A friend of mine just recently shared with me that they had received a promotion from being one of the Project Managers to now holding a much larger leadership role, essentially managing all of the PMs in the organization.
His jump is well-deserved as he’s done a fantastic job historically and has proven his leadership capacity in his previous role when challenged. I can’t think of a better guy to have been given the green light for managerial advancement.
And clearly via my last conversation with him he’s delighted (as he should be) and is looking positively at a great 2014 year professionally. It’ll be a year of stretching, that’s for sure, but he’s’ got all the natural resources that he needs to be a success. I hope senior leadership will continue to give him the challenges and mentoring he needs to take it to the next level.
F. Scott Fitzgerald once shared these beautiful thoughts:
That is part of the beauty of literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.
It can be incredibly difficult to feel as if you belong in all of the surroundings and environments that you actively engage in. Your family (direct and extended), your work colleagues and peers, your friends in a variety of different social circles (spiritual groups, workout buddies, LAN Party bros, etc.). When you do find that you “fit” it can be intoxicating.
Kevin Rose shared the other day this interesting idea for yet another blog platform. In light of my recent thoughts regarding the growing complexity of blog UI this is a refreshing take on model that’s been well-worn.
I’m not entirely sure if I want everyone knowing that I do most of my writing in a dark room that’s lit only by my notebook’s screen and that I typically have nothing more than my boxers on but that’s what Kevin’s proposing. Let me rephrase that; you all now know that I do these things but I’d much rather have you not verifiably see it.
My wife is not quite yet a professional blogger but I think she’s got all the natural resources to become one (if she wanted to be one, that is). It might be in her future with her new joint venture with a long-time friend and I’d love to see her just knock it out of the park.
More importantly I’m glad she’s not doing it alone - she’s got a better chance of success in that regard. But despite the advantages and natural resources she has it’s still a challenge because the art and science of becoming a professional blogger is as much about writing as it is the operational and business side of the entire endeavor. You need both.
In other words you need to not only consistently create compelling and worthwhile content but also have enough of a business mind to make the mental jump required to convert one’s content into verifiable cash.
Consequently the blog becomes a job and your job is to blog.
Is everything truly a “remix”? Here’s a good look at the iPhone and all of it’s “groundbreaking” innovation, which are very-much borrowed from a ton of different sources.
The original iOS and iOS 7 illustrate two different kinds of copying in two very different creative landscapes.
I’m a super-fan of blogging and despite my enjoyment of WordPress in particular I’ve become much-more agnostic in my appreciation for blogging platforms in general. I’ve tried most blogging applications under the sun and most of them do the job just fine.
In fact, it almost doesn’t matter the platform choice but rather the you do, in fact, choose to blog (and do it consistently – I argue that one should blog daily).
This video is well worth listening to and watching. Some incredible insights and things to mull over in your brain. Give them a few moments of your time and see how they sit with you.