Where is your Passion?

by TheWriter on December 15, 2014

“Some people are doing what they are passionate about while others must be passionate about what they are doing,” Gary L. Good. That thought came to my mind the other day while standing in the library. I realized that the idea of passion is too far removed from many people for them to understand what passion has to do with their current work. But, I also realized that successful people find something to be passionate about within their various roles. They might be doing what they are passionate about (e.g. a veterinarian might be passionate about animals), but many are simply earning a living in hopes of getting the time and finances to do what they are actually passionate about.

As I have written about in the past, I view leadership, and if truth be told — everything, in terms of “PIE” — Passion, Integrity, and Energy. Sometimes, people are focused on “passion”. They believe they have to be passionate about their work or about other areas of life. Too often our movies and books and other ways to view life through the lens of others create untenable, unachievable idyllic views of the world that are virtually impossible for the “average joe” to achieve at work, at home, or wherever.

It is virtually impossible for us to be doing what we are passionate about in everything we do — especially our workplace. Thus, we have angst regarding the chasm between what we are doing and what we are passionate about doing.

Imagine you are doing a great job in a position, and your boss comes and says, “Congratulations! You’re doing so great, we are giving you a new role as X.” The problem is that you do not like X, and you do not feel comfortable about doing it.

What is the difference between success and failure? I posit that more times than not, it has entirely to do with attitude. If one chooses to be passionate about doing a great job at the position, he or she will find themselves performing better and garnering more praise and respect. If one enters the position abhorring it and loathing it, he or she will likely not perform well. One must CHOOSE to be passionate when the role is not what he or she is actually passionate about.

Maybe someone loves animals and wants to be a veterinarian but does not have the grades or the finances to get into veterinary school. So, he chooses to work at a humane society and save money. He is told to mop floors, pick-up poo, and maybe more difficult things like bury animals that were brought-in sick. If he views his role as not what he wants to do — work with animals — then he may loath heading to work each day. However, if he is passionate about providing the shelter’s animals a clean, hospitable environment and the future when he is the boss leading the clinic or the shelter, he will almost assuredly do a better job and be a happier person.

Do you agree?

Therefore, as the quote above reads, “Some people are doing what they are passionate about while others must CHOOSE to be passionate about what they are doing.”

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Who needs college?

by TheWriter on October 3, 2014

CNN released a documentary lifting the veil on college costs and the new business … Selling bachelor’s degrees and more. The American political correctness machine and idealism of each of us being equal versus having equal opportunities has resulted in the nation’s youth holding more than $1 trillion in student debt. That number pales in comparison to the free money and grants they received from all of us. Our President took over the student loan program and immediately started speaking to how we taxpayers will pay those bills when he absolves those students from their debt. Sadly, our nation is unable to have thorough, strategic, honest conversations about the priorities of government efforts . We cannot even discuss whether security is more important than paying for condoms for college students. If we cannot decide which of those is more important for our government to fund, how can we possibly consider the value of, and responsibility of us to fund, a college degree?

We all need to watch this movie…Ivory Tower

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Big Data for Defense and Intel

by TheWriter on September 24, 2014

Presenting at the Big Data for Defense and Intel Presenting at the Big Data for Defense and Intel[/caption]Excellent experience today – Selected to present at the Big Data for Defense and Intelligence, and Homeland Security Symposium today. Technology Training Corporation hosted and led the conference. My presentation was a special dual presentation entitled, “Decision Point Analytics” and “The Role of the Interpreter.”

In short, Decision Point Analytics is tracking information at the point of recommendation such as who is the decision-maker, the recommendation, expected outcomes and the like. If we do not track that information, we do not have verification of our algorithms or data, nor do we assure the science in the decision-maker.
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I was a speaker at PAWGOV – 2014

18 September 2014

I was honored to have the opportunity to speak at the Predictive Analytics World for Government this past Tuesday. My talk was not a hard science/math discussion. Rather, my presentation was about people … people I call “The Interpreters”. Interpreters are the people who understand the mission of the organization and have sufficient technical capability […]

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Predictive Analytics World – Government

15 September 2014

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Dad the Buffoon ala Father’s Day Cards

16 June 2014

Did you receive a humorous Father’s Day Card poking fun at your incessant laziness, belligerent attitude, farting, or anything else? While humor is good, and Dad’s tend to be the “funny” parent, do we deserve the non-stop maltreatment on TV shows and advertisements AND a card on our one day per year that pokes fun […]

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Military LGBT Support – A Divergent Path

6 June 2014

Tomorrow, the United States Military District of Washington will provide a color guard to lead the “Capital Pride” parade in Washington, DC. An anticipated 150,000 people will watch an 8 person team of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines lead a parade of individuals pridefully demonstrating their support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Americans. Wait… […]

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