Monthly Archives: June 2017

If I Fail More Than You, I Win!

I came across this quote from Seth Godin recently and I have been thinking about what it means in education.  You need to take chances and get out of your comfort zone to accomplish great things.

Consider the following…

Steve Jobs created more terrible technology than me – he wins!

Oprah Winfrey has asked more stupid interview questions than me – she wins!

LeBron James has missed more game winning shots than me – he wins!

Schools were set-up for the industrial revolution.  Do this activity, get it perfect, move on to the next task.  However, the jobs that our students will have in the future will not require them to do things this way.  Computers will do that work for us.  The new “connection economy” will reward the “artists”, the people who can come up with new ideas and make connections.  That kind of work requires that people will fail in order to really achieve the success they pursue.

Another way to think about this is a student gets an A on every assignment, in every course through school. They graduate and write their first blog post or create their first video and people say it is terrible they will not be able to deal with this failure. We need to teach them that it is okay to fail and provide opportunities for them to step outside of their comfort zones to do so.

Seth Godin – The Connection Economy

I love this quote from Seth Godin…

“The connection economy rewards little things, little connections, little followings.  So that if a programmer has 2000 people who read her blog and she is good, she does not need her job/company because if she is laid off she will have ten job offers tomorrow because she is connected and she has people who trust her.  One by one as people build these webs of connection and trust the guys on top have way less power than they used to.  Hence the people at the top have little power and it forces them to innovate.  We have seen this in the music industry, YouTube TV. etc.” (Seth Godin – Marketing Expert, The Connection Economy YouTube Video)

This is the new economy and speaks to the importance of blogging, making connections and making a difference in other peoples lives.  The industrial age, where jobs were broken down into small tasks so workers could be easily replaced, is finished.  Computers do those jobs now.  It is important to be creative and to do work that others cannot do.  You have the opportunity to “pick yourself” to do a job rather than waiting for some gatekeeper to allow you.  The internet allows you to reach your “tribe” of people.  If you have an amazing talent, show it off to the world.

PDF to Google Doc Conversion

• You can now convert a PDF to a Google Doc right in Google Drive in order to make changes to the document
• The file conversion is good for simple small PDFs but bad for large PDFs with images, tables and other complex formatting
• The following guide shows you how to upload PDFs into Google Drive and convert them using step-by-step instructions and screenshots

PDF to Google Doc Conversion Guide