Cut through noise

People often complain about social networks being “noisy.”

Here is my simple solution:

Stop shouting, stop making so much content, stop contributing to the noise.

Instead, focus on one relationship deeply.

…then do it again.

Let me know how it goes.  I’m willing to bet it works better than playing the same game everyone else is playing.

Peripheral vision

Sometimes I get so fixated on what’s right in front of me, that I don’t see the opportunities and threats that are coming in from other angles.

I’m perpetually on the razor’s edge about to enjoy the benefits of extreme focus, or fall victim to it.

At the same time, constant worry about the objects in my rear view mirror or my peripheral vision distract me from focusing on the road ahead.

What I’m finding is that it’s less about being able to alternate between the two, and instead more about having a great co-pilot, so I can focus on what I do best, which is the task I’ve chosen to put right in front of me.

Blank screen, blinking cursor

I’m pretty good at writing almost everyday, or at least having a post to go out everyday.

Some days, I’m inspired and it hits me…like lightning.   On these days, I sit down and write anywhere from 4 to 10 blog posts.

I write this blog in the midst of everything else I’m doing, and while it would seem–to others–that this would create an undue burden, it actually liberates my mind for a brief 10-15 minute time window.

I’m able to get away from the things I HAVE to do, and instead spend a few precious moments thinking about something that I don’t have to do at all.

I don’t make any money from this blog. I don’t really showcase industry expertise. I just like writing here.

But once I schedule the post…

I must go back to the flooded inbox, the never ending task list, the projects to complete.

I’ve got people to manage, clients to correspond with, and new business opportunities requiring my attention and proposal writing skills.

Being an entrepreneur is a lot of work.

I’ve found that a good gauge of where I am mentally, emotionally, and physically, is the amount of time I stare at this blank screen, this blinking cursor, thinking about what to write on this blog.