Bono on Pushing Your Luck


“When you stop taking chances
You’ll stay where you sit
You won’t live any longer
But it’ll feel like it

–Bono (1960 – )
Irish music artist and activist
from ‘Summer Rain’

“Diligence is the mother of good luck.”

– Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790)
American statesman, scientist, and printer

luck: noun: a force that makes things happen

You want more luck? Be the force that makes it happen…

  1. Prepare. Work hard to be ready for the opportunities that are important to you. Research. Practice. Perfect.
  2. Be awake. Pay attention to the people, events, and things around you. Evaluate logically and trust your gut instinct.
  3. Take action. Put yourself out there. Explore. Be vulnerable. Make contact with people. Take risks.
  4. Expect positive results. Optimism improves your chances. If (when) you fail, embrace the lesson and continue on, smarter.

That’s it. Now go be lucky (and sell something).

Geography Awareness Week

gaweek2010.jpgThis week is National Geographic’s “Geography Awareness Week”, which we’ve highlighted a few times in the past (2007, 2008).

This year’s theme is “Freshwater!”, highlighting the importance of our relationship with water. In particular, they emphasize that less than 1% of the world’s water is available for human use. Here’s a video that shows what this year’s week is all about:

While they didn’t create any Google Earth Tours as they have in the past, there are still a few resources that you may find interesting.

Where’s That Water? A quiz that features GeoEye imagery, asking you to identify the body of water based off of just a satellite image. Here is an example from last year.

The Geospatial Revoluation They’re highlighting the excellent videos being produced by Penn State Public Broadcasting, which we’ve also shown on our site (episode one, episode two). In addition, they encourage you to check out the educator resources that PSPB is offering.

Water – Our Thirsty World They’re offering a free interactive magazine that you can download. Included are some neat features such as animated maps and timelines.

While I’m a bit disappointed at the lack of Google Earth-specific resources, they really do have a lot of great content on their site. Check out to see everything they have to offer.