Successful National Entrepreneurs Challenge Michigan’s Entrepreneurial Climate

“Bankers look at things with the mindset of ‘How can I not lose?’ and that type of mentality is probably the most detrimental to this culture of innovation, culture of risk taking,” Sosa said. “It’s in those moments of failure that you begin to ponder, and you are able to reinvent yourself.”

“My technique is don’t believe anything. If you believe in something, you are automatically precluded from believing its opposite.”
– Terence McKenna


Terence Kemp McKenna (November 16, 1946 – April 3, 2000) was an American philosopher, psychonaut, ethnobotanist, lecturer, writer and author of several books. He spoke and wrote about a variety of subjects, including psychedelic drugs, plant-based entheogens, shamanism, metaphysics, alchemy, language, culture, technology and the theoretical origins of human consciousness. He was also the creator of a mathematical theory of time based on patterns found in the I Ching which he termed novelty theory.

TEDx Grand Rapids 2014 - The Coming Transhuman Era

Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar: Self-Education and the Pursuit of Passion: James Marcus Bach

Referenced review:

The author dropped out of school with an 8th grade education and in his early 20’s became a software tester at Apple Computers - a position usually reserved for college graduates. James Marcus Bach is the son of Richard Bach, who wrote Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

One of the things the author shared during a talk he gave to a group of school children: 

"School is temporary. Education is not. If you want to prosper in life: find something that fascinates you and jump all over it. Don’t wait for someone to teach you; your enthusiasm will attract teachers to you. Don’t worry about diplomas or degrees; just get so good that no one can ignore you."

It’s a very provocative idea and I love it. Many intelligent people do not thrive in a traditional classroom and demonstrate learning styles that call for nontraditional approaches. It’s encouraging to read and truly consider this alternative for students who struggle with a system that squelches their passions. His unique process is outlined in his book and becomes the reader’s roadmap for self-education.

“It is more probable than not [that] an ultraintelligent machine will be built and that it will be the last invention that man need make, since it will lead to an ‘intelligence explosion.’ This will transform society in an unimaginable way.” (Irving Good, Speculations Concerning the First Ultraintelligent Machine, Advances in Computers, 1965)

In the future, stores could make personalized recommendations as you walk through the door, and your whole wallet could be stored on a single card. Laurie Segall reports.

How do I increase my self confidence?

Answer by Jason Sosa:

 Lack of confidence is simply a habitual program that you’ve conditioned within your mind. It’s a form of learned helplessness. You feel fearful, unfamiliar, or inadequate and so you over think and become self aware. This causes your brain to slow down considerably, due to the fact that you are trying to control and be deliberate with your actions. You may feel a rush of adrenaline causing you to become even more anxious. Your hands sweat, your voice breaks, and this can become a vicious cycle leading to the point where you identify yourself as a person lacking confidence.

Confidence is like a table top. You’ll have to build legs, (or references) to support your beliefs. It’s a journey. Be patient and you’ll get there.

You are consciously trying to “have confidence” which you believe will result in getting what you desire. When really, what happens is that you get in your own way, and this limits the flow of spontaneous energy which naturally draws people toward you. There’s already greatness in you. I’m sure you’ve had moments when you’re in the flow and it’s effortless. Next time you feel that, remember that feeling and mark it in your mind. That’s confidence. It’s effortless. It will take some practice, put yourself out there and be persistent.

Below a few tips.

Sneak peak of facial coding technology being developed by IMRSV

Isaac Asimov chalk drawing

Isaac Asimov chalk drawing

If you fail, don’t associated yourself with that failure. It’s an event, it’s not who you are.
Jason Sosa, founder of IMRSV, one of’s 10 startups to watch in 2013, shares his thoughts on perseverance in the face of challenges.  (via fastcompany)