A Bodey in Motion

Building momentum, one step at a time

Quick Hits: Hustle and have goals, not expectations. Not about the platform. Wearable technology.

  • BOOMI’ve dipped my toe into a bit of self-employment in the past. I got hooked up with a partner, provided some start-up capital, created a product, and we were ready to go. Of course, that didn’t work out as well as we hoped, but it gave me the chance to learn a lot about failure. One of the reasons we failed was that we didn’t understand how much hustle was needed to make a business work, so it didn’t happen. Another reason was that we had expectations of success, but we hadn’t set any real goals to get there. You can’t just build it once and expect them to come. You have to keep building it every day.
  • As I continue to pursue my crazy vision, I’d love to see the platform that I share it from grow. I want the opportunity to tell more and more people how good money management frees you up to answer callings, chase dreams, and change the world, and I know I can’t do that sitting in my living room. Honestly, though, I’m scared of recognition, no matter how small, because I’m scared of pride. I don’t want it to be about building a big platform around me. I want it to be about serving people, and serving my God. He doesn’t need me to have a big platform to change the world.

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Quick Hits of the Week

  • So, here’s an interesting development. Due to changes in banking regulations, a lot of the once “free” services offered by your local bank’s checking account are now incurring monthly fees. Consumers are seeking safer and cheaper options, and retailers are more than willing to step up. Walmart is now offering a prepaid American Express card that works a lot like a credit or debit card. They’re accepted the same as a regular AmEx card,  can be used to withdraw cash from a network of ATMs or to “get roadside assistance, bank from their smartphones and, eventually, write checks out of an account linked to the card.” This has the banks worried, and rightfully so. The market might still bring some truth to the lie of being ‘too big to fail.’
  • A while back, Michael Hyatt, former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing, and NYT best-selling author, released his new book Platform. I’ve thought about picking it up, but I was a bit intimidated by it. I can’t be Hyatt, and I doubt my road to success will look anything like his. In fact, the road to success gets lost in the brambles more often than not. Over at Hyatt’s blog, Lucille Zimmerman has a guest post talking about just these problems, and she offers six ways to stay focused when things get overwhelming. Numbers two and four nailed me. How about you?
  • On tattoos: It doesn’t matter what your profession is, or what piece of skin needs a little art on it, it seems like everyone is getting a little (or a lot of) ink these days. Personally, I’m not interested, and my wife doesn’t want me to be interested (10 Marital Harmony Points earned). If I were, though, I would have to get something practical, and my first instinct would be one like this. However, given how often I find myself lost during sports conversations, maybe a tattoo of this would be more helpful.
  • I’m getting a little tired of all the discussion of genetically modified food going around in hushed and sinister tones, like the world’s agricultural industry is out to poison all of it’s customers. I’m not saying there aren’t problems, but the benefits of GM crops are being way under-reported.  Remember, when it comes to the news, fear sells more ad space. We live in a better world than we’ve been led to believe.

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 11, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Quick Hits of the Week