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Posts Tagged ‘#GetLit to SXSWedu17’

Et Tu, SXSW?

Monday, October 17th, 2016

screen-shot-2016-10-17-at-6-26-26-pmToday, I was rejected for the second time by SXSW2017.  Both panel pickers (the other rejection came a while ago for SXSWedu) were a big fat NO from the organizers for next spring’s big shin dig in Austin.  Considering thousands of panelpickers were submitted for consideration and only hundreds were selected, the panels were kind of running against crazy odds in the first place–but for me, this was a bucket-list item.

But that’s not why I’m writing this post–to share yet another of my fails in a big and ever-growing pile (trust me, there are many, MANY to choose from!)

I’m writing this post to ask you–when was the last time you failed? Like massive, epic, public, defcon-level-1 failure?  My fails this year have been big in scale and proportion.  These 2 are tiny compared to other whoppers I’ve made this year–some I’ve shared, some I have not. (Yet.)

My point: if you’re aren’t failing big, you’re not taking enough risk in your life.  You’re not growing, and you’re not pushing yourself enough.  Those who ultimately achieve big great hairy audacious things keep pushing, moving forward, failing, experimenting more, and trying again.  I know in the realms where I was professionally educated–law and pharmacy–we’re trained that failure is something to be shunned and avoided at all costs, because failure in these realms can mean big, bad things like death and/or incarceration.

On the other hand, if you keep succeeding and never face failure, what are you going to do when it DOES finally arrive? (Oh, and it will. Guaranteed.)

I’m not afraid of failure.  What I am afraid of is not trying…and most worrisome of all: regret.

So, celebrate that next big fat fail!  If you’re failing, you’re trying and pushing yourself.  Go on with your bad self, you rockstar, you!

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P.S. If you were kind enough to vote, share and tweet about this and the other panel picker over at SXSWedu earlier this year, THANK YOU for your support during our panelpicker voting!  We could not have gotten this far without your support!!!!

The Final Countdown on SXSW: We NEED YOUR VOTE!

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 7.35.32 PMIt’s the final week for @SXSW 2017 #panelpicker voting – and I need ALL HANDS ON DECK here….!  If you voted for our 2 panel pickers, THANK YOU!  If not, I need you to please drop what you’re doing RIGHT NOW and go vote thumbs up for the two following panel pickers:

http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/60048

and

http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/59975

And, OK, I’ll give you my own David Letterman top 10 list for reasons why you SHOULD vote for our two panel pickers on or before 9/2/16 – ready?

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Vote for these 2 Panel Pickers before 9/2/16:

10. Because we can get more adults interested in STEM at SX, which in turn can get more kids interested in STEM.

9. We could see a teleporter, a flying hovercraft in our lifetimes.

8. We can help teach other teachers how to help students learn how to write and publish books, so there will be even more and better books out there to help educate the next generation on public health topics.

7. Because I said so. (OK, that’s playing a parent card, I know, but I’m running out of reasons.)

6. Because = more STEM pros = more drones, and the possibility of never, ever having to step into another grocery or retail store again. Ever.

5. Because personalized medicine, and only having to have one pill that contains everything we ever need in one dose, courtesy of a future STEM superstar.

4. Because personalized chemotherapy, and only having the chemo target the tumor cells, not making a cancer patient sick or lose their hair via a STEM superstar who invents and hones targeted chemotherapy for the cancer cells only.

3. Because aerospace, and discovering the final frontier and if we are not alone in the universe.

2. Because solar energy, water preservation and cleanliness can both be waaaay better.

1. Because we can always, always improve the world in which we live.