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A Hand from the Past

We always seem to have those moments when we look back and think that we have accomplished nothing. As if no goals have ever been met. Nothing we intended to write has been written. And absolutely no progression is being made whatsoever other than the prolonging of our existence.  I was having such an episode the last week when I remember that I wrote a book…I wrote this book when I was in much worse shape than I am now, and that book really did the trick!



The book was “How to Survive as a Complete Failure” and it has the log of things I did to get through when I was in the depths of failing. I read it a night ago and wanted to have contempt and say that the advice would not work for me…but I wrote it, and there were examples of when that advice did work for me. Which after I get over my pity party, got excited that I could do things to make my life better and I have proof that it works and that I actually wrote it down!

I am considering putting this on Kindle Self Publish, it is only 27 pages at the moment, but perhaps I will go through it once (correct spelling and grammar and whatnot…), and any new stories or experiences and call it the 2nd edition.

This blog is exactly the same thing. When I see people asking about how to start a blog, or that they want to write but they are not writers, I think of this blog… Which I have neglected at times, but have still written. When looking back on some of the post I reveal in the fact that “this is not the most terrible thing I have read!”

A big thank you for those who have been following this blog, keep a lookout on Kindle store for the “How to Survive as a Complete Failure” book!

What accomplishments from your past give you a boost?


As soon as I got word the Steve Jobs had passed away, I saw all these links pop up about a biography of his life with a black and white picture of him in round rimmed glasses.  I have been smitten with the iPhone when it came out in 2007, and I have day dreamed a lot about technology when I read Mac magazines in a technology class in high school where the teacher was almost never there.  I don’t prefer Apple products but I will always happily admit they have stirred my imagination.

I got this book on my Kindle, when my Android app sales brought in a whopping $39.36 on November 2nd from my sales in October.  I bought the book and start reading it as quickly as I could.

The biggest thing I take away from this book is Steve Jobs audacity.  He did things that no one else could cause he would be brutally honest with people, and disregard, or more accurately discard, people who would not play up to his standards.  He had emotional highs and lows but always was doing something amazing.

As fas as the computer industry goes this books shows to the wondering reader how Apple (Steve) made things amazing while all other companies made thing a hair better each iteration.

I told my wife when I was about 3/4th done with the book that I wanted to buy Macs, nothing to do with the computer, but with the personality and sheer power of the man behind the products and the company (we already have a Mac Mini that is almost exclusively my wife’s computer).

I am hoping that I will retain and apply many of the business and life principles that I have gleaned from this book, I listened to the last half of the book via Audible.com, and as I listen to the last of it off of my Asus Tablet, I had the same melancholy feeling that I had when I got watching Cowboy Bebop.  If there are others with the same drive and vision that this man had, then the future holds some very interesting things!

Reading Brings Me Up

I struggle a lot everyday, I struggle to wake up in the morning, I struggle to get excited for the day, I struggle to stay positive dealing with customers or getting more tasks from my boss and co-workers.  I really struggle with the fear of mediocrity.  That I will wake up at a future date and lament that I did not do more, or try harder or kept at it.  How do I combat this?

Reading,  reading is the constant that recharges me when my batteries for life are low and drained.  Reading energizes my mind with information, examples of acts well done, and possibilities for myself that I have not yet imagined.   It combats the endless negativity that is the norm in everyone’s sayings and mentalities.  Reading is an amazing thing since you can fully control what you read and how to internalize that information.

I just finished reading “The Templeton Plan” a book on success written in 1987, which many of the same principles were in a book by Dave Ramsey titled “Entreleadership”.  I also read “Quitter” by Jon Acuff about using your day job to reach your dreams.  Not all the books I read where business inspiration, before these books I read “Fight Club”, “Choke” and “Survivor” by Chuck Palahniuk.  They were a little gritty, but still activated my mind to viewing life through a different lens than my own.

Then before that I think I was reading the first Harry Potter book and then I got part way through the second and then lost interest…and I am trying hard to read the Bourne Identity book, but it is a really long one, and much different than the movie that I saw multiple times before ever obtaining the book.

If you struggle with a lot of thing like I do, start reading, and probably more so of the inspirational books that will help you out of your funks.  But reading at all does wonders for the body and mind.  Let me know of any good books that you come across.