Picture Your Porch

Picture yourself sitting on your porch when you’re 70.

Are you sitting alone?

Will anyone care what you did tonight?  Last night?  Last year?

Will you?

For me, one of my biggest fears is that near the end I will feel overwhelming sorrow that no one around me cares about my war stories from these “8pm missions” I fight for every night.

I doubt I’m the only one.  Someone else must feel the same way.

We put our heart and soul into what we do and if we don’t include enough other people in our adventures, we risk being that old guy (or gal) on the porch telling stories to people who don’t remember, don’t know, don’t care.  We could end up lonely because we got so lost in our private war that we let everything, everyone slip away.

It’s Christmas Eve.

Go spend time with family.  Its nights like these when you fill up your porch with more than your colleagues, partners, and clients.  Include others in your battles.  Share your world with the other people you want on your porch.

We sit up every night working, writing, blogging, reading, thinking, dreaming.  But if we don’t share it, don’t include others, we’re destined to be the lonely veterans of a one soldier war.  Picture your porch.

8pm Warriors don’t have to do it alone.

Make it a Merry Christmas.

Aaron@Biebert

Pushing the Limits

There are two ways a person can go about pushing their limits:

1)      Dive for the bottom by constantly thinking of ways to do the bare minimum to keep their current position, relationship, or income.

This is the easy way to push.

In a busy world, very few leaders will investigate everything their employees say or do (I won’t).  It’s easy to sneak in a couple half true statements, half baked ideas, or half finished projects.  Excuses are cheap and easy to find.  It’s easy to dive for the bottom.

2)      Flying. Pushing. Fighting towards the upper limits of what you can do by giving your absolute best to everything you do while ignoring the siren’s call to dive to the bottom.

A much harder path.

I believe that there is a limit to what a person can do with their life.  However, you’ll never find it if you waste your life diving.  It’s a different way of thinking, and one that explains why there are 8pm Warriors all over the world right now pushing their limits.

The upper ones.


Have a great night!

Aaron@Biebert

Pigs Get Slaughtered

It’s no secret that this economy has some amazing 8pm Warriors in weak positions at the negotiating table.

For many buyers/employers out there, this may be the most muscle or power they’ve ever had when making a deal.  Consequently, I think some short-sighted people have gone too far because they can.

They may get their way now, but lose a future opportunity or resource in the process.

On Wall Street the saying goes “Bulls make money.  Bears make money.  Pigs get slaughtered.”  However, when someone uses their advantage to push for an overly aggressive win-lose deal for a unique person, product or service, both parties may get slaughtered.

Unique people or companies will soon have other options.  Now is the time to lock in the relationship.

Instead of pushing ridiculous pricing, enjoy the great discount you’ll get anyways, treat the seller/employee with respect, and take the chance to build a nice long term relationship.  That’s the way to lock in dividends for the future.

Don’t be a pig.

Have a great night!

Aaron@Biebert

The end of vlogs like Wine Library TV, Ask a Ninja, and Rocket Boom?

Not the end, but I have serious concerns for the rising popularity of video blogs (vlogs) after the ruling handed down today by the FCC.  It allows Internet service providers to charge customers based on the amount of bandwidth they use (raise prices for some, lower them for others).

This will change behavior, guaranteed.

Will everyone immediately cancel their subscriptions to Wine Library TV?  Nope, but you can bet that some will cut back on video (YouTube, etc.) and audio (podcasts, etc.) instead of paying higher fees.  Verizon already charges based on usage for their mi-fi, and AT&T changed their iPhone plan as well.  What happened?

People cut back on video usage.

So what does this mean if you’re an 8pm Warrior looking to start your own vlog or podcast? You’ll want to get going on it…like today.  People will stick with their favorites (they’re addicted), but may not “invest” in finding new vlogs once they have to pay for it.

On the flipside, for traditional blogs, we could see the rise in readership as broadband prices go down for those using less bandwidth, thereby making it accessible to more people.

Either way, this could be huge.

Stay tuned.

Aaron@Biebert

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Will you cut back once prices go up?  Then now’s the time to enjoy sort of a vlogging “Fat Tuesday” before prices go up.  These are some of my personal favorites from today:

Wine Library TV

http://tv.winelibrary.com/2010/12/20/loire-valley-cabernet-franc-tasting-episode-961/

Ask a Ninja

http://www.askaninja.com/video/5168813-ask-a-ninja-12-21-10

Rocket Boom

http://www.rocketboom.com/top-10-tech/

Why?

I’m doing this because I feel lonely.

It’s not that I’m a loner or anything like that.  If anything, I’m exactly the opposite (I’m an extreme extrovert).  Over the last 6 years I’ve been building communities for people who have a common interest or career (i.e. therapy, real estatehealth information management, jewelry, staffing, nursing, healthcare accounting, etc.).

All told, I’ve made about 80,000 connections, most of whom have no idea who I am, what I do, or what motivates me to spend nearly every waking minute thinking of them and their needs.

Now I need you.

I’ve been reflecting on things, and I realize that I’d like to enjoy a community for people like me.  People who like to discuss big ideas, love what they do, and sometimes stay up all night figuring out ways to make it rain.  I figured you might like it too.

Here it is. Welcome to the tribe for 8pm Warriors!

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Now what?

If you have any ideas, please post below in the comment section or on the wall of the 8pm Warriors Dicussion Forum on facebook.  At first we’ll highlight some big ideas we’re seeing, post your questions to the group for peer support, share info on good books that you’ve read, and any other idea that comes up.

I’m game.

I’ll explain myself soon

This 8pm Warrior idea isn’t just another guy blogging to himself.  I’m looking to create a new community.  Build synergy.

I’ll post a bigger explanation at 8pm.  :-)

– Aaron

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