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Putting The Year In The Review Mirror1


I’m in the process of going over all of the songs I favorited this year and putting my top ones into a playlist and then culling that list. I’m planning on posting it at some point this coming week, maybe as soon as tomorrow as a Christmas gift to the AVC community. That’s a precursor to a larger effort of looking back on 2017 that will result in a What Happened post on New Year’s Eve followed by a What Will Happen post on New Year’s Day. This stuff is fun for me but it is also a great mental exercise to go through. It forces me to reflect, think, and focus on what is/was most important. There is so much that blogging does for my brain. I am not sure how I would do my work without it. The daily routine of writing something for public consumption is a discipline that brings clarity in a confusing time. The bigger posts that come every now and then, and the year end ones, are particularly valuable to write. So I am looking forward to spending the coming week reflecting on the year that is ending and looking forward to the year that is about to begin. I will do that while celebrating the year end holiday with our family skiing in the rockies. And the year in review thing is already in swing in VC blog land. Semil Shah posted his year in review a few days ago and it is a good read. There won’t be much in any of these year in review posts that you don’t already know. But it is the context and reflection that comes with them that are so valuable. http://avc.com/2017/12/putting-the-year-in-the-review-mirror/

Putting The Year In The Review Mirror1


I’m in the process of going over all of the songs I favorited this year and putting my top ones into a playlist and then culling that list. I’m planning on posting it at some point this coming week, maybe as soon as tomorrow as a Christmas gift to the AVC community. That’s a precursor to a larger effort of looking back on 2017 that will result in a What Happened post on New Year’s Eve followed by a What Will Happen post on New Year’s Day. This stuff is fun for me but it is also a great mental exercise to go through. It forces me to reflect, think, and focus on what is/was most important. There is so much that blogging does for my brain. I am not sure how I would do my work without it. The daily routine of writing something for public consumption is a discipline that brings clarity in a confusing time. The bigger posts that come every now and then, and the year end ones, are particularly valuable to write. So I am looking forward to spending the coming week reflecting on the year that is ending and looking forward to the year that is about to begin. I will do that while celebrating the year end holiday with our family skiing in the rockies. And the year in review thing is already in swing in VC blog land. Semil Shah posted his year in review a few days ago and it is a good read. There won’t be much in any of these year in review posts that you don’t already know. But it is the context and reflection that comes with them that are so valuable. http://avc.com/2017/12/putting-the-year-in-the-review-mirror/

Putting The Year In The Review Mirror1


I’m in the process of going over all of the songs I favorited this year and putting my top ones into a playlist and then culling that list. I’m planning on posting it at some point this coming week, maybe as soon as tomorrow as a Christmas gift to the AVC community. That’s a precursor to a larger effort of looking back on 2017 that will result in a What Happened post on New Year’s Eve followed by a What Will Happen post on New Year’s Day. This stuff is fun for me but it is also a great mental exercise to go through. It forces me to reflect, think, and focus on what is/was most important. There is so much that blogging does for my brain. I am not sure how I would do my work without it. The daily routine of writing something for public consumption is a discipline that brings clarity in a confusing time. The bigger posts that come every now and then, and the year end ones, are particularly valuable to write. So I am looking forward to spending the coming week reflecting on the year that is ending and looking forward to the year that is about to begin. I will do that while celebrating the year end holiday with our family skiing in the rockies. And the year in review thing is already in swing in VC blog land. Semil Shah posted his year in review a few days ago and it is a good read. There won’t be much in any of these year in review posts that you don’t already know. But it is the context and reflection that comes with them that are so valuable. http://avc.com/2017/12/putting-the-year-in-the-review-mirror/

Can do


I was faced with a small situation recently where I got a reasonable request in a constrained situation. In normal course, the request would have been easy to get done. But, current conditions made things hard.  My initial thought was to write out an excuse note detailing why it isn’t possible. But, I paused and asked around instead. Initial prognosis – not good. Wrote up that excuse note. I think of myself as persistent. So, I asked around some more. Still no alternatives. Completed that excuse note. I’m about to press send and then I stop. Have I really tried? This time, I chat with a couple of folks who are just brimming with a can do attitude – one I’m clearly lacking at this point given my half hearted attempts at solving the problem. They rapidly think through solutions. That inspires me to ask around some more. And, this time, against all odds, we found someone who could replicate what we were looking for. Problem solved. I removed the excuse email and shared the solution. I was reflecting on that experience and took away a couple of lessons. First, even if we had failed, I know from experience that it would have been well worth our effort. This is the often unacknowledged benefit of attempting something whose results are far from guaranteed. These journeys are worth it for the creativity and camaraderie they inspire. Second, I was deeply inspired by the can do attitude of a couple of folks through the process. The odds didn’t look good but they attempted to spin up solutions anyway. And, that built the kind of momentum that was necessary to solve the problem. We are the average of the folks we spend our time with. Make sure these are folks who possess a can do attitude. It is these folk who understand the nature of life’s most interesting problems. They all appear un-solvable. Until they are. Share this: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Like this: Like Loading... Related https://alearningaday.com/2017/12/02/can-do/

Cyber Monday 201725


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