Sunday, November 19, 2006

Your daily insight

I have been called a number of things throughout my 27 years on earth (yep, I am 27 years old), I won't repeat some of them and would rather forget others. One thing I have actually been called is wise and insightful. I don't remember who had said that but I feel the need to thank that person should I remember who it was.

With that being said, I like to offer up opinions and advice. Some of it is actually helpful and constructive while the rest is sarcastic and often-times offensive. The helpful advice is what I like to think I do best. I am not trying to blow my own horn but I don't want anyone else's lips on my horn. I think with my head in the clouds. It comes with the territory of being in the creative field. It's what I do best.

My thoughts, as my wife will attest to, are often simply insane. The ideas are far-fetched if not downright impossible. I have random outbursts that would have the neighbor believe that we argue, alot. To the contrary, though, I am just loud. My good friend Adam has called me the loudest person he knows. Some people would see that as a wakeup call but I take it as a compliment.

Compliments, though, are something that are hard to come by in today's world. Often at work, when the day drags on with nothing more than repetitive string of changes and 'corrections' that serve to do nothing more than flex the ego of the customers, a person can feel beaten down. It wears me down. I go home as a shell of what I was when I left in the morning. That is part of what is wrong in America today.

Everyone has an opinion and everyone feels that their opinion is correct. Opinions are subjective thankfully and defining right and wrong in the form of opinions is as tough as killing a housefly with a blowdart. I saw Ted Koppel interviewed last night about Iran. I felt he was extremely knowledgeable about the topic but others would see him as a blowhard and a media tool. I would then argue my side and they would argue their's and it would solve nothing because neither side would budge.

Everyone's ideas at least deserve to be heard if presented in a mature manner. I wouldn't listen to someone pounding their fists while speaking if they weren't well-spoken and comprehensible. Speak fluently and in complete sentences and you can pound your fists all day. Speak like Arizona Cardinals coach Denny Green after their Monday night loss to the Chicago Bears and you lose credibility. You present yourself as an angry lunatic and don't deserve to even be listened to. People see that as a weakness and then will further poke at what sets you off, making for fodder in the news.

But what does any of this have to do with anything? It's simple, really. Customers are what makes my world tick. Without them, and the people selling to them, I would be unemployed. It is the giant wheel of consumerism and consumption that keeps me gainfully employed. However, those customers are also ego maniacs and control freaks. More often than not, they have no idea what they want until they see something then they know that isn't what they want at all.

Hey, it's only time but I'm busy so if I am going to spend hours of time on your project that costs you money, say what's on your mind right away and if you don't, be courteous and don't come off as screechy and yelly when you present your utter disdain for what was done. It's all about karma -- what goes around comes around. Remember, too, that not everyone takes things as lightly as I do. I am always doing what is best for the customers, whether they choose that is up to them.

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