A mover, a malcontent, and at times a stupid hell-raiser…

“Like most others, I was a seeker, a mover, a malcontent, and at times a stupid hell-raiser. I was never idle long enough to do much thinking, but I felt somehow that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top. At the same time, I shared a dark suspicion that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actors, kidding ourselves along on a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between these two poles – a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other – that kept me going.”

Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary

The Warm-Up Is Over, The Hard Work Starts Now

So many of us had great hope in 2008 when President Obama was first elected. I know I had become overwhelmed with emotion at the mere idea that someone like him had overcome so many odds to become the leader of the free world. In that time, we were in the midst of a horrible recession. I had felt the squeeze of economic hardship for years, ever since graduating college in 2006 and not being able to find work. When President Obama was elected in 2008, I was hurting and so were a lot of other people, but we had hope that we all could work towards a better future and make our country better.

Last night I nervously watched the results come in from all the counties across the U.S.A. and rejoiced when President Obama was projected to gain re-election. I am better off today than I was before he took office. I’ve also not taken a lot of risk in my career lately because of my fears of what would happen if he wasn’t re-elected. So much of how I planned to take action in the coming years with my career, business ideas, etc, has been based on whether we as a country double down on aggressive change and improvement or if we stalled and changed course to a conservative agenda.

Last night I gained strength to continue living my passion, but with more zest and fearlessness than before. I hope those from the opposing side can align on the issues that matter to more of us, than to focus on theoretical and or social issues.

I’m ready to roll up my sleeves.

Kudos To Facebook For Being The Ultimate Expression

Facebook has so genuinely and clearly pulled ahead in the popularity contest that is the marketing industry. It has truly diversified its platform and functionality to be the perfect ecosystem for both consumer and business to meet at the table and exchange ideas, data and in all likelihood down the road… money.

I always held a strong candle for Twitter. It has served me well over the years as a communication, discovery and relationship building tool. I’ve made countless friendships, both meaningful and superficial on Twitter. But I’m a bit of an outlier and big, profitable internet businesses are not cultivated on the long term by servicing my kind.

I loved how Google+ gave it a go. I still love how foursquare is going strong and servicing my needs. But it’s just so clear that Facebook has become the actual reality of how relationships are articulated online for a majority of the world.

I never saw this coming 8 years ago. Makes sense, because if I had that kind of insight, I’d be a very rich man. However, I do believe the rate at which the world is changing how it communicates digitally is going to just speed up and potentially get more interesting and weird. So, I don’t see Facebook standing atop the anthill forever. I am so excited to see where this leads.