Today in History: “I Have a Dream”

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mlk

Thank you Martin Luther King Jr. The world is a better place because of you.

Below is THE speech in full:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs

Flash Mob Friday!

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EMC Flash Mob

Well it’s Friday, and that in it of itself is cause for celebration! Now add in some flash mobs, and you got yourself some kind of party! Who’s in?

#FlashFridays #EMCFlashMob #FlashFirst #FlashEverywhere

My Mission: Chosen and Accepted (Part 1 of 2)

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“I said “Somebody should do something about that.” Then I realized I am somebody.”

― Lily Tomlin

We (should) all have aspirations, both personal and professional. Individually, or as an organization, these aspirations are what fuels us . To be the best at (insert skill).  To provide the best (insert value) for your (insert audience).

My mission is to differentiate my generation from the past for the better. With the best technology at our fingertips, we have the opportunity to revolutionize nearly every process in our daily lives. By streamlining processes, listening to my audience, and caring for my craft and those with me, my goal is to consistently help others to the best of my ability.

What’s your mission statement?

Finding others who share that same mission will fuel your fire. Imagine being a part of an organization that shares that same mission..

To Be Continued…

Strategy Before Execution (Part I)

cloudyWhile leaving the gym recently, I noticed an advertisement they had up for the *insert description here* public to take notice to. It simply said, “Goals Are Just Ideas Without a Plan”.

Thank you Boston Sports Club

After thinking about it for a bit, I realized how true, and how insightful this actually was. Furthermore, I realized how much we as a general public breeze through our lives spewing our goals. Family, career, education, exercise, are just a few of the arenas we (should) constantly set personal goals for.

Too often we catch ourselves aspiring to reach goals, without actually thinking/knowing/planning on what it will take to achieve them. Lacking direction, lacking a “reverse timeline”, if you will. For those who are unfamiliar with this concept, it’s pretty simple. You take what your final goal is, then go backwards noting the individual steps it will take for you to get there, starting at the finish, and ending at the start.

The reverse timeline is what created my wake-up alarm setting…And the ability to hit the ten minute snooze button only once…Never more.

So, as a challenge to you (and to myself for that matter), think about something you want to achieve. From there, list out all of the things that have to happen, and how long each will take to accomplish. Not only will this provide you with your action plan, but it will give you an accurate timeline as well.

One of the things I’ve realized in my current role within EMC is how important these reverse timelines are. Often times, businesses have incredible goals but do not understand the necessary tasks at hand in order to achieve their goals. Goals such as cloud, virtualization, and disaster recovery are hefty projects, and our customers are going through these journeys at a blazing (and successful) pace. Not because they have a larger budget than others, not because it’s easier for them, but because we’ve worked as a team to strategize a reverse timeline. They know what they want, and they now know what they need in order to make it happen.

Here at EMC, our reverse timeline is simple, and is why I believe we and our customers have been able to achieve our goals together.

“Strategy Before Execution”

So tell me, what’s your goal?

You ready to talk?

Dan

To be continued…

Live Strong

Judgment day has come for Lance Armstrong and his Livestrong brand. After years of extreme defensive measures, outright attacks on the accusers, and seven Tour de France victories, Lance has finally admitted it.

Pause for dramatic effect…

However, what is more amazing to me is the emotions stirred from his admission of guilt. The craziest part of this entire saga is that we’re not in shock, there is no remorse for Lance, nor is there a tear shed for the pressure he’s had during his career. Furthermore, we’re not all that upset for what Lance actually did wrong. Seriously, everyone was doing it! What people are downright outraged by is the way in which he presented himself during the time that he was doing it:

“I’m doing it to fund the fight against doping”

“I can’t lie”

“Desperate for attention and money”

“I’m going to make your life a living… f—ing … hell”

These direct quotes from Lance throughout the years defending his innocence, and attacking those who question it would be (at least a little more) acceptable if…you know…he was actually TELLING THE TRUTH! For someone with so much fame, so much to lose, and an almost spiritual following, he sure did have an uncanny way to nuke anyone who crossed his overwhelming guilt.

Watching him in the interview with Oprah, giving arctic-like cold answers, you soon realize that you have no remorse, and have become desensitized.

I do not remember an era with so many world-class athletes being tossed from the throne, down to the grave, so quickly. From Tiger to Tyson , A-Rod to Bonds, Lance to Manti Te’o, you begin to question what makes the superstar such a super star.

In a world where we idolize salaries and superstars, accolades and records, let’s stop for a second and acknowledge those who do “it” the right way. It takes a lot to become the greatest. However, in my mind, sometimes it takes more to simply say, “It’s not worth it.”

Dan

Um…Bonjour!?

As you know, this summer has become quite the adventure for me (and those close to me who have experienced it with me). I’ve traveled to new places, done new things, tried new foods, and met new people, I have learned so much about myself, my family, my friends, and just how priceless our time is.

Recently I visited Montreal for the first time (actually, it was my first time outside of the country…except for Mexico, but does that actually count for a San Diego, CA native?).

Quite literally, the second we got to the Canadian border (by car), I realized just how much I haven’t experienced!

“…Um? Bonjour!?”

As the weekend played its course, I realized how large this earth is. Transplanted to a culture of politeness, etiquette, and the acceptance of just how different we are all, I just sat back and reflected on how society has crippled the idea of being different.

I remember taking a course back in college where we talked about society’s view on beauty, and how as a society, it is not who stands out the most, but who is closest to “normal”.

To most, “different” scares us. We’re comfortable and safe in our bubble, and have no desire to venture out from it. We stay in the same city all our life, we scour at others who wear attire that doesn’t fit with ours, and we judge people before caring to understand them.

When walking through the streets of Montreal full of festivals, life size chess games, and some of the best food in the world, you cannot help but take in its welcoming acceptance for all walks of life. People are not afraid to bring out their imperfections and differences. I’m sure people have different views and experiences when traveling, but for me, seeing this difference in culture was refreshing.

It’s a living collage of cultural differences.

Instead of forcing others to break down our proverbial walls, let’s start with the door open and invite them in to amaze us.

“We believe that differences should enrich us rather than divide us.”