them kindly to save the energy and paper and not deliver my news in this arcane format.

As I have said before, the whole idea of someone bringing you news as words printed on paper with ink in the digital age is a quaint and archaic notion. It is wasteful, harmful to the environment and pretty much irrelevant.

I enjoyed my breakfast while reading RSS feeds through my iPhone – where I am receiving exactly the information I want without ads that are of no meaning to me and without articles that don’t pertain to my world or industry. There is only a fleeting amount of time daily, there is no reason to waste time reading something that was designed for a previous era. The one-size-fits-all, shotgun approach is over. Let the age of customization begin.

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Look Smart (And Increase Efficiency) – Drop The Hotmail, Comcast, or AOL Address And Get Gmail

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I will be perfectly honest. When I see people with an @aol.com, @hotmail.com or @comcast.net address they instantly lose any and all tech credibility with me. I’ve had discussions with several people on this, and I’m not the only one who feels this way.

I have used and experimented with quite a few of the free, web-based email services. Let me save you a lot of time: Gmail is above and beyond the best.

Using web-based email is a great portability solution for your email, whether it is for personal or business use. However, Gmail is light years ahead of AOL, Hotmail and Comcast. It boggles my mind that anyone still uses them (I single out these other brands of webmail because they are so popular).

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50 Common Mistakes Non-Geeks Make With Computers And The Web

I’ve been doing IT work (for fun?) ever since I was 13 – I’m 25 now. I’ve fixed my friend’s computers, my school’s computers, computers in my office and even built my own.

I’ve developed blogs for several of my peers, taught many friends/associates the basics of Adobe Photoshop, Ableton Live, Wordpress and tons of other useful applications.

Okay, you get the idea – and my subscribers already know – I’m the go-to guy for computer, web and software advice (as well as for social media strategy, web marketing and blog consulting).

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August 14, 2008 Author Adam Singer In Opinions, Randomness