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Train of Thought: Misfits, Great lists, & Spreading Ideas.

by Brice Hogan

October 13, 2022 |

Hello Everyone,

Here is your weekly dose of thoughts, ideas, and other things. This is the stuff I have been thinking about and exploring this week.

Hope you enjoy this week's issue!

As always if you have any feedback or suggestions about the newsletter reach out to me at



Here is a Quote I'm Pondering

“The past is behind you learn from it, the future is in front of you plan for it, the present is here live in it”

- Thomas S Monson -


Profile I listened to:

Steve Jobs | 60 Minutes

Steve Jobs has been one of those modern figures that have truly affected almost every aspect of modern-day society. If you have a phone, most likely it's an iPhone. If you have watched an animated movie, it was influenced by Pixar. If you listen to music on any streaming device you can thank iTunes. Do you have Windows or a PC, most of those interfaces started with Apple. All of which originated with Steve Jobs.

He had an incredible effect on much of what we do now. This interview with Walter Isaacson who wrote Steve's Biography was a reminder of how we can be inspired, what we can learn from a flawed human being and still be able to dream and change the world.

This is one of my favorite quotes of his,

Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes ... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo...

You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things. ...

They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."

Something to think about


What I watched recently

Getting Ideas to Spread | Seth Godin |

In the last few weeks, I have been diving into Seth Godin a little more. He's a pretty fascinating speaker and writer on the subject of marketing. If you're in sales or marketing not a bad thing to listen to. The subject of getting ideas to spread is pretty interesting.

We have access to so much information these days how do we get ideas spread? Here are few points he made:

• Mass marketing and traditional advertising don’t work anymore.

• Everyone is a click away, which means that both opportunities, but also competition, are increasing.

• “People like us (do things like this)” - the job of the marketer is to find the people like us and determine what do things like this really mean.

• The winners will be those who can find the right niche and lead them.


Two Interesting Articles

The Quest to Restore Notre Dame

The Quest to Save the World Rarest Canine

These two articles were really interesting to me especially as it revolves around the idea of making progress.

Making Progress

The article on Bringing back the Red Wolfs said it well:

“While the release of captive red wolves over the past couple of years has not had the level of success we are striving for, positive steps toward increasing the wild population have occurred through management actions,...

These serve as building blocks as we incorporate lessons learned and work toward actions that will increase the likelihood of success and increase the number of red wolf breeding pairs in the population.”

We can parallel this to anything we do in life. Making positive steps forward are the key foundation of success whether, in this case bringing back an endangered species, rebuilding a beautiful cathedral, or building a successful life.


A blog that caught my attention

Play Your Way Sane by Clay Drinko

I came across this blog somewhat randomly. I had been watching a video about letting our your inner child which lead me to googling something related, AND BOOM here was this really cool blog.

So I signed up for his newsletter and got this PDF 3 Games to get you Through that I thought was really enjoyable and a playful way to break up the monotony of the day. It was written during the pandemic but I thought the games were good at any time. I will be going back to check out this again.


A list I came across

50 ways to be ridiculously generous—and feel ridiculously good.

Good lists are hard to find. They usually involve some insane list of celebrities doing idiotic things or some 45 things on Amazon you should by Right Now.

However, this list was so good. That fills up my year of doing something that should make me feel ridiculously good.

Here were a few highlights from the list for me:

48. Ask someone, “How are you doing—really?” Give them the opportunity to share what’s really going on. Listen without interrupting. Give them the gift of your presence and attention.

16. Put away your phone and close down your inbox for a day—or even just an hour. Give the world the gift of your undivided, non-digital attention.

See more of the list here

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