We All Need a Pep Talk #KidPresident

Okay. This video, the kid and the message are all awesome. Whatever message you take from the video; take something that’s important to you and do something awesome with it. Everybody needs more awesome.


  • The world needs you to stop being boring. Boring is easy!
  • Not Cool Robert Frost!
  • but what if there are two paths. I want to be on the one that leads to awesome
  • it’s like that dude Journey said; don’t stop believing. unless your dream is stupid. then you should get a better dream
  • What’s your #SpaceJam? What will you create that will make the world awesome? Nothin if you keep sittin there!
  • We were made to be awesome
  • It’s everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance
  • Create something that will make the world awesome
World as Steve Jobs Saw it

Inspiration: The world as Steve Jobs saw it

When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and you’re life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money.

That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.

Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.


Be Happy and Live

It’s been an emotionally draining week thus far; work load is crazy busy, a business idol of mine Steve Jobs passed… but life goes on and you do your thing. I found this video thanks to my buddy Matt Gist. Powerful stuff. All I have to say is spend the 15min to watch this. You’ll think differently after; think about what you have and realize that shit can always be worse. Be happy and live… and hold doors for people and smile and stuff.

Part 1

Part 2

sorry for two parts, they took down the full video for some reason.

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RIP Steve Jobs

RIP Steve Jobs
He changed the world and technology as we know it. He’s everything RIP Steve
My last post about Steve was a great quote – Steve Jobs Connect the Dots Quote

From POTUS – White House Blog

“Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.”
“The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.”

The Famous “Stay Foolish” Stanford Speech Tribute to Steve Jobs – Tribute to Steve Jobs –

Gangplank Tribute to Steve Jobs – Welcome board at Gangplank HQ in Chandler Az

“Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” – Steve Jobs. 1955 – 2011
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Steve Jobs Connect the Dots Quote

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path; and that will make all the difference.”

Steve Jobs [Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]
(also see my post: Adapt and Overcome)

If you haven’t listened to the speech; watch it – it’s one of the most epic commencement speeches ever:

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Chuck not so deep in thought

I’d like to write about that

I have a lot I want to say; I have a lot to say about a lot of things that I believe, for lack of a better description, would benefit many on a variety of topics. My problem is I’m terrible at getting that “brain crack” out of my head and onto screen or audio. I tried the audio notes thing but when I speak things out loud it still doesn’t come out right or as fast as it is playing out in my head. I can’t write either as fast as I’m thinking the things I want to write and I end up tripping over myself and not getting out stuff before I forget it. I end up editing and proofreading the stuff on screen already and optimizing every little thing in a post for search because I can’t help but to do it, which all aids in me forgetting where the hell I was going with a thought. I guess it’s hard to explain but I get great ideas of things to post, thoughts and ideas that from experience I know people could either relate or benefit from reading… I just suck at getting it out of my head…

Chuck not so deep in thought I’ve always kind of wanted to write a book or long story about how I came to be… the stuff that made me who I am today… the bad and the good… family shit that everybody keeps inside… why I hold the beliefs and opinions that I do… why I’m not big on having a family… why I’m a solitary person but like having a stable relationship… why I feel I don’t have really close tight friendships like I used to have growing up… why I used to have a lot of rage and be a violent person and how I overcame that… or at least hide it well… why sometimes I like hard death metal but also like club/techno/electronic music and why sometimes I want to listen to Bob Marley and Jimmy Buffet… they have different effects on me and I use them to control my being… things I keep inside because I don’t want to deal with people’s reactions to them even though I don’t care what they think… why I want to actually talk about this stuff and why I think some people will read it and why I think a lot of people will think differently of me when and if they do… why I’d give a shit about that and why I wouldn’t… why I have certain regrets in life and how those came to be… people that I’ve hurt, intentionally and not… the shit that almost broke me but made me stronger…

but most importantly what I’ve learned throughout almost 33 years of being on earth and having many different environments, people, and situations confront me and affect who I am and maybe what people could learn from that, because at some point, whether people give a shit or not I believe in helping people as much as I don’t want to deal with a majority of them because they anger me. I assume if one person out of a billion can learn one thing from me and that makes them happy then I’ve made a positive change and I’m cool with that.

I need more time to think… the life and work that i’ve chosen keeps my brain wrapped up in a constant whirlwind of what needs to be done next, what isn’t done, what I can improve on, ideas for projects etc… I’m always busy, I forgot what it’s like to be bored… I kind of miss it.

I’d like to write about that… all of it. I just don’t know how…

Favre Deactivated

Favre’s Legacy

First off I’m letting it be known that I’m a Bears fan; born that way, raised that way, and that’s not ever going to change. So there’s this rival team called the Packers and another one called the Vikings – neither of which I’m too fond of but they exist in my Division and by sport and man law, I despise them. Playing for them, they had a player named Brett Favre who I wasn’t too fond of either, but not because he was bad but because he was so damn good – he was my sports nemesis.

Favre DeactivatedI watched him play football for two-thirds of my life and always rooted against him but I respect the man regardless. He’s the only quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 70,000 yards, to throw over 500 touchdowns, to throw over 300 interceptions, and the only quarterback to have over 10,000 pass attempts. That’s a lot of interceptions right? Well Babe Ruth struck out a lot too, but he’s still one of the best players that ever played the game.

My issue with him at the end of his career really has nothing to do with Favre sending pics of his junk to some hot chick or all of the weird voicemails he left her. None of those. My problem is that Favre didn’t finish strong. He didn’t know when to quit and put a bad seal on top of his career which, in my opinion, slightly tarnished his legacy.

Brett retired a few times with the first being in 2008, ironically after beating the Bears at Soldier Field. The Chicago fans gave him a standing ovation. He went out with even his rival fans standing up and cheering for him because everybody respected him and loved what he did for the game of football. He cried at the press conference and had everybody’s praises and well wishes. He should have stayed retired. We all know the story… he came back, had some fights with the Packers, went to the Jets, got injuries, and blah blah eventually ended up with the Vikings. Which leads us to the photo.

Favre's Legacy

I found this photo and I think it really sets my point in stone. It’s a photo Favre laying motionless on the ground after getting taken down pretty hard at their last home game with Brian Urlacher looking down at him. It was the game the Chicago Bears went on to win to clinch the NFC North. Favre was already hurt in a previous game, which took him out and spoiled his path to 300 consecutive starts three games short. It was a game that he shouldn’t have started. He looked bad all game… all season in fact. Towards the end of the season you almost started to feel bad for the guy because he just couldn’t say no to the game. He still had his good times but he wasn’t the same player. They took him out of the game and they lost. Brett was deactivated. That was the last time Brett Favre played football.

I don’t think his legacy is ruined or completely tarnished – I’m just saying that when you talk about Favre in the future there’s always going to be the “he didn’t finish strong” thing there. He could have gone out respected and loved by everybody but I think his greed for the game and even possibly attention hurt his legacy. We all got tired of his indecisiveness and the media hyping up every press conference and hearing about Favre. It got to the point where he became kind of a joke and nobody cared what he did as long as he wasn’t in our face every day on ESPN. When he came back he wasn’t as good and then the photo. He could come back again next year but this time I don’t think he has a choice – I can’t think of one team that would take him after this last season and more injuries. He’s done.

Thanks Brett for all the good times and bringing the level of the game you did. Do us all a favor and accept the obvious. Retire and keep what Legacy you have left.

DVR Paradox

Why is it that when I’m watching shows on the DVR I forget about my ability to fast forward through commercials and yet when I’m watching shows live all I can think of is how I wish I could fast forward through the commercials?

Twitter Isn’t Stupid

So my buddy’s girlfriend thinks Twitter is the “most stupidest thing ever” (loose quote) in the whole world right … What cracks me up about the whole thing is she’s a HUGE subscriber and reader of People and TMZ and all that crap.  What she’s failing to realize is most of those ‘celebs’ in her magazines and drama blogs are all on twitter and actively tweet and interact with their fans online.

You’d think she’d want to get on twitter, and hear the REAL info and real news directly from the celeb’s twitter accounts and have it faster and without bias and have the potential to interact with them as if she had their cell phone number and texted them.

There are also sites that showcase all the tweets and profiles from celebrities that are on twitter and puts the all in one easy place to find them all. CelebrityTweet is one such site. You’d think she’d be all over that too, but I think ignorance blinds some people.

The moral of the story is twitter isn’t really stupid if you know how to use it for you. The way I use Twitter is not the way most people do. I could give a shit what Demi and Ashton are doing but there are people on twitter that do care – so good for them and I’m glad they use it for that.  Much like anything else, people dislike when they don’t understand something – for her it’s an easy way to poke fun of geeks but there are a ton of people using it that you’d probably not consider a geek, and many businesses are utilizing it as a very powerful marketing platform. Twitter is a change in communication and it has already dramatically changed the marketing game – twitter isn’t stupid – don’t “judge a book by its cover”.


CEO Twitter Pep Talk

I know there are a bunch of how to use twitter posts floating around but I decided to wing this one when one of my client’s asked how to get better visibility on his twitter account. They have two, one of which I setup about 6 months ago and built it up to (at time of this post) just under 4000 followers with a page rank of 5 and have used that to build some good relationships with people using the web site, and the second is his new personal account.  So without just linking him to one of those posts, I winged it (for this blog, intentionally left out the account details).

Well here comes my little twitter pep talk :)
It’s okay to drop your feed to facebook but in order to really make it work for you…

Twitter works best by actually using it to talk to people and companies.  The reason the (1st account) account doesn’t really do much is because it only posts what people can already find on the blog… I’ve replied to anybody who’s ever said anything to @(1st account) and have built a couple relationships and people using the site that way but you need to reach out and interact with people and influential bloggers in your space.  Comment on their tweets as you would if you were in person talking with them, feel free to @ them and ask them something you’re interested in.  Like I always say; ‘be human’.  That’s the biggest failure among companies, CEO’s and PR people that don’t “get it”.  If it’s just another cold robot pushing news and press release links, it isn’t using twitter (the tool) to its full potential.

Hopefully it may help you understand too, or a quick way to explain it to your clients.