Keeping Me Honest

So… here’s the thing. I need your help.

I have a particularly nasty habit of setting out a list of things to do, goals to achieve, etc among other things that I want to do (not associated with any other kind of responsibility. I’m not going to slack at my work because my kids rely on a house and food, that kind of responsibility.) Instead these goals are personally set. I have a hard time keeping to them because I get distracted frequently.

I’ll see a TV show or read a book or just learn about something and I’ll think that I can do it. I have no doubt that by putting to my mind and energy into something I can do it. However, later on, I’ll get distracted, again. I jump from one thing to another and eventually I get back around to the hobby or activity I was originally pursuing. I call it my “Shiny Object Syndrome”.

This is where you come in. I need your help to keep me focused on the task at hand and to not get distracted by other ‘shiny objects’.  Much like Steve Martin’s definition of diligence: “being able to IGNORE all the other pursuits, is just as important as is focusing on your current pursuit.”

Therefore, in order to keep myself accountable, I’m going to post a list of the next 3 books I plan to read. Your job is to make sure I’m still reading this, and demand that I put up information that I’ve learned and thoughts I have on these books as, and after, I read them.

Thank you in advance for all your tough love! I hope you enjoy the craziness that emanates from my brain.


10 Books To Prepare You For The Future Of Technology

These are currently in no particular order, only that in which they were read and reviewed by me.

    1. The Industries of the Future

This book is a great overview of the many aspects in which budding technology and trends will have in our daily lives over the next few decades. Some of them may come true, others may sputter out and die. These trends are viewed from a global perspective and explored down their most logical paths of potential. Some are exciting, and others dangerous and foreboding. None the less, technology is moving forward and our success as a species depends on understanding and accepting it in our place in the future.

How qualified are you for that job?

I am not going to sugar-coat or soften up any of this information. The hunting for a job today is very similar in stress and difficulty to hunting of food thousands of years ago for our Hunter-Gatherer ancestors. It won’t be easy, but with my help and your dedication, you will find the job you’re looking for and thrive in your new life.

Sifting through the flood of advertisements

Although it may seem as if you are completely overwhelmed by the massive number of job openings that you’ve found online, keep in mind that you may or may not be qualified for most of them. When an employer or headhunter put out job advertisements online, they list out dozens of requirements and daily job tasks in the first attempt to weed out unqualified applicants.

Most employers today use some kind of digital application and resume screening tool like (insert job app application). These are built to read through resumes, applicant entries, and other information that you’ve provided in an attempt to pull you out of the stack of potentials.

All hope is not lost

Just because you don’t fit every single bullet point, doesn’t mean you aren’t qualified. These ‘requirements’ are meant to weed out applicants instead of prevent them from applying. Companies receive hundreds of applications to each job opening (it’s just a fact these days). While going through these hundreds of job openings, it may seem as if you just aren’t good enough or don’t have enough experience to meet the requirements.

On average, women will most likely apply when they meet 80% or more of the job requirements; men however, will apply when they meet only about 50%.

Find several job ads where you meet most of the requirements and begin to that position. You cannot know what the ‘competition’ is writing on their resume much less if it’s even true. All you can do is to describe yourself and the value you will bring to that company in the best way possible.

There will be some job ads out there that require certain certifications and/or licenses. If you do not possess one of these and are applying, don’t get your hopes up. In today’s highly-technical job market some of these certifications, like the Project Management Professional, or CISSP® – Certified Information Systems Security Professional that are essential to performing some job functions. Most job ads will announce somewhere in the description any required certifications.

There are also licenses that are also required for certain positions (Class A License to drive an 18-wheeler, or State Certification to be a practicing Massage Therapist, etc). Without these, in some cases, you will not stand a snowball’s chance in hell of being hired, much less interviewed or given a second glance.

When looking at a job ad, I recommend before getting too much into the day-to-day description of work, scroll down to the bottom where the requirements and qualifications are usually listed to see what they demand of applicants. If you have those skills and certifications, then go for it! Save the job advertisement, being working on your tailored resume, and apply for that job!

However, if you have your heart set on performing one of these jobs and you aren’t as qualified as you feel necessary to get the job, then I HIGHLY recommend getting started right away in whatever classes, courses, education, or training necessary to earn such certifications or licensure.

Good luck!

Semper Discens!

“10 Books” Introduction

Throughout the life of this site, I plan to keep running lists consisting of the top 10 books (in my opinion) that will most benefit you in your path to success during and after your transition. Each of these lists will revolve around some critical aspect of your life now that you are transitioning to the civilian world.

Each of these books I have personally read, some of them many times over, and have taken copious notes and recorded marginalia. I sincerely hope that you gain as much from them as I did, if not more.

Current Lists of ’10 Books’
  • 10 Books For The Transitioning Warrior
  • 10 Books To Prepare You For The Future Of Technology
  • 10 Books to Read for Success in the Business World
  • 10 Books to Help With Dealing With Stress and Struggles of Your Transition

If you have a suggestion for other books or topics in which to make a list of books that I should include in these lists, by all means, let me know.

These books will also be in the complete READING LIST on another page in this site.

Enjoy reading and Semper Discens!

What I’m Currently Reading

Here’s what I’m reading right now to better myself and achieve success.

The Industries of the Future

I’m about half way through and very impressed by this analysis of the various industries that have received a major leap forward in innovation. Currently the book has discussed the advances made in medical technologies and genetics research. The possibilities in the near future for both of these are far beyond mind boggling. If you haven’t heard of the Singularity between Man and Machine, I highly recommend you do a little reading on Ray Kurtzwiel. THIS ARTICLE is a great place to start. As for other industries, Ross also discusses the future of finance and money, being the cornerstone of sovereignty of a nation, the decentralization of currency with innovations like Bitcoin and cryptocurrency, and how technology is establishing new lines of trust between the belief in money and the people who exchange it on a daily basis to do business and to obtain things of value.