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I’ve had a hard time of late getting all fired up for one political party or the other.  One of the good things about being an independent is I can vote for whomever I think is the best candidate versus voting the party line.  One has to be flexible in Minnesota.  And before anyone asks, “NO” I did not vote for El Presidente nor did I vote for Hillary.  I voted Green Party much to some consternation of some people.  “You wasted your vote!” is what they told me.  I can’t tell you my retort because one never knows if lil’ old blue haired ladies, little kids, priests and nuns are around WP.  Nah, they wouldn’t like the words that I used.  Especially the nuns.

But I am wondering who is going to get my vote this coming mid-term election.  Neither party is inspiring any kind of confidence…

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Meet and Greet Link

The Meet and Greet continues today and will end Monday night, so be sure to jump in and have some fun!

And don’t forget, you can leave your link multiple times!!

Meet and Greet Link

Meet and Greet Link

The Meet and Greet continues today and will end Monday night, so be sure to jump in and have some fun!

And don’t forget, you can leave your link multiple times!!

Meet and Greet Link

Meet and Greet Link

The Meet and Greet continues today and will end Monday night, so be sure to jump in and have some fun!

And don’t forget, you can leave your link multiple times!!

Meet and Greet Link

Meet and Greet Link

The Meet and Greet continues today and will end Monday night, so be sure to jump in and have some fun!

And don’t forget, you can leave your link multiple times!!

Meet and Greet Link

The Most Amazing Thing Happened Last Night!

 

Danny

The Most Amazing Thing Happened Last Night…

I ACTUALLY SLEPT GREAT IN MY HOTEL ROOM!  I know this might not seem like a big deal to you, but for me getting more than 4-5 hours of sleep away from home is incredibly rare.  Last night I got a solid 7.5 hours!  I feel completely rested and ready for the day.

Today I have a few sales calls to make with reps, a quick manager’s meeting and then I’ll be headed back to Charlotte for a little rest.  I am not traveling next week which will be a nice break and then I am off to the coast to work with a property for a month.  It will be nice to be near the beach!  Plus Evelina is going to fly in on a couple of weekends for us to spend some time together.

Needless to say I enjoy traveling, but I miss my wife and Bentley.  Tonight we are meeting friends for dinner at Charlotte’s best Mexican restaurant and I’m not sure what I’m going to eat.  Dinner dates are great, but I now look forward more to the conversation and less to the food.  This UC situation is no joke and it greatly limits what I can eat.  I guess it could be worse.

That is all for today from me.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Danny

 

Whispers of the Starkin: The Io Incident, #1

(The following material is intended only for SolFed military personnel with Class 10 Clearance presently working on Project Precursor. If for whatever reason you have viewed this material, whether accidentally or otherwise, without said clearance, submit yourself immediately to your nearest Data Oversight Center for immediate memory scrubbing. Failure to do so will be counted as high treason, punished by on-site summary execution, when discovered.)

Rhetta,

Shut this debacle down. I no longer care whether you demote and replace me for insubordination. We are, at best, a matter of weeks from another equal or worse catastrophe. Exactly how long do you think you’ll keep all this hidden?

The following is my attempt to piece together, as best as may be, the events of this past June 17th, 3909, culminating in the total destruction of Project Hub B-2 on Io and the loss of all personnel.

If you still care to…

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You Can’t Make People Want To Be Great

Danny

You Can’t Make People Want To Be Great…

There is one mindset that has allowed me success in my job and it is the fact that I set as my goal to be the best.  I wanted to be the top seller in my entire company and every single habit in my professional life was aimed at that goal.  All of my energy was aimed at that goal.  Every time I made a cold call I was thinking about that goal.  And every time I didn’t feel like working hard I thought about the other guy or girl who was going to outwork me to take my spot!

The problem is you can’t make people want to be great.  Some people simply don’t have that mindset.  Some don’t have the discipline.  Some don’t have the drive.  Some don’t have the desire.  I have all of the above.

I am sure you have been on one side of this equation or the other.  You’ve either been the hyper-driven person or you’ve watched the individual operate in hyperdrive.

What I am finding is the desire to be great can be developed and it can come about from one deep realization.  It can happen in a flash of a thought.  It can happen in a moment.  But not everyone will work hard enough to become world-class at what they do.  Most people will work just hard enough to be proficient, with few becoming elite.

And companies around the world are full of workers who are just good enough to maintain employment.  What happened to wanting to be great?  Where is the mindset of being the best?  Has ambition and drive crawled off in some hole and died?

Maybe being hyper-driven isn’t normal.   Is it possible that possessing the internal desire to be the absolute best is abnormal?  I’m not sure, but I don’t see a lot of drive in people I know.

Danny

I Will Admit It, I’m Tired

DannyDriving back from Florida on Sunday evening and turning right around and driving out-of-town on Monday for business has wiped me out.  I will be headed home tomorrow and am looking forward to sleeping in my own bed.

I miss my wife and little B.

I struggle with getting a good night’s sleep when I’m away from home.  Night before last I woke at 2:30 am and couldn’t get back to sleep until 5:00 am.  Last night I slept through the night for the first time this week, but when I awoke I felt tired.

Hopefully tonight I’ll sleep a bit better.

Danny