Saturday, March 21, 2015

Praise for the Critic

I love critics.  Want to know why?  I don’t have to try and change their mind.  Critics are going to criticize and that is just the way the world works.  If critics will be critics no matter what, then I can move on down the road and appeal to those who already follow me, like me and want more of what I do. 

Seth Godin has helped me immensely with this idea.  Here is his direct quote:

“Unsubscribers and critics are a gift.  They save you the job of working out who your target audience is.  Not everyone is going to love your widget, program or writing content.”  And, I might add, neither will they like your church, song choice, clothes, shoes, spices on your enchiladas, and your lasagna recipe.

I do not have as a stated goal to “win the world over to like my blogs.”  If I did, I’d write a little bit of this philosophy, that ideology and yet another slant or philosophy in every post and in the end would never reach anyone.  

I am all about finding my niche and the people who appreciate that niche.  It is to that group of individuals to whom I write.

Sorry to lose the rest of you. 

Now, what is your hook?  Find your tribe and make it work.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Go to Luck School

Luck School is where they teach some great stuff.  It’s where magic happens.  Let’s go to Luck School.

At Luck School we do things on purpose, with great intention.  We learn at Luck School.

And, believe it or not, we get lucky sometimes at Luck School.

We get lucky, I think, because we show up. 


~We write on days we don’t feel like writing.
~We run on days when we don’t feel like running.
~We build computer software on days when we don’t feel like building.

We do the thing, and sometimes we get lucky, because it works, we win, and we get better.

WE GET BETTER … at Luck School.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Going Dark

My Dear Reader:

I am going dark for a few days.  In the meantime, please visit the great back-list of past blogs on this site. 

Have a peaceful day. 

P Michael Biggs

Sunday, February 22, 2015

How to Avoid Drowning

What do you know about drowning?  What do you know about avoiding drowning?

It is more important to know how to avoid drowning, don’t you think? 

The most important fact about avoiding drowning is this:

“You do not drown simply by plunging into the water.  You only drown if you stay beneath the surface.”
~Paulo Coelho Warrior of the Light

Sit with that for a few moments. 

What does it say?  Why, action, of course.  If you are drowning, kick your feet, move your arms.

And in other drowning issues, say for instance, paper work.  Ask for help.  Tackle the first piece of paper, handle it and move on.  Of course, we’re not just talking about drowning in paper work, are we?

I’m sure by now that you get the metaphor.

If you are drowning, you get to decide:  Stay where you are and let the “waters” overwhelm you, or, take action. 

I think it is a good idea to get back above the water line. 

It really is that simple.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Saturday, February 14, 2015

What Have You Started

“What in the world have you started?”  I’ve been asked that a few times in my life.  Once, when I was a kid, I struck a few matches and burned the grass by the side of our house.  My Dad asked that question then. 

It can be a cry of alarm, as in “Oh my God, what have you started?”

Or it can be a surprised exclamation.  “What HAVE you started?”

So, the prompt for you is this:

I dreamt for a very long time of being a writer.  That dream did not come into full blossom until I did something about it.  When I go back and read some of my earlier work I shudder at what I see.  And I keep improving.

And so do you … when you start.

The beginning is always tough.  It is often the dog days of your enterprise.  But persevere.

Hang tough.  You WILL get better.  You will, sooner or later, turn a profit.  You will, in time, win some big sales.

And you have to start somewhere.

Why not now?
Why not today?

Why not you?

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Sunday, February 8, 2015

What Are You Willing to Do?

I have a question for you.  

What are you willing to do 
to be better than you have ever been?  

Are you willing to appear the fool?  Are you willing to try the seemingly impossible?  Are you willing to follow your gut instincts and chase a whim just to see what can be done?

Then perhaps, you are on the road to greatness.  Perhaps.

Sometimes, we must do things that might not work.  That means making choices that in the creative mind seem exciting and logical and in practical life flop. 

I've experienced that in planning musical events.  I nearly botched a job interview tryout once because of a poor combination of songs.

As a writer, I have a file with over 25,000-words full of ideas that haven’t quite jelled into usable blogs for general consumption.  I also have countless book ideas that litter my computer like chips from a Michelangelo sculpting.

And so I write.  Sometimes it is to do a mind dump.  At other times it is to see how far an idea can be pushed.  The quest to see where an idea leads can be exhilarating in itself. Yet an artist is willing to chase those kinds of trails. 

What are you willing to do?

Not all ideas work, yet we continue to create.  Are you willing to follow the thread of an idea just to see where it leads?

I love this story of Wayne Gretzky, the ice hockey great.  It is said that in practice Wayne would do all kinds of antics on the ice just to see how far he could push himself.  He would contort, twist, turn, bend, fall, stretch and stretch some more, all in an effort to pursue his limits and push them further out.  He was willing to appear the fool on the ice in order to perfect his skills.  Today, the name Wayne Gretzky is synonymous with ice hockey greatness.

What are you willing to do?

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Good at What We Don't Know

My favorite business writer, Seth Godin, gives us the fodder for today’s thought. 

Can you imagine the Boeing Company skipping out on a particular aerodynamic problem that might cause the jumbo 747 to crash?  What if they say, “Oh heck, it’s too hard to make that work, after all, only 47% of those planes crash"?No big deal.”

I’m watching the U.S. Figure Skating championship right now.  What if the top skater on this program has been having a problem with spins and landings?  What if she said, “I can’t do that”?  Is it really important?  Maybe the judges will like my costume and overlook those falls and less graceful moments.”

In my banking career, I’m constantly bumping up against knowledge that is not completely in my grasp yet.  What if I said, “Wire transfers?  Who needs them?  I’ll just fake it.”  If that were the case, I’d cost my clients a lot of money and lose my job, all for lack of and fear of what I don’t know.

Seth ends the quote above with this:

It occurs to me that we should pursue the hard stuff, the unanswered questions, and the less than perfect skills. 

We want to be good at what we don’t know.  And one fine day we’ll be great and in demand.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time