Success Manifesto

  1. Show up.
  2. Listen.
  3. Work hard.

Let’s start with that.  Do those three and you’re better off and a better person than 99% of everyone else around you.  For most, that is enough and more than hard enough of a challenge.  For the rest, that’s just the beginning, because those things SHOULD be a given for EVERYONE, and then the differentiators come into play.

Those things that SHOULD be a given for EVERYONE… They are not.

There in lies the problem.

How do we change this?  We change this, starting with ourselves and making sure that we do our part.  We can only do our best and then leave the rest.  Cliché?  Yup.  But listen up!  The traditional view of “success” is a myth.  We need to change our perceptions and expectations to realize that we are not striving for a destination, this “success” myth, but striving for doing what we can and doing our part.

4. Quit complaining.

5. Do not procrastinate.

Now, you’re in the 99.9% range — or better!  Obviously this is not a scientific manifesto.  This is a life thing that I’ve learned.  I’m sharing it because that’s what I try to do, and I think others could benefit.  Hard knocks in life happen.  I’ve experienced what I think have been a lot of hard knocks.  I’m jaded.  My life has not been as hard as many, many, many people’s lives. So it goes.  And, there’s my “Success Manifesto.”

Do it.


5 Listening Tips


If you catch that I’m on a self-improvement, life-transformation trip, you’re right….

Julian Treasure: 5 ways to listen better

  1. Silence: 3 minutes each day.
  2. Mixer: How many individual channels of sound can you hear?
  3. Savoring: Enjoy mundane sounds.
  4. Positions: Move listening to be appropriate to what you’re listening to.
  5. RASA: Receive. Appreciate. Summarize. Ask.

In my life up to this point, LISTENING is the second most important thing.  Showing-up is the first, in case you’re wondering.

Storytelling is powerful.


Elif Shafak: The politics of fiction

“…there is a gap between the mind and the tongue, and that gap is very intimidating.  But if we manage not to be frightened by it, it’s also stimulating.”

May I put my paw here?



And now, may I take a nap here?


Yup. Consolidation. Simplification.


As noted in my last post, I’m doing some consolidation of various sites and blogs.  Today I moved over, redirected most things to this site (, and also added my resume here.  Most old links should redirect and if they don’t it’s probably because I had too many things scattered around too many areas, had too many URL’s and domains and wasn’t simple enough. Ha!  So, now it’s simpler.

I’m branching out into doing more contract work and moving back more towards small business consulting (TechProfound).  I still have plenty of connections to larger organizations and still get referrals based on many years of work with SharePoint.  Got a referral call today, in fact!  There is plenty of work to be had.  Just need to make the connections and keep working at it.

So, thanks for tuning in!  I noticed I picked up quite a few new followers after my last post.  Welcome!  With all of the past blogging I did a number of years ago, there is about 1,200 posts now all joined together here, going all the way back to 2004.  The categories and tags should help find things, as well as search.  I’ve really liked getting back into things here on WordPress.  They do a good job and their support has been really nice to work with.  Cheers!