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Tearing others down is not a path to success

Dear Reader,

Did you see the 2013 Brad Pitt movie “World War Z“? In one of the dramatic scenes, Zombies attack and overwhelm Jerusalem. It was a fascinating piece of CG to watch. Zombies swarm the seemingly unscalable walls of the ancient city, then climb to the top of the pile of zombies. The next wave stood on top of that wave and became the top. Very quickly the zombies built an un-human ramp over the top of the wall of the city.

EVEN ZOMBIES KNOW THAT BUILDING PEOPLE UP IS A BETTER PATH TO SUCCESS THAN TEARING PEOPLE DOWN.

Think about that the next time you participate in an Internet dog-pile or Internet Day of Rage.

Think about this the next time you look for leaders. Follow leaders that lift others up, not tear others down.

Better yet, be a leader that lifts others up. Be the change you want to see.

Until next time,
I <3 |<
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Everybody fails

Dear Reader,
Dimaxan house at the Henry Ford museum

The picture on the right is the Dymaxian house on permanent display at The Henry Ford.

The Dymaxian house was invented to help solve two pressing problems.

  1. Affordable housing for GIs returning from WWII
  2. What to do with excess aircraft production capabilities now that WWII was over.

It is an interesting concept that failed miserably. Turns out, nobody wanted to live in a round house built out of aluminum and Plexiglas. Still as failures go, this one is spectacular in it’s scope and potential scale.

Who was the colossal failure that convince the Beechcraft Aircraft company to invest millions only to produce a total of two prototypes? None other than Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller.

We know Bucky because he later went on to invent the geodesic dome.

Everybody fails, everybody.

Until next time,
I <3 |<
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Sometimes, it’s ok for it to be about me

Dear Reader,

Adulting sucks sometimes. Between bills that have to be paid, people depending on me both personally and professionally, and a never ending list of things that have to be done, it can start to weigh on a body.

Personally, I would not have made it this far in life without the lovely and talented Kathy.

There comes a time however, when I need to – I have to – just get away by myself. I’m lucky. I travel a lot, so I can take a me day on my trips. The lovely and talented Kathy loves to take off with her high school best friend Debbie and just get away.

Whatever you need to do, take some time for yourself. A day, an hour, 10 minutes. Find some time to just stop, check out, and take care of yourself.

Until next time,
I <3 |<
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It’s my job

Dear Reader,

Got an uncle who owns a bank he’s a self made millionaire
He never had anyone to love never had no one to care
He always to seemed kind of sad to me
So I asked him why that was
And he told me it’s because in my contract there’s a clause
That says “It’s my job to worried half to death
And that’s the thing people respect in me
It’s a job but without it I’d be less
Than what I expect from me”

— “It’s My Job” by Jimmy Buffett

Why am I sitting in the office on a Saturday morning? I’m here because it’s my job. I made a commitment to get a piece of code working, and as of yet it is not working to my satisfaction.

I gave my word, my word is my bond. People rely on me to honor my word. So here I sit.

No one asked me “I’m gonna need you to work Saturday”. No one said “Get it working before you go home”. I am pretty sure that if I took the weekend off that the issue would still be there Monday and no one would have a second thought. No one but me.

I made the commitment. If I do not honor the commitment then “I’d be less that when I expect from me”.

Until next time,
I <3 |<
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Saying Thank You

Dear Reader,

I do my best to say think you to everyone who helps me, even if they don’t think they have helped me. I fail.

All of us like to focus on that one person who made a huge difference in our life or our career.  The problem is that while we may have one or two main mentors, it’s the little help we get from people along the way that really stack up to make a difference.

So many people have stoped to give me advice, help me solve a single problem, or even just retweeted or reposted a social media message I am promoting. The number of people that have helped me get where I am today is staggering.

I am not standing on the shoulders of giants, I stand on the shoulders of thousands of regular individuals.

I am very ashamed that I’ve not said thank you to each and every one of them.

Remembering to say thank you is now a passion of mine. People still help me daily and it is my great pleasure to say thank you to them.

Until next time,
I <3 |<
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