The Happiest 56 Miles on Earth!


Well, I’m back from “The Happiest Place On Earth”. ‘Twas a tremendous vacation packed full of perfect weather, relaxation, shows and rides, shopping, and fireworks. Oh, and I almost forgot- FOOD! amazing food. Lots of food.Every meal was incredible, and I pulled back from every one of them all smiles.

But if you ask people who have been to Disneyworld, they’d all probably tell you the same thing, and most of it is rather expected. What was not expected, was just how much walking I did!

Thanks to fitbit, I was able to track my daily/weekly activity during my vacation. And let me tell you, it made finishing those desserts so much easier! Now I expected to walk a while, but never in my wildest dreams did I expect the stats that I achieved!

imageThat’s more than two marathons, and over 125,000 steps walked on this so-called “vacation”. So you can now add health and fitness to the million other reasons why you and your loved ones should go to Disneyworld!


Does Your Data Make You Sweat?


What can brown data do for you? In my previous post, I talked about the impact that our data creation has on our lives. Data is currently used for saving lives, preserving history, space travel, motivation, nutrition, and countless other ways that positively benefit race. According to a 2012 study/infographic, Every minute we are sending 100,000 tweets and are spending over $272,000 on web shopping. With all of this data and activity we are adding to/from our daily lives, why not use some of it for your own everyday health and wellness?

2014 may very well be the year of the “smart watches” and activity trackers, and companies like Nike, Jawbone, Fitbit, and Samsung, are all-in, with Apple rumored to be joining the fun soon.

Activity trackers such as the Nike Fuelband, Jawbone Up, and Fitbit Force (my personal favorite) allow you to learn, track, compare, and even set goals for your personal fitness. You can track sleeping patterns, food intake, steps taken, distance,  and even compete against your friends and family for added motivation. By simply wearing a wristband, your personalized health and wellness “data” is being constantly tracked and converted to provide you insight into your personal well-being.

How close are you to 10,000 steps today? With these technologies, you’ll know at all times.

My data helps me sweat, helps me sleep, helps me eat healthier,  and motivates me to keep moving. What does your data do for you?



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?


To be continued…

I’m Coming For You, Jack!

The last several months I’ve dedicated towards getting fit both mentally and physically. Chicken, veggies, cardio, and smiles have been my best friend. Like any friend you spend all of your days with, you learn something new from them every day. From how they like to dress, to where they like to go, to which friends they can tolerate, you study their habits and adapt to their personality. With my new wolf-pack, I’ve learned these same things, and the best part is they all can happily mingle!

However, this weekend (which for me officially starts tonight, I’ll be 3,000 miles away from them and reunited with some of my best friends from my past, and BOY am I excited to see them (understatement)!

Carl, Jack, Neapolitan, and Roberto, I’m coming for you! Your double western stories and animal styles are ridiculous. It’s been so long since I’ve seen you guys, but you know I have not forgotten you. How could I!? So many late night adventures filled with taco stuffed chicken sandwiches and carne asada fries!

The only sad part is how quickly I’ll be in and out of this vacation. But as we all know, all good things must come to an end eventually. But the memories will last a lifetime!