“The good in the world isn’t just my hallucinogenic optimism. It’s science.”—Biz Stone again
Remember Snuffles the dog from Quickdraw McGraw? Every time, he was given a doggie treat, he’d float up into the air. That was me yesterday, blogging about Biz Stone’s new book, Things a Little Bird Told Me.
It was such a treat to learn that the co-founder of Twitter practices the art of imagining what he wants, that he knows focusing upon “the new” brings it into existence that I was floating around like Snuffles. As I mentioned yesterday, Stone was able to get a dream job at Google and launch Twitter by following his joy and E-Squaring his desires.
Because I was so twitterpated to find a fellow optimist, I forgot to mention three other things I adore about this 40-year-old game-changer.
1. He knows money doesn’t make a person happy. Sure, he’s now worth $250 million, but he and his wife Livia live simply and give most of their money away. “Our version of a Lamborghini is that we give a lot to help others,” he says
2. He hired a corporate social responsibility employee before he hired his first salesperson.
3. He envisions a radically different business model. Rather than profit being the end-all-be-all, his mission for any business includes the following three prongs. First and foremost, it should make a meaningful impact. Secondly, anyone who gets involved (ie. is employed at said business) should LOVE what they are doing and thirdly, it should generate strong revenues. That’s the THIRD priority.
He also knows how to turn failure into “the best thing that ever happened” and that together, we as a motley bunch of optimists, can change the world.
Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the soon-to-be-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.