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Breathe, then Think

Four weeks ago I blogged that I was pressing pause, and then took a two week vacation. I let everything hit the floor, and stayed offline and out of business for the most part. Heck, I didn’t even write until the end of the vacation. Finally, after a few days I was able to breathe. When you let yourself breathe several things happen. You relax, develop perspective, and can make a few decisions. Here’s where I wound up. Getting Ready to Scale For the past two years, I have served as an uber consultant taking on long-term in-depth contracts that often brought me on site working with clients. This was good from a business and life perspective allowing me to […]

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Pressing Pause

I talk about rest on this blog a lot. Whether that is making choices on time investments or simply pulling the plug and chilling out, rest is a critical component of productivity and happiness. Well, it’s finally time to practice what I preach. I’m so very tired, friends. I could list all of the major projects (not to mention surgery) since I had my last recreational vacation in the Bahamas, but why bother? I’m not a walking stat sheet, just a dude. The point is my batteries must be recharged. This weekend I will begin a two-week vacation in the southwest United States with my immediate family. As part of this break, I intend to spend minimal time online. You […]

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Life with a Scarlet Letter

This blog post is running in support of my Punish Geoff Fundraiser: Civilination! Please consider a donation to support better online conversations. At the time of publishing, we have raised more than $3,000 for the Civilination Academy. Long-term readers know I have attempted to evolve my language to become more mindful of others. Part of that reparation is learning to live with that negative reputation publicly — my proverbial Scarlet Letter — and handle new disagreements. At SxSW two different people informed me how a person was telling everyone what an A&^hole I was every time my name came up. It’s no coincidence that this person is someone I wrangled with on here and elsewhere. He’s not the only one. So the damage […]

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My First Novel, 19 Years in the Making

Over the past few months I babbled about a secret project in blog posts now and then. It’s time to lift the curtain and reveal the project. I intend to release a science fiction novel at the end of summer. Here’s some more babble for you. Exodus (Book One of the Fundamentalists) has been 19 years in the making. Nineteen fricking long years. But first let me thank Patrick Ashamalla and A Brand New Way for this incredible new web design. It’s a responsive design offering unique experiences for the traditional web, tablet and mobile visitors. Check it out! The new site accommodates Exodus with both its own section and RSS feed. The book will be available for purchase in […]

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Slights and Chalkboards

Image by rebekaburgess A colleague has been struggling with some negative talk on the back channel and asked me how I deal with it. When someone slights me, I use that resentment to drive me further, finish hard projects, go the extra mile, and get up when I fail. This is the famous chalkboard moment. Sports teams often use slights and trash talk to go out and hand it to the opposition. Michael Jordan admitted a similar fueling approach when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Jordan was criticized (justly), probably because he said he did it to prove all of his critics wrong. He also revealed several resentments toward players that were in attendance. Geoff Livingston on […]

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Is Existing Online a Quest of Loneliness or Giving?

Image by Den Den Do you sense a lack of clear meaning in this online rat race? On one hand, existence stands in its purest form, reasons to be online, missions of the niche! Then we dilute existence with digital records of ice cream trips, Nike Fuel runs, and manufactured savoir faire. Self determination now exists at its ultimate zenith, coupled with a bizarre sense loneliness. YouTube star Jenna Marbles reflected recently in a NY Times article that with all of her online fame and popularity and friends, she finds herself in an odd state of loneliness. We have many boys and girls trapped in their own online bubbles now. Geoff Livingston on Google+

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