You Don't Know What You Don't Know.
Boy is that ever true, especially when it comes to tech stuff on the computer. Over the years I have spent literally dozens of hours trying to search for documents, create a postcard or flyer or prepare presentations only to have them blow up in my face when I finally get finished. They may have things like bad fon't sizing, wrong font, off center, weird script that just disappears when I think it's ready to go, or just plain look ugly and unprofessional. Don't even get me started with Excel or Powerpoint. The true test to getting proficient and becoming an expert with something is to do it for 10,000 hours. That's not my rule, I'm sure I read it in one of the many books I have. I just don't have time to search for it at this moment. My challenge like everyone else on planet Earth is that we just don't have tons of extra time to get proficient in something. I can really appreciate it when someone who is an expert in anything, especially computer technology, is willing and able to generously give their time and effort on Activerain to post a tip or tool or feature of the ever changing world of technology. Craig Daniels has posted so many interesting and helpful blog posts over the years that I lost track. I have implemented several of his featured posts and look forward to the next one. He even took time after I tried to do the idea on one of his posts to assist me in creating my Blog signature when the one I made looked terrible and was even showing up on the blog twice. What is on my blog page is Craig's work. Thanks so much. See what I mean?
My son Nick Seaton is the reason for my second Goodie bag tip. We call him Nicholas, but no one else does. While not directly connected to my business or my son, Bob Crane is the number one woodland agent I've ever heard of, and I'm guessing no one in the country sells more than he does. My son was a lost soul in high school. Not interested, not motivated, long hair and as far as I was concerned, destined to work at a local retail store or restaurant forever. He was super smart, just didn't give a crap about school. I heard of a government program called Americorps, and how it would allow you to earn money for any college you wanted to attend if you completed the 10 month stint. I was just getting into Activerain at the time and saw some of Bob's posts and told my son that as much as he loved the outdoors, he should read about forestry, land management, ecology, and resource inventory and sales. Where did I tell him to start reading? Bob's AR blogs.
The wealth of knowledge and examples of challenging sales and lessons were priceless. Fast forward 12 years and my son has a degree from Southern Illinois University in Forestry and a Masters degree from SIU in Biology and since January 2023 is the Ecologist for the Shawnee National forest in Southern Illinois with the National Forest Service. He loves the work and the challenges and the satisfaction that came from all those years of study and his enthusiasm for nature. So what's the tip you may ask? Never stop learning. I had no reason to read a blog about forest sales or trees, but I did read it and it helped turn my son's life around.