Kevin Gates

“Intellectually, I’m an introvert but it comes off as aggression…I’m an imperfect perfection”

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The curious case of BRB

“Dinners ready, BRB”

Back in the day, when I’d spend my evening speaking to babes on MSN messenger, we were fluent in the early format of emoji -the acronym. 

ASL, LOL, LMAO were all forced on us due to tight character limits on expensive text messages.

This then infiltrated any place where we typed.

There were pocket sized books in text language that we all got for Christmas, articles in newspapers about the decline of literacy standards and a whole generation growing up getting used to symbolism for language.

With the advancement in mobile tech, emojis are visualisation of this but we have lost one of the most emotive acronyms- BRB.

Be right back. 

I’m just popping away from my device, I’ll be back to give you my attention shortly.

Now we are always connected and so time-to-reply is a social currency and also a source of anxiety. 

Don’t lose the human touch for the sake of gamification that tech and always on has brought us. 

It’s what other people think

There was a debate about the professionalism of tattoos on 5 Live yesterday.
As is the case with all call in shows, they say something contentious and get opinionated idiots on to rile other people and make content.

Every single person argued it from their POV. 

A religious teacher who thinks they do not represent anything about who he is.

An old man who thinks they look cheap. 

The only person who got it was the person I’m charge of employment for the Police.

The Police have the problem that they cannot employ people with visible tattoos, on hands, face and neck.

With a third of young people having tattoos, this drastically reduces the talent pool.

On one hand they would represent the world they operate in. 

On the other people will judge and it will change how they react to you.

You can control as much as you can, but you cannot control how others will react- and they will react.

Do something different 

Part of psycho-Geography is the practise of noticing a particular colour in a journey you normally take for granted. 

Just how Pokemon Go brought local points of interest to your attention, so will looking for things in the ordinary.

One of my favourite quotes ever is ‘walk until your day becomes interesting’.

Do something different this bank holiday weekend, and make your life interesting.  

Control what you can, forget the rest 

When beung unterviewed by the BBC, one of the Olympic cyclists was asked what she thought the impact of the Germans switching the chain and gearing to the atypical side of the bike would be.

‘It’s interesting but nothing I can control, so I’m just focusing on what is in my control.’ She replied.

A wonderful insight to a winning culture that has dominated the Olympics multiple times now.

There will always be the appearance that you can force things to happen, slyly make things happen and control things that are another person’s responsibility.  

You can’t make.people listen and you cannot make people act. 

If you try to control what is outside your circle of influence, you will only get frustrated, angry and stressed. 

Control what you can, don’t stress about what you can’t and work on growing your circle of influence.

Loyalty has its disadvantages 

Professionally speaking, loyalty should not be a priority.

You are in a business relationship, where your employer is buying a product from you for what should be fair pay.

Will they replace you if someone better is avaliable and cheaper?

It would be poor business not to.

Remember what your ultimate goal is and what the goal of your employer is.

If the two match in scale of ambition, wonderful.

If not, you owe nothing to no-one.

Success through others

Unfortunately you never advance solely on your own work.

Success comes through others.

How you make them feel.

How you make them look.

How you make their work better.

Until you are in total control of your own advancement, it will be owned by others, so succeed through them.