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Taking some time off

I’m taking some time off from my day job to hit reset.

Five years ago I was a leader in Enterprise Security, speaking at conferences like SXSW and GLXP team summits, telling great stories and making a difference.

Somehow I’ve settled for working for the weekend.

And by time off I mean busting my ass. There will be no hammocks and cocktails involved.

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Go first

For years I’ve been saying that I need a tattoo with the phrase

You become what you think about. – Earl Nightingale

This simple phrase has kept me on track in placing the important things in my life on the top of everything else. When you think about negative things you become negative. When you think about positive things you become positive. When I read books about aviation, outdoors and opening frontiers I can’t help but become a better aviator, outdoorsman and seeker of new frontiers. When I watch how-to videos on cooking I become a better cook. When I read articles about exercise and health it causes me to take action, exercise and be more healthy.

It’s a simple truth. I like simple truths.

Always put the big rocks in first and you’ll have plenty of time for everything else. And if you don’t have time for the little things that don’t matter then is it really a big deal?

I stumbled across another one this week which really has me fired up.

Go first. – Adam Robinson

When you want everyone to see things in a new way. Go first.

When you want to start a new adventure. Go first.

When you want to spend more time with the people you care about. Go first.

We could go on and on couldn’t we?

Love it.

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Digging out after vacation is wrong

“I just got back from vacation, I need a little time to dig out of the hole I’m in now” <– I really hate this phrase.

Is it really vacation if your return to work means twice as much work for the same amount of time you were gone?

A sound strategy would include proper delegation and trust in your fellow employees. Then lean on your mindfulness practice when you feel like everyone is pouncing on you the first morning. Be well rested and mentally prepared to just make some lists. Just write things down. That’s your job the first morning.

Then resisting the temptation to work twice the hours to “catch up”. Most of this work in the product development or sysadmin worlds is just a need for feedback and a request for your expertise. It’s a sign that your unique gifts are valuable. But remember when everyone is trowing stuff over the fence at you to put a note on it with your feedback and toss it right back.

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Don’t be comfortable

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. The went out and happened to things

— Leonardo Da Vinci

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. The went out and happened to things” -Leonardo Da Vinci  

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A hard left turn for me

I think a lot about direction lately. My trip to Daytona to meet with other EAA leaders has really solidified what I’m looking for.

This sums it up perfectly in so many ways:

Hey, once upon a younger year
When all our shadows disappeared
The animals inside came out to play
Hey, when face to face with all our fears
Learned our lessons through the tears
Made memories we knew would never fade

One day my father—he told me,
“Son, don’t let it slip away”
He took me in his arms, I heard him say,

“When you get older
Your wild heart will live for younger days
Think of me if ever you’re afraid.”

He said, “One day you’ll leave this world behind
So live a life you will remember.”
My father told me when I was just a child
These are the nights that never die
My father told me

When thunder clouds start pouring down
Light a fire they can’t put out
Carve your name into those shinning stars
He said, “Go venture far beyond the shores.
Don’t forsake this life of yours.
I’ll guide you home no matter where you are.”

One day my father—he told me,
“Son, don’t let it slip away.”
When I was just a kid I heard him say,

“When you get older
Your wild heart will live for younger days
Think of me if ever you’re afraid.”

He said, “One day you’ll leave this world behind
So live a life you will remember.”
My father told me when I was just a child
These are the nights that never die
My father told me

These are the nights that never die
My father told me

Avicii – The Nights

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A new moleskin

I LOVE blank pages
I LOVE blank pages

My note taking is usually done old school with a modern twist. I use a medium sized moleskin to take notes and then scan the pages into Evernote.

Over the years I’ve collected quite a few of them. Sometimes they last a few months before filling up. Sometimes they take longer.

My current notebook was started in mid 2013 and is only halfway used. It is a very low number of notes for me and this lack of note taking is also reflected in a real creative low in my professional life.  No podcasting. Not presenting very much. Not really working on anything interesting at all (professionally, I did get a pilot’s license this year)

I’m comfortable. And that’s really really bad.

I’m making some major changes. Maybe it sounds silly but at the same time I’m archiving this current notebook. I’m starting a new professional chapter and it makes sense that symbolically I carry new notebook that doesn’t have the pages in it from this bleh professional time.

So a new chapter and a celebration of blank pages.

Happy Monday