Friday, December 31, 2010

The Future

I type this post on our families new iPAD. The power of using the Internet any where is a reality for many americans already. These technological advances will fundamentally change how we function.

There is so much power it's hard to comprehend. This calls for much wisdom, the kind that takes time to develop by much experience.
This year I plan to encouraged young people to use their power for good and not waste it. Id love to hear your ideas on my plan.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Power of Organization Informed by Listening

My friend Jeremy and I talked yesterday about what it took to be the President of the USA. He said the only thing that mattered is the President listens to smart folks with good ideas and to give orders to someone to “do it.” I argued the President also needed Organizational skills. To implement any plan takes some organization. Even to organize a meal. We have nine children in our family, and a good 1/5 of the day is spent preparing, making, and cleaning up after meals. If it takes that much effort just to keep us all fed, imagine how much more to implement a plan across the entire USA.  Any president or leader needs to listen to their followers carefully to find out what’s happening on the ground and for solutions. Their job is to coordinate all the different plans to ensure that none of them are cancelling out each other and that all have enough resources. Of course they will delegate project management details to those who have that skill, but the Leader is where the Buck Stops. Thus they need to be able to keep track of the details of the various projects while still listening.

We can all use this boiled down lesson in our own lives. Next year we have things we want to do. I have about 8 projects I am planning on doing. What will allow us to implement all our projects is organization. There’s a few levels of organization. Keeping a notebook where you can update the current status helps. Also weekly To Do lists allow you to make progress every week. And daily To Do lists will allow you to make progress on particulars each day. That way, even if you just make a call or send an email one day a week, you can slowly but surely finish your projects next year. Some projects require many hours of devoted labor such as repainting or remodeling. Putting these items on your calendar will allow you to allot enough time to get them done.

Like you always hear me say, we all have the same 24 hours as Obama has. The only difference is in what we are working on minute by minute. We have the power, but do we have the motivation? That is the real culprit J

Friday, December 24, 2010

All I want for Christmas

My heart overflows with joy as I am surrounded by my family this holiday season. In my family of nine children, I am the oldest. My family lives about eight hours away from me, so I don’t get to see them very often. Getting to know Jane, my youngest sibling who is all of 12 is a real delight. She told me she doesn’t have enough books around the house on history, so I bought her the 1021 page The History of the American People by Paul Johnson. She reads a few pages every night before we go to sleep.

Deciding what to get each of my sisters and brothers for Christmas has been a big challenge. I finally decided to take them to Ross Dress for Less and allow them to select one item of cloths. Then I took them a used bookstore and let them pick out 10 dollars worth of books.  Books hold information on every possible subject. The possibilities of a used bookstore where they can select any book should fill them with amazement. Some of them were excited and looked at each shelf with expectation. My brother, who is 14, said he did not like books. He loves airsoft guns and knows everything about guns. I found him The Patterns of War Since the Eighteenth Century by Larry H. Addington. He said he’d read it! Three of my sisters read avidly. All I want for Christmas is to watch my all little brothers and sisters love to read.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

My Mentor

My mentor and I meet every week for the past four years. She advises me, inspires me, motivates me, and keeps me on the right track. Our time together is invaluable. Its so crucial for everyone to have at least one mentor that they meet with regularly. Someone who is alike enough in mentality to “get” you and give you that little bit of encouragement that many of your friends won’t be able to provide. But your mentor should also be significantly ahead of you, so that they can be a walking example of success.
  
We talk to each other using a specific format: She reviews all the accomplishments and trials of the previous week. Then she reviews the challenges and goals for the next week. Afterwards I do the same. Then we pray together. We thank God for all the blessings of the previous week, and we pray that he will help us with the challenges of next week. Not everyone will want to do this but it accomplishes the following things for us:
1. Verbalizing all the blessings creates an overwhelming sense of gratitude.
2. Hearing all of her accomplishments and goals inspires me to reach higher.
3. We can encourage each other in the face of tough times because we each remember how we've been thru worse before.
4. She encourages me by not looking at me like I am crazy when I tell her my plans and ideas.

We've been through tough times together and as the new year looms big and exciting before us, we head into it with excitement.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Improving Your Brain Storming

The other night we had an improv party Bay Area Improv Theater Toby Martini. We were coming up with ideas for a show, but everyone felt stifled and uncomfortable. My friend Toby Martini (tobymartini.com), a professional Improv actor and business improv seminar leader, jumped in to help us out. He had us sit in a tight circle with our four sets of knees almost touching. He said we would have to name a new product and come up with description and then the slogan. The rules were no matter what anyone said we had to agree and build on top of it.

At first we were a little nervous. But then we got into the flow of it. We invented a dog house with a coffee dispenser in dog food flavors. We invented a little vampire like coffin for children to play with. We were laughing and having so much fun. Within 5 or 6 minutes we were warmed up and ready to start back on the serious business of brainstorming for real. I highly recommend you try this next time you need to brainstorm at a meeting. For more amazing ways to Improv your business, go to Tobymartini.com

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Reading Widely Next Year

I usually break my New years resolutions within two weeks, but this year I stuck with it. I wanted to listen to or read one classic every month.

The ones I finished:
Jan 2010: Moby Dick (***) t by Herman Melville,
Feb 2010: Great Expectations (*****) t by Charles Dickens
March 2010: War and Peace (*****) t by Leo Tolstoy
April 2010: Bleak House (*****) t by Charles Dickens,
May 2010:Alice in Wonderland (****) t by Lewis Caroll,
June 2010:Heart of Darkness (***) t by Joseph Conrad,
July 2010: The Idiot (***) t by Fyodor Dostoyevsky,
Aug 2010: Hamlet (****) p by William Shakespeare
Sept 2010: Around The World in Eighty Days (***) p by Jules Vern
Oct 2010: Lord of the Flies (***) p by William Golding,
Nov 2010: Kim (****) p by Rudyard Kipling
Dec 2010: One day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Still in progress)

Finishing this many books has given me a lot to think about.
Here are some of my thoughts.
1. Why aren't there amazing books like these written anymore. If you have a book that you think is equal to War and Peace and Bleak House, please let me know.
2. These books were not only written for pleasure of the reader, but they usually had an alternative motive:
War and Peace is full of Tolstoy's ideaology on how nations are guided by God and no one really knows how to direct a nation. Bleak House is an exposo on how currupt and useless the courts were in England in 1852. In Moby Dick, Melville wants to explain every aspect of whaling.
3. I want to read more classics, but this schedule burned me out.
4. You can't just read the classics, you need to read current books also to keep up on whats going on.
5. Often I've wondered if absorbing classics and a wide variety of books would have any impact on my creativity. I am glad to report that if it worked for me, it can work for you: Reading this many books inspired me to
 A. Write a book for 15 to 25 years olds to get with the program and stop wasting their lives
 B. Make a short movie
 C. Give lots of speeches which you can see on youtube.com/bettworld
 D. Start this blog and my other blog: www.youcanbeasoftwarearchitect.com
6. It makes me stop and listen to people because now I realize from how many different places people might be coming.
7. I feel so lucky to have access to so many great books which many people in history couldn't access

All this to inspire you, if you don't already, to read some classics next year as part of your new years resolutions. Ask me for a recommendation. I am a maven when it comes to books. I know about them and I love sharing and recommending the perfect book for whatever you need to know. Also if you want to recommend your favorite book to me, I'd be delighted!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Serial Experiements: Bett

Today, I followed my own advice and plotted my day on a pie chart. I discovered that if I spend 1 hour every day on each of my hobbies and 8 hours sleeping, I'd have 4 hours left over.

In Delivering Happiness, Tony Hsieh includes the following quote, "If you have more than three priorities, then you don't have any." -Jim Collins

My mistake was putting it all on one day. Our lives are made up of weeks and months. My theory is that you can only do one thing at a time, but if you schedule things on different days of the week or days of the month, you can get more than 3 things done over time. Time is the key variable in the equation.

I am going to spend next year as an experiment to see how much one person can accomplish.

I am either completely crazy, or a genius. Not really sure if the experiment will be conclusive!

Stay tuned!!

Impending Doom!

Read widely so you can figure out what’s going to happen next.

I just started listening to an audio book called The Next 100 Years by George Friedman. I've only listened to the first 3 hours, so I don't know yet if I can recommend it. He gives a quick insightful overview of history for the pragmatic purpose of predicting the next 100 years. I completely think it’s crazy to even predict next year, but Friedman gives us a macro view. He looks at population trends, geo-politics, and overall ambitions of countries.

The one point he makes which I found instructive is the life cycle of cultures:
1. Barbarism- the belief that ones own view points are the best views and trying to get everyone to agree with you. There is a zest for making an impact in the world.
2. Civilized – accepting others as just as valid as you, while still holding into truths
3. Decadent – thinking that believing in anything is foolish

America is in the first stage. We Americans are always predicting doom and demise of America. It’s because we are in the adolescent phase. It’s practically the American way to believe we are about to fall apart.

The third phase is where the culture gets lax. They stop thinking that they know best and stop trying to impact those around them. They stop taking risks or trying new things. They start withdrawing and losing their zest for life. Becoming so cynical that nothing matters anymore.

As a country the best thing is to be civilized while holding down their beliefs, but its tough to stay there.

Friedman makes a case that America is firmly at the beginning of its power and in the barbarism phase. Some of his reasons include the following:
1. The second largest country’s economy is Japan’s at 5,068,894 but the United States is 14,119,050.
2. Our military controls the all the Earth’s oceans. If anyone in the world wants to send anything anywhere, the US military knows and allows it.  

So he could be right about our country's constant fear of impending doom as just being a cultural thing, or we could be really on the edge of demise. Who can say?

So far the book has been great, but I’ll let you know how the rest of it turns out.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Impact and Laughter

Today, I gave a seminar at the Toastmasters Leadership Institute to teach the audience how to run an 8 week speaking course. I had the most incredible time. The audience also seemed to enjoy it! ;) Anytime you get to be infront of an audience is a chance you have to impact their lives for the better. I love making them laugh and seeing their eyes light up as they learn something. I also really enjoy taking questions and making up answers on the fly. Its such a challenge and a thrill.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Are you Delivering like Zappos?

I just finished a book you must read right now. Go to audible.com or amazon.com or whatever your favorite book retailer is and buy Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh.
Tony narrated the audio version which I listened to over my vacation to Arizona this past two weeks. His voice was very soothing as he explained the how he went from a worm farm to being CEO of Zappos in a very charming funny way. He definitely lived an exciting life, but the second part of the book is all about the Zappos culture. Tony details why he had to develop a defined culture after his mistakes made with his first company LinkExchange. He realized he couldn't let chance control the future of Zappos. In the beginning of any start up, only people whoare friends work at the company.

I experienced this at two of the start ups where I worked. Everything is exciting. People work all hours of the day. You are with your friends all the time. But then slowly start ups hire outsiders who are just there for the money. The culture goes down hill to just a bunch of people there to do a job and get out.

Tony studied what makes people happy such as the following:
1. Have a higher purpose
2. Make progress all the time
3. Get into flow

Then Tony applied it to give Zappos' a higher purpose: to make their customer's happy. He implements the happiness theories thru out the entire company. He has made a science of getting his culture right. He has lots of practical ideas which every company would benefit from.

Reading this book will make you happy, I guarantee it!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Armed to the Teeth with Knowlege

In order to survive in our crazy world we must be armed to the teeth with knowledge. Knowledge in the jungle kept our ancestors alive when they watched someone eat a berry and they fell over dead, they remembered not to eat that berry! In the same way, if we don’t know what industries are on their way out, and what industries are on their way in, then we won’t be able to survive. 

Now a days we have so many ways to learn. In the past people could only learn from their parents and the elders in their village. 

Now we have access to almost all the knowledge and wisdom of the ages. Some is stored in easy to access mediums such as movies, comic books, blogs, tweets, websites, magazines, radio, tv, and podcasts. Some of this is stored in mediums which take more effort to access such as people, degree programs, journals, poetry, documentaries, and books. 

The key is the quality of the information you’re absorbing. Make sure that the information is worth remembering.

There are three steps to being able to figure out what’s going to happen next:
1.      Research what happened before (history)
2.      Keep up with daily events (news)
3.      Learn in depth about what’s happening now (documentaries, current events books, podcasts)

The average American reads less than one book a year. They say that if you read 3 books on any subject you will be an expert in that topic. If you can master the power of reading books you will be heads above everyone around you. Almost all successful people have one thing in common: They read veraciously.

 Get the knowledge and arm yourself to the teeth, because the world is changing way to fast too sit back and hope someone else is going to tell you what’s going on.

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Force for Social Justice: Wilberforce

I never enjoyed the type of history full of numbers and names. I'd much rather learn about history thru biography.  Reading a few biographies a year will allow you to see your own time in a new light, and compare the lives of those around you (and yourself) to truly remarkable people. What you'll learn is the following:
1. Successful people all get "there" on their own terms
2. Successful people face very difficult challenges
3. Their tenacity is usually the reason for their success


I just finished a biography which I highly recommend if you need some inspiration.
Eric Metaxes' book Amazing Grace transports us back to the event which set up the US Civil war, England's abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire.  Well developed characters enrich  the vivid account of these historic events. Eric Metaxes writes with fantastic wit and tells a very personal story of Wilberforce's struggle against the Slave Trade from 1774 to 1833.

I recommend this book because it gives a unique point of view of the social justice as a creation during this time. Wilberforce had a big hand in creating a social conscious. Metaxes also explains the unintended consequences of the French Revolution on the freedom of the slaves.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Perfect Job Venn Diagram

I strongly believe that everyone should enjoy their life. In my earlier post, I showed a pie chart of an average person's day. We spend 1/3 of our day working.Thus if we spend 1/3 tortured, bored, feeling useless, then we are not enjoying 1/3 of our lives and are wasting them. 
There's no excuse for wasting your life.
Thus the next question is, how do I find my perfect job? Read on my dear reader.

Finding the perfect job is an ongoing task.

You need to identify the three following items:
1. What you like doing
2. What your skills are
3. What the world/market needs and wants

Then you need to find where they overlap.
This Venn diagram shows what you should do




The exciting part, is that all three of those variables will change regularly. So you need to constantly be updating your skills, discovering what you really enjoy and what the market is doing.

Go forth and enjoy!

Hire an architect

If you are not subscribed to Seth Godin's blog, then your missing out on crucial tips on the way our new market works.
Today's blog is vital and something very close to my heart: Architecture.
In this blog he makes the case for architects being the linchpin for small and large businesses because they tie the pieces of the business together.

Please check it out

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2010/11/hire-an-architect.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+typepad%2Fsethsmainblog+%28Seth%27s+Blog%29

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Are You Training Right Now?

If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are rotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing. Benjamin Franklin

I saw my little 12 year old sister playing a video game online yesterday. I asked her if she is training to be an expert video game player one day. 


We are all training for something. It might not be something we have thoughtfully considered. We spend time watching silly viral videos, reading Hollywood gossip, watching too much useless TV.  Those are hours we are training towards being a viral video expert, Hollywood Gossip expert.... You get the picture.

Better we should spend those hours more strategically by training for our goals.

It takes 10k hours to become an expert at something according to Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers. So what are we spending your time on? Will it be something worth while?


Plot your day in a pie chart
Each of us has the same amount of time as Thomas Edison had per day. Edison applied for over 1,000 patents during his life time. Take a serious look at what you spend your time on.

Write down the things you spend your time on and ask yourself does this help me achieve any of my goals (personal, career, family, community, health). If not, see if you can delegate this task to someone else or just quit doing it!

Becoming an expert in something will take 10 thousand hours. Each hour you loose not achieving mastery is an hour you can't get back. Time is not a renewable resource. Its your life, make it count.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Culture Making

We yearn for Technology solutions to our deepest problems.
-Andy Crouch

I am just starting a mind blowing book on Creativity called Culture Making by Andy Crouch. Even though I just started it, I know I can confidently recommend it to you. Please stay tuned for more updates on the inspiration he is giving me.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Limited Resource Emotional Energy

As a leader on a variety of voluntary projects I am always faced with having people let me down. Recently of the members on a project I am doing quit. It made me so mad, upset, and depressed. I questioned if I should just quit the whole project. Maybe it was a sign?

As a leader, we are very vunerable. We must trust people and delegate responsibilities to them. It’s very scary if it’s a really important task. I’ve had to learn how to deal with people letting me down. I used to spend a lot of time sad or mad at those who let me down.

Then realized my anger at the person who dropped out was wasting a precious resource: My Emotional Energy.

Each of us has a certain amount of Emotional Energy and anger, envy, and bitterness eat it up and provide absolutely no benefit. I realized I need to use my Emotional Energy to move my projects forward. Thus I moved on, and realized that I can find someone who has the time to join my committee. Life will go on and so will our projects.

Monday, November 1, 2010

my up coming speaking engagements and topics

I've just been reviewing and planning my up coming speaking engagements and topics, and thought I should share it. Maybe it will inspire someone.
These are all short, under 10 minutes. But they should keep me on my toes for the next few weeks! You can watch my videos on youtube.com/bettworld or youtube.com/telecomparktm.

11-03-2010: ISOP Graduation - Topic "Servant Leadership Advantage"
11-03-2010: 9-12 Toastmasters - Topic "Why You need Your DTM"
11-04-2010: Telecom Park Toastmasters - Topic "Farmville Crisis Management"
11-10-2010: 9-12 Toastmasters - Topic "Debate: Against Government Regulation"
11-16-2010: New Life Toastmasters - Topic "US Fiscal Policy: QE2"
11-11-2010: Telecom Toastmasters - Topic "US Fiscal Policy: QE2"
11-17-2010: 9-12 Toastmasters - Topic "BBQs with a Purpose"

My Addiction to Caffeine

Are you addicted? I was. People keep asking me why I quit caffeine, so here's the story. See if any of it rings true to you.

Every day was a roller coaster of emotions. I'd wake up feeling pretty good, but that would slowly ebb away into a weird off balanced feeling by 9:30. By 10, if I didn't get my tea, I'd feel like the world was squeezing me in. My world came to me in tunnel vision with the edges somehow clipped off short. I'd feel cranky and gave short reply's to my loving family and coworkers. I noticed that I'd just be in such a bad mood.
At first, one cup of tea was enough to keep me going. Then I had to up it to two.
Then I'd have another one at lunch time. Then another one around 3 or 4. My final cup was about 6 or 7. I'd have to get some more before I went to any meetings or events in the evening.

If I didn't have it soon enough, which always came sooner, I'd feel the squeeze of the world again.

I'd crash at night because I couldn't drink any caffeine after 6pm.

Almost right away I hated being addicted. I had always looked down on those addicted to things before, thinking they were weak. But now I realized how hard it was. I realized that if this is how I feel about caffeine, what must those addicted to drugs or alcohol feel? I'd seen movies showing the tortures people who had withdraws from drugs. If I was afraid of having a headache, how much worse it would be to have entire body tremors.

I kept looking for a time on my schedule where I could just go thru the pain. I finally picked a week starting on 10-9-2010. I used "Head On" headache pain reliever and drank lots and lots of water all day everyday. I ended up not having extreme pain. Just the tunnel vision and the squeezing pressure. It took about 6 days to feel fully normal.

Now I wake up feeling great. The entire day I feel full of energy and focus. I sleep much better at night also. I still would love to drink all the fun coffees and teas, but the caffeine really effects me now that I haven't been drinking it.

I think that its worth skipping the yummy drinks for all day high quality energy.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Campaign Promises

John Galsworthy said "Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem."

Campaign promises aren't usually based on reality. They are based on the idealism that comes from not having responsibility or in depth knowledge of the situation.

I always say that if I ran for office my platform would be that for Day Light Savings, We would "fall back" both times of the year. Thus giving everyone an extra hour of sleep twice a year. Its popular with the people, thus I am sure I'd get elected.

But setting our clocks back twice a year would have significant ramifications on our schedules matching with the sun. After a few years we'd be living a vampire's shift in the middle of the night, and going to bed at sunrise.

Leaders of any organization whether it is a company, a school, or a government need to create an infrastructure where its population can thrive and reach their goals.

For instance, in Toastmasters, the Vice President of Membership helps the members know how to get to their goals, but they don't give the speeches for the member. The member has to do the hard work of preparing and giving the speech.

Give our leaders support, tell them what we think on issues, and lets do our part to make our own dreams come true, because no one else will.

Thinking Big

Ben Carson’s humility comes through in this wonderful personal story of his childhood and especially of his mother’s harsh life. He brings us through those rough times into many medical cases that he faced and the lessons he learned through each of them.
Ben started life very poor and failing in school. His mother made a new rule that both her sons must read two books a week and write a book report on them. She also said that could only watch two TV shows a week. This new rule changed Ben’s life as he discovered a whole new world of books and went from bottom of the class to top with in a few years. Ben went on to become the youngest Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at John Hopkin’s medical center. His story inspires anyone, but I think its very important for young people to read. I have already given two copies of this book to high potential young persons.

I strongly recommend you put this on any young person’s Christmas gift list this year, and read it yourself as well.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Your life is measured in moments- Make Them Count

Recently, over hot meatball subs, my mentee and I talked about time management. She asked me how I get so many things done. I get this question so often and I am amazed that not everyone is doing the same things I do. So here is a quick list of my time management “tricks”
1. Have a clear understanding of your goals so you can quickly decide if some new thing that comes your way should go on your schedule or not.
2. Focus on one thing at a time. If you decided to work on your blog for an hour, don’t call your sister.
3. Use google calendar for all meetings/events. Its best to have access to it whenever anyone asks you to attend another event so that you can verify if your free. Double booking makes for stress.
4. Use your “free” time wisely. Prioritize what you need to get done, then when you have down time, use that to get some of those items finished.
5. Keep a todo list. Google has one that allows you to have different categories. I have one for each big project I am managing.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I am a Powerful Unstoppable Force

I am a powerful unstoppable force, and so are you.
Before you call me crazy, think about it.
We live in an age where we are extremely “powerful.”
We can get from Tampa Florida to France in 8 hours. We can have a face to face talk with a person in India over Skype…. For Free.
We can take medicines and have surgeries to save our lives. We can have c-sections instead of dying in labor. We can eat nutritious fresh fortified food all year long by simply walking into the grocery store. We have access to information about anything we want to know by searching in google. We can write a novel, a short story, a blog, a tweet and share it with anyone on the planet… instantly.

If we transported Leonardo Da Vinci, one of the most intelligent people of history, to our modern age, he would think we possessed magical powers. He would probably be dumbfounded. If we tried to explain to him how to use a computer, he wouldn’t even have a frame of reference for it.

Now lets think about how we use our power… Do we use our almost infinite strength to do good or do we waste it? I used to, like a lot of people, spend time wishing I had been born into another era, one of the past, where times were “simpler” but the more I read history and the more I think about the blessings we have today, I realize that we need to use our energies wisely. We must not waste this gift that our generation has been blessed with. We must use our powerful unstoppable force for Good.

Greg Mortenson - A hero for Fighting for our Dreams

Can one person make a difference? I always struggle with this question. When the world tries to force me to give up my dreams and tell me its impossible. When the world tries to push me into its too too tight ill-fitting mold, I need a role model. Someone to give me faith in the power of one person.

One such person to give us the faith we need in the power of one is Greg Mortenson. I just finished listening to Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. David took interviews with Greg and composed a fantastically well written book detailing the adventures of Greg’s trek up K2 in Pakistan. Greg has to fight very very hard to raise money to build schools for the extremely poor children in Pakistan which a special focus on girls education. His fight for his dream is inspiring and heroic.

He is a modern day hero who stood up against many difficulties and continues to fight to this day for these children across the world.
I highly recommend this book because of the beautiful language and vivid descriptions David uses throughout the book and because Greg is an inspiration for all of us to find ways to make a difference in our world. Find your faith confirmed in the power of one. You can make a difference.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Like There is No Tomorrow

Earlier this year my coworker came and sat down in my cube. His unexpected appearance created instant anxiety in me, but I had no idea what he was about to tell me. He told me Nick, a cube mate from a previous job died a week ago.

I am only 31. Thus not many of my friends have died. I asked a few questions that were almost automated, then my coworker left me to sit and think. The essential quality of what we call Life came squarely into focus. First his life flashed thru my mind. I had eaten so many lunches with him. Talked about culture and materialism the meaning of life. Now he was gone.

Had he fulfilled all his hopes and dreams? Had I? Have you? Life is short. We need to make sure we are living to the fullest. We need to think about what is important, and pursue it like there is no tomorrow, because there might not be one.

Collaboration

When I talk to someone new, I am actually interviewing the person and hoping they are interviewing me for a lifetime of creative collaboration. You can never find enough people with whom to conceive a brand shiny new idea to change the world.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Confidence of Youth

Tonight I read for a little boy tape for an audition after improv class. He was just a 7 year old but he was very confident. He said his lines very clearly and with passion.
If we all could reclaim that innocents when we thought we ruled the world....

Improv Class

Heading to my favorite event of the week: Ricky Wayne's Improv Class. Really gets my creative juices flowing!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Dealing with Stress

Today my sister and I worked out at the gym, my favorite hobby. We lifted weights together. She ran a 5k on the treadmill while I went on the stair climber. We worked out for about 2 hours. Exercise is the best stress reliever. When I came home I felt like a new person.
You need to find out what recharges you. Something you do that afterwards you feel calm and happy. I have a whole bunch of things including praying, walking, dancing, painting, great conversation, writing, laughing, cooking.
Find out your's, and then put it into your schedule.