Re-Face Coming

Re-Face Coming

I look at my site I have 41 drafted posts that are either not finished, or not worthy. I want to spend a little more time adding to and changing the content on here, but I’m going to move things first. I have a new server and I need to finish it’s setup so I can move my sites and stop dealing with some of the issues I have on this current server.

Soon there will be a sleek simple design and I will have to re-work a lot of posts to move them from Divi to Gutenberg, but these are good changes that need to happen. I’m not worried about ranking on this personal blog. I don’t post often enough to care and I’m not really writing to get traffic. My mind is more on the side of the therapeutics of writing and the urge to share with those people close to me that care to read.

Then there are some other things. Like I have been watching a lot of history and philosophical discussion surrounding the current political environment and tensions. Tonight I was able to see something that has bothered me but I couldn’t put my finger on it. Several commentators have been pushing the discussion in an odd direction. They blame modern forces for the ill will of today’s actors but ignore the actions of the past.

Another interesting thing I have been finding is complete re-writes of history. YouTubers taking quotes of people out of context or using poor translations to paint the worst picture possible. This is interesting and note-worthy but this always happens. It takes a lot of research and time to prove these people wrong and they know it. And when you do speak up you are a single person amongst thousands. So I keep watching to try and understand.

Today was different because I saw this technique used to hold up the ideals of our good ol’ communist Karl Marx. The story they told was good, and it sounded good. The history was believable and flowed. And the commentator was skilled because just about the time you fall into a state of comfort with the way he is explaining things he throws in a little twist to the truth of history.

The interesting part is how small of a twist it is. He didn’t bold face lie and tell us something happened that didn’t instead, he left a key piece of history out and let us fill in the blanks. If your mind was already past the skeptical stage you buy it. Karl sounds like a freaking genius and your left holding the bag of “why they hell did my ancestors go with capitalism and religion?”

The video had around 100k views. Assuming they were all real and a small number of people drop off at this point. That is a lot of people that just accept the primus and believe the lie. I really have to ask how many people questioned things beyond that. It is one of the interesting things about the world changing effect of YouTube and podcasting. Imagine a world in which Hitler could reach more people. You might think, “I would not buy into his crap,” but would you? When is the last time you stopped and really thought about the crap you are constantly feed in the opinion pieces that passes for news these days?

When is the last time you stopped a YouTube video or podcast and asked what the person behind the mic could be motivated by? Did you check their historical references?

In a lot of ways our modern world operates on a lot of trust. We trust the person telling us something has taken the time and care to tell us the truth. We trust Google to answer our most intimate questions. We trust that when we go to sleep at night there is not some governmental force serving a search warrant at the wrong address. And we know that goes wrong: Breonna Taylor

What one should consider here is the relatively young demographic ingesting the propaganda. Another interesting thing is the current state of things really makes me wonder how many people are getting to talk with others, 1-on-1 people they trust or respect. Everyone seems to be behind a screen stuck inside. Alone with their thoughts. Only the internet trolls to comfort them.

I don’t have answers or pretend to have them. But I do think people should spend more time reading and writing. THIS was not the post I intended to write just now, but here it is. Tell me if you liked it or if you think it is junk let me know so I can stop doing that ūüėČ

30 Days of Genius – Lots of Really Good Stuff Here

First, sorry I did not post this sooner. I started writing it over a month ago then got distracted and never got around to finishing up.

I have been watching 30 Days of Genius and it is amazing!

I recommend this for anyone that is either a creative person or freelancing or trying to run your own business. Get all kinds of great advice and insight from people that have been there!

This is a free class you can signup here


Richard Branson Arianna Huffington      Mark Cuban
Sir Mix-A-Lot Seth Godin Jared Leto
Marie Forleo Gary Vaynerchuk LeVar Burton
Tim Ferriss Daymond John Ramit Sethi
Gabrielle Bernstein      James Altucher Kelly Starrett
Lewis Howes Kevin Kelly Brian Solis
Austin Kleon Brandon Stanton Sophia Amoruso
Brené Brown Neil Strauss Tina Roth Eisenberg
Gretchen Rubin Elle Luna Adrian Grenier
Kevin Rose Stefan Sagmeister Caterina Fake

At Some Future Date

I will write in more detail about my favorite episodes. and just yesterday I saw they announced that they have turned all the episodes into podcasts!


Grab Your Headphones: 30 Days of Genius Is Now a Podcast



Another Day At It: What To Do

I have been thinking all weekend what to do, today. Today is hard.

Basically, I have too many things to do. I also know the importance of some over others but the clarity goes way down when you talk about what makes money today vs what makes it tomorrow. I think I have to evaluate things like this:

  • What needs to get done?
  • What is right for the enterprise?

Now those are taken directly from the book Effective Executive by Peter Drucker. There are other pertinent questions, but if you want to distil things down to a base and work from there these truly are the right questions.

Now I must set out to take care of these things the best I can!

Success vs Failure; Do you know what it means to fail better? – Leadership NB Prompt #8

Identify ten popular items that at least one person you know can’t stand.

  1. Beatles (Car & I’m sure the band too)
  2. Onions
  3. McDonald’s
  4. iPhone
  5. Android Phone
  6. Mac Computers
  7. Windows Computers
  8. iTunes Radio
  9. Podcasts
  10. Coffee

When someone criticizes a true success (Avatar, Star Wars, the iPhone, pizza) that doesn’t automatically mean the thing is bad. It means the person criticizing it is keeping score of something different, has a different worldview, wants different things!

The purpose of this exercise is to help you understand that even GREAT stuff isn’t universally liked. Create a list of popular things that some people don’t like to help you stop looking for universal approval and instead, realize that leadership is about being important to some people, not liked by all people.

They’re some missing components here. When I watching the video I was thinking about what an important message it is that failure happens. How vital it is to understand that what may appear as a failure to you can be a success to someone else.

Did you ever consider that?

Plenty of people try again and again, and sometimes they fail, but when they fail at the right things, I don’t see it as a failure. I’d rather fail at trying to get a charity off of the ground that is looking to help a group of people who need it. However, I’d rather not start a business that is looking to overcharge or overwork the same group by dismissing them as unsophisticated¬†or unimportant. On that same note, if it was a business that provided a fair wage to those people or charged a fair price, you’ll find me again. For some that might seem obvious, but I know plenty that can not draw the distinction here. They¬†pine for the doing something meaningful and demonize profits at all turns.

Let’s take a moment to look at the difference. Most of the things I have tried that have not worked out didn’t have a strong component of profit built-in¬†or some alternate source of funding. Often, these failures boil down to a couple of different factors, a strong willingness to avoid the important questions or such a strong desire to not be an “evil” (read profitable) company. If you don’t make enough money to pay the bills, keep your employees happy and healthy, or whether a few storms. Then you do not make enough money.

I’ve gone a little far off of topic here and am almost out of time. What I want to get at here is that people who can take that experience and learn from it have turned a failure into an opportunity. ¬†Those that charge on and scream damn the lack of profit, work harder, work longer, the customer is always right. Have the wrong kind of failure for success and they will eventually pay the price.

25 Action Points: Taking Responsibility Now

While authority may be was given, responsibility is taken; and that is a very important concept to remember.

I feel a little bit like listing things I have already done or am doing is like cheating, but I do it anyway because 25 is a surprising lot.

I have been asked to make a list of 25 ways I could take responsibility (without authority). –if you cared more about changing things more than credit, authority or blame?

  1. Start writing and creating the systems that will live beyond me
  2. Automate some of our more complex processes
  3. Look into the possibility of making an app
  4. Explore the uses of machine learning and how it will positively impact our users
  5. Start calling people and asking them what kinds of things they need and want; in relation to what we are building
  6. Start a twitter account and post teasers
  7. Start a Facebook and post teasers
  8. Start a blog and expand on some of the more difficult tasks we have faced
  9. Automate testing
  10. Try to break things so they can be fixed better
  11. Give others authority when they need it
  12. Take care of some of the “setup” tasks that are easy and quick allowing our talented people to focus on the hard problems
  13. Come up with better ways to notify people of what is going on and keep them informed

Wow, I’m stuck, most of what I am thinking of seems like fluff. The instructions say I should read others posts and add to mine. That is what I will do here.

  1. Get together with co-workers to see what they think is important
  2. Relay important information up-the-chain including opinion on how to improve or react
  3. Improve on problems by example
  4. Allow others to take ownership (responsibility) and offer help
  5. Do things that need to get done but no one else is willing to do
  6. Talk to the others involved ni my project about where things are going or could go
  7. Understanding the real problem
  8. Give the right credit
  9. Thanking everyone

I am surprised how hard this seems, but I guess when I think of some answers I just think “not good enough” “not grand enough”, but possibly that misses the point.

  1. Take care of my garbage
  2. clean my desk
  3. Sweep the floors
  4. Congratulate others involved
Who do you follow? Who follows you? What does it mean? – Leadership NB Prompt #5

Who do you follow? Who follows you? What does it mean? – Leadership NB Prompt #5

Who are you following? What does it mean for you to be enrolled in that journey? What commitments are you making and what compromises do you refuse to make?

Currently, Linus. For me to be enrolled in this journey means I make a little less money right now but I am working on some amazing things that are pushing the boundaries of the technology we are working with. It means that my boundaries have been pushed greatly and I have been forced to grow in a lot of ways I did not expect, it has been a major learning experience.

The commitments I am making are all about seeing this project through to the conclusion of making a profit and being self-sustaining. I see it as a major bridge and hurdle that I need to figure out. I have to find a way to replace myself with systems that will hold up against the tests of time, technology, and other people.

Now that you’ve considered the people you’re enrolled with, what would it mean for someone to be enrolled in following you? Are they getting the same satisfaction as you are? Are they making the same commitment? What are they seeking?

In relation to My Tribal Job, if I can get people on board with this project I know they will be able to get the same satisfaction of helping people and making a difference. I know that their help and commitment is what this project needs to go to the next level. From the previous exercise, I know we need to work on our story although, we are nearly there with the powerful message we currently have.

Think about the C people in your organization– and then figure out what about their role makes them act like C people? Are their round holes for these round people?

This question is one I have thought about a lot on other occasions and in other settings. I ask it a different way: “Can the person reach their full and true potential in the position they are in?”

It becomes a hard thing at times because if someone is working at their full potential they are often moved up to a “managerial” role (I know we are talking about leaders) and they might not be as effective in that position as the former. I know part of that is the assumption that if they are good at their job then they will be able to make others good at their similar job. I think this breaks down in most cases. I think that star that was doing something amazing just became a B person and if they get stressed or burnt out they become a C person.

Of the other C people I see around or have seen over the years, many of them are showing up for a paycheck. I have seen something amazing from Linus, somehow he is able to sense this happening and is able to motivate the C people beyond themselves. I have seen him do it by letting them try new things or grow in ways that they previously thought not possible. It is an amazing thing to witness.