Pride and Prejudice

I’m truly sick of all the divisive, argumentative posts that I see day after day about race.

I don’t disagree with what the facts suggest. Prejudice exists on every side. It pains me to see that. Nearly every post related to the recent “race wars” I’ve seen from my friends and associates have contained prejudice.

We (the human race; not racially divided communities) need to be brave enough to step out from behind the cowardice curtains of prejudice and entitlement and learn how to respect one another because we are fellow humans.

We are ALL put in this earth with the same ultimate purpose: to become like our Father in Heaven. The only prejudice that exists after this life is against sin.

That’s what I stand for. That’s what I believe in. That’s what I do my best to act upon.

What are you doing to make a positive impact on our world?

Live With Purpose, Not Passion

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

It’s not that living without passion is desirable or encouraged, but you cannot live a meaningful life without purpose. Dr. Andrew Thorn writes about this in Chapter 7 of his latest book, Leading With Your Legacy in Mind. If you were to follow only your passions, you would be an erratic and irrational mess. Purpose focuses your work and builds passion.

Getting on the Road to Excellence

My good friend, and coworker, hit things off very early on in our relationship. We met when I was hired by the company for whom he had already been working. The short end of the story is that as we grew together in the professional arena, we also grew as friends.

Several months ago we discussed that we wanted to eventually work together at our own company. We have seen countless examples of mediocrity in the workplace, both at the employee and ownership levels. Our aspiration is to strive to be excellent in our professional and personal lives. But we don’t want to stop there. We want to encourage and help others strive for excellence.

We wondered how we might be able to start collecting examples of excellence now while we are still young in our endeavor. Our agreement was to find a place where we could collaboratively document and share these examples.

We found such an opportunity through an emerging social media platform. Flipboard would allow us to curate a magazine where we could collaboratively collect and share inspiring articles relative to our joint venture.

We’ve just gotten a start at this, but here is a link to what we have so far: Excellence Is Not Optional. Go ahead and check it out! Your feedback is more than welcome.

What are you doing to be excellent? Share with me and I might just add your experience to our magazine!

Re-imaging Your Brand

“Why did you change it again?”, “It liked how it was before!”, “It was fine.” It may have been “fine” before, but that’s exactly what I appreciate about innovation; you can something that was fine before and make it better. Better than what? Better for what? Everything has an agenda, a particular image to portray. If you or what represents you doesn’t seem to be doing it’s job well it may be time to find something that will do it more appropriately.

Needless to say, I wasn’t satisfied with the visual representation of this site. I felt uneasy about something. It may not have seemed like a big deal to many, but to me is was a beam in the eye aesthetics. The background was outrageous and distracting. It drew attention, but not to the proper things. Backgrounds are supposed to add by bringing the audience’s focus to the intended object of attention, the article or posting.

A recent discussion with Marcie, a valued peer, and a story about Steve Job’s attention to detail brought to my attention the need to be OK with innovation, even if (and especially if) that means forward movement means reevaluating/ redesigning/ restructuring.

Here’s a walkthrough of my “rebranding” thus far:

v1.0My first attempt at creating my “brand.”
v2.0A temporary design to hold the fort while I created a “true brand.”
v2.1
My first attempt at my new “brand.” Not terrible, but it never felt good.
v2.2Where we are today. A much cleaner, less distracting site. My current “brand” image. I like it; always open to scrutiny, however.

With all of that being shared, I’m interested to know your take on this topic. How do you define your brand? Why?