Have a dream? Take the first step…Strength will find you sooner than you ever thought it would.
Happy to document our first press hit…And we thought we were still a secret.
Either way, we are honored to be included in the Top 35 Startups in Tech that Tech Crunch Missed list, which is compiled by StartupPlays. We’re going to give Priority Access to our Beta to celebrate! Here are the details:
Dreamly is a new social platform that helps unlock your potential through the power of Collaborative Achievement. It is the most effective and affordable solution for people who are serious about achieving major life goals and having fun along the way. Get focused, get support and get dreaming!
Dreamly launches to private beta this summer and we are giving priority access to the first 500 StartupPlays customers who request an invite. Just email email@example.com and write “StartupPlays” in the subject line.
See the complete list here.
The Dreamly Team
Even the most challenging goals start in small, sometimes subconscious, steps toward them.
This TED talk by tight-rope walker Philippe Petit inspires the autodidact in all of us.
Best known as a high-wire artists, Petit is used to cheating death. But, he’s said that he doesn’t view himself as a risk taker since he “[does] all the precautions a non-risk seeker would do.”
He’s also probably best-known for stretching a tightrope cable between the two Twin Towers without permission. But he’s not an easily categorizable person. According to TED.com: he’s, a street juggler, writes, draws, performs close-up magic, practices lock-picking and 18th-century timber framing, plays chess, studies French wine, gives lectures and workshops on creativity and motivation, and was recently sighted bullfighting in Peru.
Let’s get this out of the way.
Dreamly is not the hipster habit app. Or a hipster habit app. Or a hipster app of any kind.
But after all the development work we’ve been doing, we can appreciate a low-tech approach to personal development, positive habit formation, and goal setting and achievement.
Behold the Hipster Habit App:
[via Buster Benson]
No, it won’t send you reminders and you can’t tweet it to your friends, but it will look really pretty in your pocket or wallet.
The Dreamly Team
Wellness Wednesday: Do you have a Growth Mindset?
If you want to eat achieve wellness, chances are you’re overwhelmed by all the information out there. Coming up with a wellness plan that works for you is difficult enough, let alone sticking with it long enough to adjust to your new lifestyle. We’re bringing you Wellness Wednesday to bring you tips and information to make health and wellness a little easier for you.
As Maria writes, the book covers “the four key aspects of visualizing data — Location, Time, Category, and Hierarchy — through exemplary work from more than 200 projects alongside essays by information architect and TED founder Richard Saul Wurman, Guardian Datablog editor Simon Rogers, Density Design’s Paolo Ciuccarelli, and Rendgen herself.”
The book is full of impressive data visualization but one graphic spoke tous especially clearly. Based on a 2007 Stanford Magazine article ‘Different Mindsets,’ the above graphic is a simplistic flow chart* comparing a “growth mindset” (characterized by a positive and productive state of mind ) to a “static mindset.”
Wellness, for us, includes a healthy mind and body. Cultivating a growth mindset is essential to face the challenges involved with pursuing your dreams and goals.
Essential elements of the growth mindset:
- embraces challenges
- persists in the face of challenges
- effort is the path to mastery
- learns from criticism
- finds lessons and inspiration in the success of others
*Data Source: Carol Dweck: ‘Mindset: The New Psychology of Success’, 2006. Design: Nigel Holmes.
Get ready, because you’re getting a new role model. Every tuesday, we’re plucking up a web gem to help you find your motivation, personal strength and general badassness.
This week’s expert dreamer is Casey Neistat.
Just as Marilyn Monroe once said, “If I had followed all the rules, I’d never have gotten anywhere,” Casey is a rule breaker.
When Nike asked Casey Neistat to film a video about what he thought it means to #makeitcount, Casey spent the entire budget traveling around the world until the money ran out.
For 10 days, Casey and Max crossed the globe. Touching down in Paris, Cairo, London, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Rome, Doha, Bangkok, Casey spends his days eating, running, doing backflips off of random objects, getting tattoos and flirting with pretty girls on the beach. If you’ve ever wanted to make a film, this sounds like a solid use of your production budget to us.
Sure, Casey may have bent the rules a little to film his version of #makeitcount. But, although it’s not a glitzy piece of advertising, Casey’s video proves that many times, the scariest part of taking a risk is deciding to do it.
Plus, it’s better to beg forgiveness than ask permission, we always say.
So what are you waiting for? Today is the day!
The Dreamly Team
PS, Say hi to us on twitter @dreamlymachine for a way to sign up for our private beta coming soon!
Mondays aren’t easy. Sometimes you need an assist. Enter Dreamhackers: We’re going to bring you some tips, tricks and motivation to kickstart your week. Every week.
Welcome to a new week. This week, we’re talking about dream jobs, personal growth and finding the strength to line up your work and career with your passions.
For most people, there’s a gap between identifying what turns them on and gives them energy and how to turn those things into a full-time career.
But how do you start? Here are three primer steps you can take if you’re considering a jump:
- Get a grip: Before you make a change, identify what is missing. What do you absolutely NEED every day? This is a question only you can answer; it’s different for everyone. Got a few things you’re yearning for? Good. Write em down.
- Identify your fears: Advertising guru and entrepreneur, Alex Bogusky, left an illustrious career in the ad world to find fulfillment in his work. He know writes under the eponym FearLess Revolution. The reason is simple: Fear is the enemy of creativity, innovation, happiness and love. Changing your career or giving up some security to pursue a dream can be scary. And, fear can lead to paralysis but the first step to overcoming that fear is to find out what it is. Write that down, too.
- Dare your fears: Now that you know what you want and what is scary about it, confront those fears. Public Relations badass and author, Kelly Cutrone of People’s Revolution didn’t become successful because she’s fearless, she did it by systematically daring her fears to stop her. She’s written about how she wrestles with her fears until they become little more than a passing thought on her way to her goal:
I started to play ball with my fears. “Bring it!” I’d say when seized by that familiar pit in my stomach. Or: “Party on, motherf*cker, tell me more.” I asked my fear exactly what it had to say to me. You’re going to lose everything and be out on the street. “Okay,” I’d reply. “I can stay with friends.” Well, you can only do that for three days, since they’re going to get tired of you. “All right, well, then, I can go to Virginia and stay with my parents. And I’ll totally lose my mind there, but I’ll only be there for six months, because in six months I would have thought of something that will get me back on my feet. Or, plan B, if I go out of business, I’ll move to southern India, where I’ll teach in a school and have no money to ever travel back to the U.S.” I followed my fears to their worst possible conclusions, becoming penniless and alone (these are most people’s worst fears), and what I realized each time was that no matter what happened, I was going to be fine.”
- Re-frame: Now that you’re past the worst of your fears, start to re-frame your thoughts. Your thoughts shape your actions and your outlook so make them work for you. Here’s an example of how it works:
Old thought: “I want to work for myself but I don’t know how.”
New thought: “What do I need to learn to be able to work for myself?
It’s a different way to confront the same challenge. Pretty simple, eh?
Suddenly, you’ve got a research topic instead of a dead-end. Now you can get started, today is the day!
The Dreamly Team
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