Manager?

July 9, 2008

I got promoted recently.

The question is, what does it mean to be a manager?

I believe I got what I wanted but my schema dictates that managers get their position by sweating blood for an extended period of time. I don’t think I did anything close to that. All I did was take a risk.

For the record, that risk was sweet indulgence.

I can’t say that I didn’t earn the title. What I’m working on is how to prove my worth.

Since I took Seth Godin’s advice on taking the risk, I figure I should go all out with him. He’s proven his worth. I’m glad he helps others prove themselves by sharing his thoughts. I guess I can call him my unsolicited consultant.

So to answer my question, a manager is someone who takes risks and proves his worth.

I hope I can live up to that standard which I have now officially set.

I feel enlightened. Emboldened even.

“The most successful people are those who are good at Plan B.”

– James Yorke, chaos theory thinker.

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Seth is in my head

July 3, 2008

Seth Godin has changed the way I think.

Sometimes, the way I think is too different.

Too different that it hurts.

Stuff other people take for granted, I loathe.

I guess it helps to remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day.

I must’ve heard that line a thousand times, but it still rings true.


Lofty ideas fail

July 2, 2008

Life is harsh. Lofty ideas fail.

Experienced people are like turtles.

If all the idealists stick together, we’d rule the world.

Lofty ideas are possible, if given the chance.

It’s too bad majority of people give up too soon. A little tweak, here and there, can make all the difference.

Science trumps experience, a million to one.

But nothing beats luck. Randomness ala Taleb.

“Just do it.”