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Month: January 2010

The need to slow down

The words of the master were sign #3;

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Mr Ferris Bueller

Seriously, in last 4-5 days I’ve seen nothing but signs that say – slow down. First it was the International Institute of Not Doing Much and then Good magazine has an whole issue towards slowing down. So I did what any self-respecting person who thinks that the random appearance of three similar ideas/objects will bring meaning to life and slowed down. Here is what I’ve done so far.

1) I’ve stepped back. I’ve tried to observe what is going on around me. How are things moving around me? What am I moving around? So far, what I’ve noticed is things are not really that complex. If you just notice, most solutions and ideas are right in front of you. You just might need a different perspective. Going a tad slower allows for the possibility of multiple perspectives.

2) Enjoy more by doing less. 2K10 friendship day was great. Simple. Awesome. Noticed many small things. Felt weird and sorry and sad for Tyson

3) Turned the corner. Broke a promise never to blog too personal. Can’t win them all.

And in turn slow fashion…that’s about all I have to say about that for now. Though, has given me time to have a few good thinks.

A person should not believe in an “-ism,” he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, “I don’t believe in Beatles, I just believe in me.”

Mr Ferris Bueller

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Need inspiration? Follow the money

At work I was asked to contribute to a white paper on “what provides you with inspiration” with further direction that “blogs are not allowed”. One of my colleagues shared that she picks a new place she wants to visit each month and researches it online like she was going there.

Clever. I like that and may steal it.

So I had a think as to where I take my mental breaks and get inspiration…besides blogs and RSS feeds. Looking back on my behavior over the last couple of months – I get a lot of inspiration from reading Smart Money and Fortune Small Business. I tend to read those magazines cover to cover. Why? Because from them you can read several different packs of tea leaves from several different angles. For example in this month’s Smart Money there is an article about the housing marketing – What’s Your House Really Worth?. Now, I haven’t read the entire article yet but the part of the article that got me thinking was how new home purchasers are using mortgage data pulled from multiple internet sites to make their offers – and getting great deals. Then they had a side bar reviewing the different sites.

What peaked my interest is how the internet is exposing data and the changed behaviors we have because of it. That there is enough data, accessible in a way for the average user to make a smarter decision about anything. I wonder if I need to make a t-shirt that says, “Did you check your internet before making that decision?”

I kid about that…but really, how many smarter decisions could we make if we would look at internet first?. I mean, I love my android barscan app to price check wine to compare prices and read reviews (although, hasn’t stopped me from buying it at that location yet…but I’m sure it will soon)

I like reading Smart Money and Fortune Small Business because it tips me off to the innovative ways people are solving problems around the business they create or the financial problems they are solving. You can learn a lot from what others are being successful at, and re-purpose that to ideation in your own life. That is one of the places I get inspiration. Thinking about it, I should probably ad the Economist to that list.

And no, this post was not solicited by either magazine

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A time to blog?

The short of it: I’ve blogged on and off and off and quite and restarted and stopped and created an excuse and quite and….It’s been a vicious cycle. So why go at this again?

Well, I think we are actually headed into a really interesting time in the space that I work and like to spend time thinking about – some sort of digital marketing something. Think it is a good time to be writing again.

I’ve also decided to blog everyday for a year. 365 posts. I’ve needed a fun challenge for awhile now. To help supply material, things I find interesting I’m tumblring.

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