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Blog Posts I’d Like to Write

Aaron McHugh

I started a new job two months ago.

At moments I have felt like Dell Griffith from the movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.

I have traveled seven weeks of the past eight.  Here is a quick list:

  • Dallas, TX
  • NYC
  • New Jersey x 3
  • Philadelphia, PA x 2
  • Tulsa, OK x 2
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Corpus Christi, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Moab, UT
  • Chicago, IL

It has been good.  And I’ve had to put some of my sideline projects towards the back burner.

It is different than having four months off from full-time employment.

Last fall I resigned from my job and took some time to breathe.

It was by choice.  I purposed to have some time off.

Some people felt sorry for me as if I was down on my luck.

I guess the abnormal idea of pulling a Tim Ferris and actually taking a few months off work sounds too good to be true outside of a book?

I’ll give you a download on that story.  It is a good one.  That leads into this post.

I’ll invite you into my head

I’ve been thinking through a number of posts I’d like to write and thought I’d publish the list.

A couple of them are near ready to launch and some are only in my head.

Just so that you don’t think I gave up and threw in the towel here are my “Coming Soon” ideas.

How Do I Compete Against Myself?

IDEA:  It’s about working for a competitor to my old company.
Many of my ideas in the previous company are causing me challenges now at my new gig.
I never thought about the challenges of competing with myself.

Straddling the Fence of Success: Family and Work

IDEA: I’ve had numerous conversations recently about the tension of being successful in one or the other world.
Most people rarely get it right in both.  I’d like to flush out some thoughts on how to straddle the fence and succeed in both worlds.

Flush Your Resumes. Create a Professional Portfolio Instead

IDEA: I have an aversion to resumes.  Only because they are bland and boring and part of the conformist approach to career changes.  I have some tested ideas that I can share on converting to a professional portfolio instead.  This one is pretty close to complete.

How I Turned Seven Hours in an Airport into Aloha

IDEA: This one I am stoked about. I was stuck in an airport for seven hours waiting for a flight.  I turned it into a little bit of relief, relaxation and exercise.  I think I spent $60 and it was one of the best time’s I’ve spent in an airport.

Living Life, Observing Life and Commenting on it

IDEA: I find that some people are really good at living life.  Some people only observe life and don’t really participate.  Others are skilled at commenting on life but often on the life of others.  I am a proponent of all three.  I find a challenge in doing all three concurrently.

Why You Shouldn’t Follow the Rules to Build a Platform?

IDEA: I’ve been giving my eBook away for free and plenty of people have counseled me on why I shouldn’t.  I thought it would be helpful to share why you should break the rules of building a Platform.

Podcast: Why Everyone Should Have a Good Failure When You’re Young?

Interview with CEO, Gabriella Calicchio, Walt Disney Family Museum.
I toured the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco in February.
It is phenomenal.   Especially if you have any interest in how ideas come to life.
During the tour, Walt Disney’s voice comes on and he speaks about his early failure in his career that resulted in his first sketches of Mickey Mouse.  Scheduled to release in May

Podcast: Interview with Todd Henry author of Accidental Creative

We are scheduling the interview for later in May.  More details to follow.  Check out his podcast, it’s one of my favorites.

Your Vote?

Would love to hear from you on which of the above titles might capture your attention and interest?

Let’s keep going.

  • Quentin Goin

    Airports can be mildly pleasant or a nightmare. I’m excited to hear your airport ideas! Enjoy the journey.

    • Quentin-We’ve logged a few airports together haven’t we. Here is a couple ideas: plug in earphones to drown out the airport vibe. I have a few playlists I default to that help alter my mood. Walk instead of sit. Drink wine. Get a massage. The rest for the post 🙂 Safe travels.

    • Quentin-We’ve logged a few airports together haven’t we. Here is a couple ideas: plug in earphones to drown out the airport vibe. I have a few playlists I default to that help alter my mood. Walk instead of sit. Drink wine. Get a massage. The rest for the post Safe travels.

  • Anything with aloha in it sounds pretty good to me. I want to hear about what brought you to Des Moines and Moab during your first seven weeks.

    • Bob-Aloha does sound good doesn’t it? Des Moines for a prospective customer visit. Moab was an out and back trip to Canyonlands and Arches N.P. with my 17 year old son. Our annual “Men’s Town” road trip where we visit national parks and dirtbag for a few days.

    • Bob-Aloha does sound good doesn’t it? Des Moines for a prospective customer visit. Moab was an out and back trip to Canyonlands and Arches N.P. with my 17 year old son. Our annual “Men’s Town” road trip where we visit national parks and dirtbag for a few days.

  • Family and work

    • Thanks Andy. was just on your Twitter feed. checking out your recommendations for “Freedom” software. I’m going to take the plunge. Maybe that too will add to my time poor quandary. Family and Work it is.

    • Thanks Andy. was just on your Twitter feed. checking out your recommendations for “Freedom” software. I’m going to take the plunge. Maybe that too will add to my time poor quandary. Family and Work it is.

      • It’s surprisingly effective. You have to power off your computer if you want to get back on the net before the allotted time. Such a great idea.

    • Aaron Johnson

      I’ll second, Andy’s vote.

      • Aaron-I have worked this week on some website improvements and not much on the content. I did buy two new journals. One turned out to have pages that were so thin that ink bled through to page 2. I upgraded to the Sketch book. Hope to start laying down some words on Family and Work this weekend.

  • Turning seven hours at airport into Aloha, and the benefits of early failure. Or um, do you have one one later failure?

  • Mark Chambers

    “Living Life, Observing Life and Commenting on it … I find a challenge in doing all three concurrently.”

    My challenge has been the Commenting on it. I have been watching you do this and want to follow in your steps. Journaling (the predecessor to blogging) has always been a challenge, and now the stakes are upped because it’s public. I’d like to hear some of your nuts and bolts approaches to this.

    • Mark-The commenting part. I find that I can do one or two at a time, but all three is super difficult. Writing in public has taken me some getting used to. At first I was writing only for myself, it just happened to be electronic and not in a journal on my shelf. Then I started wondering “does anybody read this?” That was tough. At first no one but my mom and a couple of friends were interested. The truth is we all have so so so many options for content. Its overwhelming. And we have each gotten really good at filtering out all the crap we don’t want. To actually gain access to someone’s attention is as difficult as I envisioned it to be. The farce is that because something is on the internet and we have social media accounts “its gonna go viral”. I’ve heard that a lot.
      I’m taking the long and faithful route vs. trying to study shortcuts.

      Nuts & Bolts
      I publish almost every week. Occasionally its a bit further apart. I try and write on airplanes, in the morning or right now at Panera Bread waiting to pick up my daughter from gymnastics.

      I deeply believe that investing the small margin of our day over time will yield a harvest.
      Some people post everyday. I simply don’t want to read that much most anyone. So I’d rather approach this as if I was on the receiving end.
      One email a week in my inbox is good.

      I flush out the ideas in a word doc or my journal first. I use Evernote for capturing ideas quickly then synced to computer, iphone, etc.

      It took me a year+ to hone in on a topic: Work. Life. Play. Not sure why it took so long but it fits me well. I tried to comment on relevant topics e.g. Social Media but so many people do and I bet my ideas or observations were not compelling enough to stand out.

      Jeff Goins, Mike Hyatt and others recommend blogging for 6 months in private first to build up a body of content. Then when you Launch it looks like you’ve been at it a while. That happened to me on accident. Mostly because for the first six months, I had 10 readers 🙂

      Hope those thoughts help Mark. Happy to chat over a beer. Since you’re my 11th reader.
      A-