A Bodey in Motion

Building momentum, one step at a time

Do the Next Ten

Lately, when it comes to writing, my brain has gotten a bit…muddy.

I’m actually having trouble putting myself in front of the keyboard to write. Some external factors in my life have drastically changed recently, and adjusting has been difficult. I’m not reading as much as I usually do. When I consider writing, nothing I think about writing really inspires me enough to get off my butt and do it. And I’d rather not write something that I’m not going to take at least a little bit of effort to do well, right?

Yeah, it’s all a load of horse crap, and I know it.

No one ever gets talker’s block. No one wakes up in the morning, discovers he has nothing to say, and sits quietly, for days or weeks, until the muse hits, until the moment is right, until all the craziness in his life has died down.

– Seth Godin, The Icarus Deception

It’s easy to make excuses when you’re struggling, but that’s a trap. Everything you want to be will take a regular dose of hustle, even when you don’t think you have it in you. Focus on making the next ten phone calls, knocking on the next ten doors, or writing the next ten words. And then do the next ten. And again. Until you’re done.

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June 11, 2013 Posted by | Past and Future | , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Do the Next Ten

Quick Hits: Tobacco farmers face changes. Balko’s new book. Intercourse to climax.

  • Radley Balko, award-winning criminal justice and civil liberty investigative journalist (and all around bad-ass), is getting ready to release the must-read book on the militarization of police in America this Summer. As part of his push, he’s been posting the sordid details of a different militarized police operation every weekday to his blog (he claims to have over two years worth of material at that rate, with more coming in the time). It’s important to remember that there are no actual officially published numbers regarding these kinds of activities (SWAT raids, etc.) in America. So, until state and local agencies become more transparent, anecdotal evidence and extrapolation are the best we can do. If you want to learn more, check out this interview with Balko regarding the upcoming book.
  • How long is it from Intercourse to Climax? Well, that depends. If you’re a man, you probably take a slight left onto PA-283, and head past Harrisburg on your way to Climax, PA – a quick 4 hours away. However, if you’re a woman, you’ll likely take a left onto N Hills Rd, winding your way through Maryland until you get on the I-95 and eventually arrive in Climax, GA – which is a 15 hour trip. It’s important to keep in mind that women need to leave about 11 hours earlier if both partners want arrive at their destination simultaneously, but you probably knew that already. Next time, we’ll discuss the best routes to Coxsackie from the Meat Packing District in NYC.

March 12, 2013 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits: Tobacco farmers face changes. Balko’s new book. Intercourse to climax.

All Glory is Fleeting

An old friend of mine had a list of rules once. They were the guidelines he used to deal with other people. The list was made up of a couple dozen brief statements that covered most everything. How honest one should be. How much effort one should put into a relationship. When you should kiss her. Etcetera. He called them his Laws of Social Interaction.

One of my favorites went like this, and I’m paraphrasing, “All glory is fleeting. If there’s nobody faster, stronger, smarter or better than you right now, then just wait.” It’s an important thing to remember. Especially when it comes to business and enterprise.

[…]Kodak can’t count on a guaranteed revenue stream: If consumers abandon its products, sales will be zero, and the company will disappear. The history of private-sector duopolies and even monopolies is filled with such seemingly sudden disappearance acts: The A&P supermarket chain–if you’re under forty years old, you probably haven’t even heard of it–enjoyed a U.S. market share of 75 percent as recently as the 1950s. Big-box music retailers and bookstores were supposed to bestride the land like collosi at the turn of our new century, but Virgin mega-stores have all but disappeared, and Borders has just gone bankrupt. Dominant newspapers in one-paper towns were able to book some of the economy’s highest profit margins for four decades–more than 20 percent a year, on average, positively dwarfing such hated industrial icons as Walmart–yet with the explosion of Web-based competition, these onetime mints are now among the least attractive companies in the economy.

There is a positive correlation between an organization’s former dominance and its present inability to cope with  twenty-first century change. As technology business consultant Nilofer Merchant has aptly put it, “The Web turns old industries on their head. Industries that have had monopolies or highly profitable duopolies are the ones most likely to be completely gutted when a more powerful, more efficient system comes along.”

Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie, The Declaration of Independents

How quickly the giants can fall, even when you least expect them to. And it’s not just technology that can undo them. Markets shift, and what was a household staple just a decade ago is no longer. Leadership changes, and the once driving vision is lost.

Which organizations will fall in the next decade? Change is a constant. In the grand scheme of things, everything is vapor.

But what does that mean for us?

Maybe we should prepare ourselves to be more accepting when such changes happen.

Maybe we shouldn’t find ourselves as fearful or frustrated by the strength of certain industry leaders.

Maybe we need to take a longer view of the world around us, and just wait.

Think about all of the change in the last ten years. What do you think the next ten years will bring?

November 26, 2012 Posted by | Past and Future | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Quick Hits of the Week

  • Each person who comes to me for financial coaching knows that they need to make some changes. Part of my job is to identify what obstacles they’ve set up that keep them from changing, and teach them to overcome those obstacles as quickly as they can. Dave Ramsey’s team has identified a few of the really common hurdles that we set in our own way. What’s your biggest obstacle?
  • Why should we go above and beyond? Because it’s a privilege. Seth Godin on doing the extra work.
  • If you are serious about the shrinking of individual civil liberties you should look at this chart. On the other hand, if you’re primarily interested in reducing wasteful government spending, you should take a look at this chart. If you have any questions, or want to learn more, you should go here. We can argue over the minutia presented, but the overall message is correct, and it’s time this country made a change.

Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up.

October 18, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits of the Week