A meditation on when to start your big project

I love this advice from Alan Watts to aspiring writers...

Advice? I don't have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you're writing, you're a writer. Write like you're a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there's no chance for a pardon. Write like you're clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you've got just one last thing to say, like you're a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God's sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we're not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don't. Who knows, maybe you're one of the lucky ones who doesn't have to. -Alan Watts
If you think you want to do something, then get started on it. 

There is no point in waiting for permission... no one is authorized to grant it. 

There is no point in waiting for perfection... you may never get there -- and for the lack of perfection, your flame may never shine. 

There is no point in waiting for the timing to be right... there is always an excuse, but it's never as good as you at your best. 

You want to do a thing? Do it. 

Don't wait for it to be authorized. That will come later. 
Don't wait for it to be perfect. You can fix it as you go. 
Don't wait for the right time. The right time is almost always right now.

Magic Leap reveals another brilliant video

This is the future of gaming. I think I'm in. Ok... I think we are all in.

Everyone should have a loving family... 500 miles away

I can't imagine you'd want to hear this, but it's a very personal interview I did with Loyd Ford of GreatUpstate.com. After opening with an overview of my very early life, we get to talking about the GSA Technology Council and Tech After Five. We celebrate our 300th Tech After Five event and talk about how I came to Greenville and how those groups came to be. We talk about the power of podcasts, including some of my favorites Freakonomics, Radiolab , 99% Invisible. We talk about kids and technology, building your podcast audience, getting closer to your listeners, finding your way and serving your tribe.

ps: I didn't edit the audio or put a wrapper on it. It's just the way Loyd Ford presented it on his website.

How to be INVINCIBLE at your work...

There are days you feel like the Universe's whipping boy.  Everyone and everything is taking a whack at you. The car breaks down, a filling falls out, a paying customer goes out of business. Things happen.

It feels bad.... It's ok to feel bad.... It would be crazy and possibly delusional not to feel the pain of the disappointment.

But if you love what you do... then you know you'll be alright.

Actually, if you love what you do and you are not afraid to do the work, then you can't be beat.

The reason is simple.

If you love what you do, then you're going to do it again...

even if it hurts. even if it doesn't work just right.

You'll keep at it -- because it's the work you love.

That makes you invincible.

Is the Productivity Pack a good deal?

UPDATE (2015-2-6) : Now a three month Dropbox Pro subscription has been added to the deal. (You get it even if you have already paid.) This makes the deal even sweeter -- if you are into good deals.

Original post:

On Tuesday, the Productivity Pack was revealed. It offers the awesome Evernote, password manager LastPass, to-do-list app Wunderlist and the read-it-later service Pocket bundled premium subscriptions to all four services in a single “Productivity Pack” for $59.99

I have used all four services at various points in my software evaluations. At this point I pay for Evernote Premium, which is $45 per year and LastPass Premium at $12 a year.

If you aren't using these apps, then maybe you should be giving the free versions a whirl. If you're quick to make decisions on these things then you can get that first year at a discount.

Will you please describe what you do? (So people will get it.)

I listened to an interview with restaurateur Mario Batali a few weeks ago. He said that you must be able to describe a restaurant's concept in less than three sentences. He said the message needs to be clear so that the customer can determine if they want to be a part of your experience. If you can't describe your endeavor succinctly, people are going to lose interest in you before you even have a chance to connect with them.

I think the same is true for our personal and business endeavors. This especially matters if your endeavor looks to build a tribe or a network to help you find the customers you need. The person you may be attempting to connect with wants to be able to slot you quickly. Can you help them do that?

If people are going to listen to you... If people are going to remember you... If people are going to be able to recall you when they need you, then you must get this right.

If you fail, they wander off.

Can you tell me what you do in in 3 simple sentences or less?

Adventures with Google Wallet. Why your iPad is Wonky.

Listen in on a full hour of live calls about personal technology and the problems it causes. We discuss Apple Pay and Phil's adventures with Google Wallet. We take calls on new iPads, iMap email problems, iPhone syncing, Minecraft, upgrading to an iPhone 6, why is my iPad wonky, storing photos online, the perils of a suspended Google account, backing up and more. This show originally aired on the ETV Public Radio network in South Carolina.

The Fastest Way To Find Your Elevator Pitch

If someone asks you what you do -- can you tell them?

Chances are you have a tight 30 second commercial ready to roll off your tongue at a moment's notice.... Or not.

Most people can't tell you what they do. 
It's not because they are terrible public speakers. 

They can't articulate what they do because they perform their jobs on autopilot. They may be great at that they do, chances are they are at least good at it. They've never thought about the people they help and the stories those people tell.

If you can't tell your story, just ask a happy customer what you did for them. They will give you at least one good answer you can share.

That guy on the elevator should get a clear answer from you. He might need your help.