2020 New Year’s Diatribe
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Greetings SWM’ers! It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by, and last time we checked a whole DECADE… Wow, it didn’t occur to us Rip Van Winkler’s that 10 years had gone by and that 2019 was the end of a decade and that last night was the last night of the decade.
It’s amazing to us as most of us have grown older, had kids, or gotten married, or changed jobs or some other life event and looking back at where we were in 2010 things have definitely changed a lot.
Many people across the world celebrate with varying traditions or superstitions. For example Spain has a tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight to represent good luck for each of the 12 months of the year. Some countries will pop firecrackers and bells to ward off bad spirits. Some people give gifts and eggs to symbolize the birth of a new year. According to List25 some of the odder traditions include having round things like fruits and coins and clothes for wealth and good luck. Other countries throw water, old furniture out of their windows for good luck. (We wonder what a person visiting our planet or various cultures would think of our odd traditions?!)
As editor of many of the articles on our site, I feel a strong need to mention that we should consider starting the year off fresh and look past the regrets or mistakes in our past and try to bring a good new perspective to things. We can’t always change what’s been done and many of the people we talked with or worked with or were friends with have either moved on, passed, or didn’t make it to 2020. Let us first be grateful of the food and health and current conditions and jobs that we have today if we made it to this point and be glad we made it through the year and have another change to spend it with family and friends. For those that are sick or ill, we hope you a speedy recovery and for those who were ill but now better, we hope you now get more time to cherish and spend it with loved ones and can put your renewed goals to fruition.
Many of us were young and started either a job lacking some self confidence or were still learning the ropes and fumbling around trying to achieve a steady income, find out their path in life, find love or a partner to spend time with. We hope you’ve accomplished some of your goals so far. The average age of a millennial is in their 30’s right now and given the average life span and medical technology many can expect to live another 50 to 70 years. We’ve only passed a third of our lives.
A quote we came by that came from the movie Men in Black says “1500 years ago, everybody knew that the Earth was the center of the universe. 500 years ago, everybody knew that the Earth was flat.” If you think about all the people that have gone before us like Einstein, the Wright Brothers, Steve Jobs, Alexander Graham Bell, Nikola Tesla, Marie Curie, Thomas Alva Edison, Ada Lovelace then you can just imagine what the world could be tomorrow.
With that consider where you want your next ten years to go. Start planning and planting the seeds for tomorrow and have a vision or forecast for what you want to do. As a famous person in tech who grew up tinkering with car mechanics when growing up once said: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”
This week we’re adding a reading list pick that you might enjoy if you’re a techie.
It’s called: “The Linux Philosophy for SysAdmins: And Everyone Who Wants to Be by David Both”. In it one of the best advice he gives is a mentor to future generations of students. The book may teach about software and open source software, but really it also gives a framework for establishing a foundation for future generations and learners. We’ve come a long way in the world where access to the world’s whole entire library of information is at our fingertips but we don’t know what to do with it or how exactly to use it to our full potential.
- Mr. Both talks about the difference between “harnessing” versus “unleashing” potential.
- He talks about the quintessential mindset of “never stop learning” and vowed to himself that he would “learn something new every day”, a vow which he’s kept.
- In his Chapter 22 he talks about how ‘curiosity killed the cat’ is a misnomer phrase or inaccurate statement and instead how directing FOCUSED curiosity can be life and goal accelerating.
- He talks about how writing and teaching has enabled him to learn at an even greater pace than ever. Isn’t it always the situation that we learn more about a subject when we have to teach it to a classmate or peer and understand it ourselves? This is wonderful news for you bloggers and YouTubers. Keep pushing out knowledge.
- He puts that failure shouldn’t really be in your vocabulary, rather you should call it an attempt and each attempt is a alternate outcome. Although Einstein’s theory of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results” there is a method to the madness of trying different approaches and that scientific method enables one to learn and see why it doesn’t work and identify root causes and what to change.
- He vociferously encourages thoroughly documenting everything, because years later you will wonder how you did something and can look back and see the process that pushed you to where you were to date.
- And lastly he encourages just getting down and “do[ing] it”. There’s no better teacher than getting in the mix and deep in the trenches and rolling up your sleeves and learning from your experience. There’s a meme we saw that happened to have RD Jr in it and said that your first podcast will be awful, your first song will be awful, your first book will be awful, your first design will be awful… But take heart for you business owners, artists, inventors and doer’s. If you don’t begin on your first draft then you can’t get to your 50th or 100th draft when excellence begins to shine. So get going and hammer it out.
Remember that life is full of possibilities and there are always options, alternatives and choices.