Don’t Ask Me, Just Try It

The access to diversity of thought now is now the greatest it’s ever been.

100 years ago you had access to only one way of thinking*. The internet has changed that.

“Diversity of thought” is the concept that there are people who know a lot, have some authority, and end up in a different intellectual place than others.

If you have access to this blog, chances are you have access to YouTube,Codecademy,UdemyOne Month, etc. All these places have courses (and in YouTube’s case, a lot more).

You can spend the day learning about Alan Watts, Seth Godin, and Martin Luther King Jr through a course, a lecture, or biography for free or slight cost.

These are free platforms where one can express her views,  combine them, deconstruct them as often as you want, all for no cost.

When this is clear to those who want to pick up the tools, magic happens.

The best part? No Ph.D , magic wand, or gatekeeper required.

* Unless you traveled, which was a rarity before the airplane. Most people didn’t go further than 10 miles from home their entire life.

Life As Usual Video Blog #16 – Minimalism

Every week I do a video blog (or VLOG).

 

This week I talked about minimalism.

When I started this,  I was very scared of putting myself on video, so I got the courage and put myself in the arena, killing a lot of bad self talk.This gives me the chance to work on my communication skills, start a new medium, and experiment!

Once a week, after I have thought about them, I will give them a day here on the blog.

These aren’t just promotion posts (although they are, please watch and share :-) ) I want to take the time to break them down and try to clarify what I want to communicate and the tactical things I learned through doing.

If you enjoyed the video, and if you want to get on the ride, please,subscribe to my YouTube channel, and join my Facebook page where I post them every Sunday night.

What I Wanted To Communicate About Minimalism

Working with less allows you to work with more. Minimalism is the art of “minimizing” or eliminating the things that aren’t necessary to focus on the things that are.

  • Less to keep up and clean up – When you try minimalism, you have less to clean up.How much easier is it to clean your place when you have to pick up five things instead of fifty.
  • More energy to appreciate when you have – It’s easier to appreciate the stuff you have when you have less of it. If your shirt tears up, then its easier to see you need to fix it.
  • Your place (brain) works better and feels better  when you have less to support then you have more mental processing power to work with.

What I Learned Doing This Video

  • Standardizing the intro and outro made this quicker.
  • Light is important – I need to check out a tutorial on it.

@GaryVee Led Me To Snapchat and I Realized Something

My natural inclination was to stay away for social media

For most of my life, I thought social media apps were time sinks (or wastes of time), where when I engaged, I felt like I didn’t connect with my greatest moments. Even worse, the social media stuff was boring.

If you look at my Instagram before 2016, it’s horrific. There is a ton of emptiness, and the pictures that do exist are a horrible snap shot of my life. It is a mix of me trying “artistic” shots and wondering why the app existed – and then it becomes nothing.

If you looked at my other social media outlets, it’s more of the same. There is no consistency, there is no story. In fact, instead of me reaching out and trying to connect, most of my posts are me being someone I am not.

Another part of the Dayjob

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What does this even mean?

Changes…Changes…

In 2014, I read Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World, and I got introduced to Gary Vaynerchuk. At first, I thought, what a loud brash guy, but he was a Jets fan.

 I thought I understood the book, but it took almost a year for it to snap into focus.

What I didn’t see is that social is about connection. The apps don’t exist to show off my life, they are there to allow connection at scale.

But I still didn’t get this yet. It took some time, and I had to get obsessed.

So what did I do

Of course I went all in, signed up for his YouTube, and got into his other keynotes, mining for information.

I heard him talking about Snapchat, and raving about it. So like most people, I went ahead and gave it a spin.

I found it boring.

I realized the boring came because most people are awful at it.

All sunshine and rainbows

People use “the snap” for things that are better suited for other networks.

I don’t think Snapchat is for that. The value add that comes from Snapchat is impromptu connection.

It is connection, through the randomness of life. It is learning through doing. Snapchat wins for the content creator because it gives us a view on what you do, honestly, in bite sized chunks. The shortness of the snap, the chance that you might miss it, having double opt ins, all mean that you have to want the material, and you have to digest it.

This is the greatest move in gaining attention in the moment.

The best people I see using the service do so in a candid way. You put a piece of yourself out there, and it opens the door for honest conversation. It’s why when you answer a snap, you find the conversation going in a million places.  You get more from adding and getting than you do from subtracting and synthesising.

So, if you want a service that builds on you talking about your day, about connecting with important work, about getting to know people, Snapchat is your deal. It is a place for real insight.

Find me there , @thehonorableAT, and be ready for a message. I love interacting, and talking back 🙂

Life As Usual Video Blog #5 – Preparation

Every week I do a video blog (of VLOG). This week I talked about preparation.

When I started this,  I was very scared of putting myself on video, so I got the courage and put myself in the arena, killing a lot of bad self talk.This gives me the chance to work on my communication skills, start a new medium, and experiment!

Once a week, after I have thought about them, I will give them a day here on the blog.

These aren’t just promotion posts (although they are, please watch and share :-) ) I want to take the time to break them down and try to clarify what I want to communicate and the tactical things I learned through doing.

If you enjoyed the video, and if you want to get on the ride, please,subscribe to the YouTube channel, and join the Facebook pagewhere they post every Sunday night.

What I Wanted To Communicate About Preparation

Preparation has a ton of benefits. It isn’t something I do well in my life, and I am looking to improve what I can do.

I hit on three bullet points

  • Preparing helps cut fear of doing work. You feel better and stay present after preparation.
  • Preparing is a force multiplier, you get better when you take time to prepare, in some ways one minute spent preparing gives you 10 extra minutes of action.
  • Don’t get locked in the act of preparation. The map is not the territory, use it as an aid. The objective is the task, not the plan.

What I Learned Doing This Video

  • No auto focus is better.
  • 15 minutes of tape ended up being under 5 minutes.
  • I learned how to use my tripod (sounds silly, but before I just stabilized it on a pile of boxes.)

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Life As Usual Vlog #4 – Lessons and Message

Every week I do a video blog (of VLOG). This week I talked about rest.

When I started this,  I was very scared of putting myself on video, so I got the courage and put myself in the arena, killing a lot of bad self talk.This gives me the chance to work on my communication skills, start a new medium, and experiment!

Once a week, after I have thought about them, I will give them a day here on the blog.

These aren’t just promotion posts (although they are, please watch and share 🙂 ) I want to take the time to break them down and try to clarify what I want to communicate and the tactical things I learned through doing.

If you enjoyed the video, and if you want to get on the ride, please, subscribe to the YouTube channel, and join the Facebook page where they post every Sunday night.

What I Wanted To Communicate About Rest

Rest is important. We often put it off, relying on the idea that “you sleep when your dead”. This puts us at a serious disadvantage. Our minds don’t grow when we don’t let them recharge.

I hit on three bullet points

  • Slowing down at work to give yourself the mental room to deal with new, different types of stress
  • Volunteering, allows you to rest some of the other muscles you train often (through work).
  • Sleep. We often don’t get enough of it.

What I Learned Doing This Video

  • Don’t use auto focus, it makes the picture jarring (Thanks Wale!)
  • I can use editing software on my phone to learn the basics.
  • It’s ok to cut things up, and make mistakes. Better to go long then to go short.

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Creating and Risk

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Creating stuff sucks.

One thing is for sure, our brains run from it when its close to home, because suddenly, risk..

Risk that is out-of-bounds by being too big (I am not scared of risking 100 million dollars, because I don’t have it, so its easy for me to say it about a company ) or too small ( likewise, I am not running away from hot or iced coffee) isn’t scary to us at all.

Neither of the risks above matter to me because they don’t matter. Capital at that level  doesn’t exist for me and coffee, hot or cold accomplishes the objective. But shipping – a whole other creäture.

Shipping is scary because it is close.

Creating something productive is scary (Producing a YouTube video about this blog). It creates a risk of being seen. That risk turns into doubt.  (People could scream how dare I) It is unpredictable, so it is a risk.

With that said, the risk is big enough to push new skills (Video Editing, Producing) and small enough to just do (Just pick up a camera and shoot). The fear comes from the idea that failure is an option. I don’t need much convincing to stop trying. Much easier to pick up the Witcher 3, cruise YouTube, and text people to not feel alone.  Failure hurts.

But you don’t grow without it.

 

The reason to go through with the pain is two-fold.

  1. Adjustment – In December, When you step out of your house in the morning with no jacket, it is obvious how cold it is.  The first day will be awful. That is how creating feels for me. Each time I go out, I still feel that cold, but it becomes a bit better. Our bodies adjust, and the skills that you learn adjust too.
  2. Vision – You can’t see if you stay in the same place. Lately I have seen life as a forest, and each risk we take, especially the ones that scare us, cut down a bit to start a path (Our authentic selves) in front of us.  Even failure cuts that forest a bit.  So what you failed – you get abetter each time.