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The 2K11 24/7 CCLIII: Music to Help You Through the Day

Part of what makes us sluggish is that we get tired of the same stuff al of the time. Same food, same place, same job, same people — and music is no exception.

I listen to all SORTS of music over the course of any given day. New music. Old music. Video game stage music. Ending themes from anime episodes. Obscure disco music. Music from countries where I don’t even speak the language. All of it speaks to ME, though, for some reason or another.

But like anything else, if you listen to the same stuff too many times, it gets old. You start skipping songs after recognizing them within the first second of play. The magical feeling you may have once gotten from a song eventually resembles something more like a dull ache. You, along with your tastes, change over time — so why don’t we change the music we listen to in order to keep up?

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The 2K11 24/7 CCLII: When the Student Becomes the Master

Recently I found myself speaking on an Intern Alumni Panel for work, where four of us spoke to new, fresh-faced interns about our experiences and advice. I strongly believe that we should always strive to pass knowledge on to others. It’s impossible for one person to know everything, but if we combine our knowledge and put it on paper for others to use, I think we all become better at the things we do in life. Hence, Wikipedia. Or YouTube. Or blogs. There’s so much to know in the world, and only recently have we started to try and capture it all.

Try as some may, we do not advance as a collective by withholding information from one another. If our ancestors hadn’t shared the secret of fire, would we be nearly as technologically advanced as we are today?

We can learn from just about anyone. Parents teach us the basics of how to operate in the world. Teachers fill out heads with the knowledge needed to get jobs in the working world. Coworkers teach us how to do the job. Friends teach us how to be social. Lessons can happen at any time, in  any place. But learning is a two-way street — so remember that while you’re learning from the world around you, at the SAME TIME, others might be learning from you.

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The 2K11 24/7 CCLI: It’s Easier to Ask Forgiveness than Permission

Except when it comes to Sarah (and that’s primarily because I know that it would cause FAR more trouble), I rather ask forgiveness for my actions than permission. Not that you’re being impolite about things or doing something that you know you’re going to regret — it’s just that much of the time, you can make things far easier for yourself and still get the same result.

Asking permission to do something can be nerve-wracking. It’s not entirely our faults that sometimes we’d prefer to shrink away than enter into a potential conflict. As kids, we have to ask our parents for everything we want to have or do. We must ask teachers in order to go to the washroom. We are not seen as self-reliant when we’re young, and that makes a lot of sense.
But if this is the case, why do we still let people treat us like children as we get older? If taking an action doesn’t a) commit a crime, b) hurt anyone, or c) put you in a bad light otherwise… why do you need to ask for everything? Granted, you may not know what the outcome of your actions might be in advance, but I think that with a combination of good judgment and a heap of common sense, these are situations that are easily navigable.
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The 2K11 24/7 CCL: In the Eye of the Beholder

The other day was a good reminder that the way we see ourselves may not necessarily be anywhere close to how OTHERS see us.

Trust is a very relative thing — we all see a very different version of it based on how much information we have on a topic, regardless of the source. It could come from personal experience, hearsay, the pages of a book… all of this sums up in our heads to what we believe to be an accurate picture of the world.

But our own lives aren’t as well-documented and don’t have as many reliable witnesses as say, the construction of the Eiffel Tower. The truths about our lives come from two sources alone — the truths we know from the lives we lead, and those we know from what others think and say about us.

And considering that the one who spends the most time with us IS us, which of those two truth do you think is the one we’ll trust more often than the other?

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The 2K11 24/7 CCXLIX: FOMO

If you were to ask Sarah, she could confirm for you that despite the boundless mass that is my ego, there ARE things that I absolutely SUCK at.

And one of those things is SLEEPING.

I’ll admit it — I’m a bit of a workaholic. I’m up at all hours of night scribbling things down. Tweaking this. Thinking about that. Reading things I always meant to read. Working on reducing a pile that always seems to stay the same size. Yeah, I’m always doing something — definitely a bit of a workaholic in me.

But , as can be done with many of the problems and issues we face day in and day out, this can be traced to a human folly that I share with many others — a fear of missing out.

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The 2K11 24/7 CCXLVIII: Reaction Distraction!

The only ones in control of ourselves IS ourselves. The actions we take, the reactions we make — they’re all linked to how we wish to be connected to the world and the value we wish to impart unto everything around us.

Sometimes we react far too quickly. We all have buttons that people (sometimes unintentionally) push time and time again, whether we know what they are or not. But it’s how we choose to react that makes all the difference. Some of us are hot-tempered. Some of us have the patience of ancient masters of Zen and chi. But it can make the difference between an argument and a conversation.Have you ever said something stupid and wish that you could take it back? Sometimes we open our mouths and get ourselves into unnecessary trouble. I don’t have enough fingers to count the number of times I wish I could go back in time by 30 seconds and tell myself to shut up, because I won’t want the consequences of the weight my words hold.But there’s some of us who’re worse repeat offenders than others. We all know them — people who never seem to find the right thing to say, forever making any social interaction, whether individually or in a group, horribly awkward, and not giving the incentive to want to have them happen again anytime soon.
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The 2K11 24/7 CCXLVII: Resume Surgery

In a bad economy, knowing how to write a good resume is a valuable skill. The balance between including all of your skills and keeping the resume concise enough for employers to care is hard to attain, but ever-important in order to make that step from candidate to colleague.

One of the things I find myself doing more and more often on the side is helping people sharpen their resumes enough to get them noticed. I pretty much do for them what I’d do for myself — I put their resumes at the standard I’d expect for mine; this means I watch for spelling, grammar, flow, formatting and consistency. Every little detail matters.

But there are a good deal of things in resumes that I see too often and are simple enough to solve in order to make your resume look more modern:

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The 2K11 24/7 CCXLVI: Make a Change!!!

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
–Albert Einstein, (attributed)
US (German-born) physicist (1879 – 1955)
The reason why we get into ruts and never seem to clear all the junk off of our desk and out of our heads is because we’re stubborn. We try so hard to do something that we may have decided on years ago that we miss the opportunities to change our approaches and perhaps discover new ways to use the resources, skills and knowledge that we’ve managed to stockpile with the passing of time.
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The 2K11 24/7 CCXLV: Trust Your Instincts

I can’t lie to you, guys — there’s something deep within me, gnawing away, telling me not to write a blog post tonight. Telling me that there’s things out there in the night that I could be doing instead and to just let it slide this once and go out there and have some fun. I have an event that I’m supposed to be heading out to right now, but here I am, working on getting this post done to make sure I hit my commitment I made this year. But it’s hard — real hard. My id’s pointing in one direction and my conscience in another. What do you do when different parts of your being are pointing in such very different directions?

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The 2K11 24/7 CCXLIV: Skillz

We are not created equal. I think this is something we can all readily appreciate and agree to. We are not RAISED equal. Again, we inherently know this — we all have different parents, and for better or worse, whether they were absent or present, we all had experiences growing up that are very much unique.

But what we often do NOT consider is the product of these two facts. We all are of different physical makeup — for example, we know that no two people have the same set of fingerprints. Our DNA is unique. And our skills — which directly correlate to how we’re created and how we’re raised — make all the difference when it comes down to how our lives play out.

Two-thirds of the way through the year and how much farther have we come?