Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Five Quickest Ways To Fail

Nowadays we are bombarded by a plethora of advice on how to live our careers, our lives, our relationships. No one welcomes the idea of being a failure in any of these three aspects. But although you may hear a multitude of often controversial how to be "awesome" advice, you may not always hear the fastest road to failure.

That is why I am going to spell it out for you, in five different varieties.

  • Compare and Contrast. No matter how much you've heard this before, comparing yourself to someone else as a ruler to measure up to will send you flying to the finish line of the loser race. You are not the other person/company/business. You will have different abilities, values, outlooks and perspectives. What works for you may not work them, and vice versa. Instead of looking to someone as a pattern to follow, try learning their style and then staying on the opposite lane of it. After all, customers don't want two identical places to shop, they want variety. So offer it. 
  • Don't Be A Copy Cat. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, they say? Nonsense. Imitation is the biggest facade for lack of creativity. If you like somebody's idea, don't just steal it and try to cover your sources, honor the originator by giving them credit for whatever ideas you borrowed, and then add your own twist to it. No one likes a copy cat. Again, NO ONE likes a Copy Cat. 
  • Laziness. Nothing in life is free. It always has a cost, whether its money, time, energy or thought. Don't start a project without drive, and don't drive without inspiration. Have you ever started to read a book and fell asleep on line three of page two? It's probably because the book lacked a brilliant plot, and the thing with brilliant plots in life, is that they require imagination. Do you really care about your business/life/relationships? Then start cranking the wheels of imagination and then put them into action. 
  • Giving Up. All roads in life have bumps, narrow parts, and even the occasional pothole. What you do when you reach this point is what will make you or break you. The time to shine comes when you know you may lose, but you give it your best, and prepare for the worst. Granted, it's easy to say you manage, but when a breaking point stands before you as a looming obstacle, what will be your course of action? The strength to move forward, to persevere, even  though this may mean sometimes admitting your own mistakes- shows true character and credibility. And that makes you stand out from the crowd.
  • Fear  There's no way around it. You have to take risks. Or better yet, take risks you can live with. How else would have Avatar made it huge on the big screens or Star Wars into a classic? You don't think their peers looked over, jeered, or even mocked them until there was no tomorrow? Life is about taking risks to stay fresh- to prove interesting at every bend. So take a couple you are comfortable with. Whether they work or not in the long run, at least you will have gained expertise until you find your comfortable footing and the groove that works for your career/company/life.
Remember, never sacrifice honor to be an imitator. We don't want to see you be the exact replica of someone else. We want you to wow us by just being YOU. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Changes and Reflections

Its been nearly a year since I started this blog, which I began as a writing exercise that transmuted into extra income. That idea was shot smoothly and swiftly by the cannon of Google's reality when I realized google ads are not exactly your local Fort Knox. After inventing and reinventing my blog, reading and sighing, and rewriting, I have to say, I'm on a different path now than when I started. Which is not necessarily a bad thing.

It's just how life goes, typically. Yet I've realized it's time for a change. A different direction, or course of action. No, I'm not going to start watching reality TV or dying my hair blonde. But before I elaborate on that, let me take you behind the scenes to the place where the wheels churn in the general direction of forward and occasionally take me somewhere amazing.

Once upon a blue moon, we come across that person in life we wish we could emulate. For artists, its big-name painters, like Picasso and Monet. For aspiring entrepreneurs, its Steve Jobs or Donald Trump. And for writers like myself, its Amber Naslund of Radian Six and Scott over at Scott's Tip of The Day. (You will hear more about this in a later segment) Its not that we don't think what we write is okay, or even sometimes pretty good. But I'm sure every blogger/writer has stopped at some point and marveled at the ability others (like Naslund) have that has audiences agreeing and impelled to respond and interact. Naslund makes it seem effortless to spoon out gold post after gold post that is clear, stimulating, and refreshing.

Granted, most great, seasoned writers aren't little shrimp like yours truly that swype fleeting ideas on their color note app between anatomy and civics and later embellish them on computer. But still. They weren't always wooing crowds, were they? I mean its only logical to assume that they had their journey of trial and error, of crickets chirping in the background, of backhand compliments of even the most well intentioned people. Right? RIGHT?..

So in honor of this really long spiel none out of none people will relate to, I will begin phase two of my blog's life. A more digital marketing focused, semi-serious journalism and reflection blend with the typical nina twist of snarky sarcastic wit. That doesn't mean the doodles are going away, after all, this blog remains  an outlet to the big opinions I can't keep inside my narrow brain. It just means there will be more of a variety and (hopefully) depth to this blog that mocking people with sketches just doesn't portray.
But don't get me wrong, mocking people is a wonderful skill to have. I have yet to read a post from Scott that at its worst wouldn't make me chuckle, and at its best make me tear up and pee on myself simultaneously. So what will be new on Nina vs The World?
Three Segments, titled:

  • Have you heard? Analyzing news, pop culture, foods, trends and up and coming people. 
  • Catching up with.. A brief, laid back interview with someone I admire or am intrigued by.
  • I wish I was like.. A moment of modesty when I forget I'm the most amazing person ever and shine the light on someone else.
Nina vs ____ will continue to be the weekly post, with my usual sardonic irony and unnecessary use of adverbs and multi-syllable words tied together with a lackluster .bmp. What can I say? Old habits are hard to break.
In addition to spinning off these three segments, I'll still throw a random pic-log here and there, as I noticed you guys like a break between wordy, confusing blog posts. 
And so I'm not sure how to end this mammoth blog post, so I guess here will be fine.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Nina vs Pitbull vs Lohan

I usually don't follow the media- but this little gold nugget of randomness was just too good to pass by.  So apparently, "Locked Up" Lohan is suing Pitbull because of his "derogatory defamatory' reference to her in his hit song "Give Me Everything" which he states the following: “Hustlers move aside, so I’m tiptoein’, to keep flowin’ / I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan.” 

So, I'm not a Pitbull fan, in case you guys hadn't noticed, and I really could not care less for Lohan- her Disney days are over and now she's just a nuisance. In fact, there's talk about her being the next Winehouse and joining the Down Under Botanical Gardens pretty soon, if you catch my drift. But it just trips me up that she even got a lawyer to make it this big illusion that she's hurt over Pitbull slandering her name. 

Seriously? Why don't you just cut to the chase? You're a has-been that is super broke because of her uncontrollable alcohol and drug problems, with no job prospects whom gets a kick of out being the seasonal kleptomaniac. I think you've done a pretty fine job of slandering your name, all by yourself. And now you see this as a golden opportunity to milk Pitbull, who makes loads of money by relieving himself on every good beat out there. Personally, I think things would go better for your career if you partnered up with Pitbull, and asked him to pay you to be yourself- the ditzy idiot- playing out your antics on his music video.

And Pitbull, that'll teach you to keep making weak rhymes using every popular celebrity name and products  for placement.