More of the same insanity. Only bigger.

It’s insane to work two jobs and have full-time training. You’re an inspiration.

When I had set out to launch Purpose, being an inspiration was the last on my mind. Instead what occupied it was the desire to create cycling jerseys that were great to wear, yet does not cost a bomb on the pocket. “These are cycling jerseys, why would I pay 300 dollars to wear something I’d sweat in” I remember often saying.

Did I take on too much? Did I have too lofty of a goal? What’s there to lose, right?

Actually. Quite a lot. For most of the time since Purpose started, I had pumped my own money into Purpose. Developing the original kits. These got copied. And I had to spend months spend after that looking for better, more reputable manufacturer.

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Dark Patterns: How User Interfaces Trick Us Into Decisions We Didn’t Really Make

What are dark patterns and how much of it is present into our daily digital activities? How much do the decisions we make are based on our own choices and how much are influenced by what we see? Did we really buy into that item or were we somehow coerced into it?

Watch this video and learn how online experiences and user interface designs are intentionally designed to make use of our natural cognitive biases to influence us into making decisions we wouldn’t have naturally made.

Some cases are good; others however, a little tricky. Nonetheless, it’s hard to deny that patterns are a powerful influence in our everyday task.

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Art of the Discussion: Everybody Believes They’re The Good Guy – YouTube

Watch this video for some truly wonderful insight about listening and understanding different point of views. As humans, our opinions are shaped by experiences and surroundings. We come in, usually very strongly with our own way of thinking. Sometimes forgetting that others have their own, usually different beliefs.

Viewpoints can fall into the trap of oversimplification. The only real way to get them to see your views is to listen to theirs. When you do, you will find that their values are often very similar to yours.

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Online Companies Have Created a “Meaningless Economy” | Big Think

We are now in an economy of ‘likes’. Growth Hacking means that business no longer depend on the value of traditional economic exchanges but instead on selling of user data. What happens to the real economy when all business become an advertising business and nothing real get sold but likes and shares?

Companies like Facebook no longer depend on traditional economic exchanges to turn profit, so what does this mean for the consumer? When we’re not paying money, we’re paying in other ways, says Douglas Rushkoff.

Source: Online Companies Like Facebook Have Created a “Meaningless Economy” | Big Think