The Wisdom of 1,000 Entrepreneurs

Too many people grow up without a clue regarding their true potential to live a life resembling their dreams.

Nelson DavisMaking It!-TV

Purpose, passion and perseverance. Those are the first three words you see when you click on Nelson Davis’s website, Making It! Nelson is committed to combining his passion in order to promote economic empowerment for all. During his career he has spoken with over a thousand entrepreneurs from all walks of life and believes everyone can be better developed by learning to think like an entrepreneur.

We all face many obstacles in life, but Nelson firmly believes that none of them have to be barriers. In fact, the obstacles themselves can create inspiration and creativity. He also wants people to not fear failure. An entrepreneur must always look at failure as just another opportunity and that is how we all need to look at our ups and downs in life. As Nelson says:

If you are afraid to stare a failure in the eye, you may not be prepared to truly enjoy major successes.

In my conversation with Nelson, airing this week on most of our PBS stations, we discuss the deep level of wisdom he gained by being an entrepreneur and by talking to thousands of them. (Click here for times and channels in your area).

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Two in particular that I learned from Nelson and want to share with you here are: “Learn to love your problems because they are the only thing that you are guaranteed to have every day.” And, “There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.”

Enjoy the episode and go that extra mile.

Barry

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Using Wisdom in the Battle of Misinformation

Misinformation has been a fixture of human life for thousands of years. The unique problem we face today is that misinformation has proliferated. 

Daniel LevitinWeaponized Lies 

There is only one way to battle “Weaponized Lies” and the proliferation of misinformation. The solution is wisdom. Wisdom goes beyond knowledge, information and education. In fact, those that spread misinformation are almost always knowledgeable, informed and educated. It is how they are able to manipulate through misinformation in the first place.

Although good education and true factual information can lead to knowledge, wisdom resides in its own pantheon. It is the apex of what we need in order to thrive. It is the tool required to take education, information and knowledge and turn it into a weapon against all the muck and mire thrown at us on a daily basis from so many arenas.

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Wisdom is our ability to have a deeper understanding of our world and a greater appreciation for the role we play in it. As my dear friend Wayne describes it: “Knowledge is respected. Wisdom is revered.”

In my conversation with Dr. Levitin about his book, Weaponized Lies, we probe deeply into the wisdom required to develop the critical thinking needed in our modern era. Airing this week on most of our PBS stations we discuss a number of issues from false statistics to deceptive illustrations to outright manipulation of facts. (Click here for times and channels in your area).

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As Dr. Levitin states: “We—each of us—need to think critically and carefully about the numbers and words we encounter if we want to be successful at work, at play, and in making the most of our lives.”

Enjoy the episode and I hope you are having a wonderful Passover and Easter Holiday,

Barry

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Going it Alone!

Dr. John Izzo has been a past guest on Between the Lines and I was looking forward to discussing his latest book, The Five Thieves of Happiness, with him on this week’s episode.

However, the day before the episode John called to let me know he had a situation that would make him miss the taping.  He’s coming back on the show at a later date, but due to our new HD episodes I had to deliver a certain number of fresh shows before putting any reruns on the air.

Due to the situation I attempted something I have never done before – an episode without a guest – an episode with just me and my take on John’s book. (Click here to see where and when in your home town this experiment takes place)

Even after viewing it I cannot be sure it worked. That’s something you will decide. This is not a new direction for Between the Lines. However, I must admit, I did have fun doing it and I would love to know what you think.

Please be kind and have a great week,

Barry

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The Bird that Flew it’s Own Way

I’m in awe of all the roads and detours it took for me to get here, almost as if, without knowing it.

– Tippi Hedren – Tippi: A Memoir 

Tippi Hedren was discovered by Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma. As a young Hollywood ingénue she beat out some of the most well known actresses to star in Hitchcock’s The Birds. Tippi then followed that up with another much sought after role, in another Hitchcock film, Marnie. 

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But then the ground shifted and Tippi found more detours then one could imagine. How she deals with it all is what makes our conversation, airing this week on most of our PBS stations, so relatable. (Click here to see where and when in your town)

Tippi’s values trumped fame and fortune. And in an era when women’s rights were just beginning to bloom, as a single mom to her daughter Melanie Griffith, Tippi would not let the casting couch be her way to the top. Her idealism and never give up attitude sets an example for all to follow.

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And at 87 years old, which you will find hard to believe when you see her, she is not only still going strong, but is more involved in life and all its riches than ever before. (She brags about her age and wanted me to mention it.)

Prepare yourself for an episode that will amaze and inspire anyone at any age.

Enjoy,

Barry

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Misery Loves Company

We all have existential pain. Things that hurt us, that reveal our vulnerabilities to us… That’s what makes us broken. The good news is we are all broken so we can have something to share with each other. 

Dennis Palumbo

Our pain bonds us more than our joy. At first that seems like a depressing notion, but it is the human trait that allowed us not only to survive but thrive. The reason is we all relate to the struggle of life, it is happiness that often escapes us. And the first thing we realized, even in pre-historic times, was that we were much more capable of dealing with life when we slogged through it together.

Yet, the great dichotomy is that when we are in pain, until we realize it, we cocoon ourselves. We close ourselves off waiting for something to break us out of our malaise. Then, to add to our misery, we wallow in it while waiting. No wonder Tom Petty wrote these words: “The waiting is the hardest part.”

Now, don’t you wish I had the perfect answer to this dilemma? I know I do. However, it is above my pay grade. But it is not above the pay grade of my guest this week, Dr. Dennis Palumbo (CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT WHEN THE EPISODE AIRS IN YOUR HOME TOWN).

Our conversation follows two paths. One is from his latest mystery, Phantom Limb, the other is through his work as one of the preeminent physiologists who deals with issues of creativity on a variety of levels and in a variety of fields.

So, if you’re feeling even just a little broken, the good news is you’ll have something to share with the two of us.

Enjoy,

Barry

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Dance with Me to Mars

Few things in space exploration are simple, and often any questions answered, end up prompting even more. 

Rod PyleMars: Making Contact

The above quote by my guest this week, NASA historian Rod Pyle, sums up my own experience when it comes to thinking about the cosmos. I find myself with more questions the deeper I probe, but what I find fascinating is that the questions are not only what our role is in it all, but what its role in us is.

Another thing I ponder is the role of ART amongst the science of space exploration. From Copernicus to Newton and from Einstein to Hawking, all at one time or another used artistic visual conceptions to come up with their mathematical, scientific theories,

For a while our education systems we were focusing on what is known as the STEM curriculum. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. But now educators are adding a big “A” into the mix, for the Arts. So, within just a couple of years it went from STEM to STEAM as the acronym guiding teachers and course selection.

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Plus, when you see some of the magnificent photos from the book, that also appear during our conversation, it often is the beauty of it all that drives humankind to exploration in the first place. Even actual funding for NASA often depends on the beautiful imagery captured during missions in space and in particular on Mars.

But will an astronaut soon take another “giant leap for mankind?” To paraphrase Rod, there is something poetic that mankind and only mankind can bring to the equation.

Enjoy the episode and Happy St. Patty’s Day,

Barry

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The Art and Philosophy of a Video Game Designer

Worldwide, video game sales are over 100 Billion dollars a year. It is time to give some serious thought to the art, philosophy, and business of this booming industry.

Having two sons who both love gaming, along with a host of friends and family members, I began to notice how the games not only stimulate the players, but had an effect on me as someone watching them play. What truly jumped out the most as a viewer was that the creators of these games must be some of the most talented and versatile artists of our time.

And I had the opportunity to have one of the great game designers on the upcoming episode. His name is Mackey McCandlish of Respawn Entertainment, a division of Electronic Arts, one of the largest gaming companies.

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Our conversation delves deep into all aspects from both the designer’s perspective as well as the players. The focus is on a recent game that Mackey played a major role in designing, Titanfall 2. His astute awareness of all areas that comprise making the game allowed us to explore the technology itself, along with the underpinning philosophies that go into creating this elaborate process. And, as Mackey would be the first to state, it takes a team of hundreds that include, artists, engineers, software designers, philosophers, historians and many others to make the experience engaging and enriching.

Enjoy the episode,

Barry

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