7 Ways to Grow with Self-Education
Jul08

7 Ways to Grow with Self-Education

“If a man empties his purse into his head no man can take it from him. An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin   Self-Education: It is something invaluable and we all take it for granted from time to time. I truly believe you have to be motivated by an ultimate goal in order to sustain consistent personal growth. Find that goal and instill everyday in your head, how can I become a better person, mentally, physically, spiritually, etc.? Many think that they aren’t in school anymore or they become so comfortable with where they are, that they believe they have reached a ceiling. Anyhow, that is not the case, knowledge can be attained outside of a classroom. Some even find that they flourish much more this way, compared to a classroom setting. Self-education can come in many ways whether it is in school, internet, books or your own experience. I highly encourage everyone to find a way to make self-education a good habit, the following are ways I have tested my limits or ideas I plan on doing in the future.   7 Ways to Grow with Self-Education   Stay In Sometimes you need that every once in awhile. I think a majority of people go through a phase where they go out every week and do things they regret in the morning. I believe it is called “college”. It is so crucial that you know when to leave that phase, if you don’t I like to call those people professional partiers. Some professional partiers can thrive and achieve many things and I applaud those because it is extremely difficult for me. Everybody is different, that is the special thing about this. There is so much information out there to learn. To clarify, I am not telling you not to go out anymore because you might meet some of the coolest people by doing so or have the best memories if you hadn’t. Nonetheless, you’ll find the next morning you feel good about yourself and ready to take on whatever is in store for that day.   Attempt to Learn a Language Download Duolingo, Rosetta Stone, whatever language learning software it is, before you know you will find yourself addicted to it, if you truly are committed to learning another language. Even if you just learn a few words or sentences it is better than nothing. You never know when you can spark up a conversation with a foreigner or even connect with somebody by simply saying one or two words in something other than English. Do what ever it takes, heck go to...

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Ready or Not, Self-Driving Cars are Here to Stay
Jul03

Ready or Not, Self-Driving Cars are Here to Stay

I feel like the past two years (2014-15) have been an ode to the blockbuster hit “Back to the Future.” Blogs, websites, and people alike are constantly bringing up what crazy inventions we should have based on Hollywood’s expectations. If we were living in the Back to the Future I & II universe, we would have things like self-tying shoes, self-walking dogs, and 19 “Jaws” movies. Even though we’re lacking Pepsi Perfect and the Lexus’ version of a hoverboard seems to be a bust, there is one thing that is actually happening that is even better than a flying vehicle: a self-driving car, brought to you by Google. “A self-driving car? Yeah, right. That’s crazy,” may be some of the things that are flowing through your mind. It is crazy, and it’s awesome. Although it has been in the works since 2009, Google first introduced the concept to the outside world in December of 2014. The world and the Internet blew up discussing this idea, but no one really took it seriously. Well, it’s about time to because Google has released these bad boys onto the roads in Mountain View, California. Yes, real roads! Although the self-driving cars are fresh out of the garage and onto the roadways, the “training wheels” are still on. The vehicles are still equipped with a steering wheel, accelerator pedal and brake pedal, and a qualified driver will be there to take over if things go awry. The cars drive conservatively, with a speed that taps out at 25 miles per hour. However, higher speeds are being tested back at Google’s headquarters. To remain cautious, they pause 1.5 seconds after a stoplight turns green since, statistically, several accidents happen during that crucial time. However, there have been some hiccups in the process of getting these guys onto the street. The Google cars have been in a couple accidents, luckily they were either idle or moving at less than 5 miles per hour. We must remember that they’re still prototypes after all! Yet, the biggest obstacle the Google car creators have faced are us, humans. People refuse to get behind the idea of a car that they aren’t in control of. Maybe we hate the idea because the human race likes to be in control, or maybe it’s the innate fear that is instilled in us of putting our lives into the hands of computers. Whatever the reason may be, we are going to have to accept that this is the most ground-breaking invention since the Internet. Self-driving cars, as stated, are run by computers. Computers don’t make mistakes. But, humans do. Whether it’s because of a drunk driver or someone who is texting, nearly 1.3 million...

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Three Ways to Use Good.Co
Jul01

Three Ways to Use Good.Co

Being a recent college grad, I did my fair share of job searching. It went something like this: I would log onto LinkedIn, or a another job listing site, then, after a few clicks and filling out a couple of application questions, I was finished. By the time I finished the application, I could easily tell if I was qualified for the position or not. However, was I a right fit for with the company? I wouldn’t know until a couple of weeks after starting my job. But, what if it were possible to know beforehand? Once dubbed as the love child between eHarmony and LinkedIn, Good.Co provides users who are employed, unemployed, or soon to be employed a chance to establish their strengths, what type of employee they are, as well as where they will fit best in certain companies and more. Eventually, Good.Co helps answer my question, “Am I a right fit for this company?” Good.Co was founded in 2012 but has only been around in the mobile app realm for almost a year now. Overall, Good.Co has an awesome user experience. It is very easy to move through the app. After signing up with LinkedIn, Google+, or Facebook, it knows all of your basic information and the rest is just a swipe of the screen. Here are three ways you can use Good.Co for: Deeper insights into your work personality There are a total of 16 archetypes which are designed by professional psychologists, including Kerry Schofield. After finishing an 18-question personality quiz, you are assigned with three of those archetypes that best suit you. You quickly discover other things that are incredibly accurate about yourself, insinuating that this is pretty legit. Once you figure out your archetype, Good.Co offers career tips and ways to communicate based on your style. Below are the type of insights Good.Co offers:                   Which companies fit you best See how well you match up with various companies! As of right now Good.Co is still in its early stages and only have mid-size to larger companies in their database. However, it is still interesting to see how your results matchup with company cultures. For example, it would not be a bad idea to try my luck with a company like Starbucks.     How well you fit with coworkers A unique feature on this app is being able to see how well you would fit in with a future or current co-worker. Match two people and see whether or not you would mesh well together. As long as you are Google+ or Facebook friends you are able to quiz anyone....

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Lexus Hoverboard is Awesome, Still Disappoints
Jun29

Lexus Hoverboard is Awesome, Still Disappoints

We are now well into the year 2015, the year to which Marty McFly travelled in the science fiction blockbuster Back to the Future Part II. Companies have been increasingly cashing in on the Back to the Future franchise as October 21 (the exact day Marty McFly came to 2015) approaches. The latest company to join in the fun is the luxury automobile brand Lexus. As part of the company’s “Amazing in Motion” campaign, they have announced the development of their own Lexus hoverboard. http://alwayscurrent.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/lexus_hoverboard_slide_film_high_mov_20bdf6e18bca2a839ab64d1e4d409ec32fe74e60_low.mp4   Looks pretty sweet, right? There’s a catch. It only works in a controlled environment. The concrete that Lexus Hoverboard levitates over in the  video has magnets beneath it. I find this revelation disappointing in a few ways. The first is that Lexus is making a huge deal of what is essentially a middle school science project on steroids. The actor never even puts all his weight on the Lexus hoverboard! They’ve even trying to make #LexusHover a thing. I think the people excited about this thing clearly skipped the part of the press release that says it doesn’t work and it’s not for sale. The second disappointment is not on the part of Lexus, but on civilization’s development of technology as a whole. We’ve figured out smartphones and iPads, so how have we not created a functioning hoverboard yet? Based on our willingness to believe Tony Hawk’s hoverboard prank of 2014, there is clearly a demand for the invention. Don’t get me wrong, I still think the Lexus Hoverboard looks awesome. I want to ride a hoverboard just as badly as anyone. The hoverboard in the movie is made by Mattel and looks to be made for small children – Sidenote: you can get your very own non-functioning Mattel hoverboard just like in the movie for around $450. The Lexus’ hoverboard is certainly an upgrade from that. So even though I’m let down that I can’t get my own, I suppose a working hoverboard can now be lightly penciled onto the list of correct 2015 predictions made by the Back to the Future II writers. For more Back to the Future fun, check out this list of hilariously wrong and shockingly spot-on predictions made by the writers of the movie....

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Go to Infinity and Beyond with Your Content Marketing, Thanks to Pixar
Jun26

Go to Infinity and Beyond with Your Content Marketing, Thanks to Pixar

Pixar has been a big part of my life for a long time. I never got hung up on Disney princesses or My Little Pony, instead I was always waiting for the next Disney/Pixar movie to come out. As I grew older, my love for animation and creativity never faded. I am proud to say that I have seen every Pixar film including “Inside Out,” Pixar’s newest film, that was released last Friday. When I was younger, I was in complete awe with each movie that was debuted.  The raw imagination and creativity they bestowed was astounding. As I grew older, I realized that they kept getting better. I’m an emotional person, but the stories and characters Pixar creates leaves me an emotional train wreck (don’t tell me you didn’t cry when Woody and the gang almost burned to death in the incinerator). Being 21, I am still in complete awe with Pixar, specifically how they have marketed themselves as the best storytellers of all time. Being a content marketer myself, I think we can all learn a thing or two from Pixar’s marketing and storytelling. Never forget where you started. Pixar is famous for the Easter eggs that they drop in their films. There are even theories that say all of the films take place in one universe, especially when the luxo ball and Pizza Planet truck show up in every film. More importantly, the combination of A113, which is actually the number of the animation classroom at the California Institute of the Arts where many Pixar employees start their animation career. They drop these clues to entertain the audience, but more importantly to remind themselves where they came from. Be proud of your brand’s history, and remind yourself that you’re lucky to be there. Furthermore, it assures your readers that you take pride in being apart of your company’s culture. You may not be able to hide rubber balls and codes in your writing, but you can tip your hat to the past with a few sentences. Keep it simple for the viewer, or reader. Emma Coats, a former storyboard artist at Pixar, tweeted some knowledge that she picked up at Pixar: “Once upon a time there was _. Every day, _. One day _. Because of that, _. Because of that, _. Until finally _.” This is Pixar’s guideline for each film. The movie may be elaborate, but at the end of the day it can be summarized in a couple of sentences. Use this model for “Up”. Once upon a time there was a couple in love. Every day, they promised they would go on an adventure. One day, the wife died. Because of that, the...

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Meet Shuddle, the Third Parent
Jun24

Meet Shuddle, the Third Parent

Shuddle is a new startup company who is breaking into the transportation industry, but for kids. Yes, you heard it right. Kids! It is crazy to think a couple years ago parents would hire their local nanny or babysitter to give their own kids rides to soccer games, school, a friends house, etc. Nowadays, with parents being so busy there is a growing niche that startups can cater to. A niche that lets their kids be driven by total strangers but it allows for kids to order up a ride whenever they want. However, parents must approve the request and are able to get notifications whenever a child reaches the destination and see where exactly the car is while on its route to the desired destination all on the app. Shuddle gives kids freedom like never before while parents still feel responsible as well since they have to accept their kids request. You might be wondering, who is Shuddle targeting? Well, they haven’t publicly said but I would imagine kids who know how to use a smartphone, which nowadays is any kid who can talk and walk. Considering Shuddle’s Instagram it looks like we might have a clue who exactly their target market might be. Take a look at the Shuddle app it has glowing features and appears to run very smoothly for all parties. The following is a basic 5 step process on how Shuddle works: Shuddle charges a monthly fee of $9 to subscribe. Parents pay by having a card on the app and the price of a ride is based on mileage and time. An estimation is given when a ride is requested, which is neat for the parents that way they aren’t paying an unexpected fee. In an article by Ingrid Lunden at TechCrunch, Ingrid describes how Shuddle recently acquired newly backed investments from a combination of venture capitalists and angel investors earlier this year, it will be interesting to see what Shuddle does in the foreseeable future. For now, all we can do is wait to see how far Shuddle goes with this project. Shuddle has been operating in Silicon Valley in the Bay Area since October but has yet to expand and venture to other locations.  I think it has loads of potential to succeed; hopefully it can make its way to Omaha by the time I am in my 40’s with kids. People have kids that age...

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