If you’ve been a reader here for any length of time you’ve probably notice I have a softer, introspective side that I go to on occasion. Somewhere along the way I tripped over a daily email newsletter called The Daily Love. I treat it it kind of like the newspaper in that I skim if I have time and delete if I don’t.
The quotes at the beginning are usually good. Here are a few I grabbed a while back. This one is from Brian Tracy, a best-selling author and speaker.
I found that every single successful person I’ve ever spoken to had a turning point and the turning point was where they made a clear, specific, unequivocal decision that they were not going to live like this anymore. Some people make that decision at 15 and some people make it at 50 and most never make it at all.
And here’s another one by Dan Millman who wrote the popular semi-autobiographical novel, “Way of the Peaceful Warrior”–also made into a pretty good movie with Nick Nolte. It’s cheesy at times while also being occasionally inspirational and profound.
Every positive change–every jump to a higher level of energy and awareness–involves a rite of passage. Each time to ascend to a higher rung on the ladder of personal evolution, we must go through a period of discomfort, of initiation. I have never found an exception.
This is a good reminder that the hard times aren’t always a waste.
One of the drawing tools in my toolbox is yEd. It’s great for drawing relationship diagrams, particularly if you want to have them automatically re-swizzled. I choose yEd over a regular mind mapping tool like Xmind because it allows multiple relationships between a node.
Like every drawing program I’ve tried, yEd has it’s quirks too. Here are a few things I’ve discovered that might help you.
Another frustration with yEd I wish I could solve for you is the middle scroll wheel mouse behavior which zooms the screen in and out, instead of scrolling the page like any other applications you’ve ever used. It has the power to drive you crazy and there is no way to change it.
Here’s a simple tutorial for using yEd if you’d like to learn more about using it.
I don’t have a lot of heros. Seth Godin is one. I know that would probably make him cringe. He inspires me to think differently. He says something new and tells a new story that makes a point in every interview I’ve heard with him. He’s consistently humble, articulate, generous, and profound.
That’s the best headline I’ve seen so far about the bombing at the Boston Marathon. I was traveling last week and eating dinner by myself in a bar with four big screen TVs. In hindsight I wish I’d asked to be seated somewhere else.
In the hour I sat there I think I saw the explosion and mayhem at least a 100 times. Each time they came back from a commercial they had to show the explosions and gore again as a lead in to the story–sometimes multiple times. It was like watching September 11th on TV all over again. The sad and annoying reality of the whole thing is that it was all idle speculation and after an hour of viewing I hadn’t learned a single new thing. Who did this really help?
Why would I pay money to have this at my house? I wouldn’t.