Tweet It’s been said, “love what you do” and this is an adage well worth adhering too – especially in the online world. I’ve been doing what I do for coming up 14 years, that’s a long time. It’s easy to become jaded, it’s easy to become tired and cynical. You see another web 2.0 [...]
It’s been said, “love what you do” and this is an adage well worth adhering too – especially in the online world. I’ve been doing what I do for coming up 14 years, that’s a long time. It’s easy to become jaded, it’s easy to become tired and cynical. You see another web 2.0 business claiming to be the bees knees and you think “Yeah right, tell us that in 6, 12 or 24 months” – in the winter it can be even harder to stay cheerful.
As New Zealand heads into the summer, and the northern hemisphere into it’s winter I thought I’d drop a note. I’m thinking at the moment as we are surrounded by doom and gloom re: the financial crisis, it’s even harder to stay positive.
It’s time to be positive
Everyone is facing some sort of uncertainty at the moment. Some companies are about to go bust (eg: GM, Ford or Chrysler) others are facing buy outs & redundancies and others … well others just don’t know what’s around the corner. Probably the only people rubbing their hands with glee are debt collectors.
However this doesn’t have to be the way and online businesses can lead the way to change. It’s easier for an online business to change, to move, to rebuild than it is for say, Chrysler. I think it’s a fantastic time (actually any time is a good time to start a well thought out business), to start an online business. There are HEAPS of solutions that have yet to be created – maybe you have the solution that could be the next big thing – heck, it just has to be the next thing, let alone be big.
Positivity however goes beyond business. You can look at impending redundancy and go “woe is me”, or you can dig deep, realise it’s going to hurt – but do something about it. Okay sure, you might have to sell the house, the car or whatever, but the sun will rise again. How many hugely “successful” people started off on the wrong side of the tracks, laid off, or in the case of Michael Hill (a huge jeweler in NZ) standing facing a burning building?
Be positive going into Chrsitmas & the New Year.
Watch your words
I am a fan of the power of positive words, positive thinking. Words are very powerful things & they have an affect not just on us but those around us. I detest when parents talk over their kids saying things like “He’s not a smily baby” or “That stupid kid of mine, can you believe what he did” or even worse. These are self fulfilling prophecies.
If you get up each morning thinking “woe is me” then woe will become you. If you get up and thinking “Wow, what a day, another day to be who I am” – then at least you are getting into the day with a good attitude. The number of times this year I’ve said to my self and my work mates “It’s going to be a great day” and it turns out to be one … in fact I’ve even had mornings start off bad, then I’ll go for a walk with a work mate and say “it’s a great day” and by the time I get back into the office, my mental position has shifted and I start to see the good things in the day.
Be positive in words and actions.
Love where you do it
It’s Sunday afternoon, and really I should be spending time with my 14mnth old (and I will after her nap), but I have a lot of work to do today for iphonesource.org – with a big promotion kicking off tomorrow. I gotta admit I can think of better things to do this afternoon than working on the sites I have to look after.
However, I’m making the most of things. I’m sitting outside beside the BBQ at the outdoor table, the umbrella is up and a cool breeze is blowing. The sun is awesome, the birds are rocking out a beat. I’m sipping a burbon & cola and tapping away on a MacBook Pro – I mean does writing a blog get any better?
If you have to do something, try to find the best place to do it, so you find something to enjoy about it. I love blogging, and I love running competitions. The fact that I can do that while sitting outside enjoying the summer is bonus.
As we head into Christmas and we wrap up 2008, take a moment and look back. Find 10 things to be thankful for and write them down. Say thank you to yourself, to your God, to the walls in your room – just say “Thanks for these wonderful things”, and then look forward to 2009. It hasn’t started yet, its still a few weeks away – don’t let the media, the depressors, or the crap some people throw tell you how YOUR 2009 is going to be.
It’s your life, get off your arse and live it! 2009, it’s coming ready or not – so make the most of it! If you have to grieve something from 2008 – then have a cry session. After that get up and move on. Be positive, it’s a brand new year.