Just Do It!

“Just do it”….a slogan we have all heard many times.  Nike made it a ubiqutous phrase inspiring people to get up and get moving (and buy their products).  Its a great  slogan it has meaning…and its simple…but do we actually follow it?  Do we “Just do it”?

I venture to guess that, at least in the work space, “Just do it” is something that is more like “Just do it” but make sure you follow this process or have that business plan and make sure its approved by many levels of management….sound familar.  Don’t get me wrong, I actually agree with process and approval but I believe that you only need enough process or approval to actually make progress.  Making progress and doing something positive is the objective,  getting started so you can learn is key, in essence “Just do it”.  Make sure your processes support a “Just do it” approach or you will not move forward and your corporation will not survive the long term.

This is true in your personal life also, if you find yourself stuck and not moving forward then start small and just do it, do something anything, get off the couch and go for a walk make yourself better.  You will be a better person.

Remember, Just Do It.



What is your core?

What is your core?  This is a question we all need to think about, in our personal and professional life.  Your core is important it is who you are.  When you stray from your core goofy results will be the outcome.  While this is an important question we all need to answer many of us will not…we get to caught up in reaching out for something new and exciting.  We will focus on things that we perceive to be more valuable and we lose sight of what makes us who we are.

Companies like Apple and Nike have both proven that when an organization focuses on its core great things will happen and consumers will flock to your products even if they do not fit the traditional mold.

A few of the finest individuals I can point to in my life who understood their core was my mom and her father (my grandpa).  My mom was a wonderful outgoing person who loved being around people she turned this into a thriving business that relied on personality, and fun…she was the owner/operator of a very successful beauty salon.  When she passed well in excess of 2,000 people showed up to her visitation…it was overwhelming (and we lived in a small town).  She new her core, and was awesome at using it to her fullest.  My Grandfather was a man of the soil, he understood all of the ins and outs of farming…he never obtained a high school education but when he passed he provided exceptionally well for my grandmother and his family and his legacy lives on.  He passed on values and traditions to his children, grandchildren and tons of other people he knew and spend time with.

What is your core?  Are you true to it?  Are you maximizing it?  Or….are you distracted and off on to something that doesn’t work.  If you’re distracted go back to your core.


Shoot Straight

Always shoot straight, this is some advice my dad shared with me many times over.  I think the first time he said it to me I was on my back putting on a new exhaust system on my car complaining about someone who made me mad at school or some such nonsense…I’m sure you all have been there.  Anyway after I complained for what seemed like hours he stopped me and said, “son, you need to shoot straight with this person and tell them what is on your mind…once you do that you can move on and fix it.”  I sat there and stared at him in disbelief….thinking how could I do that, what would they think, what if they got mad.  All of these thoughts rolled out of my mouth with the end statement of “I just cannot do that….”.  He looked at me, took out his pipe and said, “trust me son…shoot straight with them and you will both move on to working it out.”  I was stunned, it could not be that easy….of course as a teenager I didn’t follow his advice that first time…I let it stew, fester and ultimately it was way harder to work through the issue (whatever it was) than it should have been because neither one of us would “shoot straight” with each other.  I’m pretty sure I did not actually take his advice until I was in college, and even today I struggle with “shooting straight” all the time when issues arise.

That said, the advice is sound, “Shoot straight” works and and when I use it problems really work out faster so just “Shoot straight’ with people it’s always best.



Simplify, its such an easy work and a simple task.  The definition of “simplify” is “to make less complex or less complicated; make plainer, easier: to simplify a problem.”  It seems like I hear a lot of talk about simplification these days yet we don’t seem to be very successful at it…why is that.

For a great example of simplification,  look no further than the Google home page.  When you go to Google it is clear what you are to do… everyone can understand the next step, its not hard….it’s simple, easy and straight forward.


So if we all want to simplify then why are we not good at it?  I think that the answer lies in the fact that we are not rewarded for simplification.  We are rewarded for things like new features, enhanced experiences, new this, new that, new something.  Making something simple is not new in fact it can counter the new. While we want to simplify we are not rewarded or incented to do so.  This holds true in our in our professional and  personal lives…in our personal lives we are rewarded for being busy because that gets recognition, being “not” busy does not garner attention and can be viewed as lazy.

To simplify we have to change our focus and goals and reward ourselves for making our products simpler to use and understand and our personal lives something we enjoy.

I encourage all of us to look for ways to simplify both your professional and personal lives, I bet you will be more success and live a happier life.

Space X Grasshopper Hoverslam

Elon Musk showed one of the cooler things that was talked about at this year’s SxSW. I think that Elon as one of the leaders of the privatization of Space Flight is huge for our country. It lets Nasa develop the breakthrough technology needed and private industry to perfect that technology. He is a real life Tony Stark, nice work Mr. Musk.

Have you ever noticed…

Recently I’ve noticed an interesting behavior pattern. I’m sure everyone notices that when one person yawns, everyone will follow them eventually with their own yawn.

An interesting twist, have you ever noticed when one person checks theirs smart phone, everyone around them who has a smart phone will check their also. Watch for it. Guaranteed to happen.

I find that interesting….what do you think.

We seem distracted

Everywhere I go at SxSW people are looking down, reading their phones. Not a new phenomenon but something I’ve found disturbing at this conference. In most presentations 50-60% of the people are heads down looking at their phones txting, facebooking, etc. Seems odd we spend thousands of dollars coming to Austin to sit and do what we can do at home.

Maybe we should stop for an hour an pay attention we might actually learn something.