Four ways to have a crappy performance, the first is the worst

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You have to be willing to make changes in your process to accomplish great things. Not every performance is going to be your best one. However, the secret to winning in the long term is knowing all the ways you can lose beforehand, and then preparing like hell before showtime to overcome those scenarios.

From what I have found, and I sure you have too, that there will always be some kind of reconfiguration in life’s circumstances to throw off the power process. And if you haven’t figured this out already, then take it from me, it is your responsibility to overcome what your life throws at you.

Still, there will be times when life gets the better of you. That’s just how it goes, and you need to prepare like hell for when it does. To be better prepared, what you need to know is that there are only a limited number of ways that life will best you. And after I list the following instances, I am going to discuss the one that I hope isn’t happening to you on a consistent basis:

The Four Performance Killers

  • You didn’t show up
  • You were late
  • You are in overtime
  • You focus only on the problems and not the solutions

Three of those instances can be overome by better preperation, more focused practice, and innovation. But only one of them is a total failure.

Let’s go through the one instance that I find most deplorable.

You didn’t show up

Look I get it, there are times when life is so powerful that there simply was no way you could have made the performance. Unsurmountable and unexpected things do happen. I am not going to be so brash as to say, ‘Just overcome, bro.’

Where most folks go wrong though is that people often confuse the unsurmountable with the meerly inconvenient.

So here’s a useful and simple metric to figure out which is which, it goes something like this, ‘Shit and stuff happens, so which is it?’

What I am talking about here are those times when you didn’t show up because stuff got in the way.  Not showing up on account of stuff is just a half-hearted way of saying ‘I quit’ beforehand.

Quiting before your performance got started by simply not showing up is just plain loser mentality behavior. If improving your performance and participating in your passion is still your desired outcome, you have to ask your self why you let stuff get in the way and honestly reconsider you priorities.

If your plan is consistently improve your performance, you will show up. Simple as that. Sure you might be late, you might have to go into overtime and you might only be focusing on the problems instead of the solutions, but to not show up…

Well, here’s a simple solution to not waste any more time: reassess and recommit, or simply resign.

[Discussion] What does it mean to you to live with expectations?

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First off, I really do hope you chime in on this one in the comments below. You might say that I expect you too.

Fatherhood has been the most trying on part of my life that most take for granted. If you thought I was going to sleep, you’d be wrong.

You see, being a father has been a surprise to me in many ways. I guess I shouldnt say surprise, what I mean to say is more like unexpected.

  • I didn’t expect that I would become a more patient person towards the complaints of another person.
  • Additionally, I didn’t expect that I would be more calloused to another person’s demands – especially ones that I can’t fill: like breast-feeding, specifically.
  • And I hadn’t expected that I would become the sole bread-wnner in the house; although that isn’t much of a concern, the way I look at the money I make is very different.

For much of my adult life, people have told me not to have too many expectations of others. That includes my self. And now that I reflect on areas of my life that have changed since fatherhood, I wish I had cultivated greater expectations of myself. Greater personal expectations regarding writing consistency, greater expectations of family cohesion, and possibly greater expectations of personal financial accountability.

Which leads me to ask, what expectations do you have for your self? Do you think they are healthy to have? Or, do you subscribe to the notion that life is better lived with fewer expectations?

Where do you get your news?

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The question I have is simply this, where do you get your news?

For me, I have poor taste when it comes to news and media outlets. Much of what I see, hear and read for news is unverifiable, prejudiced, and unfiltered.

Let me explain.

I don’t read NYT or WSJ. I don’t watch Fox or CNN. I don’t visit MSNBC or Yahoo News. I don’t subscribe to UNZ or Daily Wire. I avoid spotify and youtube. So where do I get my news?

Let me just say this, I get my news from the worst of places; I have for years. And no, it isn’t Facebook, Twitter, Parlor, Gab, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok, or Snapchat either.

This news source I visit is the most hateful, biased, untrustworthy, and often revolting place to get the news. And yet, most of the above outlets get their leads from this source.

Before I simply tell you where, I want to consider the follow analysis of markets.

Analysis of Outdoor & Virtual Markets

I want you to look at the following pictures for a moment and then I want you to answer the following question, “Where do you spend your work day?”

If the answer is you work in an outdoor market, than your perspective on the world is influenced by other human market participants. Their opinions, their tastes and their behavior determine how you interact with customers, vendors, and administration in the market. All of which are very real, observable, and interactable.

The outdoor marketplace is a highly unfilterable place. Market participation is regulated by local custom, laws, manners and tradition.

If your answer is you work at a computer, than your perspective on the world is influenced by non-human implmentations of market participants: algorithms, user roles, and digital content. All opinions, tastes and behavior virtually represented determine how you interact with the representation of customers, vendors and administration of the digital marketplace. All of which are virtual, anonymous or obfuscated.

The virtual marketplace is a highly filterable place. Market participation is regulated by system code, user interfaces, and account status.

News Found in Outdoor & Virtual Markets

So what does the difference in outdoor or virtual markets have to do with my getting the news? Well, I’ll tell you.

When you participate in outdoor markets, one such topic that comes up while participating in them is the news. And the news is entirely independant of the unfiltered nature of the outdoor market. Racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia and all other prejudices and preferences will be present in the market, and they will be expressed subtly and explicitly.

When you participate in a virtual market, one such topic that comes up is the news. The news will be entirely dependant on the filtered nature of a virtual market. Prejudices and preferences will be filtered by the constraints of digital content, algorithms and user interfaces. And as such, market participant expression will be supressed implicitly and explicitly.

While news in outdoor markets is less verifiable, it is generally more reflective of the moods, opinions, and sentiments of the market. Conversely, news that takes place in virtual markets is more verifiable, and yet is often reflexive of sysadmins, power users, and bots.

Your Preference for News

So coming back to the question, where do you get your news?

For me, I prefer to get it from visiting places, watching what’s going on and asking others. I find it highly rewarding compared to visiting websites, watching content and posting comments. 

It bears repeating, where do you get your news?