I traveled from Oklahoma to Virginia today via Houston and Washington, DC.
The travel schedule permitted me some useful reading time, which I primarily spent in Seth Godin's new book, Linchpin.
While I have yet to complete the book, it has already been fascinating.
Some thoughts on education:
The launch of universal (public and free) education was a profound change in the way our society works, and it was a deliberate attempt to transform our culture. And it worked. We trained millions of factory workers. — page 41
Being good at school is a fine skill if you intend to do school forever. For the rest of us, being good at school is a little like being good at Frisbee. It's nice, but it's not relevant unless your career involves homework assignments, looking through textbooks for answers that are already known to your supervisors, complying with instructions and then, in high-pressure settings, regurgitating those facts with limited processing on your part. — page 47
The new résumé, on page 73:
The only way to prove (as opposed to assert) that you are an indispensable linchpin—someone worth recruiting, moving to the top of the pile, and hiring—is to show, not tell. Projects are the new résumés.
If your Google search isn't what you want (need) it to be, then change it.
Change it through your actions and connections and generosity. Change it by so over-delivering that people post about you. Change it by creating a blog that is so insightful about your area of expertise that others refer to it. And change it by helping other people online.
Selling yourself short, on page 87:
The moment you are willing to sell your time for money is the moment you cease to be the artist you're capable of being.
When a day's work does not equal a day's pay, that means that at the end of the day, a bond is built. A gift is given and received, and people are drawn closer, not insulated from each other.