Am I the last one to get an Amazon Plog? I logged in today and noticed this little tidbit hanging out in the corner. A quick google shows that the Plog has been around since 2004. Apparently, a Plog is a “personalized weblog” containing posts from a variety of sources including book authors on Amazon. It strikes me as mainly a personalized marketing tool, so I’m not complaining about not noticing a Plog until now.

That said, the post shown on as my first and, as of yet, lone Plog entry was something I enjoyed. It’s a quote:

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Such wise words. Someone I know and respect recently gave a speech about leadership. In her speech, she makes certain to differentiate between managers. A good and efficient manager is not necessarily also a good leader. A manager may be able to get things done, but a leader inspires and motivates a team to not simply get things done, but go above and beyond to accomplish amazing feats.

This quote eloquently speaks of the difference between a manager and a leader. Which do you strive to be?

Are you still using Firefox 1.*? Even worse, are you still using Internet Explorer? Firefox 2.0 has been available for some time now. If you haven’t yet downloaded the free browser which is taking the Internet by storm, do so now. There are many reasons why I’ve made the switch. The Firefox main page already does a great job of running down the features.

One new feature I love about this release which already came in handy while writing this post is the inline spell checker. As you type, if you misspell something you notice it immediately because Firefox will underline the word in red. Very nifty feature for bloggers indeed!

Firefox 2

Elizabeth Brokamp over at the Motley Fool offers a list of ways to help you save. She categorizes these tips into Money Matters, Household, Medicine, General Shopping, Groceries, Lifestyle, and Automotive. If you’ve been looking for ways to save more, here’s a list to get you started.

50 Simple Tips for Big Savings [Fool.com]

Here I am, just a week after posting New Year’s Resolutions in which one resolution was to write in my blog at least once a week, and already I’ve almost let a week pass without writing a post. Any website, particularly weblogs, can be considered dead sites if not updated regularly.

Just why is it that so soon after making a written public commitment to something I have almost failed to follow through on that commitment? Quite simply, I have tended to be a perfectionist. In striving to find a perfect topic to post about or create something absolutely awe-inspiring, the inevitable result is that this search for perfection caused a hindrance of action.

You don’t have to be a perfectionist to empathize with my tendencies. Why do so many people fail to keep their yearly resolutions? That one cigarette leads to a return to the habit. One skipped workout leads to an unused gym membership. The frustration at perfectly following the resolution paralyzes progress in fulfilling the overall goal.

Many of my proudest accomplishments came about when I dropped the need to be perfect, stopped fearing failure, and moved forward. I’m no Edgar Allan Poe. Every word in my blog post need not be as significant as each word in one of Poe’s works of art. So, forgive yourself if you slip in that one smoke or sneak in an extra slice of cake. Accept that mistakes do happen and then move on. Don’t abandon your goals if you encounter a setback. Just remember to get back on track once you forgive yourself.

Another year has come and gone. One more new year. One more set of resolutions. For some time, I had been pretty good about both creating and keeping my list of goals for the year. But I can’t even remember if I made resolutions last year. Perhaps that’s why I’m not sad to see 2006 pass on by. At times it felt like I was lost in the jungle without a map. Well, the beginning of another year offers a perfect time to create that map (not to mention a perfect time to write a first post).

So many advice articles and goal-setting tips recommend to create measurable and realistic goals which can be accomplished in one year. I will go into detail about each goal in future posts and revisit these resolutions throughout the year to track my progress. Yes, the measurable aspect of each goal may not exactly be too lofty, but that only means that I have no excuse not to carry these out.

Here are my 2007 New Year’s Resolutions:

  1. First and foremost, I will keep family and friends as my number one priority.
  2. I will finish reorganizing my finances.
  3. I will exercise at least twice a week.
  4. I will write in my blog at least once a week.
  5. I will finish the initial development of my personal site.
  6. A secondary source of income with positive cash flow will be established.