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Want to split $2,000?? Become a @Lyft driver in #Austin by using my code: JAYJAYASURIYA. We'll each get a grand!.

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UPDATE: 2:30PM CST 2/27/2015
Because of the unprecedented response, we're no longer offering the bonuses for new applications in Austin.

Want to Change the World? Start Your Day by Making Your Bed. via @99u

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Photo by Mazzali via Flickr
Newton’s First Law of Motion says that objects in motion tend to stay in motion. What is said about objects in motion is equally true of our ability to do our best work and make an impact, both in our professional lives and personal ones. It’s a lot less work to keep moving once you have momentum. Far easier than it is to try and slowly fight against every distraction or shortcoming that crosses your path.
To start each day with a little momentum, Naval Admiral William H. McRaven reminds us that we should make our beds when we wake up:
If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right. And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made—that you made—and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
McRaven’s summary statement may sound a little far-fetched, but his advice is undoubtedly worth considering: if you want to make an impact at a large scale, you have to be comfortable making it at a small scale too. You can build that momentum up over time, but it all has to start somewhere. Just the momentum you gain from accomplishing simple tasks each morning (like making your bed, brushing your teeth, meditating, exercising, journaling, etc.) can create a positive stepping stone from which to take your next step.

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Pebble’s new smartwatch breaks Kickstarter records, raising $1M in just 34 minutes

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Just 34 minutes after launching on Kickstarter, Pebble’s new Pebble Time smartwatch has already secured over $1 million in pre-orders, easily clearing its original $500,000 goal.
Kickstarter claims “Pebble is the fastest project to ever raise $1 million on Kickstarter.”
Today marks the unveiling of Pebble’s third smartwatch, “the Pebble Time, a $159 device with a handful of features brand-new to the Pebble line, like: a colorful e-paper display; an updated, notification-centric OS; a ’20 percent thinner’ design; and a Gorilla Glass screen.”
Pebble launched its first product on Kickstarter back in 2012 to much fanfare. By returning to the crowdfunding site with early success, Pebble proved that it can still drive demand as Apple’s Watch looms.
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What You Can Learn From Albert Einstein on Creativity and Work Ethic

As soon as he hung up the phone, Ralph Morse knew that he needed to get moving. He was still 90 miles away and there wouldn’t be much time before people began to hear the news. Albert Einstein had just died.
Morse was a photographer for LIFE Magazine. He drove down to Princeton, New Jersey, as fast as possible, but other members of the media had already been alerted by the time he arrived. Morse would later recall the situation by saying,
“Einstein died at Princeton Hospital, so I headed there first. But it was chaos — journalists, photographers, onlookers. So I headed over to Einstein’s office at the Institute for Advanced Studies. On the way, I stopped and bought a case of scotch. I knew people might be reluctant to talk, but most people are happy to accept a bottle of booze, instead of money, in exchange for their help. So I get to the building, find the superintendent, give him a fifth of scotch and like that, he opens up the office.”
When Morse walked into Einstein’s office, he snapped a photo of the desk where Einstein had been working just hours before.
Nobody knew it yet, but Einstein’s body would be cremated before anyone could capture a final photo of him. As a result, Morse’s photo of Einstein’s desk would soon become the final iconic image of the great scientist’s career.

The Work Ethic of Einstein

Einstein died of internal bleeding caused by the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, a condition he had struggled with for years.
In 1948, seven years before his death, Einstein had surgery to prevent the “grapefruit-sized” aneurysm from rupturing. One physician familiar with Einstein’s case wrote, “For a number of years he had suffered from attacks of upper abdominal pain, which usually lasted for 2-3 days and were often accompanied by vomiting. These attacks usually occurred about every 3 or 4 months.”
Einstein continued to work despite the pain. He published papers well into the 1950s. Even on the day of his death in 1955, he was working on a speech he was scheduled to give on Israeli television and he brought the draft of it with him to the hospital. The speech draft, shown below, was never finished.

Contributing vs. Consuming

“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”
-- Albert Einstein
Einstein’s most famous contribution to science, the general theory of relativity, was published in 1915. He won the Nobel Prize in 1921. Yet, rather than assume he was a finished product, Einstein continued to work and contribute to the field for 30 more years.
Up until the moment of his death, Einstein continued to squeeze every ounce of greatness out of himself. He never rested on his laurels. He continued to work even through severe physical pain and in the face of death.
Everyone has a gift to share with the world, something that both lights you on fire internally and serves the world externally, and this thing–this calling–should be something you pursue until your final breath. It could be your actual job, as it was for Einstein. It could be a creative hobby, as it was for Vivian Maier. It could be the care you provide to those around you.
Whatever it is for you, our lives were meant to be spent making our contribution to the world, not merely consuming the world that others create.

'I have done my share.'

Hours before his death, Einstein’s doctors proposed trying a new and unproven surgery as a final option for extending his life. Einstein simply replied, “I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly.”
We cannot predict the value our work will provide to the world. That’s fine. It is not our job to judge our own work. It is our job to create it, to pour ourselves into it, and to master our craft as best we can.
We all have the opportunity to squeeze every ounce of greatness out of ourselves that we can. We all have the chance to do our share.
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The Key to Becoming a Good Leader. via @RELEVANT #leadership

Why being a great leader is far more than just gaining followers.
“A true leader does not search for followers.”
These words penned by the late Dr. Myles Munroe, a globally recognized Evangelical Christian who tragically died last year in a plane crash, initially struck me as odd.
Of course the best leaders look for followers, I thought. How else do you expand your reach? How else do you measure success? How else do you become great? Just take a look at Oprah Winfrey—over 26 million followers on Twitter. Or how about Will Smith—over 75 million fans on Facebook.
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Lyft Passenger feedback


Apr 10 - 16 ★★★★★   12 ratings
“Great guy, lots of fun and nice conversation. Highly recommend him!”
Mar 13 - 19 ★★★★★   27 ratings
“Great guy!”
“Jay is very positive and friendly. He is a great ambassador for Austin.”
“Clean car. Safe driver, smooth ride. Friendly! Nice tunes!”

Mar 6 - 12 ★★★★★   10 ratings
“very friendly”
“Prompt, courteous, friendly, professional!”

Feb 27 - Mar 5 ★★★★★   19 ratings
“Very talkative!”

Feb 20 - 26 ★★★★★   31 ratings
“Friendly driver and VERY clean car.”
“Jay is awesome. Thanks for the ride!”
“Awesome conversation. Really cool an genuine guy.”
“Smooth drive”
“Felt safe & great conversation”
“Excellent feiendly driver!”
“Very clean car,good driver excellent ride”
“Great conversation! Thanks Jay!”
“Very friendly and helpful driver who doesn't just work for money.”
“Nice to talk to!”
“We love you”

Feb 13 - 19 ★★★★★   35 ratings 
“Very nice guy thank you!”
“he was great chill afff loved him”
“Very nice guy and Respectful driver*****”
“Best lyft driver ive ever had!”
“Fantastic and showed me a lot of cool parts of Austin too!”

Feb 6 - 12 ★★★★★   16 ratings
“Very cool dude :)”

Jan 30 - Feb 5 ★★★★★   5 ratings
“Excellent Ride!”
“Great driver! Awesome person.”

Jan 23 - 29 ★★★★★   10 ratings
“Right to the door and on time”

Jan 16 - 22 ★★★★★   9 ratings

Jan 9 - 15 ★★★★★   3 ratings

Jan 2 - 8 ★★★★★   4 ratings
“So quick and friendly.”

Dec 19 - 25 ★★★★★   7 ratings
“Cool car lights inside dude”

Dec 12 - 18 ★★★★★   3 ratings
“Jay is personable and friendly. Very cool guy & one of the most interesting drivers I've had! Thanks Jay! :)”

Dec 5 - 11 ★★★★★   9 ratings
“Cool dude”
“Awesome. Very nice and polite. Very clean car.”

Nov 28 - Dec 4 ★★★★★   7 ratings
“Jay was very courteous and an awesome driver!”
“Quick and friendly.”

Nov 21 - 27 ★★★★★   18 ratings

Nov 7 - 13 ★★★★★   21 ratings
“Thank you for getting us drunks home safely!”
“Awesome car and great service!”
“Great and friendly driver! Till next time!”
“The best”
“Car smelled like natural lemongrass and not some fake perfume or something. Friendly and smart!”

Oct 31 - Nov 6 ★★★★★   5 ratings
These are just some of the feedback I've received within the last few months. I love reading these comments from my passengers!. I've been driving for Lyft since July of 2014 and I absolutely love it. I don't do it just for the money. I provide a service and at the same time have lots of fun. I meet so many types of people and most of them are really awesome. If you are an open minded person and enjoy driving and meeting people, this is something you can do on the side. It's the best thing I've done in a long time. 

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Top 10 Reasons to Start a Blog. Why should you blog?. via @aboutdotcom @susangunelius #blogging

Blogging is becoming more and more popular everyday. Should you join the blogosphere? Take a look at this list to help you make your decision about blogging.

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1.  To Express Your Thoughts and Opinions
You have something to say, and blogs provide a place to say it and be heard.
2.  To Market or Promote Something
Blogging is a great way to help market or promote yourself or your business, product or service.
3.  To Help People
Many blogs are written to help people who may be going through similar situations that the blogger has experienced. Many parenting and health-related blogs are written for this purpose.
4.  To Establish Yourself as an Expert
Blogs are wonderful tools to help bloggers establish themselves as experts in a field or topic. For example, if you're trying to get a job in a specific field or hoping to publish a book on a specific topic, blogging can help legitimize your expertise and expand your online presence and platform.
5.  To Connect with People Like You
Blogging brings like-minded people together. Starting a blog can help you find those people and share your opinions and thoughts.
6.  To Make a Difference
Many blogs are issue-based meaning the blogger is trying to provide information to sway people's thinking in a certain direction. Many political blogs and social issues blogs are written by bloggers who are trying to make a difference in their own ways.
7.  To Stay Active or Knowledgeable in a Field or Topic
Since successful blogging is partially dependent on posting frequency and providing updated, fresh information, it's a perfect way to help a blogger stay abreast of the events in a specific field or topic.
8.  To Stay Connected with Friends and Family
The world has shrunk since the Internet has become more accessible. Blogs provide a simple way for family and friends to stay connected from different parts of the world by sharing stories, photos, videos and more.
9.  To Make Money
It's important to point out that most bloggers don't make a lot of money blogging, but the potential does exist to generate revenue from your blog with hard work and commitment. There are many bloggers who bring in big bucks. With patience and practice, you can make money through advertising and other income-generating activities on your blog.
10.  To Have Fun and Be Creative
Many people start a blog simply for fun. Perhaps a blogger is a fan of a particular actor or loves knitting and wants to share that passion through a blog. One of the most important keys to successful blogging is having a passion about your blog's topic, so you can write prolifically about it. Some of the best and most interesting blogs started out as blogs that were written just for fun and to give the blogger a creative outlet.

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