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The Fine Line Between Culture and Cult

August 10, 2016 2 Comments

 

Originals by Adam Grant

Originals by Adam Grant

I am listening to the book Originals by Adam Grant.  This audio book is the second of my free treats in the 3 month Audible subscription I have initiated.  I am employing Alexa in the Echo to read the book to me at home.  When I go to the gym I switch to the iPod or iPad for a workout.  The system knows how to bookmark my last page and start in that spot without a hitch.  This is fun for now, but I don’t see myself keeping the membership for the extra $15 a month.  You still have to purchase the audio books beyond that basic dues payment.  I like it as a temporary novelty, but I still have some of my favorite books on audio CD, which is the only way I can listen in my car.

I love the theory as well as the writing in this book.  The way originality develops and makes change possible in the world is a subject this author has studied from many perspectives.  His many concrete examples of entrepreneurs who both fail and succeed to execute meaningful change help the reader understand how power and status quo operate.  The common beliefs that great risk and speed are the keys to cultural change are disproven with real stories.  Procrastination may well be the innovator’s best friend.  By waiting for the first line to fail in various ways, the second line is an a much better position to correct mistakes while proving the need for the same innovations.  “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives, and in his own household.” Mark 6:4

Birth order and other lifestyle factors are studied as possible catalysts for becoming a meaningful leader.  Groupthink is the enemy of originality.  When non-conformists are able to use influence to create a change in culture, in business or in politics, it is because the original has learned to open a cultural mentality, destroying the myth of the cult.  Even in our fast-changing world with innovation running  copiously toward individualization status quo is still the strongest force.

Good Bye (not a good buy) Apple Music

October 9, 2015 4 Comments

Apple Music

Apple Music

I have just been informed that my free account has been closed by Apple Music. I am not very upset to learn this news. I have enjoyed using the streaming music service for the last three months, but determined that for me it is not worth $10 a month to keep it. I already have Amazon streaming music because I am a Prime customer. It serves my needs and then some. I don’t need every song on earth in my library. I just like to have variety and ease of use, which both these systems have.  I did learn more about how to use streaming music and it now enhances my use of the Amazon system.  Here are the discoveries I made during my free subscription:

  • I like playlists with themes- I find new artists and remember old favorites by listening to playlists created by others
  • I have a wider taste in music than I thought I did- I found some country,  and hip hop artists I enjoy.  Exploring jazz and world music can lead to many exciting new tunes I find pleasurable.  Dance beats come in every flavor and size.
  • Shuffle still does it for me- I use the service for walks and workouts.  If I don’t want a certain song I skip it and go to the next selection.  The random mix keeps me interested without needing much attention from me.
  • Apple radio stations are still available to me, and they tend to be very well curated.  There are short ads, but they have to be creative and funny to keep the listener from disconnecting.  I will use the radio feature in the future.

Do you use streaming music services, gentle reader?  Have you decided to pay for any of them?  If you are a Prime member at Amazon I hope you will download the Amazon music app and enjoy your perks.

Amazon Prime Music

Amazon Prime Music

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