Well, The Paul Gillespie Experience just hit a milestone – 500 posts. It’s a nice, round number that seems like it ought to be important for some reason. I’m not sure there’s any magic to it, like there is to “80% of small businesses fail within 5 years” or “you miss 100% of the shots you never take” or “if you reach age 50 there’s a really good chance you won’t die at 45“, but that doesn’t matter – 500 is a fun number, at least for a blog (for my weight, my BAC or the number of days without coffee…not so much).
So in honor of this arbitrary milestone Continue reading Post #500
Sometimes things just fall apart.
Life is going grand and then the pitcher throws you a knuckler that dances like Fred Astaire and you swing right through it. Suddenly the 12-game hit streak you were on means nothing and you’re in the midst of a 1-23 slump, floundering below the Mendoza Line and praying for a pulled hammy so you can have an excuse for riding the bench for 15 games while you figure out what part of “and then you hit the ball” you’re failing at.
Yes – I’m going Continue reading The Slump
For the vast majority of my professional career I didn’t take vacations. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I took an entire week off of work and didn’t check e-mail or take phone calls. Part of that we could call “dedication” and “loyalty”; part of it is a complete lack of any sort of work-life balance. And a last part probably had something to do with the fact that I loved what I did, even if I needed out because I’d been doing it so long.
But regardless, the Continue reading Slackin’
Looking back on it now as the year comes to a close it’s hard to classify 2012 as a “good” or “bad” year. Much like most historical years there were good and bad elements to this one, but one didn’t necessarily play dominantly over another.
I made some decisions this year, did a lot of new things and found a few regrets. Some of what I did was what you’d expect me to do; others were completely out of character for what you might think of “Paul Gillespie” as. I went from blue to green; rekindled an old passion; found a new one. I learned, I lazed and I leapt.
So let’s recap what 2012 was and we’ll save prognosticating 2013 for another post.
Starting with Continue reading 2012 In Review