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Bill Van Loan
Los Angeles, United States
Communications Strategist with a Photographic Memory
Interests: helping others, art, comedy, plays, pilates, exercise, promoting creative people, win-win relationships, piano concerts, humanitarian work and promoting women in leadership is a passion of mine...
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There's the hustle of always asking, of putting yourself out there, of looking for discounts, shortcuts and a faster way. This is the hustle of it it doesn't hurt to ask, of what you don't know won't hurt you, of the ends justifying the means. This hustler propositions, pitches and works at all times to close a sale, right now. This kind of hustler always wants more for less. This kind of hustler will cut corners if it helps in getting picked. Then there's the hustle that's actually quite difficult and effective. This is the hustle of being more generous... Continue reading
“Breathe. You're going to be okay. Breathe and remember that you’ve been in this place before. You’ve been this uncomfortable and anxious and scared, and you've survived. via Continue reading
"You will get there when you're meant to get there, and not one moment relax, breathe, and be patient." "Breathe" — ANIMA!"All We Do" — Oh Wonder"Master Pretender" — First Aid Kit"Time"�— Ren"Wild Ones" — Bahari"Crazy in Love" (Cover) — Sofia Karlburg"Golden" — Michelle Chamuel"Coyotes"�— Modest Mouse"Cigarette Daydreams" — Cage the Elephant"Hero" — Family of the Year"Back to Me"�— RY"Make Believe"�— Sleepy Tea� via Continue reading
Professionals are able to get their work done without using emotion to signify urgency. When a surgeon asks the nurse for a scalpel, she doesn't have to raise her voice, stamp her foot or even make a face. She merely asks. When a pilot hits a tough spot, he's not supposed to start yelling at air traffic control. He describes the situation and gets the help he needs. via Continue reading
By Jamie Zunick Long road trips are the best part of my life. I have traveled cross-country through America many times. As a single woman traveling alone, I've learned how to take care of myself so that the journey can be pleasant and enjoyable. This list contains my suggestions for anyone who enjoys solitary journeys. via Continue reading
Tribes build sideways. And the connection economy depends on that simple truth. If you care about something, you must not wait for someone in charge to organize everyone else who cares about it. I'm not sure if Timothy Leary understood the urgency of his words. Today, when it's easier and faster to connect people who are waiting to be connected, inaction is the same thing as opposition. Ten by ten by ten is a thousand. Do it twice and you're at a million. via Continue reading
Today is as good as any to read this essential essay about action and justice. [Audio fans might want to check out this 2015 group reading of the letter, organized by Willie Jackson.] And now, Acumen is offering a free small-group course/discussion about the letter. All you need to do is find two or three colleagues and sign up here. "But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word 'tension'." "Wait" has almost always meant 'Never'." Taking action is a choice. Speaking up is a choice. And yes, standing on the sidelines is a choice. via Continue reading
Stretching not only feels good but will have lasting results.� We've learned that doing dynamic stretching is good before a work-out and sustained stretching is good post work-out.� You may not specifically work the neck but your neck gets hit doing many other muscle groups.� Some weight lifters do a neck routine but that's subject for another blog. The bottom line is that we want to stretch before to loosen up and increase mobility and after to lengthen the muscle and maintain mobility.� You see, when a muscle gets shortened and tightened it will cause an imbalance.� Not only that,... Continue reading
FORGIVENESS IS�a difficult area for most of us. We all need to do forgiveness work. Anyone who has a problem with loving themselves is stuck in this area. Forgiveness opens our hearts to self-love. Many of us carry grudges for years and years. We feel self-righteous because of whatsomeone else�did to us. I call this being stuck in the prison of self-righteous resentment. We get to be right. We never get to be happy. I can hear you saying, “But you don’t know what they did to me; it’s unforgivable.” Being unwilling to forgive is a terrible thing to do... Continue reading
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. via Continue reading
What if you had a big blue phone on your desk, and whenever you needed to, you could pick it up and instantly be connected with a smart and caring tech support expert (from your internet provider, your web host, the airline you use the most...)? What are the chances you'd ever consider switching to a competitor that didn't offer similar service just to save a few bucks? The current model of big company support is to throw undervalued, undertrained, underpowered human beings at perplexed customers, frustrating and disrespecting them enough that they shrug and give up. via Continue reading
For that new video, or that new brochure, or anything you create that you're hoping will change minds (and spread): What's it for?� ��When it works, will we be able to tell? What's it supposed to do? Who is it for?� � What specific group or tribe or worldview is this designed to resonate with? via Continue reading
I have a friend who can always be counted on to have a great book recommendation handy. Another who can not only tell you the best available movie currently in theatres, but confidently stand behind his recommendations. And some people are eager to share a link to an article or idea that's worth reading. Most people, though, hesitate. "What if the other person doesn't like it..." via Continue reading
All relationships, whether they’re on an emotional, physical, mental, or spiritual level, are part of the never-ending learning process and enlightenment of the soul. No matter what category a relationship falls into (and I appreciate that there are many), it becomes a teaching tool, and with every new insight and lesson, your soul learns from these experiences and becomes stronger and richer. A relationship can also help you understand, change, or even enhance your own individual qualities. Every relationship, whether positive or negative, is an opportunity for�soul growth.�I truly believe there are lessons in each and every relationship you encounter... Continue reading
Winnie failed. Winnie Kao, who has been leading special projects over the last few months in my office, has something to share. You can check it out here. She's running a mutual support sprint to help people get on track (or back on track) with their habit of shipping. Here's how it works: Participants commit to posting 1 blog post every day for 7 days. The goal is to practice shipping with a like-minded community and to push yourself to simply start. via Continue reading
While most people spend most of their lives struggling to earn a living, a much smaller number seem to have everything going their way. Instead of just earning a living, the smaller group is busily working at building and enjoying a fortune. Everything just seems to work out for them. And here sits the much larger group, wondering how life can be so unfair, so complicated and unjust. What’s the major difference between the little group with so much and the larger group with so little? Despite all of the factors that affect our lives—like the kind of parents we... Continue reading
My first real job was making educational computer games--thirty years ago. In those days, we had to deal with floppy drives bursting into flame and hardware platforms that had a useful life of two years, not two decades. A lot has settled down, but there's a ton left to do. 1. I know you're not backing up often enough... no one does. But computers should be smart enough that you don't have to. I stopped backing up by using Dropbox instead. I keep every single data file in my dropbox, and it's automatically duplicated in the cloud, and then my... Continue reading
New life emerges not from strategy but from character.� Before realizing this, you might think that making plans, devising blueprints for your future or whatever, are the keys to the path ahead.� But our real keys to victory are internal.� Your state of doing must be matched by the state of your being, or the incongruity will sabotage even your most brilliant plans. It's been fascinating over the last few years, watching the high and mighty in business and politics fall precipitously--not because their plans didn't work, but because their character flaws undercut those plans.� Whether the microphone caught them... Continue reading
If you think your organization needs a bigger marketing budget, maybe you just need to be less average instead. via Continue reading
I've been thinking a lot lately about the stories we tell ourselves and how these stories manifest into realities. You might not consider yourself a storyteller in the conventional sense, but every day you tell yourself stories. A lot of these stories start off as facts and we add to them, creating fictional tales that we then take as truth and experience as reality.�This sounds a little abstract so let's look at an example... Let's say you have a difficult interaction with a colleague. This is a fact. You had an unpleasant interaction�— let's say it was a disagreement about... Continue reading
That thing you're launching: what if it fails to function? The challenge of doing something for a crowd in real time is that if it doesn't work, you're busted. You have no way to alert people, to spread out demand, to reprocess inquiries.� Batch processes gives you a fallback. If the first printing is a little off, you can fix it in the second (if the first printing is small enough). When you know the email address of the people you're dealing with, for example, you can easily reroute people and change expectations. If you know how to contact the... Continue reading
If each one of us who is reading this article would practice getting in touch with the treasures within us on a daily basis, we could literally change the world. People living the truth change the world. For the truth of our being is that we are filled with unconditional love. We are filled with incredible joy. We are filled with serene peace. We are connected to infinite wisdom. What we need to do is to know it and live it! Today we are mentally preparing for tomorrow. The thoughts we think, the words we speak, the beliefs we accept,... Continue reading
If you survey 10,000 of your customers by email and 200 reply, what will you learn from the responses? You will probably not get a statistically accurate presentation of how your customers feel. What you will get is an accurate understanding of how customers who answer email surveys feel. Two different things. People who vote are not always the same as people who answer surveys. People who post Yelp reviews are not the same as people who buy from you. Customers who complain are not the same as all customers. via Continue reading
Perhaps this is what your organization desires: To be more trusted, to have people willing to pay more, choose you more often, expect more... Of course, over time, good work will lead to higher expectations. And the paradox is that this will sooner or later lead to disappointment. Raised expectations tend to be exponential... they grow faster and faster. Raise expectations forever and even Superman is going to let us down. via Continue reading