I wonder, when do people have time to blog?
I have been pretty busy these days with work, pet projects and other things that make life enjoyable. Using my del.icio.us account, I have found a nice and easy way of keeping a backlog of articles to read! I do now fully understand Guy Kawasaki‘s blog tagline, a definition of the word “blogger”:
Blogger. n. Someone with nothing to say writing for someone with nothing to do.
My thought about this is that its all about prioritizing. We always have excuses about everything… no time, too busy… what ever. The thing is, if we get bogged down by every little thing, NOTHING is gonna get done! An interesting article that I’ve read recently (skimmed through would actually be more appropriate) is Bob Parson’s 16 rules article. I’ve gotten to this article through Leila’s blog who does a very good summary of Parson’s post.
I highly recommend this read to the 2 of you people reading this. It really captures what I think are the most important ingredients for success (not in any particular order): A positive outlook to life, willingness to learn in all cases, have fun doing what you do, stand up for yourself, always move forward (even if its not the best decision at the moment) and do it fast, prioritize and DO things (as opposed to thinking and talking about things without any resulting actions… there’s more, so READ THE ARTICLE!!!).
I find Parson’s rule number 1: get out of your comfort zone to be a really good advice. The way I find that I do it is by committing myself to doing something to people, in which way I’m putting pressure on myself to actually do it! That’s my way of treating my laziness for instance.
I think the sum, or maybe third variable of the 16 rules is confidence. Those 16 rules may be influencing this other attribute or it might be the other way round, but I think that’s an essential factor in success. An analogy to that is the kind of dude that scores with the ladies. Although this might be a symptom of some emotional or social insecurity, chances are the dude scores because he exudes more of that confidence-moolah. He may have the ugly teeth (yes that’s Thom Yorke), a slouch, but man, he goes up to the chick (although he probably felt the butterflies in the stomach, and sorry for the pejorative term ‘chick’… I’m not known for political-correctness) and said “hi” (BTW i’m very happy in my relationship with Kristel and am by no way a player ). Nice guys do finish last… that is, it depends on what you mean by “nice guy“.
But in any case, I hope to have provided some food for thought and who knows… positively affected somebody in the world somehow.