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Archive for November, 2012

Piles

Monday, November 12th, 2012

I organize and operate in…piles.  It doesn’t sound very appealing.  But it’s how I roll.

In my home office, I have a pile for law stuff.  I have another pile for Butler.  I have two business piles.  I also have a pile for utilities.

Also, I create piles for meetings.  This week, I have a pile of stuff for an L3C meeting in higher education that I’m speaking at, and another pile of stuff for ASPL’s annual meeting in Tucson–that’s got a lot of CE which is subpile within the pile.

My office at work has piles too. One pile for CE.  Another pile for hot topics of the day.  But I hide my piles in that office in the “filing cabinet.” (Trust me, it’s not that organized–it’s in the filing cabinet – IN PILES.)

When I was a medical liaison and worked from home full time, I tried to keep everything in a pile, just one.  Until the pile got so high that it fell over and divided into 2 piles.

As a writer, I got really sophisticated.  Instead of just a pile, when the book has several galley copies and other paperwork, I start putting it instead of a pile–into a BOX.  (I know! REALLY organized! Now the pile is hidden cleverly – in a BOX!)

Why do I do this?  Because maybe I’m not quite as organized as I’d like to be.  Maybe I have a problem with piles.  I don’t know, but I’m out of time – gotta go sort my piles again.

 

The Writer’s Dilemma

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

So, I have little excuses for not blogging more these days – other than the outcome of the elections (I’m still not thrilled with the majority in this country’s decisions–but that’s enough on the matter), and the struggle I call the writer’s dilemma, which is this.

Should I publish my latest book not fully ended now, wait, or never publish it at all?

I posted about this before.  It’s a book on my thoughts about law school.  I even posted this as a quandary on Facebook – wait and publish it after there’s a happier ending, or go ahead and do it now, and keep it real–or never publish it at all?

Most said publish it later–people like happy endings in books.  But even with a “happy” ending in law – there still are no kittens and rainbows at the end.  I’m more compelled to publish it now – with a real ending (because let’s face it – law school student prospects are not exactly abundant right now).

I think the worst thing is waiting and/or never publishing it.  There’s a feeling of it sitting on my desk collecting dust that I don’t dig.  There’s also the school of thought to not publish the book at all–along the lines of, if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything.

I’m 90% at getting it off my desk and on to Amazon’s at the beginning of the year.  Not only will it allow me to move forward, but it will also allow others the chance to get another data point on whether or not they should return to law school.  After all, the reason I write books is to reach and help others.  Making a little money on the side is a nice side result, but I think it’s more important to share your experience with a wider audience, in turn to help others make wiser decisions and choices about their own lives–more effective choices in choosing one’s own adventures.

Guess my next book should be on how to vote? Ha. Just kidding. Sort of…

On the Eve of An Election: Sales v. Apathy

Monday, November 5th, 2012

A week or so ago, I got “accused” or “praised” for being a ‘compelling salesperson.’

I’m still trying to find the better choice of words above.  I’m torn.  Here’s why.

On one hand, growing up in pharmacy school, it was never stated explicitly that salespeople were bad, per se, however, it was kind of an undercurrent in healthcare.  Less like–salespeople are another source of information, and more like–receive information from salespeople with cautious skepticism.  Listen, but verify.  Furthermore, salespeople can be pretty cheesy.  Tread with caution.

On the other hand, shouldn’t we be great salespeople regardless of our profession, because we believe in whatever we are discussing with passion–conviction, and vigor?  If perhaps we were all a little more rabid about what we truly believe in, maybe the world would be a better place…?  If we don’t believe in what we are doing–why even do it at all?

Maybe the remedy is a spectrum of sales in people.  Maybe people can be more passionate and salesy about some things more or less than others.  I don’t know.  All I know is that while I do pursue most things with zeal, there’s a fine line between compelling and salesy.

In the end, I think, it is a far, far better thing to be accused of being salesy or passionate about something vs. completely the opposite–apathetic.  Apathy is what is tearing this country apart.  Especially on the eve of an election – while it is hard for all of us to sometimes pick the least vile candidates in an election and actually vote, it is important to be passionate, borderline salesy, about voting and getting others to vote.  The marketers and pundits don’t want any of us to vote–they’re banking on apathy.

Be salesy about your country–regardless of your background.  Vote tomorrow.  And encourage your friends to vote too.  Then, you can join those of us accused of or praised for caring about the country.  When it comes to my country, I’m OK with being branded a “compelling salesperson.”

A Little Slice of Normal

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

After watching the horrors unfold on the east coast this week, and tuning out the political ads, another ad from an insurance company caught my eye.

I can’t remember which insurance company it was, but they used a teddy bear as a symbol that they passed out at disaster sites to children in order to create a little slice of normalcy to children affected by natural disasters.

Aren’t we all looking for a little slice of normal in times of chaos and crisis?  In this very tumultuous age we live in, sometimes “normal” is something we don’t really appreciate until it is gone.  I emailed one of my friends and mentors in New Jersey to check if he was OK.  As he described what his neighborhood was going through, all I could recall was my parents’ own house being destroyed in 2001 by a tornado.  That natural disaster really turned our family upside down for a few months, if not years after the actual live tornado literally ripped the roof right off of the house I grew up in and my dad built with his own two hands.

If you’re caught in “boring” or too much of the same thing (AKA “normal”) every day – I think we all need to stop and embrace that slice of normal for a moment.  Normal is actually a good thing in a lot of cases, and again, we miss it when it’s gone.  My point with this post is: don’t discount the slice of normal of your life.  Because, we never really know when the normal is going to get blown off the roof, or drown in 20 feet of water.

(That, and this argument actually gives me a very valid excuse to start eating dessert first!)