Two days down and I missed one!

reid-hoffman-quoteSo I restarted this blog with the idea that I was going to write every day for 365 days. Well, I made it two days and then missed a day. So, I keep going. I make it up. I start again.

In his writing everyday, Seth Godin recommends being completely analytical in your writing. I am so much an observation type personality that I struggle between the differences in observation and analysis. For me they are very much the same as I see things that others miss or find patterns that have not been revealed before.

I’m so glad that digital is forgiving– that I can miss and catch-up. That we can launch and then adjust.

Delivering: Writing new every day

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Three years, three months and a few weeks. That was the last time I wrote on this blog. Not the last time I wrote, but just the last time for this blog. I’ve tried writing for it since then and there are numerous drafts hidden in the admin panel on this site, but nothing has been published. Until today.

seth-godin-quoteLast week as a listened to the weekly EntreLeader podcast with Dave Ramsey interviewing Seth Godin. Seth issued a challenge to write analytically everyday preferably on a blog where you publish it for everyone to see. As I was approaching my forty-first birthday this seemed like an appropriate challenge for me for year 42– to write on a blog (this old blog of mine) everyday for 365 days in a row. So on my forty-first birthday, March 23, 2016, I’m reviving this blog with a new theme (new password) and plenty of WordPress updates and a new post. The first of 365 new posts.

I don’t have an agenda or a topic for my next 365 posts. I’m sure much of will be reflective of where I am and what I’m thinking about. At this point I’m very curious how much private information I will share– I like to think I’m transparent, but frankly I’m sure I have my closets I don’t want to let anyone into just like everyone else.  I’m sure I’ll talk about Team SI and what it’s like leading a digital firm that changes every week. I’m sure I’ll write about storytelling and digital marketing. Then of course there’s the areas where I think I’m a SME– healthcare, higher education and journalism. And maybe even posts about my family. We  have some milestones we’ll cross this year. In the search of 365 posts I will probably even delve into those topics you are supposed to avoid– religion and politics.

One down. 364 left.

 

Chasing less to reach more

“Success is catalyst for failure.” “The undisciplined pursuit of more.”

It’s almost like you can’t really win when you win.

Greg McKeown on the Harvard Business Review blog recommends purposely pursuing less by using extreme criteria to eliminate what’s not essential to you. You’ve probably heard that before, but then he goes on by encouraging you to quit giving more value to something just because you already have it.

Instead of asking, “How much do I value this item?” we should ask “If I did not own this item, how much would I pay to obtain it?” And the same goes for career opportunities. We shouldn’t ask, “How much do I value this opportunity?” but “If I did not have this opportunity, how much would I be willing to sacrifice in order to obtain it?”

I’ve had a quote from German theologian Frederick Buechner in my desk draw for about 6 years that directly relates to finding that point of what’s absolutely essential to you.

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

Hallways: the best part of a conference

Where do you get the most out of a conference? Keynotes from the big names? Practical break out sessions with best practices? The showroom floor with vendors?

Hallways receive my vote for the best part of a conference (especially those with big leather couches). I’ve been to large conferences with 15,000  in swarming masses and to small conferences with only 12 attendees and in both cases (and all in between) I’ve benefitted the most from the conversations in the hallway. Some of those are random conversations that I’ve struck up with the person sitting beside me and others are more strategic accidentally running into a speaker  (after stalking them from the speaker’s lounge).