Cleveland Cavaliers Pre-Game

I discovered this video from Adam Kring (@adamkring) and thought I would share it here. The production value for this projection is one of the best I’ve seen within it’s context. If only the money and talent was used on someone like the Celtics, Knicks or Lakers. The history they could dive into would be incredible.

In my first book, The Accidental Creative, I recounted a meeting in which a friend asked a strange and unexpected question: ‘What do you think is the most valuable land in the world?’ Several people threw out guesses, such as Manhattan, the oil fields of the Middle East, and the gold mines of South Africa, before our friend indicated that we were way off track. He paused for a moment, and said, “You’re all wrong. The most valuable land in the world is the graveyard. In the graveyard are buried all of the unwritten novels, never-launched businesses, unreconciled relationships, and all of the other things that people thought, ‘I’ll get around to that tomorrow.’ One day, however, their tomorrows ran out.
- Todd Henry

Excerpt From: Todd Henry. “Die Empty.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/z-aNI.l

 

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Start Making Something

“We all have that one friend who says, “I had the idea for eBay. If only I had acted on it, I’d be a billionaire!” That logic is pathetic and delusional. Having the idea for eBay has nothing to do with actually creating eBay. What you do is what matters, not what you think or say or plan.”

- JASON FRIED  1

The year 2014 is about to begin and everyone is making those dreaded New Years Resolutions. In the midst of those list many are making a list of ideas and goals to accomplish in our personal lives and at work. And I say that because I have been logging the big & small ideas running through my head while on vacation into Evernote for a few days now. And my encouragement for you and myself is that we begin to execute some of these ideas we are writing down. Not every single idea will make it into “production”, but there are some ideas YOU have written down in the last few days YOU MUST DELIVER on.

Now this post does not have a 5 step process on how to make those ideas happen. I don’t have some type of process I have discovered in the last few days while eating some good homemade cooking with my family that will be the cure for not accomplishing these ideas/goals. There are plenty of books out there you can read that may help you accomplish your ideas. Some of my favorites are: The Accidental Creative, ReWork, Die Empty, Take the StairsMaking Ideas Happen & My One Word.

But there are a few words & phrases that did come to mind when I look back on a year and see very few ideas coming to fruition:

  1. Maintaining instead of Creating
  2. Lazy
  3. Lack of Focus (messed up priorities)
  4. Crowded (too many ideas in the mix)
  5. Yes Man (saying yes to everyone else’s ideas)

That just happened to be 5 words/phrases, but I did not do that on purpose.

Now I am writing this at 1:00 AM and need to get to bed before I drive to Charlotte at 7:30 AM, read at Starbucks, then run a quick 3 miles with my wife. I tell you that because I did not want another day to go by without writing this, so I stayed up and made sure to ship 2 this post.  I want US to not let all the excuses get in our way in 2014. Pick a few ideas & MAKE THEM HAPPEN. If the idea you believe in gives you passion then do what you need to do to give it life. If the idea keeps coming to you every day drop something your doing and make room for this idea. I’m hoping to do the same myself.

cheers.


Notes:

  1. EXCERPT FROM: JASON FRIED AND DAVID HANSSON. “REWORK.” IBOOKS. HTTPS://ITUN.ES/US/4LFGZ.L
  2. I gained this “saying” from Seth Godin. Click here to download the “Ship It Journal”

2013 Christmas Card

Each year we create a short video to show on Christmas Eve to our church congregation we like to call or annual “Christmas Card”. Instead of trying to send out well over 5,000 Christmas cards each year we started this new tradition I believe back in 2007. The video includes as many staff members of PC3 we can get scheduled (usually all of us) for the video. And from 2007 to 2012 we have always created the video around a song and some type of lip dub. This year we ditched that normal tradition for a brand new idea.

The inspiration came from a few different videos we have watched over the last year that made us laugh. Some specifics ones are Kid Snippets, AT&T commercial & the movie Be Kind, Rewind.

To watch some of our previous video Christmas Cards check out the links below:

2012 Christmas Card: vimeo.com/56267962
2011 Christmas Card: vimeo.com/34086116
2010 Christmas Card: vimeo.com/17980387
2009 Christmas Card: vimeo.com/8302149
2008 Christmas Card: vimeo.com/2578111

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Social Separation

I am approaching December a little differently this year. Just like a lot of people, I have started to make a list of things I would like to do beginning January 1st, 2014, and they include some of the normal yearly goals or resolutions. Although for the last few years I have changed the whole way I look at New Years Resolutions by using the My One Word concept my church and pastor go through every year (more on that in the next week or so), I still choose some goals to try to accomplish.

What I have found though is that there are way too many distractions throughout my day that keep me from focusing on the things I am trying to change in my life. Changes such as:

  1. Bible Reading Plan
  2. Writing on this Blog
  3. Date Nights
  4. Working Out
  5. Running/Training

And the distractions that I am finding are due to my addiction and constant desire to check in with the social media systems that follow me everywhere I go. I am addicted to my iPhone & laptop.  There, I said it. I finally stated what I believe others are thinking and it’s entirely my fault…


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…minus email & phone calls. Today’s work culture in all fields have this sense that we should always be available to chat, respond, decide & discuss 24/7. That cursed Mailbox app I have keeps me checking it all the time. And this is on both sides of the coin, because I too email out at night and text co-workers.  Now back to the original thought…


Now there are a million reasons why I don’t find the time to work out or find time to read the Bible at night, but I know one thing that keeps grabbing my attention from the time I wake in the morning to the moment I fall asleep. And that attention hog is the way I – Mike Paschal – use social media & the internet. I usually wake up and reach for my phone to see what I missed on Twitter during the night instead of reaching for my wife. And at night Kirsten usually falls asleep  to the glow from my iPhone/iPad/laptop lighting up the room. And I think it’s time for me personally to do some things to change that.

So now my iPhone screen looks a little different compared to just last week when I wrote about the apps I am currently/was using. The apps that are on my home screen now are specifically to help me reach my goals. Every time I look at my phone I see specific goals staring right at me.

So beginning today I have deleted the following apps and will not be logging onto them for some time from anywhere:

  1. Facebook
  2. Instagram (replaced w/Pressgram for a reason)
  3. Flipboard

I have changed my home screen to hold the following apps:

  1. Fantasticial
  2. RunKeeper (for goal reaching)
  3. MyFitnessPal (for goal reaching)
  4. Camera
  5. Day One (for goal reaching)
  6. ByWord (for goal reaching)
  7. Bible (for goal reaching)
  8. Safari

  1. Settings
  2. Reeder (for goal reaching)
  3. Group Me
  4. Reminders
  5. Phone
  6. Messages
  7. Evernote (for goal reaching)
  8. Rdio

And the reason for all of this is to experiment with getting back to creating content and giving back to the community. I hope my writing helps others. I know my bible reading will help my walk with Jesus and my relationship with my incredible wife. I hope the running will better my health so I can spend time with my wife and kids until a very old age. My hope is I start giving to others instead of just consuming a massive amount of here today and gone tomorrow knowledge.

Now how about you? I know some of you reading this are addicted to social media. And I know you have read other posts like this. Did any of this change the way you have been thinking? If so, I would love to hear about it below! Maybe we can challenge each other through December.

Cheers