September 6, 2010

The Cacophony of Content

Managing The Noise

I read a lot. I subscribe to rss feeds, email blasts and there is always a stack of books on my desk. Then there are the websites and the Twitter stream.

Most mornings, I sift through a few hundred new posts on Google Reader. Read as much as possible, bookmark others and share what I can. Sound familiar?

Why are we so focused on trying to keep up?
Possibly because we give too much focus on busy.
Perhaps we feel we're going to miss something.

I met with a friend last week who is a highly successful business owner. He is constantly striving to improve his company. From my view, he is doing well beyond most peoples’ dreams and he wants more. That inspired me.

Why do we spend so few precious moments celebrating victories?
Perhaps because we feel the next challenge is breathing down our necks.
Possibly because we don't know what a victory looks like anymore.

After working for almost three decades, I can understand how people get to a point in their lives where they chuck the big gig, sell most of their stuff and downsize. I used to work for a guy who said once he was ready to pack it in, he was going to move to a remote area and open a fishing lodge. He's still working so perhaps it's a pipe dream.

Enjoy life now, it has an expiration date.

If you own or manage a business, the strain on your time and resources can be detractors from building a sustainable model. If you spend your time trying to catch up or looking over your shoulder, how can you even see the road?

In Canada, United States, Trinidad and Tobago, Australia, Jamaica and New Zealand, it is Labor Day or Labour Day today.

Let's celebrate the victories.

knealemann
creating experiences not campaigns

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