Thursday, December 27, 2012

Two Kinds of People

I was fortunate over this Christmas to New Year's break from routine to talk with my former supervisor at my previous company. We talked about everything from software to running marathons to employee retention in India. Not be strange, but somewhat typical topics for my engineering and running friends. Somehow it came up that it often seems as there are problem solvers and problem creators. People that focus on the limitations, perhaps the majority, and those that focus on a solution.

Next I read an exert of Seth's latest book this morning. He talks about artists versus not artists. (Not artists is inappropriate, because I feel everyone has art in him or her, it is just hard for most to express.) Without saying it, because Seth is not an engineer, it seems to be his way of saying some people solve problems and others create them. Create problems might be an exaggeration, it could be identify problems, or dwell on problems, or fear new solutions.

Third, the last three comments on my blog are enormously negative. However, in the context of the last two paragraphs, that is okay. People will hate me. People will put up road blocks. People will want a piece of my wealth. People will, or maybe already do, want to do the things that I do. That is kind of the point. I want to share my life with you, yes you. God has blessed me so much that I want to pay it forward and share my abundance with you and my other friends and those less fortunate I do not know.  This is a giving war and I intend to give hard. Sure some people will only take from me and others, but I know many of you are bigger givers than I.

Since I can't come up with the words to conclude this article I leave you with a quote, "...encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. ... Rejoice always..."


  1. It looks like you have one person who posts anonymously. The internet is great for sharing information but it also gives people a place where they can abuse other people without consequences. I suggest you ignore negative comments, remembering that if they don't like what they read here, they don't have to keep coming back.

  2. Isaiah, there are always going to be people who love to hate. People that would rather try to knock you down a notch rather than try to pick themselves up to another level. I can tell you that I can count on one finger how many blogs I read on a consistant basis and its yours. Perhaps it has alot to do with common running interests but what keeps me coming back is your unique way of thinking and most everytime I have read one of your blogs, I feel like I gained a new perspective for doing so. Keep doing what you do, its very refreshing to hear in a world that surrounds me with so much negitivity.

  3. Being comfortable in one's own skin is a virtue. I find your drive refreshing and believe it is rooted in things deeper than what you post publicly.

  4. Lane, Jason, Marcus, THANK YOU!!! Sometimes I feel like I am writing this stuff and it disappears into a cloud of disapproval. Which is ridiculous! Feelings are not fact. People do like what I have to say that's why 50-60 people a day read this thing. (Although most of that has to do with engineering stuff.)

    Lane, I thought about restricting comments to only people with some sort of ID, but my mom struggles with that and sometimes she comments anonymously. Plus, it's an interesting character study to see how people comment anonymously. Emotionally hard to read when it's about me, but a person probably wouldn't sign his name to comments like that. So in a way, it's a little amusing.

    Jason, we need to go for a run sometime, or at least cool down after the next race. I'll bring my Vibrams. You gave me a huge complement! Thank you!

    Marcus, you are right there are things I don't post publicly that drive me. It is always a challenge, when sharing so much, what gets held back?


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