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Sunday Column (177)

Writing my Sunday Column is more a “Friday on my way home from work task”. I often write it up on Fridays and then add the weekend as and if it is interesting. This Friday I was off and thanks to my wife got some work done on the house, spend less time with the kids than anticipated but instead got some “me time”. So that was nice. Time for me to return the favour some time soon.

Anyway, this week my thoughts were all over the shop. 20120720-152536.jpg Yes, this picture tells a story of an excellent wine, and a good chat my wife and I had over this bottle. Direction. Family. House. Life in general. My Buddhist friend always said whatever you decide in life you will get the right challenges and end up where the universe wants you to be. The greater good? The greater god? The great unconscious in the universe?

Actually I was asking to meet a few folk this week and were thinking about meeting someone I haven’t seen for a long time. A day later I met him in the tube, then got a phone call from someone else I was thinking of. Maybe weird but beautiful. You ask for something and the universe replies.

It made me think if everyone says they are happy with 2 million as a lottery win, then maybe I should ask for 10 million πŸ˜‰ You know what I mean? Maybe I get a tad too crazy out there but I believe in the power of unconscious and that all answers are out there in the universe ready to be tapped on.

Stephen Covey died this week. Anthony Robbins wrote a post about the 7 habits of highly effective people. One of my first management training books I ever read. A no brainier really. Well done, Stephen, you left this world having made a difference.

This reminds me of Steve Jobs. 20120720-153632.jpg I got his “making a dent in the universe quote” on the back of my personal business cards. I love it. It becomes a mantra. To make a difference, to be better. Not to make more money or be more crazy but to leave this world in a better state than when you arrived. If everyone could make a small dent, a small improvement, we would all be better off!

For me this is bringing up my two boys to be good and friendly citizens, smart and hopeful capable of making their dent. We somehow carry a responsibility with us. A responsibility to maintain and improve. I want to make this dent. And I will too. Not quite yet but eventually.

So you see I was thinking a lot. I was given some time. The weather is still awful. Our house got a new wardrobe, linoleum in the garage, some paint and a hole in the kitchen ceiling repaired. And my weight bench arrived too.

We are getting there.

The weekend was good to. We went to a networking family event in Kent courtesy to Fortune Cookies, and we went to Brighton to get my wife’s iPhone repaired. The weather was great and we spend good family time together.

Exciting times πŸ™‚

All the best for next week,
Volker

Sunday Column (143)

“Wow Wow Wow” were supposedly Steve Jobs’ last words. I read his Biography over the last few weeks, 600 pages, and I couldn’t put it down. This man is fascinating. He sold me Apple from his grave. The product, the philosophy, the perfectionism and that attitude make a lot of sense. I suppose he had a lot of bad sides, and I was told that as an employee of Apple you weren’t suppose to talk or look at him unless he looked at you, but his idea of perfection was phenomenal. I suppose almost on the “sick” side. But as people say, the line between genius and insanity is a very fine one. Easy to cross. Buddha bless my Buddhist friend Steve and I am confident that I will be the proud owner of at least two new Apple products next year: the iPad3 and and iPhone5. We shall see. Everyone who has seen me being transformed from Blackberry to Android to Apple thinks I am stark raving mad. And they might be right πŸ™‚

Another highlight this week was Thursday. Not because my wife felt that ill but that I worked from home in the afternoon. As usual I took Colin to school but this Thursday I also picked him up. I wanted to take him out for lunch but town was too far, and the local Indian was closed. I spend so much quality time with him on Thursday, I really enjoyed it. Still, I managed to keep on top of my work and had a relaxing night in. Not what I was planning this week, and my weekend plans were smashed too, but family is more important than anything else. I sometimes wonder what I would be like if I was single: workaholic, alcoholic, fat. Thanks for being there for me: family!

The whole family is also joining us for Christmas. The idea of not having a car is growing on me. Not only do I save money on petrol, insurance and car tax as well as MOT but I also get the whole family to Beckenham for Christmas. Happy days ahead. We are really looking forward to it. And my MIL and I got along fine when she was down last week.

Now this is it really. I went to Berlin this week to speak about my work and had a fantastic night in great digital marketing company. I love my work, my industry and of course my employer πŸ™‚ Seriously, I sometimes think I have the best job in the world, or I am the luckiest guy in the world. The only problem is that I seem to have too much drive to move forward. I am constantly pushing. But that works in my favour I supposed. Onwards and upwards.

To the last 4 weeks before Christmas. The last 4 weeks of work for the year, filled with lunches, diners and great parties. Filled with lots of work, long hours, and good company. But also filled with great family moments and good friends, warm fires. You gotta love Winter and Christmas.

Have a great one.
Volker