5 Years Ago Today

I’m not a big fan of the new ‘memories’ function of Facebook.  For me, rehashing your old memories and putting them back up onto your wall on Facebook is nothing more than grandstanding.  At least that’s what I thought until this morning.

5 years ago today

I took this photo to remember the morning ritual that I endured when I lived in Japan.  Work all night, leave to jog at 4am, return by 6am, quick shower, make espresso and dinner / breakfast.  It didn’t always work out that way – more often than not I would say screw it and climb into bed.  Or exhaustion would take over and I’d fall asleep where I was sitting.  Then I would ‘have’ to walk to the 7-11 down the street and get a snack.

I find myself now doing a weird routine again – up at 4am, workout at 10am, meetings in the afternoon and evening.  I find that I can get a lot of work done before most people are awake and that these are my most productive hours of the day.

Ahhh Japan, I’m looking forward to seeing you in a new light soon.  😉

3 Yard Gains

For the first time in years, I threw the football around with my brother.  It was deflated to the point where you could barely grip it to throw a good spiral and it felt like a Dominatrix’s whip when you caught it.  I almost said no.  I didn’t have the proper shoes and my pants had been falling down all day.  I said nothing, got up and went outside.   Needless to say we had fun.

I’ve been doing the same three actions every morning for the past few weeks – say nothing, get up and go outside.  It’s enabled me to get up in the morning and get the work done that has to be done.  I enjoy doing it however at the end of the day I find that I’m starved for human contact and have a tendency to ramble on about what’s happened in the past 24 hours in extreme detail.  Turns out very few people care about the daily 3 yard gain that I strive for on a daily basis.

How to lose weight in four easy steps, aka how to enact change, is well worth the read.   I saw it when I was reading Mark Suster’s treatise on unicorns (tech startup companies valued at over $1 billion).   It turns out that there are some things that you can’t edit down to one or two things.  Some stories have to be told in their entirety.  And a few are worth memorizing.

This week I plan to burn up the phone and make a few new friends.  I also want to fix a web site and get a few brave people to test it out.  Hopefully one or two of them can break it, expose the flaws and then I can fix it.   Any volunteers?