Cleaning Appt

For the first time I did not get talked to about my flossing, and guess what… I actually have not been flossing more than my usual twice a week… so what changed. Mouthwash, twice a day has actually improved the health of my mouth per my hygienist!

That is the Logtar tip of the day. Move along.

No Title Friday Feast

What is your favorite carnival/amusement park ride?
Any kind of roller coaster, the faster and higher the better :)

How do you react in uncomfortable social situations?
I talk more, and since I already talk a lot that is saying something.

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how much do you enjoy discussing deep, philosophical topics?
100. I enjoy nothing more than a good conversation about the meaning of life. Seriously, I love it.

Main Course

Did you get a flu shot this year? If not, do you plan to?
No and neVer… I get my flu airborne like everyone should.

Approximately how many hours per week do you spend watching television?
Depends on Gilmore Girls… this week is like a record, like 30, like totally cool.

Work Ethic

The generation entering the workforce has the wrong ideas. I am going to make the cut off pretty simple. If you played sports as a little kid and they did not keep score you are in the demographic I am talking about. Lets refer to them as the generation of non-losers.

When I went to high school I could point out every single burn out. I knew that most of them were going to skip college and just spend the next 5 years hanging out at the bowling alley. They will years later wake up from the stupor and do something with their lives. Some of them never did, some of them did some college but could not kick the slacker habits. Those kids to me were trying to get their parents to pay attention to them… now fast forward a little bit to the kids that their parents spoiled because they paid too much attention to them.

I know it sounds a little crazy, but I do think that the overprotective parents that never let their kids lose might have ruined them for the workforce.

I have seen this trend more and more in recent years. Kids come out of college expecting to make more money than those people that have the experience just because their degree is on the latest technology. They feel a level of entitlement that is at times a little scary. This gap is even bigger when they work for a baby boomer who is used to a totally different type of work ethic.

Most kids in these generation want an almost equal amount of play for the time the put into work. Places like google and flickr show a “fun” work environment where the dorm room mentality extends to the workplace. So what happens to everyone else that is not lucky enough to work for one of those avant-garde companies?

First they are totally unhappy because their expectations are not met. Then they become very bitter towards a place that has a ladder they need to climb. They have been told over and over how smart they are and do not seem to grasp the concept of experience and hard work seems to baffle them.

In the era of shortcuts and user friendly someone forgot to write the manual to corporate America in a language the new generation can understand. It is almost like a company has to have a facebook profile reminding the kids that you have to get to work on time, and that they might even have to work weekends.

Mediocrity and failure were never rewarded when I was growing up. Being average was almost as bad as being a failure at times, but to some of the generations now that is actually a pretty good goal. Getting a C is not just a passing grade, it is something you are content with. Those principles do not work on the real world. An accounting mistake costing your company a couple of hundred thousand dollars is not an ups, but a pink slip. Some of the kids today actually think that would be harsh, everyone should be allowed at least one mistake… right?

How can we help this new generation? Do we create a myspace profile on how to not get fired? Do we make the next WOW or Halo 4 not playable between the hours of 9-5? How can they learn about work ethic? How can we bridge this gap?

Most of these kids grew up thinking that their parents worked way too hard and they should not have to do the same. So how do you sell them the idea that hard work is actually rewarding beyond having just a paycheck?

A new niche of motivational speakers is growing, and the surprising thing is that is not just targeted at the kids but at the employers to make their work environments not fall pray to the new job hopping workforce. I am not sure on what side I really stand just yet, but I do know that experience was something I did not understand very well until I worked for 10 years on the same field.

Take the mask off

Last night I got to see Blue Man Group for the second time in my life. Even thought this one was more rock concert than theater it was still an excellent time. I also got to share it with people that had never seen it before and they seemed to enjoy it. I love the sense of collaboration that Blue Man Group put into their show, they make their band and audience a part of the whole show. Even though they did not use the screen text as much as in the theater show they still had inside jokes for those people paying attention.

It was my first time experiencing Mike Relm. If you have ever seen Office Space, you need to check out the you tube of the “O” face by him, its a freaking riot. He kind of opened the show for Blue Man, but also came back during one of the songs.

Blue Man’s message is a simple one, its called “Follow Your Bliss.” Here is a little background

BILL MOYERS: “Do you ever have the sense of… being helped by hidden hands?”

JOSEPH CAMPBELL: “All the time. It is miraculous. I even have a superstition that has grown on me as a result of invisible hands coming all the time – namely, that if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”

While you digest Campbell’s response think of why I really think that Blue Man Group is a show that attempts to change the way you think. On an interview with the creators they mentioned how kids always get to draw and color, but as we grow up only some people get to use that form of expression. Furthermore, I think that many of us cut our creative outlets and put them aside to fit our money making skills in the forefront. Not many people make a conscious effort to come home every night and start drawing, painting or writing music or poetry. Even a lesser number I think come home every night to connect spiritually with their family, God, earth or whatever is they believe on.

For so long I have tried to make friends with people that did not deserve that title. I have talked about a couple of the people that I lost as friends in the past, that at the time seemed to create emotional void. Since moving to KC I have found a new way to make friends and inadvertently it involved following my bliss. I have really embraced my inner philosopher and made a great friend with Tom who truly has changed my way of thinking in many ways, I embraced my inner anime fan and met Biancka, Scott and Tim whom I have had some of the coolest times enjoying that hobbie, I embraced my inner sport fan and met Corey and I am now even playing in a soccer league.

In the past I had tried so hard to make friends with people that I encountered but really had nothing in common with me. I thought that my desire to establish a relationship would be enough, but in reality that is something that only goes as far as I am willing to work on it. I think that to make true friendships we have to take off our mask and show our real emotions. Of all the people I have met in my life, those that I still keep in contact with are the ones that had the chance to know the real me without the mask.

We all put a mask to go into work every single day, we have to be professionals that adhere to a series of norms. Once we leave that environment it is very simple to still think on those terms and simply put another mask on to interact on the next situation. I think it is time for everyone to follow our bliss and start living the life we are supposed to live.

I think blogs are doing just that, helping us all take off our masks. While many might think that the face behind the blog is just another mask we put on, I believe this form of expression in many ways can be considered one of the closest thing we can come to show one of our true faces. Even the most serious pundit is still expressing something inside their inner persona, even when created they are sharing that imaginary friend with potentially millions of people. Even this weird post right now that seems to be going nowhere is going to be read and maybe touch someone, I believe that is true power.

In the end all that Blue Man Group try to do is to connect with their audience and hope that in the outside they also do the same. While my message is a little more specific as in, connect but with the right people, it is still one of love. I think that we have a limited time on this earth and we should spend it with the people that are worthy of it. Hopefully this post made you think, so please comment and let me know.

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