I tend to not post about personal topics but this one is self-explanatory and almost required.
I have to thank Alan Stevens for being my hippie guru and inspiring me to dig deeper. It all started at a talk at CodeStock (back when he had the long hippie hair) and many subsequent ones at DevLink too. Listening and talking to Alan has served as a personal reboot and mental reminder that leadership is all about connecting. Eating together as a family, not backing down on your choices and recognizing the team’s strengths; seem pretty obvious but as they say “common sense is the least common of all senses”.
I finally got to reading and finishing Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin, and while the book is purposely abstract on the methodology to “become a leader” it highlights some of the key points to “building and leading tribes”. I feel dejected when I see so many people intentionally avoiding risks and opportunities to the tune of “I’m safe where I am”. I have been blessed by opportunities early in life that helped me curate some skills (or at least the ability to observe them in perspective) but more so to have a support system that always pushes me to do more and not be afraid to lead when the opportunity strikes.
Being a fan of him and his other books like Purple Cow, Permission Marketing and especially Linchpin; I found Tribes to be a breathe of fresh air with a short request… don’t just follow, find a tribe and lead it.
Like Seth says “Go, make something happen“.
No resolutions just hope… That is what i have for this new year. I hope that this will be a year of changes and growth (both professionally and personally). There will be many trials and tribulations but at the end of the shift the boat will keep on floating and with a new direction.
This isn’t just for me i wish everybody could feel the warmth this new year gives me. I want for everybody better lives and less suffering; just drop everything and start walking. Grab your love ones with you and (as Johny Walker said: “Keep Walking” don’t look back.
I know that 52 weeks from today we will all be in a better place and with a confidence in ourselves that nothing will stop us in the future years. This may be a year of silence and deep observation. We are going to have to look inside ourselves ans realize what we are made of. Some may not like what they see, as self analysis if absolute and true. So if you find you are a worst person than you thought or if you feel like there is something holding you from being you don’t be sad be happy you know this now and not years later alone in a dark room. Others may find they are truly the honest and great persons they are, but then why do horrible things happen to you? No one can tell you an absolute truth but you must know that this is not meant to break but to heal.
Well no more… I sincerely hope for the best (and fear for the worst) for all of us. It doesn’t matter if you know me or don’t just know that this year is a new beginning for all of us… (“Stop procrastinating with your life”)
Since im studying CO-EG this should be my first Post… (If you ever read a Programming book you’ll understand)
Yes I know im a nerd, but I just love Programming.