yesterday secretary of state Tillerson was fired, along with the presidents right-hand assistant. One got canned for probably telling the president what he needed to hear, the other, is somehow implicated in an investigation into crimes and can no longer be around secure areas? What struck me with the simple news is how abnormal turbulence appears to be a normal day in the life of the White House. If you were to run your own business with these issues, do you think it would survive long with such high turnover rates and how many of presidents inner circle cannot get security clearances- unless you were somehow a Govt. contractor that takes care of the pesky problems that the folks more worried about image and legacy versus the reality of their actions and needing cleaners, fixer, and shadow warriors.
I keep thinking about augmented reality and how much of what we see and hear will really be going through a mess of noise in the next 20-30 years with the rise of bots and ai. maybe that is why I like the idea of going off into rural nature, live in it, being part pioneer and part research and development lab for solving the problems that face what people will live in with the rise of urbanization – sans the icky noise and stress caused by people forgetting the difference between an obligation and a priority. maybe this is normal as you age, and have spent a lot of your life chasing and working in the uber-competitive world where you worked not for self-fulfillment and understanding, but rather titles, accolades, and awards.
I think I stopped going to award shows when the trend from the leaders with the Oscars and such, became awards about self-promotion, popularity, and feel-good-I-tis than “here is an award for actually doing something and accomplishing something above the norm.”
I guess that is the world where we are today, despite allowing everyone access of sorts to information with the internet. we theoretically should be becoming more democratic, yet, it sure seems we are going the opposite way.
· We are trying to build a wall to keep people out of a country that took people in from everywhere on the planet
· The USA has spent trillions on defending our interests, yet inside the country, folks sure are stressed and afraid
· the FCC thinks net neutrality is bad. I thought the country was supposed to be a beacon of sorts to the world where freedom of information was allowed by and to all -not to the highest bidder
· how did so few companies get control over all the media?
· the world is a big and complicated place, how did the government get to a place where there are two choices to everything…good/bad, evil/good, mine viewpoint/your viewpoint doesn’t matter (let me talk over you)
· I could go create a long list, but I think you all the idea
what I remember in business school is the success is really how many people you lead to surpass you. I always thought that was a strange idea, but if you work and give your best, you learn there is always someone better, faster, smarter, richer, poorer, and anything else you want to measure. you can compete with them, or you can simply compete within yourself and ask, “is this the best I can do?” maybe that is why i admire teachers and mentors who are selfless and understand this principal.
today, i feel there are a lot of people living in some social media reality where they become that image they post versus what they really are. in this, we set up a bad example of reality. call it faux, augmented…perhaps those with psychological issues live in a virtual space? selfish-space?
reality isn’t all gloss and glitter. there are a lot of times where you have to work and make small step gains that over time appear to be one giant leap to others who have not paid any attention to you working away in relative quiet and sacrificing what society says is “go out and have fun! party!” to work and learn about something you are passionate about.
then there are people themselves. if we all simply came to a spot where we were comfortable saying, “yeah, I am a human…therefore I am just as goofy and have as many issues as everyone else.” the world might change a bit and people would have more empathy, understanding and compassion with each other versus, “you have to look, act, and be perfect!” and if you are not, “I will sue you for being imperfect!” (there was a tragic helicopter crash in the Hudson River a day ago and already the family of one is suing the company. I am going, “did they even get their loved one in the ground with a burial yet? wtf?”)
there is nothing wrong with going for or achieving the highest levels of quality for something. in the past, this quality level or rarity was regarded as a benchmark for creating and building a product or a skill. what few today appear to realize is the amount of time, expense, cost, and refinement (think of Swiss watches today, where computerized milling is used, yet, not long ago, the parts were hand cut – mind-blowing) was done by a human. there were skills and these tended to take years to develop to get to the highest levels.
somewhere along the path, we have as a society tended to dilute quality. once people started to trade paper to “make money by not really making anything” you saw more award shows, more presentations – some formula where even the Nobel prize gave ex-president Obama a prize for simply becoming president – not what he did as a president. I mean no disrespect to ex-president Obama, but I probably would have given the prize back and said, “come back in a few years and ask me if I am still worthy of it?”
but that is me. I have seen too many executives and politicians play to the camera and perhaps really believe that they had a lot to do with all the work their underlings have done – and have no problem taking any credit or award that is positive – yet – when something goes wrong or mistakes are made – they throw their staff under the bus to protect their own skin.
why did it become so unfashionable to say, “yea, I made a mistake…will learn from it?” in today’s augmented reality society of social fluff.
probably should just bury this, but for whatever reason, I have to go with why I set this site up with 10 minutes of rambling. one day I might actually think about something to write before I type.
don’t hold your breath. :o)