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End Of The First Year

Guaranteed

Ain’t much in life guaranteed, is there?  Death and taxes, to be sure.

Death.

That’s the one.

What a beautiful gift death should be.

Just like what a beautiful gift birth should be.

And the beautiful gift of the part called “life” – in between the two.

And here’s one more thing that’s guaranteed – life will be difficult.

Guaranteed.

And this simple fact presents us with the most glorious opportunity known to humankind.

Carpe diem.

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End Of The First Year

Five Times A Day – Part One

Most posts I write are relatively brief; however, this one may take a while. And bailing at this point is up to you.

But may I just say one thing before you go, and it’s something I’ve always known.  In fact, I honestly believe every one knows this.

The difference between those who are excellent, versus those who are good or very good, is three things:

  1. Focus
  2. Discipline
  3. Hard Work

In February, I recall a conversation with our son (then eight) that went like this, “If you want to be a good reader, you should read a lot.  If you want to be a good runner, you should run a lot.”

He was doing his nightly reading homework, and I was doing my nightly stretching in preparation for the August Masters Track & Field World Championships in Finland.

Then the epiphany, “If you want to be a good writer, you should write a lot.”

So I set out on a 100-day challenge.  Write every day. Perhaps a stretch with one daily blog, but I had set up five blogs.

How in the hell heck does a person write five blogs a day, every day?

Impossible.

Well, maybe not impossible for 100 days, right?  I mean, apply the keys to success – focus, discipline and hard work.

One-hundred days.  “You can do it, dude”, I said to myself.

To be continued….

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First 30 Days

MacBook, Excellence and Change?

MacBook, Excellence and Change?

In an ongoing effort to be excellent, I bought a MacBook on Saturday.

Friends and colleagues have told me for years that Apple computers are way beyond a Microsoft Windows Internet experience. 

I thought, “How different could it possibly be“?

In a nutshell, here’s why I went Apple

Intuition!

After recent “pressure” from a few friends and some simple Disney continuous improvement tactics, I determined that hands down, the iPhone is my next phone.

When I started to see gigantic differences between an Apple iPhone and other phones, I took a quick look at Apple computers.   Know what my first reaction was?

WOW!

Expensive?  

Yes.

Cheaper options?

Yes.

Than why?

This is one of those times where I think to myself, “If I have to explain it to you, you won’t understand“.

While Apple’s market share is pale compared to Microsoft, it won’t be forever.

MacBook, Excellence and Change?   Damn straight!

Carpe diem, jeff noel  🙂