Archive for October, 2014

My Mission

Posted: October 10, 2014 in Personal-Development

This one is short, but as promised here is my mission. It feels a bit cheesy, but going back to 7 Habits from Covey this is kind of how he outlined it. I will use it for a bit and review as I go forward. I will also use this as I go through the remaining chapters.  Without further ado…

My mission is to live with integrity and create value for others.

To fulfill the mission:

– I will be grateful for what I have earned and will not resent the success of others.
– I believe that I am entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nothing more.
– I believe that all people are created equal, but like me, are made through our daily choices.
– I deplore debt, and do all I can to avoid it.
– I believe that my safety is my responsibility.
– I will never stop learning, YouTube and library cards are free.

I believe these roles will help me achieve my mission:

Husband – my wife is the most important person in my life. I will dedicate the time to cultivate the best possible relationship.
Father – I help my kids (and their kids) reach their goals.
Son/Brother – I am there to support their endeavors and provide an actual hand when needed.
Neighbor – I will understand the issues so I can make intelligent choices on the issues. I will pitch in and not just watch.
Value Creator – I will work hard at whatever task is assigned and I will look for ways to be useful. I will not whine, I am in control of my reaction and if I’m unhappy I have the power to change my attitude or situation.


Office/Studio Rearrangement

Posted: October 2, 2014 in music
I am coming up on a new year (trying the birthday as year for goal measurement), which combined with some research I have been doing regarding listening placement, I have decided to rearrange the setup of my office/studio space.  It looks a bit messy right now, but I wanted to focus on the monitor placement and get them the same distance from the wall on each side.  In my old configuration I had one smashed into the wall while the other had space behind it (see the before).
Now I have the desk centered on a wall and the speakers the same distance from the walls.  Next I’ll need to pull down some of the acoustic treatment and find the first reflections.  Once that is done I will then focus on fitting in the rest of the pieces.  For instance moving where my guitars are mounted on the wall, my speaker cab, etc.  I’ll post more as I go through each.  Maybe I’ll even try to do a video walk through at the end.
And we come to the end.  I have not done anything like this before in terms of serial writing, especially something that is a bit more serious.  It has been interesting to go through both the process and taking a look at myself in a semi public light.
I’ll post my actual mission statement in a few days.
12. I believe that all people are created equal. I also believe that all people make choices. Some choose to be lazy. Some choose to sleep in. I choose to work my butt off.
I love this as well.  I know that not everyone has great circumstances when starting out so it is absolutely critical that I keep that in mind as I go through my daily life because there might be a reason someone is grumpy when I talk to them.  It probably has nothing to do with me.  Will it make me want to match moods, probably, but I cannot control them only my reaction to them.  It also goes back to numbers ten and eleven in looking inward to my motivations.  Like the US Constitution it really is the foundation for everything I do.  From how I interact with others to how I form my opinions of people and events.
It is also a realization that I am equal to those who I might look to as role models.  What they do is possible for me as well.  It might not be easy but they had to start at zero just like me.  So it should be motivation to both explore those desires as well as put in the work to bring them to fruition.  Of course, it also means that they have flaws just like I do so I cannot blindly follow everything they do.  I have to look to them for inspiration but make my own way.
It is funny that in going through this it really is keeping to those things you learned in kindergarten.  Play nice, share your toys, and don’t hit.  As adults things get “complicated” when it really is simple set of rules that make everyone nicer.