James Lawrence, the “Iron Cowboy" spreads hope

Iron CowboyJames Lawrence, best known as the “Iron Cowboy", was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Married to Sunny who is the partner in their journey, is also a proud father of five wonderful kids: his daughters, Lucy, Lily, Daisy and Dolly, and his son, Quinn. On June 6, 2015, James attempted to complete 50 Ironman Triathlons in 50 consecutive days across all 50 U.S. States.

He trained knowing that he and his family would be moving from state to state and race to race in an RV, with little time to pick up or prepare meals along the way so he had to be sure his body was prepared to get through each race on “regular” food. He invited people in every state to join him on the last leg of the marathon, and most dinners and bike sandwiches were supplied by coordinators in each city. Lawrence didn’t have the luxury of relying on a highly specialized diet when so much of what he ate was out of his hands.

Augmenting Human Creativity in the Age of AI | James Taylor

There is one distinctly human competitive advantage: that is human creativity. This session is tailored to give you an expert perspective on the new science of ‘Super Creativity’ to generate, evaluate, develop and implement ideas quickly.

Speaker: James Taylor, Business Creativity, Innovation and Artificial Intelligence Expert


Pandemic part of God's plan

1. God was not surprised by or unprepared for the pandemic.

2. Come follow me home centered gospel learning

3. Ministering in a higher and holier way, more than just home visits every month

4. Prophets council to prepare physically and spiritually.

5. Things have slowed down.

6. Bigger focus on families

7. Time to study the gospel more.

8. Career changes

9. Video conference technology, zoom, webcams, internet, social media

10. Temple renovations like Salt Lake, St George, Church Office Plaza while visitors not allowed

11. Employees work from home spend more time with family, less time at office or commuting. Parents at home during lunch

12. Missionaries allowed to call home every week to connect with family, share spiritual experiences.

13. Missionaries given tablets then smart phones so they can run apps like Google hang outs, zoom

14. Missionary work forced to change to new and better methods, do more on line, on the phones with video conference, not knocking doors. Baptisms are up.

15. Young men activities separated from Boy Scouts, merit badges, Scout camps.

16. Women were allowed to get endowed without serving missions, thus allowing sealings now.

17. Starting sifting process.

18. Some less actives are joining zoom church.

Summary - The Anatomy of Peace

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The Anatomy Of Peace will help you make your life and the world more calm by explaining the inefficiencies in our go-to pattern of using conflict to resolve differences and giving specific tips for how to use understanding to settle issues.


Do you remember the last conflict you were part of? Perhaps it was a difficult spouse, struggling teenager, or an annoying neighbor. These days it’s hard for anyone to come out on top in these situations. Usually bringing up an issue just makes people point fingers at you!

But realistically, it takes two people to sustain a fight. Unfortunately for you that means that you are at least a little to blame for the quarrels in your life. But what parts of the disagreement are you responsible for? And better yet, how can you end the conflict peacefully?

Summary - The Go-Giver

The Go-Giver is a fable about an ambitious young man, Joe, who propelled himself to phenomenal success after he learned and applied the “Five Laws of Stratospheric Success” from a famous consultant and several go-givers (who were also extremely successful in their businesses/career).


The Law of Value

CoverYour real worth is defined by how much more value you give than how much you get paid. Before thinking about profits, first ask yourself, does this serve others? A great business delivers unbelievable value; when you you focus on giving value as a way of life, the money will naturally follow.

The Law of Compensation

Your income is decided by the number of people you serve and how well you serve them. The bigger your impact, the more money you’ll actually earn.

Summary - Good to Great by Jim Collins

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Good is the enemy of Great’. This is how the author sets off a riveting journey explaining the findings from his and his team’s half a decade of research in the conquest of how to make good companies great. Essentially, ‘Good to Great’ happens very rarely and it is because it is damn difficult. In his research, Jim Collins (the author), has found out systematic phases through which any great company goes through and lays out a framework as shown below:

Good to Great Flywheel

The framework has got three main components:

1. Process: From setting up yourselves towards greatness (aka Build Up) to achieving an inflection point that takes you to greatness (aka Breakthrough)

Summary - Leadership and Self Deception

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There is a nice summary at the end of the book :

  • Self betrayal leads to self-deception and “the box”
  • When you are in the box, you cannot focus on the results
  • Your influence and success will depend on being out of the box
  • You get out of the box as you cease resisting other people
  • Don’t try to be perfect. Do try to be better
  • Don’t use the vocabulary “the box” and so on – with people who don’t already know it. Do use the principles in your own life
  • Don’t look for others’ boxes. Do look for your own
  • Don’t accuse others of being in the box. Do try to stay out of the box yourself
  • Don’t give up on yourself when you discover you have been in the box. Do keep trying
  • Don’t deny that you have been in the box when you have been. Do apologise, then just keep marching forward, trying to be more helpful in the future.
  • Don’t focus on what others are doing wrong. Do focus on what you can do right to help
  • Don’t worry whether others are helping you. Do worry whether you are helping others.

I particularly liked a 10 minute video by Callibrain summarizing the book  – 

Summary - Personal Disruption Framework

Disrupt Yourself by Whitney JohnsonGadge

From the Magazine (July–August 2012) Buy Copies

Summary.   Disruptive innovation has been a pioneering concept in business since 1995. Johnson, a founding partner at Clay Christensen’s investment firm, explains how you can apply disruptive thinking

My career path has been an unusual one. I started as a secretary on Wall Street, worked my way up in my firm’s investment banking group, and then stepped back to become an equity research analyst. Eight years later, I quit that job to produce a TV show and write a children’s book, but I ended up blogging about work/life issues and cofounding a hedge fund backed by a man I’d met at church. It’s not what you’d call a traditional corporate trajectory. But perhaps that’s the new normal.

Raspberry PI 4B Tips

Use ssh to connect terminal session to PI

You can ssh to connect to your raspberry pi, all you need to know is the IP address,

The default user is pi, and the password is raspberry.


Remote Desktop connection to PI

You can use VNC to remote connect to your PI, using your computer Keyboard and screen to see and control a virtual desktop. 


Common VNC errors: https://www.web3us.com/how-guides/vnc-connection-raspberry-pi-unknown

PI 4B pinouts

Raspberry Pi 4 GPIO pinout

Pi 1B pinouts

Pi 1B Pinout GPIO

Summary - Multipliers by Liz Wiseman

Leadership lessons from “Multipliers” by Liz Wiseman — Book Summary


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Wiseman draws on her 17 years’ experience as an exec at Oracle where she served as global leader of HR Development, and more recently leadership consulting to companies such as Apple, Disney, eBay/PayPal, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Nike, Salesforce, and Twitter.

After meeting William Gladstone, you left feeling he was the smartest person in the world; but after meeting his rival Benjamin Disraeli, you left feeling you were the smartest person in the world.