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Write an Incentive Post to Kick-start Your Writing Goals

Black Hole

Where did the time go?

Sometimes I need little extra push to get myself pointed in the right direction. There are countless methods out there that proclaim to cure a writer of their creative blocks, or motivate even the most lethargic pencil pusher.

Nostrums! Snake Oil! Autism-causing vaccinations! OK, maybe not that last one.

As a slacker fueled by distractions, I have attempted just about every method out there to escape the event horizon of the anti-productivity black hole. Yet, even my ever-increasing mass does not seem to attract enough accountability to keep me from ignoring the goal all together and justifying my inaction.

Something a little more drastic must be done.

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Top Reasons I Haven’t Blogged Lately (Reasoning vs. Reality)

Procrastination

Later is the New 'Now'

It has been a long time since my last post, and I thought I would offer some excuses reasons I have not updated Worthless Genius in a while.

So, hit the jump if you would like to read my pathetic attempt to justify my absence.

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A Necessary Evil

Once again, it is that time.  That time where I wait in line at the Wal-Mart pharmacy, only to find out that the prescription is not ready.

I’m not going to blame the Wal-Mart employees themselves, on the contrary, they work in an extremely flawed system.  There are far too few employees, leading to long wait times and disgruntled consumers.

On top of all of this pharmacy business, we find the strange-but-true business practices of the Wal-Mart corporation as a whole.  Little nagging ideas such as being a responsible part of a local economy.

What makes Wal-Mart a necessary evil?

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The Value of a Higher Education

I’ve been kicking back and forth whether or not to write this article, but this concept has been weighing on my conscience for far too long.  Being a student in Computer Science, I am beginning to notice the students around me more, and their level of competency when it comes to the narrow topics that are being discussed in class.  For the most part, everyone tries their best and gets things done, and as adults tend to actually attempt to understand all of the material.

But there are a select few students that either are just not getting it, or are relying on the “No Child Left Behind” mentality to simply skate through the college experience and earn their degrees.  One problem with this set of students is that they are going to be completely shocked and overwhelmed when they reach a real work environment, and not all requirements and steps are set in stone and handed to them on a silver plate.

This is where my problem with the state of higher education stems.
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Bad Programming is Like a Basket of Loose Socks

I was attempting to find a pair of socks today in our laundry basket, and it got me thinking about how bad programming practices can be like finding a pair of socks in a laundry basket full of loose socks.

This sounds kind of hokey, so let me explain further.
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Project Visions: Independence

While not a traditional “project”, the notion of financial independence is a goal that many people strive for.

Since high school, I’ve always known that I really dislike working for another person, and have always wanted to strike out on my own. Now, I don’t know if I really have the drive and nature that it takes to be an entrepreneur, I know that I at least have a few good ideas that could help me along in the trip.

Blogging
How do other people in the modern world achieve this goal? Well, there are quite a few people who write blogs with over 100,000 unique visitors a day, and are able to make a living from the ad revenue. I, on the other hand, have close to 20 hits a day, and make about $0.02 from ad revenue. I have no delusions that I’ll become some really successful blogger of my time, but every penny counts. OK, so strike that idea.

Writing
Next we have the notion that I could be a writer. While I have written over 10,000 words in one of my novels, I have neither the structure nor the drive to see this through. I really, really believe in the stories that my work conveys, but I am having a very hard time forcing myself to put the rubber to the road. This would be my most preferred method of independence, as I could do what I love and still bring home the money that my family needed to survive.

Most likely, another method would bring me to this goal, and writing would be what I would do in my spare time.

Freelancing
I have tried this in one form or another over the past few years, without any magnificent results. I am not disciplined enough at this point in my life to really be able to provide a worth while service to a paying customer. It pains me to say it, but that is the truth.

This stems back to my adoption of Getting Things Done. I have a system (now moved to GTDAgenda), and I use it every day, but I have not put my full attentions into it and find myself wandering around aimlessly sometimes.

I have also bought and paid for the materials (php|architect’s Zend PHP 5 Certification Study Guide)
for me to get my Zend PHP Certification. Though I have read through about half of the textbook, I am nowhere near ready to take the exam. I have set the goal for myself to take the exam by the end of 2008. I fully intend to stick to this goal.

The Startup Spirit
It seems as though the best option for me is to learn about business modeling and creation, and do something that would challenge my intellect. Drawing up a business plan is no small feat, and I need to learn all the ins and outs of venture capital.

This is another whole set of problems. What idea should I start with? What will I do in the next 6 months while I get all of the plans laid down? Well, I haven’t gone past the brainstorming phase at this point, and I will have to do some marketing research to see which idea is most financially viable.

So, basically, I need to get a job. These all might be pipe dreams of mine, but at least I have dreams. I need to work with some structure in order to build up my work-a-day skills.