Satisficers dot com

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Yet another blog/website I've kept on the back burner for quite some time is Satisficers.com

I stumbled on the concept of "satisficing" almost by mistake and have since LOVED applying the concept to my life.

Originally I heard about the idea from my mentor, author, and informational product guru Eben Pagan.  The concept is that rather than make yourself miserable in life by trying to "Optimize" every decision in life, including purchasing decision, you "Satisfice" .

Satisfy your needs, Sacrifice confusion (or maybe not getting every bell and whistle).

The great example that Eben Pagan gives, is that rather than spending months and years reaching which laptop to purchase, you go out buy the one that will meet your needs and be done with it.

Optimizers will do the opposite.  They're research and research and then they'll FINALLY make a decision and end having buyers remorse because they believed there's something better out there (which there always will be if you search for it).  This leads to a feeling of never satisfied with ANYTHING in life.

In my own life I'm making more decisions quickly and satisficing for my needs rather than measure things to misery.

Make a decision and move on to the next one.

Therefore rather than posting an endless list of things that fall under this category I thought it would be neato to create a separate website for such a following of people that vibe with that same philosophy (or parking that URL sonofabitch ).

I will carry forward relevant content.  Please follow and check in periodically to Satisficers.com for biased advice and propaganda.

Day 31: No complaints or swearing for 30 Days! – FAIL

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Well it's been 30 Days and I have to admit this experiment was literally a failure from Day 1.

Wishful thinking it's difficult to break a bad habit, especially losing my shit and swearing.  Please take note of the irony of previous sentence.

Stress at work; fights with my fiancee; allowing stupid people  to push my buttons.  It was moment after another of me turning into the Incredible HULK.  I also realized that when I'm around the lads I drop F-bombs and curse as part of my testosterone expression.  I'd be cursing just to empathize when a colleague or buddy would be venting or bitching around something to me.

Fuuucckkk...yeah man, that sucks.  Fuck it, don't worry about that kind of donkey shit.

Thinking about how to "succeed" at this challenge I've decided a perhaps more productive experiment would be 30 Days of gratitude.  Trying to STOP something is MORE difficult than DOING something else in place.

Therefore I'm going to do a VERY simple gratitude entry every day about something I'm grateful in my life.  I'll do my best to make it interesting.  Check out 30journey.com  to see if I'll follow through.

For my epic failure I'm donating $30 to PETA.  I know I originally said $5 for EVERY VIOLATION...but my Andrew Dice Clay days would make me declare bankruptcy.

Therefore I changed the rules for myself (imagine that) and made it $1 a day that I violated.   Yes, a total cop out...but it's my game dammit!

Day 1: No complaints or swearing for 30 Days!

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I've decided to start up my other blog, 30journey.com

Great minds think alike.

or more accurately...

Great minds steal alike.

I originally thought of 30journey.com after falling in love with watching Morgan Spurlock's 30 Days TV series.  Essentially taking someone and putting them in a situation they normally wouldn't be in for 30 days.  E.g. Morgan and his wife at the time trying to live on minimum wage for 30 days; or him going to prison for 30 days; an atheist living with a Christian family for 30 days.  I highly recommend it!

Recently I watched a TED talk by Matt Cutts who actually put into action the same idea I was "stewing" over.

Now inspired I'm taking this one on: No complaints or swearing for 30 Days!

BMC Remedy Sucks! – And Here’s Why

BMC Remedy = Bad First Impression

We've recently been requested to use BMC Remedy for incident management at work.  While I have experience with some other z/OS products from BMC -  it's shocking that Remedy is probably their most known product that generates revenue and yet so evil and all thesaurus words stemming from evil.

My verdict? Not a good solution, and here's why.

"Where's the ahhhh...."

Looks as though the person that made the initial macro (meaning the user interface to open tickets) included everything except the relevant information.

This is probably not Remedy's fault...but GUILTY for allowing such a monstrosity to occur.

I have a theory why Google, Apple, and even Facebook became giants.  They had clean solutions.

While there certainly other search engines that were in the market first; and cheaper PCs more powerful than Macs; and several MySpace and goofy social sites...

They were all cluttered!

When you needed to find the symptoms for that venereal disease A-SAP... you didn't have time to get sidetracked by horoscopes and lotto numbers.

That's why Google became the go to search engine.  One text field, and two buttons.

BMC Remedy would be the early version of Yahoo! or some other forsaken search engine...clutter with crap.

(Again, might not be Remedy that gave this defected default Trouble Ticket screen.)

Error message are not that useful

BMC Remedy Error

I've spent the last 15 mins trying to close a ticket to status "RESOLVED".   Now even though the incident has been resolved several months ago I will forever to haunted by people in theme of asking me why I didn't receive the memo about the TPS Reports.

 

The Irony is Captured

I just had to create a Trouble Ticket with Remedy asking how to close a Trouble Ticket in Remedy.  This might be considered a Level 2 support ticket.

 

I could rant on and on the ills and downfalls of BMC Remedy but that'd be counter productive.

If your organization is thinking about implementing BMC Remedy at least inquiry about the alternatives!

Please support GOOD SOFTWARE STANDARDS!

Passed my ITIL Foundations Exam

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I have just passed my ITIL Foundations exam...and boy was it close!

65% is what is required for the 40 question multiple choice exam.

68% is what I walked away with.

Although as Joe, my online proctor said after, "Passing is passing."

How I Passed

I signed up quite a few months ago to an online self-directed ITIL course from ThoughtRock. Some of my colleagues at work have used other ITIL training from vendors such as EMC2, or taken overpriced in-class courses.

(Disclaimer: From personal observation I noticed more colleagues that used self-directed courses seem to have a lower passing grade than expensive in-class courses. Yes, myself included.)

ThoughtRock is great because it includes the exam you can do online. This is done through Loyalist which you can schedule and reschedule when you want to take the exam. The proctor will take over your computer and after photo ID verification and using the webcam to show your test area is clear of notes you begin the teat and the clock counts down.

Since they see what your screen is showing, monitor your webcam and mic, and whether your eyes are on screen the whole time...its a little intense. During the test I was asked not to read the questions out loud to myself. 😛

How I Studied

I kept putting off studying always to the end of working days, which I would always be mentally exhausted to attempt. Finally I received notification that my ThoughtRock training account was going to expire and I would have to pony up more funds just keep it open for addition time (I honestly cannot remember is it was a 30 or 60 day extension).

I bought the extension, requested from my boss some study time at home, and finally buckled down. CBTs (Computer Based Training) can be brutal!

Overall the pace of ThoughtRock was within my tolerance. Near the end I was able to mute the movie trailer narrator's voice and read faster to cover the material in the time I allotted. I give credit to Scott H. Young's MIT Challenge for speeding up the pace.

As I chewed through the training I busted out the Crayons and all different types of colourful pens and highlighters to make rememberable illustrations within my notes.

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This might seem juvenial but this helped me remember abstract list of things. Credit to Joshua Foer's TED talk for making feats of memory a piece of cake.

Can't really say the material I illustrated was covered extensively on the test, but I'll always remember that information and it was certainly fun!

Here's some very odd and ridiculous illustrations in my notes that burned information into my memory. The more raunchier and more ridiculous the better! (Sloppyright paulywill.com)

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As always it helped to have a little coffee and encouragement from Kristen!

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Profitable Brand-Building & Marketing Made Easy

Eben Pagan has just released a new free report that shares 4 powerful steps to build your brand and market your products and services.

  1. The two types of branding - and why most companies use the WRONG one when they spend money to market themselves
  2. What branding actually is, and how it works on a psychological and emotional level
  3. How to combine your direct marketing and branding together - to make both a lot more powerful
  4. How to use these strategies to get a lot more customers, grow your business, and also grow your profit and income

The report also comes with a couple of PDF exercise downloads, and a video from Eben walking you through the steps to identifying your own brand “hot buttons” and using the strategies to build your brand and your sales.

You can get it all here by just opting-in:

Free report

Go download and read the report now, and learn how to profitably brand and market your products and services.

 

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“The Art Of Entrepreneurial Productivity”

Eben Pagan has just released a new report and video teaching the 5 steps to increase your productivity as an entrepreneur.

Always amazing free content, I highly recommend that you read it and watch the video if you want to learn how to increase the results and profit in your business.

You can download the report and watch the video for free by opting-in here:

5 Steps To Increase Business Productivity & Profit

Productivity for us entrepreneurs is about doing the things that increase the growth and profit of our businesses, so we can increase our income.

Eben walks through five powerful steps:

  1. See the hidden obstacles that get in the way of
    business productivity and profit (many of these are
    actually emotional, so we don’t even notice them)
  2. Identify the specific actions inside of your own
    business that result in growth and profit
  3. Create an environment that puts you into the “flow”
    state and almost forces you to do the things that
    result in making higher income
  4. Inspire and motivate yourself emotionally, to focus
    all of your energy on doing those things that grow
    your business and the money you get from it
  5. Productivity is a bigger and bigger challenge -
    especially for entrepreneurs who work in a connected
    world.

This report and video lesson will show you how to really increase your business productivity, your growth, and your profit.

Again, you can get the report and video for free by just opting-in here:

 5 Steps To Increase Business Productivity & Profit

A quick tip: Read the report and then print out the two exercises that go along with it before you watch the video - because the video walks you through the steps in the exercises, and it will save you some time if you already have them printed out.

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