A pivot

“A pivot is where a start-up company decides to switch direction in how they make their revenue. This is often after their first plan results in failure. Pivot as relates to entrepreneurship.” – Urban Dictionary

There is an old motivational saying which — I have as wallpaper on an old iPod Touch 4G — “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, and try again.” There is nothing inherently wrong with that phrase and at what point  we stop “try, try, trying again?” At what point do we accept defeat and retreat? 

Those are questions I am wrestling with and I believe at some point continuing to “try, try, and try again” can drive you insane. Defeat and “failure” takes a toll on a person, especially repeated defeat and “failure.” Einstein once (allegedly) said “Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.” If you continuing to strive, to achieve, to accomplish, or be something and yet you’re always falling short, at what point do you give up? You give up before the failure consumes you. 

I recently read a post on Reddit titled “Failure is always an option.” In it user “areseeuu” tells the story of his former boss who was trying to fix a major problem at work and recovered data being held at ransom by hackers. “areseeuu” thought his former boss had everything under control and was unaware of his former boss kept trying and kept failing until the boss took his own life. “areseeuu” ends the post off with saying to admit and accept failure is always an option in order to put yourself first.

Where am I going with this, I don’t know but I’ve certainly made more than my share of mistakes, many in business, and many more personal to which I keep striving to make things right after those mistakes which only result in more mistakes. At one point it’s time to decide what to do about those mistakes, to stay the course or to pivot and change course. While I can’t suggest anything for you, me I am making a pivot, to change course, to ultimately stop feeling like a constant failure. 

This website of mine will be filled with life tips about any topic I experience in life in order to help you. These tips could be from personal finance (few people have a budget and very few can stick with one, instead track your spending if you can’t get into the budget rhythm) to how technology can help you improve your life.

How would you rate your life?

 

Question for you, honestly on a scale or 1-10 how would you score each area your life? If you would rate everything a perfect 10, that’s great! I want to meet you. If you would rate everything a less than stellar 1, let’s still meet up, there is still things we can chat about, focus, and improve to your contentment.

As for everyone else, check out this life assessment tool created by influencer Michael Hyatt http://bestyearever.me/a20277/2018assessment it will help you assess your life for free in less than 10 minute.

Here are some additional details from him about the life assessment tool he created:

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iOS upgrade recommendation: Not at this time

At this time I do not recommend upgrading to iOS 11 especially if you have an iPhone 5S.

 

Based upon my own experiences with iOS 11, Apple needs to iron out some more wrinkles with the software to refine some features and to improve overall performance on the iPhone 5s. iOS 11 slows down the iPhone 5s and increases the waiting time or   “hanging” time from when you open an app (like Notes for example) until you can actually use the application.

 

Therefore when you receive the “new software update” notification for your iPhone, iPad, or iTouch/iPod Touch tap “not now” or “remind me later” to delay installing the update. Later I will post a guide on how to remove the update only if you’re in the time period AFTER you accidentally tapped “install” but BEFORE the update was fully applied.

 

If you actually applied the update and don’t like iOS 11, it may be possible to downgrade but not without challenge and/or time cost. Contact me and I’ll either give you a free estimate for me to do it for you (if you’re in the greater  NYC area) or I’ll quickly just tell you over the phone.

 

Although a warning, in order to downgrade EVERYTHING will be removed off your phone and that EVERYTHING includes messages, saved app data, open web browser windows and more. It will be like resetting your iPhone to the first day you bought it with NOTHING on it, zip, zero, nada. Finally time is limited on when you can do that; usually within a week or less of a new update Apple removes the ability to revert to the old iOS version. Therefore time is of the essence if you accidentally updated/upgrades and want to go back.

Don’t upgrade to iOS 10!

iOS 10 is out and has been making a splash with new home screen unlock method, new to view your messages, and people unable to find the “shuffle” button in the music app. Granted iOS 10 has a lot of shiny new features and polished up old features. More people upgraded to iOS 10 faster than iOS 9

A major software upgrade like iOS 10 and the upcoming macOS Sierra has a lot of bug issues currently unknown to Apple and other developers. Regardless of how many betas it went through there will be bugs that will pop up once released to the public and installed by early adopters. For example shortly after iOS 10 was released many early adopters were unable to their phones at all  which caused Apple to immediately release a quick patch barely hours after it released the upgrade.

During the beta testing phase the pool of devices the software is tested on is limited and doesn’t accurately reflect the devices used by millions and millions of iPhone users across the globe. While two people may have the same model of iPhone, how they use it, the apps, and the content they have on it vary extremely. One person may just use their iPhone for YouTube, Twitter, email, and driving directions while the other user has almost a hundred apps from social media, games, productivity, and more; all of which affect the iPhone in different ways.

Instead wait until the beginning of October after Apple releases one or two minor patch updates such as 10.0.2 or 10.0.3. Waiting until October before updating lets the early adopters discover the bugs (the hard way) for Apple to patch. An added benefit to waiting is that almost all the apps you use should be updated by their developers and fully compatible with iOS 10 by then.

If you don’t know something can it hurt you?

“What you don’t know can’t hurt you” is the old saying and while that could be true in many situations, it doesn’t apply to all. When trying to improve something, what you don’t know can actually hurt you. Take for example my career search, as part of all the jobs I’ve applied to I sent different variations on the same basic resume format (design), a format that I tweaked and updated throughout my career history. Then imagine my surprise when someone informed me recently of a resume design change that happened in 2011, I was still using the old design.

I should not have been too surprised. If you take in to consideration how much computing technology changes every year (new iPhones, new software, to name a few) it really shouldn’t be a surprise that acceptable resume design changes as well. Therefore if you are like me and are using a variation of an older format like the one below, then consider starting a new resume from scratch. You can easily find examples of the new resumes by using Google. Either google “sample resume for IT” (supplement your specific current job destination such as “computer science,” “software engineer,” “website developer,” “network administrator” for “IT”) and click on the image tab to preview resumes.

 

What career related thing have you discovered that you didn’t know?

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Backups (quick note)

It’s always good to have backups because you never know when something is going to fail. This can be said of data as well as hardware.

Working on an important document, save it first to your Dropbox.com folder then save a copy to an external flash however while you update the file make sure you’re updating the dropbox.com file. If something were to go wrong, computer crash, cheap flash drive malfunction or is incompatible (Mac formatted flash drive), you have another copy to work off of.

Also have another printer ready and available for a backup incase something happens when you’re working late at night and need to print important documents first thing in the morning. While attempting to print to my HP Printer, the printer threw an error and told to me to visit HP.com for details about the error. It is 12:30am EST there are more important things than to troubleshoot a printer, therefore I just switched printer to my backup printer a Canon, select print no problem.

Backups whether they be hardware, data/files, or plans are always, always good to have and even though you may not use your backups, there will always be a point in time where you’re extra thankful you had a backup.

Is your iPhone/iPad/iPod backed up? Abridged

You have important stuff on your Apple iDevice right? If you’re like me, I have voice memos, app settings and data, contacts, calendars, reminders, Pages Documents, Number’s Spreadsheets, and photos. Are they being backed up, well of course they are, they’re being synced to iCloud, right?

 

Wrong!

 

The beautify of Apple iCloud syncing service is that any changes you make on one device will automatically be copied to all your other iCloud enabled devices as soon as they connect to the internet, if they aren’t already. So when you update the info for Uncle Virgil, add a new telephone number for Aunt Jean, that new girl’s contact info, those changes will be “pushed” or synced to your Mac or other iDevice.

The horror of iCloud syncing service is that any changes you make on one device will automatically be copied to all your other iCloud enabled devices as soon as they connect to the internet, if they aren’t already. So when you accidentally delete that new girls contact info along with everything else in your address book, before you can even scream let alone cry, those changes will pushed to your other Apple Devices.

Your best bet to protect content on your devices is to back up your devices to both a computer and a backup drive. At least once a week back your iDevices up to your computer by plugging them into your computer, then open iTunes, and click your device icon as if you were going to sync it, then scroll down the window and click backup. If you get a message window asking to backup apps, click yes. After your finish connect your Mac to either a backup drive or Apple Time Capsule, enable Time Machine (if it isn’t already), then select “Backup Now” from the Time Machine Menu icon.

Windows users, since you don’t have Apple Time Machine built in to your computer, Google “backup windows computer” or just click this link.

The Secret to my success

I am not sure about you but it feels like I’ve had a life time of adversity and while not to bore you with details it feels like either The Devil or may be more appropriately God dumped a huge scorching serving of responsibility on my shoulders from a young age for my generation.

Without being overly detailed, for my age group (or at least according to my Great Aunt) I’ve experienced more problems than someone most others. By my 20th birthday

Without going into too much detail, to date I have (according to my elderly Great Aunt) seen and experience more hardships than a person of my age should have. By the age of 6 I experienced the death of a parent. Just before the age of 14 I started down the road of depression and Catholic Guilt when my oldest maternal Great Aunt passed away unexpectedly and I felt guilt over not keeping my promise to visit her more often especially since she lived down the hill. By the time of my grandmother’s passing exactly 10 years ago, I had started to understand the sandy foundations of my family financial house, becoming the primary person to supply food for a house of four on a grocery store paycheck, experiencing first hand the daily care of an elderly (grand)parent and more.

To TDLR; it, before the age of 30 I have experienced first hand, collection, repossession, bankruptcy, death, foreclosure, feeding a family of 3-4 on a shoestring budget, political negotiations with family members (for a lack of a better term), anxiety, depression, impostor syndrome, and “gaslighting”. At times it feels like repeatedly being hit by a baseballs in a batting cage.

The secret to my success, perseverance.

What is perseverance? Perseverance is when Muhammad Ali said “I hated every minute of training, but I said ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”

Perseverance at the very basic level is just surviving and getting through the rough waters of the day until you can get home at night and rest. Perseverance is also navigating through muddy waters and difficulties to reach a worthy goal. In the case of Mr. Ali, his goal was becoming a champion and he knew to achieve that he had to do something he really hated, training. Now you’re goal doesn’t have to be becoming the world heavy weight champion, it can be something a simple as passing to the next grade, or attaining a college degree.