Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A scout is...


Being trustworthy is one of the best things I could give myself because it makes my relationships with others sing.  And by sing I mean move at the speed of light. By contrast, I've come to know that things move slowly and full of redundancy when you have to parse suspicion or mistrust toward your fellow workers.

Friday, December 26, 2014

The most powerful four word phrase

"I need your help"
Is one of the most healthy and progressive interchanges a person can give to another

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Learned: 3D modelling in Sketchup

Built my first 3d model in 'SketchUp Make" and printed the result successfully!
Not only this, but the experience was shared with friends. We worked through the beginner's troubles together, learned how to solve them and experienced the success together !

More modeling and printing to come.

Build for change

Process design proverb

Publish & Publication

Publish <verb>
Publication <noun>

  1. something you do, say, or write
  2. evidence of thought
Written work is compelling evidence & betrayal of thoughts thought. 

Here is my mission statement

Over the past couple months I've discovered & written the character goals that motivate me most. I'm calling it my mission statement. It's my mission statement because it is the declaration of my core values and because this is the most rewarding & unrelenting daily & hourly challenge to me.

These core values frame my approach to each of my endeavors everyday.

They are to work, learn, and be a friend.

Put these on a tombstone and they look like this:
  • Worker
  • Learner
  • Friend
If you meet me somewhere in time & space, you will find me actively improving one or more of these abilities. My abilities to work, learn, and be a friend are also the three capacities I am most grateful for and which are my highest aspirations to be excellent in.

Working, in any one of its many forms is the first solution to any circumstance.
Being engaged in energetic purposeful work is the most useful resource & medicine I have ever encountered. And as work is the prerequisite to learning and meaningful friendship, I'm in the business of continually improving my capacity to work. I work.

Learning is how I absorb knowledge. My most exciting experiences consistently involve achieving a usable understanding of a new concept. In this Information Age (a.k.a. Info Decade), opportunities to learn by study and by doing are unprecedented. I take opportunities to both learn and improve the way I learn. I continually find ways to educate myself in a given situation. I actively expand my understanding through both formal education and the informal habit of curiosity toward the people and cultures I find myself in. I learn.

Being a friend is the crowning value in my mind, because it makes sense out of everything. Being a friend is also the most enjoyable experience I've found.  I define a friend as a person who works to put himself in a sustainable position to voluntarily give his own time to empower you to live in a sustainably happy way. Being a friend is finding or creating a way to contribute to the wellbeing of the people in my life. What does working or learning amount to without friends to share the experience/results with? Friendship makes sense out of everything.

I look up to people who work,
who make an effort to learn,
and who are genuinely friendly
In everything they do.

These people are my heroes.

Who are yours?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

How do you know what you know?

How do you know what you know?
And do you believe you can know that?

And if so, then would it be worthwhile to know?

And if so, then find out, and know, and use that knowledge to accelerate your learning capacity and opportunities today and forever into the future.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

Vision before objectives -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 “If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Learn how much sleep you need, like Bill Gates

Even Bill Gates, an infamous night owl, has affirmed the benefits of figuring out how much sleep you really need: “I like to get 7 hours of sleep a night because that’s what I need to stay sharp and creative and upbeat.”

From the LinkedIn Blog post:

'When we get enough sleep, everything is better' -Ariana Huffington

"I began getting 30 minutes more sleep a night, until gradually I got to 7 to 8 hours. The result has been transformational," Huffington says, adding that, "all the science now demonstrates unequivocally that when we get enough sleep, everything is better: our health; our mental capacity and clarity; our joy at life; and our ability to live life without reacting to every bad thing that happens."

From LinkedIn Blog Post:

I work with a computer, but I think with pen & paper