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I have set up for my web browser (Chrome) to open up to 3 pages.

One of the pages is http://www.dailytodo.org/ – this is a site that is basically what it says. You create a list of daily things you want to do and then you track it and it shows up over time. I just recently found it.

Another page is http://750Words.com. This is a site that is also very simple. It tries to encourage you to write 750 words every day. I have been on the site for a while, but I have a difficult time getting up to 750 words, mostly because it takes a while and I have distractions that get in the way.

The third webpage is http://writeforten.com (Which is the site I am writing this on.) I am more likely to write on this page because I know how long it will take me to write and I can focus (fairly) easily for 10 minutes.

Tomorrow I will be graduating with my Master’s degree. I am pretty excited.

174 words in 6 minutes at 04:42 AM on May 03, 2013 | comments

This December has been a month of new gadgets. The bookstore near where I live had a deal on the new iPod. So on a whim, I bought one. My wife was surprised and quite honestly I was surprised as well. I have been trying to find useful apps. (I am open for suggestions.) It has been pretty fun and I think it has been useful.

For Christmas, my wife gave me a Fitbit. I have only been using it for a couple of days, but it has also already proven to be useful. I am really going to work at being more active and healthy. The Fitbit should be a good tool in helping me to do that.

This Christmas I also asked for a copy of Clayton Christensen’s book, How Will You Measure Your Life. I have started reading it and am finding it useful. Maybe I can write some of my thoughts about the book and share them.

It is good to think about the things in your life that bring value. Add more things that add value and take away things that don’t. My mission president used to do an exercise where he asked us to think of things that we would stop, start, and continue. I have been thinking about the things I want to do this year. There I things that I want to stop, things I want to start, and things I want to continue. I am really trying hard to make commitments and keep them. There is great power in making a commitment and then working diligently to follow through.

268 words in 11 minutes at 02:09 AM on Dec 27, 2012 | comments

Skills are important.

  1. Why isn’t the focus of education the development of skills?
  2. Do diplomas and degrees assume certain skills have been learned?
  3. What is the connection between skills and passion?
  4. How are skills best learned and developed?
  5. What is the best way to “find your passion?”
  6. What is the best way to certify skills?
  7. What skills are most important?
  8. What are the differences between soft skills and hard skills?
  9. Why aren’t employers the one’s who determine skills needed in certain industries?
  10. What skills are difficult to learn and what skills are easy to learn?
  11. What skills require people to learn and what skills require information to learn?
  12. Why aren’t apprenticeships more popular?
  13. Why aren’t mentors more popular?
  14. Does our economy put pressure on people to learn skills that are in high-demand?
  15. What is the best way to group and separate skills?
  16. What does it take to learn certain skills?
  17. How does skills development relate to career development?
  18. What skill can and cannot be generalized?
  19. What skills are universal and what skills are technical?
193 words in 10 minutes at 05:16 AM on Sep 25, 2012 | comments

How to actually connect with people on LinkedIn

So you are connected to a bunch of people on LinkedIn (or maybe you aren’t… but you can be), now what?

First off, you need to understand how LinkedIn is different than other social networks. LinkedIn is about connecting with people in a business context. You are not simply connecting with people because you know them, you are connecting with people because they might be able to help you in your business goals and you might be able to help them in theirs. This “might” can become something that limits the usefulness of the site. The “might” needs to become something active. When you connect with people on LinkedIn, you need to actively find out how you can help someone and how they can help you.

My first suggestion is to approach connecting with the right attitude. You are not connecting just to amass a large following or just to be connected with people who went to the same school with you. You have something to offer them and they have something to offer you. If you don’t believe this is true then you may want to reevaluate your goals and the way you think about progress and innovation.

My second suggestion is to let people know why you are connecting with them. “I noticed that you are a Creative Director at your business and I am interested in finding more about that type of position.” “I remember working on a project with you in school and you really made things happen.” This means don’t leave the default message “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.” Say something that you noticed from their profile. Make it personal. I like to let people know that I am connecting in hopes of finding someway for the connection to be mutually beneficial.

My third suggestion is to call people out. Try to find out what their motivations and goals are. Seek to help them. You don’t have to connect with everyone who requests to connect with you. If you are unsure as to what they want to get out of the connection, ask them. If there is information on their profile that is unclear or incomplete, suggest that they clarify or complete.

There are many people on LinkedIn that are not engaged. LinkedIn is a great tool, but like any tool, it is useless if it isn’t used correctly. Social media can get a bad wrap as a way to get information about people and events that you don’t care about. Some people see the only way of using social media in business is as a marketing tool. Those notions need to change. Many tools have been created that provide a way to change that, now it’s up to individuals to change they way they use the tools.

478 words in 25 minutes at 04:29 AM on Sep 04, 2012 | comments

I thought I would write for 10 minutes before I went to bed.

This week marks the last week of my course work for my master’s degree. It is kinda bitter-sweet. I will miss members of my cohort and some of my instructors, but I don’t think I will miss the homework or not getting home from class until late (after 10 or later) on Thursday nights. I will still have to do some home work type stuff for my internship, but I don’t think it will be too heavy.

I have the cutest little daughter ever. I can’t believe how cute she is. (I am mostly writing this for myself, just as a reminder to anyone who might read this.) She is so smart and clever. She remembers things and makes connections that surprise me. She has quite a vocabulary. I really should make a point of remembering all the things she says. She loves having “sleepovers.” This usually includes setting down a blanket and pillows in our front room and laying down. She loves a song she calls “stronger.” It is a Sesame Street song that will.i.am sings called What I Am. She could listen to the song every day. She likes other songs too, but that is probably the most requested.

The 2012 London Olympics have been playing. It has been fun watching them. It is good to hear the stories about the different athletes. I am impressed by the amount of skill they possess.

I really want to do better at creating: drawing, writing, putting video together. It is something that is on my mind frequently.

One of my new favorite quotes is something to the effect: When what we believe is different than what we do, there can be no happiness.

296 words in 10 minutes at 04:47 AM on Aug 08, 2012 | comments

Name Dannon Loveland
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