Life Lessons from SXSW #SXSW #OgilvySXSW

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After a bunch of sessions, seminars, and parties, Andrea Hackett of Social@Ogilvy picked up more than just tech and marketing advice. She also got a full dose of the principles some of the best minds around live by. Here are five life lessons taken from a selection of inspirational people who spoke in Austin over the long weekend.

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Life Lessons from SXSW #SXSW #OgilvySXSW

  1. A N DR E A H A CK E T T 5LIFELESSONS FROM SXSW SXSW LESSONS
  2. A N DR E A H A CK E T T 5LIFELESSONSFROM SXSW WHILELISTENINGTO SPEAKERSATSXSW PRESENTABOUTTHEIREXPERTISE— TECHNOLOGY,SCIENCE,ART,THEFUTURE— ITWASAPRIVILEGETOALSOABSORB SOMEOFTHEPRINCIPLESTHEYLIVEBYANDWHICHHAVECLEARLYFUELEDTHEIR SUCCESS.SUMMARIZEDHEREAREFIVELIFELESSONSTAKENFROM ASELECTIONOF INSPIRATIONALPEOPLEWHO SPOKEINAUSTINOVERTHELONGWEEKEND.
  3. A N DR E A H A CK E T T DON’TKNOW YOURLIMITS “I’M NOTVERYGOODATSCIENCE;NEVERHAVEBEEN”–ASSTATEDBYCOUNTLESS ADULTS.KEYNOTESPEAKERADAM SAVAGEEMPHASIZEDTHATNOTHINGISBEYOND OURUNDERSTANDING.HEELABORATEDBYTELLINGUSTHATIFSOMEONESAYSTO YOU“OHYOUWOULDN’TUNDERSTAND,”ITSHOWSTHATTHEYARETHEONESWHO DO NOTUNDERSTANDBECAUSETHEYSTUMBLEWHENFORCEDTO EXPLAIN SOMETHINGINAMORECONCISEWAY.
  4. A N DR E A H A CK E T T TALKTOYOURFRIENDS MINDYKALINGGAVEANINSIGHTINTOTHECREATIVEPROCESSINTHEWRITER’S ROOM FORTHEMINDYPROJECT,ANDITMADECOMPLETESENSE:AGROUPOF FRIENDSCHATTINGABOUTTHINGSTHATHAVEHAPPENEDINTHEIRLIFEAND TRANSFORMINGTHESEANECDOTESINTO STORIES.THEFREEDOM ANDINHIBITION YOUFEELWHENTALKINGTOYOURFRIENDSCANFUELCREATIVETHINKINGINALL AREASOFWORKANDLIFE.
  5. A N DR E A H A CK E T T EXPERIMENT “DON’TDENYPEOPLETHEEXPERIMENTBYONLYTALKINGABOUTTHERESULTS” EMPHASIZEDDR.NEILDEGRASSETYSON.IFYOURKIDPICKSUPANEGGANDYOU FEARTHEM DROPPINGIT,LETITPLAYOUTINTOANEXPERIMENT–LETTHEM DROP THEEGGONTHEKITCHENFLOORANDTHENTEACHTHEM ABOUTTHEBRITTLENESS OFTHESHELLANDBLOW THEIRMINDBYEXPLAININGTHATTHISCOULDHAVE DEVEDEVELOPEDINTOACHICKEN.ASADULTSWEARETOO QUICKTOACCEPTWHATWE ARETOLDISATRUTHORAPROVENRESULT,BUTWEMUSTCONTINUETO EXPLORE, QUESTIONANDEXPERIMENT.
  6. A N DR E A H A CK E T T TRUSTYOURJUDGMENT ADAM SAVAGECALLEDTHISONEOFTHEMOSTPROFOUNDSTATEMENTSINTHEART WORLD:“IDON’TKNOW MUCHABOUTART,BUTIKNOW WHATILIKE.” HEPOINTED OUTTHATARTMEANSDIFFERENTTHINGSTO DIFFERENTPEOPLEANDWE SHOULDN’TFEELINTIMIDATEDBY‘EXPERTS’ORREPEATWHATTHEYSAYBECAUSE THEREISNOWRONGANSWERWHENITCOMESTO INTERPRETINGAPIECEOFART. THISSHOULDEXTENDINTOALLREALMSOFLIFE–WESHOULDN’TSTAYQUIETOUT OFFEAROFGIVINGTHEWRONGANSWER.
  7. A N DR E A H A CK E T T TEACHOTHERS AUSTINKLEONURGEDUSTO SHAREIDEASANDSHOW OURWORKTO OTHER PEOPLETO BENEFITFROM THEIRKNOWLEDGEANDBUILDUPONTHEORIGINAL THINKING.HEAPPEALEDTHATTHEMINUTEYOULEARNSOMETHING,YOUSHOULD TURNAROUNDANDTEACHITTO OTHERSBECAUSETHISSHAREDKNOWLEDGEAND COLLABORATIONLEADSTOTHEBESTIDEAS. ANDTO FINISHWITHSOMEWISEWORDSFROM NEILDEGRASSETYSONTO INSPIRE EXPLORATION:“ONEREASONWESHOULDGOTO SPACE:YOUKNOW THE DINDINOSAURSWOULDHAVEGONETHEREIFTHEYCOULDHAVE.”

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