Back to the Future

April 2, 2014 — Leave a comment


I am a child of the 80’s.

We are talking “The Karate Kid” with Ralph Macchio.

U2, MTV, New Wave, Top Gun, Denim Jackets, etc. All the stuff that’s popular again now…

I loved growing up in what is now called “GenerationX”.

But I’m also finding that it’s weird sometimes to be between the Baby Boomers and the Millennials. Two groups who could not be any more different. I have the cool decade to grow up in, but as a parent, I’m worried about what kind of world my kids will have.

I have other questions…at what point is Billy Idol going to seem as ancient as Buddy Holly and Elvis? I mean, at least my generation had color t.v. and cable. And we had amazing bands that my kids and I love now! I never would of imagined that my oldest son and I would both have a love for U.2.

It’s strange to try to conceptualize what kind of grandfather I would be. Sometimes in my head it’s like “Back to the Future II” where Marty goes forward.



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By Jim Gray

A few months ago I read an article by James Altucher titled:

“5 Ways to Do Nothing and Become More Productive.” 

This one article gave me 5 tips to help manage my thought-process on the go. I went back to work for a company last November. There were a lot of adjustments to be made from being a freelancer who worked from home in his pajamas! I obviously had to get up and get ready for work at the office everyday. :-) But besides the physical adjustments, I needed to make some mental ones as well. This article provided some framework for the beginning of the acclimation into the office culture.

Sometimes the best thing to do is: nothing.
-Do nothing when you are angry: “Time is the morphine drip that soothes the anger.”
-Do nothing when you’re paranoid: “Almost 99% of what I’ve been paranoid about in the past never comes true. ”
-Do nothing when you’re anxious: “There is nothing that is ever so important it can’t wait.”
-Do nothing when you’re tired: “Sleep hygiene is the best way to improve productivity in your life.”
-Do nothing when you want to be liked: “How many times have we done something to be liked? Too many times.”

Altucher concludes:

“What do I do when I stop? I do nothing. I read a book. I write. I watercolor. I take a walk. I sit and do absolutely nothing.”

I’ve been testing out these 5 guidelines. So far, they’ve helped me. I hope you find them useful as well!



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By Jim Gray 

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