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Archive for April, 2009

The Social Networking Saturation Point

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Couple of datapoints to share with you this evening (post Torts final, which I clearly survived.   Thanks for asking.)

First, received this data set through a colleague today about the wild surge and uptake of the boomers using technology was interesting.  Apparently mom and dad are connecting at a faster rate than their college kids.  But the more interesting story on this slide was that gen Y isn’t adopting that much more than it did previously.  Hmm…

Datapoint #2: someone replied to my blog post about twittering, blogging, etc., and he asked the question that I’m beginning to ask myself: when is online social networking, blogging, tweeting, friending, connecting, linking, texting and emailing become TOO much?  Is there a social media saturation point that we all reach, and has gen Y figured it out?

Oh, and thanks for leaving gen X off of this slide…guess that means we don’t have a saturation point just yet. (We hate to be stereotyped and pigeon-holed anyway.)

My Policy on Policy

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

In preparation for my Torts final tomorrow, I’ve been reading and writing not only on issues in a fact pattern or two, but I’ve also been looking at policy as it relates to tort law, which got me thinking about my own policies.  Here is my policy on policy:  I think our policy/legal system, while necessary, is totally focusing on wrong, rather than right.

Any psychologist, or for that matter, neuroscientist, will tell you that you are most like who are around.  We have tiny little cells in our brain called mirror neurons–and we watch and learn while our mirror neurons soak it all in (literally, monkey see, monkey do).  That’s why picking your mate, or the top 5 people you hang around is super important; one must very carefully choose those who are around them.  If you want to be a rock star, it might be a good idea to hang around rock stars, so you can watch and learn.

Where I think the legal system has gone wrong is that it is completely focusing on the bad or negative.  I’m sure later on I’m going to have the opportunity to take classes that focus more on prevention and good things, rather than just the train wrecks, car wrecks, boat accidents, or criminals injuring themselves in the line of their duty.  But the bad and ugly has completely permeated our society.   (If you need an example, just watch your local news.)  It is NOTHING but bad!

What if we instead learned how to make a societal system structured on people doing GOOD things and GOOD work?  I’m pretty lucky, because I’m already around this type of person – but I always like to be around people with cool, good, positive ideas, so their coolness can rub off on me, and I in turn can create other cool ideas and share them.  I want to see positive on television, radio, media, online – EVERYWHERE!  What if the law, instead of being a punishment-based system, was instead a reward system for those who have done good things? Where are the rewards for great, fantastic, knock your socks off positive action (rather than punishment for egregious behavior)?  If we as a society get our eyes on the good, it is a self fulfilling prophecy – we can all see it, and in turn live it ourselves!  

As Spike Lee said, “Do the right thing.”   As I say, let’s get some good up in here to get policy and society focused on what is right, true and just, and maybe we can all learn a thing or two from it.

The Easy Button

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

My bro has an easy button by one of those big box office retailers (I’m sure you know which one I’m talking about).  Anyway, when I’m over at his house and see it, I try to hit it.  It cracks me up, and LORD knows that if I could get an easy button for my own life, it would be worn out from me pressing it, or I’d have already bought a carton of the things en masse here at the house.

As I have been drowning in a sea of law school notes this week and last (on my ‘vacation’–and yes, I’m writing this blog on a 5 minute break I’m taking), it appears that some requests for me to help some people out last minute are conveniently coming in when I’m totally swamped.  And hey, I know that we ALL are swamped, but here’s some advice that I think we all might want to consider:

When you are asking others for a favor, go EASY BUTTON on them.  What do I mean?  Make it the absolute easiest you can for them to help you.  Example: I needed to write someone a recommendation letter for a job recently.  Furthermore, they needed it ‘last minute’ – like, in less than 24 hours.  Finally, they gave me nothing to support the letter.  

In case you are wondering, this ain’t easy!

Here’s how the person SHOULD have asked me: 1. they should have given me at least 5 business days before it was needed to request it, 2. they should have given me a DRAFT something.  Rock it out and give me a letter that you would want me to write about you, and I can edit it from there.  If you can’t write about yourself, at least give some bullets or talking points on your accomplishments relative to what you are seeking from your recommenders.  3.  Finally, DO NOT FORGET to thank those who helped you out – ESPECIALLY in a time crunch.  Less than 24 hours to pull off something about another person takes a LOT of time, and your emergency is not necessarily mine.  If someone helped you out in less than 24 hours AND you gave them no draft, you owe the other person BIG TIME…so be sure to watch and restore your social capital with them, and your thanks better be near Porsche level or higher (see my blog below about thank yous if you need assistance here).

In conclusion, I firmly believe we are all one, and it is our job to help each other out.  I’m more than happy to help people out – but seriously, go easy button on the people who are kind enough to help you.

That was easy!


Monday, April 27th, 2009

In a late-night surge of energy (and boredom from studying) I threw together this mini-slide deck on something I like to discuss a lot – life purpose.

I will leave it with you today in hopes that you can help support me in one of my own life purposes – to PASS law school finals this coming week so that I may use law as a force for good on this earth.  I think we could all use a little more good, and it never hurts to further investigate your calling in life either.

My Glamorous (Twitter) Life

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

To those who have been kind enough to follow me on Twitter:

First off, thanks.  Secondly, a disclaimer: my Twitter life is NOT my life.  It is Yuspie’s life.  And Yuspies have a much more glamtastic life than me.  Case in point, example of today:

Yuspie’s tweet today: April in Paris – here in Indianapolis – no plane required.
My life (if I was tweeting it):  ate leftover pizza and studied torts and civil procedure until smoke came out of my ears.

My point?  I am not my tweets.  Twitter gives me the chance to articulate where I’d LIKE to be most times…whether or not I actually GET there is another case when the daily foibles of life get in the way.

So–thanks again for those who follow the glamtastic life of the Yuspie.  And I promise that I’ll try to keep it more exciting than my ACTUAL first life!  (It is fun to have a real one and a glamorous alter ego…)

The Law

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

I like this.

The Art of the Thank You

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Some may argue a thank you is a thank you, is a thank you.  I completely disagree.  Here’s why.  

People do different cool stuff on your behalf.  Sometimes, you need to get on the thank you hierarchy and kick it up a notch when people really and truly go to bat for you, stick up for you, or go out of their way for you.  This type of behavior calls for a super swell thanks.  So, I recently blogged about relating cars to thank yous, so I’ll stick with that theme and try to see if I can come up with a hierarchy of thanks right here for the blogosphere.  Ready? Set? Thank:

1.  The kudos email (Ford Taurus) – can be random, for cool work people did, for no other reason, other than to tell them, hey, nice job.  Doesn’t have to be long, drawn out, or wordy.  Think of it as the Ford Taurus of thank yous…dependable, and easy to access.

2.  The thanks for making a difference by your presence (Honda Civic): Thank you note sent out to your clients, not hand written, but thanking them for their business or their support.  Stable, solid, maybe not original, but you can usually count on it.  Better than an email, though, because it is a little more permanent.

3.  The handwritten thank you note – you rocked (formerly called it a Benz thank you, but instead maybe a BMW or Lexis thank you here):  totally spontaneous hand written thank you note to either someone you don’t know personally but heard speak and made an impact on you, or to a large audience and you happened to be in it.  Some might say to not include your business card; I say do.  The worst they can do is chuck it, and the best they can do is invite you to keep in touch or meet!

4.  The wow – you didn’t have to do that, but I really appreciate you going to bat (in a time crunch) for me thank you (now we’re getting into the Porsche) – Porsches are fast and cool, and people who you can count on to go to bat for you last minute are extra special and extra rare.  This calls for something beyond a note of thanks.  We’re talking flowers or something tasty delivered to the office with a note.  Your social capital can take a big hit when you ask for a last minute favor, so be sure to kick up the favor a notch by Porsching out your thanks.

5.  The, thanks for giving me a shot – job interview, for the job that you’ve always wanted (The Benz) – Look, I wouldn’t use this one every day.  But in this economy, and because so many people are fighting for the same job, you should pull out all the stops if you’re considering the job of your dreams and are lucky enough to get an interview.  The thank you itself can be in the form of a hand written note) – but what makes this the Benz of thank yous is that you personally deliver it.  In a timely fashion.  You don’t want to come off as a stalker, but if you follow up with either something you discussed at your interview, provided additional information along with your thank you, and personally delivered it, this makes an impression.  It says – I want this job, and I will do what it takes to get things done.  The action in the delivery is the thing that makes the thank you exceptional.

6.  I will conclude with the Avanti of thank yous (Avanti, because it is rare, and hard to find):  the customized thank you.  If you have a theme in your life, put it into your thank yous.  For example, right now I’m in a ‘rock star’ phase.  I am lucky to have a lot of rock stars in my life, and I LOVE to give anything with Rockstar all over it – cards, stars, rock star stuff, etc.  If you can customize your thank yous, you are doing something off the beaten path, which is a fantastic and unforgettable thing.

So, my good people, get out there and do some thanking!  Whether it be from the Ford Taurus, to the Porsche, to the Benz, or even the Avanti of thanks, the brand is irrelevant – just get to thanking, and go from there.

5 Peeps For Your Consideration

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

I think everyone should consider having the following 5 types of people enter their lives:

1.  Anyone who uses the terms “cad”, “gal”, “swell”, “gosh” or “golly”. Better yet – anyone who invents their own words or mashes two together, like “fantabulous”, “funkarific”, or “swelligant”.

2.  People who always light up and say, “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” or “What if…”.  The dreamers – those who aren’t afraid to dream too big, wide, or deep.

3.  The bold, daring, and slightly crazy.  (Ok, you can substitute ‘crazy’ with the term ‘eccentric’.)

4.  The poets – those who can take a concept, mash it up with another idea, and create a super cool remix of their own.  Example: remixing song lyrics to create devices to memorize school facts.  Ex 2: Harlem Children’s Zone, where they have rap classes.  WORD!

5.  Walk talkers, and talk walkers.

Globalization meets Dickens

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Anyone who had to read A Tale of Two Cities remembers the first line of the famous Dickens book: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”; and so it goes for all of us now.

First, the interesting news, I read today that China actually has unearthed more wall – so the longest man-made structure ever is even longer than they originally thought!  Furthermore, to top China’s interesting news, the influence of the China consumer is bound to take notice with auto manufacturers (at least according to this Times article).

Conversely, this op ed piece (“Erin Go Broke“) talks about the messy state of the economy in Ireland, and of course, compares it to the US economy.  This used to be the opposite – in fact, at one point, Ireland was having the most growth of any country in the EU.

On one side of the planet – cool.  The other, chaos.

What is my point?   Dickens was right! While it is the best of times, it also is the worst of times.  Here’s I propose how to manage it: do the best with what you can at the time, and try to leave something just a little better than you found it.  Hopefully the balance of good will triumph over evil, and the ending will be a happy one.  Erin go braugh AND the Great Wall go braugh too!

Do You Have the Sweet 6 for Achievement?

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Check this six list out – for achievement…got the sweet six?