April 4, 2014
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My fifth year as a volunteer finds me as a project manager for Transition House at New England Give Camp 2014. I feel honored to be able to serve with an incredibly talented group of individuals – developers, graphic artists, and non-profit organization. By the end of the weekend, we hope to have a new website built in WordPress and updated with a more modern look from when the site was first created five years ago. Thanks to my awesome teammates, we are quickly working together to meet our common goals.
August 26, 2013
At the start of my career in 2010 I wrote a blog post, The Insouciant Life in The Bit Bucket, wherein I wondered if “… I have to abandon everything I care about for the practical reality of earning a paycheck?” At the time, I was yet to land my first full-time job in the field of technology. I was fortunate to have embarked on my career in the company of individuals possessed of high integrity and character.
Now, working that full-time job as a successful technical professional, I can answer my own question. No, I do not have to abandon my principles, ideals, and cherished values to earn a paycheck. “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:26. This principle which dates back to approximately 70 – 100 A.D.
As I have been in our very competitive workforce, this principal has become very clear to me. My relationships with my colleagues and my personal integrity are more important to me than money. There, I’ve said it. I’ve committed modern heresy. I knowingly run counter to our modern culture where the pursuit of money is the all-encompassing god of our time. We worship it, sacrifice for it, and do whatever it takes to have more. You need to do whatever it takes to get money. After all, greed is good and generosity is for suckers. Or is it?
When I began my career I was openly jeered at for my work ethic. I was called a “sucker”. I was told that hard work was for suckers and the key to getting ahead lay in taking advantage of others. However, I believe in the timelessness of ethics more than public opinion. Three years later, I find myself ahead of most of the United States in terms of employment and lifestyle. I do not have anything I did not earn by hard work and integrity.
So am I writing this merely to brag or be self-aggrandizing? Not at all. I’m writing this to assert that contrary to popular opinion, ethics and success are not mutually exclusive and it can be done. The other advantage is that it brings long-lasting satisfaction and true happiness. I have my self-respect because I never compromised my personal ethics or integrity to get where I am. Regardless of the road you take in life there are sacrifices to be made. I chose not to make the sacrifices of our current culture – that of using others to get ahead at the cost of personal relationships.
- Word of the Day : ‘Insouciant’ (mraybould.wordpress.com)
- Insouciant (micklively.wordpress.com)
August 12, 2013
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I have always been a very average person. So how is it that I am innovating a new application for the educational field? Magic?
Its actually nothing anyone else can’t do. Its born of the fruits of hard work, networking, marketing — all the work that anyone puts into building a career. Plus, its seeking solutions to problems along the way.
When I was running my own business and began running into difficulties, one of the representatives at SCORE explained that I had the ability to analyze where the gaps in my small business were and solve the problem. I’m no longer running my own business, but gap analysis enabled me to process this current dream into vision. “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” is not just for Gen. George S. Patton in times of war, but for those of us entrepreneurs in difficult business environments. Innovators are perceived as perfectionists. I decided that perfection is overrated – mostly because people are not perfect and never will be. I never let flaws stop me from progressing or reassessing my strategy.
My cousin teaches at a full immersion school. The American children learn all their subjects in fluent French. She needs an application to take her vocabulary words and create a weekly puzzle for the children to play with. She currently creates this by hand and it takes hours. She asked me to develop an application to create the puzzle for her. When she gave me the specs for this, I immediately Googled to find previous work to use as a guide. Surprisingly, this has not already been developed. As I dug into the algorithms necessary for this project, I realized it was just a little beyond my current experience.
Do I give up? Not at all. The gap was in some of my experience — software engineering design in OOP paradigm. So, who has those abilities? Software engineers. I began emailing. I found such an individual with the abilities and willingness to work with me on this.
To those who believe they are incapable of innovation – you are correct. To those who believe they are capable of innovation – you are correct. Limits are challenges to overcome unless you see those limits and absolute.