Today is your day to change.

How are you?

What are you doing?

When was the last time you seriously thought about that? Take a minute to think about that. If you are doing good, it feels great. If not, maybe you are ready for change.

Take a look at Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

At the base, these are basic things everyone needs, as you go up the pyramid, they are less necessary (but they do add to happiness. Now say you have one of those bottom items – physiological or safety – gets taken away, what happens? Well, everything above it quickly goes away.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

What can you do? You have to rebuild your pyramid. Lee Iacocca once said “The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being”. There is unconventional wisdom in this. Sometimes your perception of a situation is wrong, especially when you take some time and help someone who needs your help.

If you are truly convinced that is not the issue, replace what is causing your issue. So how do you do that? When do you do that? These are tough questions.

For me, anytime I have made a large change, I was scared and excited. I CHOSE to just be excited. The fear is a good thing, it keeps you on your toes, so you will succeed in what you do.

When do you make that change? I would say, when fear of the unknown is outweighed by the problem you are facing.

Here is a great podcast worth listening to on the subject.

The bottom line, take care of yourself. For every bad situation, there is a positive one to replace it.

Getting Reviewed.

The good news in my world is my software, BookSmarts, was reviewed. I didn’t really know it happened, but Softpedia reviewed it.

To tell you the truth, this sort of thing can be nerve-racking especially if you know ahead of time that they are going to review your work. In my case, I’ve been working on it for the past two years. The surprise moment when you see a review of your work makes time stand still and your heart starts beating harder.

When someone is working on something for two years without seeing a dime, it becomes their baby. I am now sure I know what the mother’s on Toddlers & Tiaras are experiencing. You have got this thing out there for the world to see, your baby, and people are criticizing or praising it. Trust me, as a parent, no one ever likes it if you call their baby ugly. Go ahead, I dare you to say that to a mom you know, see how it goes. You probably won’t be able to say that again without a lisp, because she knocked out your front teeth.

Luckily for me, I apparently have pretty baby, it got an excellent first review. It was an affirmation of my time and effort, as well as all those around me who have supported me through this intrepid endeavor. It is a reward, in a sense, for the effort. Yes, it is ultimately making money is proof of success, but this is a nice place to be in on the path to success.

BookSmarts Bookmark Manager Softpedia Rating

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Downfalls of IT Consultants

IT Consultants – My Story

So for the past couple months I and my whole department have been rewriting code from IT Consultants. We were never “consulted” to even know what the consultants were working on. The terms of the contracts were vague and the software that was developed was incomplete. Lucky us!

There are a lot of lessons I have learned that could be very useful to both IT Consultants and IT Technicians. I am going to share some with you.

  1. In the contract, always list not only the expected outcomes but also things that will not be included in the final product.
  2. An extension of rule one; clear, concise criteria is required from the client; if the client does not give this to the consultant, then the consultant needs to ask each question he/she feels pertinent several different ways. This will flush out hidden gems that the client might not thought of earlier.
  3. INFORM ANYONE AND EVERYONE of developments, including stumbling blocks and progress. This should be done, depending on the time-frame of the project, on a daily or weekly basis.
  4. Get everything in writing. You will be amazed how many agreements and understandings are misinterpreted or forgotten with no written proof.
  5. Cut down on the meetings, less meetings more email results in better communication.

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