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Goodbye Old Friend

 

Hello Old Friend,

I know I will never see or hear from you again and it made me think of all the sweet and savory times we had together. Do you remember the truffle popcorn as we reclined to watch movies in the theater? Or my boxing fights you always attended and stood firm against my rivals with me? Perhaps last winter as I visited Chicago to try the menus there?

You can't imagine the despair I felt in the abrupt moment of your departure. Gone, with the crunch of a cracklin', as quickly as I was aware of your existence. 

I am sorry it took losing you to see the impact you had on my life this far. Due to one slip of the teeth my 29th molar will have to fight on through my omnivorous habits without its finest piece of enamel. 

RIP and goodbye chip of my tooth. May you enjoy the sights and sounds of Paris!

 

Don't Wait

The wait game is a cruel deterioration of time and energy.

We believe that if we plan accordingly, create timelines, or scope out every possible scenario to make sure that our brand/business/project/etc. is perfectly thought out we will succeed.

But, that thinking is all wrong.

To succeed, we must act.

To progress, we must move forward, not simply think about the future.  The future will come no matter what. However, whether we are forward moving or just a standard of measurement is decided by what we do, not what we think.

Search Vs. Seek

Search

To look for the physical.  Tangible evidence that we can procure and either produce ourselves or reproduce under our own name.

Many past companies and people have searched for long times to establish themselves with some physical object. Whether you can touch it or not many productions of yesterday and today are able to be seen, touched, and changed. Software systems can have new code written into a computer and social programs can be written upon. These are the products of people using their minds and time to search for something to create and thrust their name upon.

Seek

To actively search for the non-physical. More of a hope and wish that by looking into the future or in the environment around us we may find who we really are.

Everyone has sought a placating, excitable, or encouraging feeling before. These are the emotions and ideas that keep us chugging along with our dreams. It is a harder concept to grasp as our minds are built to wander and bounce around from scrap of idea to scrap of idea.

The end product can lead to many searches, however. One spark of an initiative or idea can give rise to a multitude of others searching for a way to embrace what has already been defined through seeking.

 

Search and seek are used almost interchangeably today. They may be able to handle both definitions, but I see it as a physical vs. philosophical pursuit.

In your quest to make an impact on the world are you utilizing "search" or "seek"?

Where to Start?

Knowing where to start may be the hardest idea to think about.  Many times we can see where we want to be, but do not know where the ignition switch is. Usually it is hidden right underneath our anxiety or inside the vault of a peer's mind, but to find it we must relax. 

On so many occasions I can see myself a year or two from now and what I want to be doing. My past times typically turn into my career and new past times arise. I have never had a set hobby list except for exercise and books. If I could eat, run, and read all day every day I believe I would. And yet, it is obvious to say, but this is not a way to make a living. 

So, I typically find myself laying around-burnt out-wondering how to get to where I see myself, and I see that a lot of people feel the same. 

 

First, relax. It has taken me years to learn that slowing down and even stepping away is a good thing. I have tons of energy and usually exert myself like a hummingbird. Always in motion, inertia carrying me around, and if I stop, I die. Many people today work like this. Trying to see where to fit in and find the next project, the next idea, or the next business. What we fail to see while moving so quickly is that everything else is moving around us all the same.

Whizzing and spinning almost on the brink of implosion and all dedicated to the same train of thought. Stopping and noticing the craziness is the best way to really see what you want and where to start.  A majority of us see what others are doing and wish to mimic that pattern. We may believe that we are pioneering a new way, but it is only when we take our unique position on that pattern does it become a new invention. To find out what your position is on whatever you wish to do you must slow down.

 

Second, set dates. I have had LOTS of projects on the back burner. Always telling myself that I need one more thing before I could work on the big stuff. That is me lying to myself. And when I see those big projects now (5 months into 2014) I feel terrible. I have not treated those projects with the attention and care that they deserves because they ARE my starting pieces. They ARE my ignition switches. 

I have now set dates for each project: my new website and my video series. These two projects will be my babies for the next month. I will work an hour in the morning and two at night on them plus all my note jotting. I want to create things and these projects will be  my great place to start.

Creating is the most effective way to truly find what you want and to get there. I can dream all day long about traveling and meeting new people, but if I stay in my house contemplating various ways to travel then I am missing the point. 

 

Put down your mind maps. Put down your "brainstorming" hours. Create. Build. Destroy. Rebuild.

I Need To Remember...

Volunteer more. It puts everything in perspective.

Don't be too serious. Embrace my nerd-dom. 

What has passed has led to today.

There will always be something to work on. Make it your best, then move on.

Don't drink brightly flavored sugar syrup.

Work to understand people's past, decide whether or not to contribute to their present, and that I shape their future no matter what.