What do TED, The Domino Project and anti-aging eye serum have in common? Bees.

February 5, 2011 9 Comments by maya

You’re not supposed to admit you favor one piece of your published work over the rest. My favorite is QuotesDaddy. Why? Because it’s the only one I built for me. I wanted to find, save, tag, share, contribute and show off all my favorite quotes. Nothing out there came close. One night, working on an upcoming lecture, I decided to co-grow my own. And today, more than two years after parting from ownership of it, I still use it. Almost daily. Last night, for example, I watched The Bee Movie, noticed a quote I liked, added it to QuotesDaddy, and now I can share it with you:

The utter bliss of products that do exactly what you want

You know the feeling of engaging with someone or something that’s in complete alignment with your values and beliefs? That speaks your dialect? That vibrates on the same frequency with you? Times of utter bliss! My life is spent looking for them in companies, technologies, people, ideas, movies, books, whatever. And when I find one, I suck it’s sweet nectar and I evangelize. I spread the word, flower to flower, so ‘my favorite‘ lives on to become a sustainable source of bliss.

Evangelism is driven by pure selfishness

Dr. Hauschka is a rare cosmetics company that’s powered by compassion, rather than driven by greed. It’s also the only cruelty free, chemical free, all-natural product my husband likes the smell of. It’s pricy though, which makes me fear for it’s survival in a competitive cosmetics market. So I tell everyone I know about it, hoping they too find the bliss worth the money.

Products that thrill me are harder to make and impossible to fake. They take true passion, offer exquisite user experience and practice what they preach in every feature. They shake the status quo, take a stand, earn enemies. Without a hive of busy fans keeping them alive, they can’t make it.

I like going to TED. That’s why I share TED Talks and organize TEDx events.

I also like books that offer exceptionally high quality ideas, created with total disregard for what bookstores and middlemen want. I like ideas packaged with urgency in mind and delivered tightly, not a word wasted, no filler. And I want to be able to read them on my Kindle, iPad or iMac, listen to them on my iTunes or my iPhone, and be able to afford getting one as a gift for all my close friends.

Seth Godin‘s, powered-by-Amazon, disruptive Domino Project, pledges to publish just these kind of books. That’s why I recently joined The Domino Project Street Team.

Poke The Box, the first title of the project, is not even out yet, and its pre-orders drive such a powerful domino effect, it’s already in Amazon’s 100 top bestsellers.

In the coming months, I’ll share with you more from the behind the scenes of the project and insider news of what’s coming. I hope you like the books too, because I really want to see more published.


I took advantage of the snowy weather for a much needed facelift. Welcome to my new website. You can now get my blog updates to your email, on facebook, via twitter or RSS.


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