Staying Positive

My weekend started with a not so unusual call from my oldest teen-ager.  “Dad something is up with my truck” my son said.

My son’s truck started to sputter out and not run. At least he had the fortitude to ask someone at the auto parts store what the particular engine light possibly meant.  Apparently the alternator had gone bad. Immediately my mind started down a path of “fatherly” questions; “How do we get this changed?”, “What will it cost?”, “Who can do this Friday after 5 PM?”

As my mind started to race into the negative, my son re-assured me that we could change it. I must admit, I am not a mechanic and I amnot comfortable changing parts on motors. However, he had called a friends father who does work on card and re-assured him it was pretty easy to change, then he went onto You-Tube and watched a couple videos and he checked the web site for the part and found out the price of the alternator. My son got my questions answered quickly.

At that point my only concern was for my own ability to help. As I got to him, he already had moved the air filter so we could get this done quickly. WIth my experience of tools and his determination, we were able to complete teh task and get him back on the road in about two hours.

This experience reminded me that I need to focus on the positive and on my God givem abilities to get things done. My son remionded me that I have skills and even if we don;t there is always You-Tube.. But with determination and focus we can accomplish many things we may not think we can.

We all have talents and skills and we need to remember we can accomplish many things. Many times we need to step out of our comfort zone to achieve great things.

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Pay Attention!

My daily commute is usually about 40 minutes. This includes  local city traffic when dropping one of my boys off at school then heading onto the highway to get to work. Now if you factor in sun and drivers that aren’t sure what lane to be in and drivers not paying attention to the road, the commute can be very stressful.

This includes the ever so present driver trying to read their “smart phone” while traveling at 70 miles an hour. I encountered this today as a driver was looking down at their cell phone that they put near where you look at your side mirrors.  The difference was the driving pattern that showed she was not paying attention to that big windshield in front of her. No accident for that driver yet.

We need to pay attention to what we do at the time we are doing it. If you don’ t want to do this for me, do it for your loved ones.   Do you want them to read about your last moments on this earth from a police report that said “texting while driving” or would you rather get to work or any other destination safely?  Our society really needs to pay attention and put down these devices while driving.  If you are not sure where you are going, pull over to the side of the road or stop and ask direction. Yes guys we can do this. Or use the “phone” part of your device to call someone.  Would you want a doctor to be texting while he should be focused on doing heart surgery on you?  We can pay attention to our current task.

Try this when you talk to someone today. Pay attention to the person and ignore your cell phone..

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A.D.D. & IT

Do you need to have A.D.D. to be in IT?  Just a thought.

Think about it! IT people have to put out fires quick and at all hours of the day. We have to fix all kinds of things at a very rapid pace. We don’t just sip water, we have to drink water from a fire hose. We swim with the sharks.

The IT field moves a such as rapid pace, we need to be able to focus on the current item while it is hot. Usually just a short time, then another, newer, shiny item will become a hotter priority to gain our focus.  This type of environment can frustrate many people that want to be methodical and investigate everything.  I would think those with A.D.D. could function well in an environment like this. IT offers an environment that has short focus times and many items to gain our attention. It sounds like a perfect fit.

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“The IT GEEK That Can Speak”

Intense Focus or Oblivion?

I   was at the grocery store last night and had an interesting observation.

  As I was leaving the store, a mother and her two children were in front of me. In this particular store, there is an escalator to go to the ground level when you leave. In Flroida some stores are like that due to flood zones. Anyway, the family got on the escalator and the young boy was getting on as well when he stopped. I waited and noticed how intensly he was looking at his game device.  I asked him to watch his step and then he noticed he needed to get on. As we rode down, he “focused” on his game device again and I remonded him that antoher step was coming as we approached the end. After he got off the escalator his mother had to direct him as to which direction to walk as he kept his “focus” on his game and not his surroundings.

   This is how so many accidents occur with cell phones/”Smart” phones.  Are we focusing or making ourselves oblivious to our surroundings?  I have seen people get so wrapped up in what their so called “smart” phone does that they don’t even hear what is happening around them. Why? What is so amazing about these devices?  We need to focus on being out in nature and communicating with other people because our society has forgotten how to communicate with each other.

  Store signs have q codes on them instead of stating “ask your server or sales representative”.  How easy is it to find a phone number to contact a call center for help?  You either chat on-line or send an e-mail. 

  Perhaps it is time we focus on not being oblivious  to our surroundings and others in our community and focus on being better human beings.

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Our World, Our Focus

I received this quote from Brian Jhonson creator of en*theos and I wanted to share it.

It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
                                                                                                                           Ralph Waldo Emerson
   I find this interesting because our society today gets so “busy with stuff” that we end up “going with the flow” and many times we do not stick with our own values or ideasl of life.  Perhaps we can all look at how we can stick to our values no matter what society “offers”. Jim Rohn and Zig Ziglar used to talk about this concept in many of their speeches. We need to be meaniningful specifics rather than wondering generalities.
   I was talking to a friend the other day and we commented on how many people are consumed by their electronic devices, iPads, iPhones, laptops etc. People will be sitting next to each other texting each other or viewing their facebook accounts when they need to pay attention to one another.
   My wife and I got a chance to go to dinner without the kids recently and I noticed a couple that wasn’t talking to each other sitting at the table next to us. They weren’t talking but they were reviewing all kinds of things on their phones.  Does that sound like quality time?  I purposely don’t look at my phone when I get a chance to be with my wife. I have it on buzz and I know if it only buzzes twice, I can deal with it later. Try it, you may like it.
   We need to focus on what is important, the people we have in our lives and the time we have with them. Not the gadgets and interruptions. We cannot get time back or get a re-do of time.  We have to make the best of each 24 hour segment we get the honor to enjoy.
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Read and Re-Read

Yesterday I was asked about something I read from a book, Strength Finders by Tom Rath. Although I didn’t remember what my strengths were from reading the book, it did spark me to go back and review my strengths.

I was thinking more this morning about this scenario. How many of us read a book, perhaps a GREAT book to then put it on the shelf?  Do you ever re-read you GREAT books?  This questions inspired me to go back a re-read a GREAT book. If we have these “Great” resources at our finger tips are we using them?

If you haven’t read Strength Finders I highly recommend it. This book offers good insights as to what your personal strengths are and guides you with suggestions to develop your personal strengths. My strengths are:


People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what

could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.


People who are especially talented in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have a

flexibility that complements this ability. They like to figure out how all of the pieces and

resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.


People who are especially talented in the Focus theme can take a direction, follow through,

and make the corrections necessary to stay on track. They prioritize, then act.


People who are especially talented in the Achiever theme have a great deal of stamina and

work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive.


People who are especially talented in the Positivity theme have an enthusiasm that is

contagious. They are upbeat and can get others excited about what they are going to do.

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Losing is Easy

I heard this phrase from a co-worker of mine when several people were discussing the weekend football results. The Monday armchair quarterback syndrome of analysis and woulda coulda shoulda ideas of coaching college and NFL teams.

What struck me about this phrase was how true it is. The question I thought about was, how often do we let ourselves lose because it is easy. Jim Rohn spoke about this idea many times. It may be easier to get a snickers bar when you have that afternoon lul because you don’t have to walk too far. when you could by-pass the candy and take a short walk around the office or go outside for a few minutes and walk around the parking lot to get fresh air to revive yourself. It might be easier to hit the snooze button rather than get up when the alarm goes off because your tired or it is cold or it is early. It may be easier, but when you wake back up after 30 minutes and realize how late you are, your day starts out way too crazy.

These small items are forms of discipline. Discipline will not let us lose in our life. We can have discipline to study, work harder get physically fit, spend quality time with family. These type of activities will let us win and not lose in out lives. Yet these small acts of discipline may be hard at first, but will get easier, allowing us to succeed.

Lets not make Losing Easy. Lets make Succeeding Easy.

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