Reflection before Changes

February 28, 2007

Over at his blog, Alan has some great thoughts on reflection. From the post:

But there comes moments in all of our lives where we stop and want to bookmark where we are and reflect on who, what and why we do what we do. I am having a weekend like that this weekend.

I, too, have been reflecting a lot lately. For me, it happens most often when I sense impending changes in my life. With the new book project and a few other things percolating (but not yet finished), I have found myself reflecting a lot lately on my life and where I’m going.

I can relate to much of what Alan said – I am lucky to have a wife (of almost a year) and great friends and supporters around me. (Some of whom I email far too infrequently… you know who you are, and I promise to write soon).

What I find most interesting is that I’m “eating my own dog food”, so to speak – many of my reflections have come by working through the games in my own book. And they have been incredibly helpful in answering the question: “where do I want to go in my life? Who do I want to be? And who do I want to be surrounded by?

Those answers have been somewhat interesting, and some of them haven’t been what I expected.

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“Forget the Parachute” first book review…

February 15, 2007

I was pretty excited when I released my first big ebook project called Forget the Parachute, Let Me Fly the Plane. And I was even more excited when one of my favorite bloggers, Jason Alba was willing to read a pre-release copy.

When I asked him for his thoughts on the book, I never expected that he’d actually review the book on his blog. And I really never thought that Jason would like it as much as he did. From the post:

I knew it was coming but didn’t really know how involved it was going to be. I’m guessing he is the first IT security expert to write a book on career management, and I wasn’t sure what he’d have to say. Anything new? How to get security geeks to network? Industry specific stuff? Nothing of the sort. This was literally a book that I had a hard time putting down – I’ll tell you why.

Go check out the rest of Jason’s review, and then go download the introduction of the book for free. The introduction is worth infinitely more than you’ll pay for it.

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Free Teleseminar Series

February 10, 2007

Nope, not my own. (Though you can expect some news on the ramp up of the teleseminars and podcasts again in the next few days… I’ve podfaded over the first part of 2007, and it’s time to get it back together).

This one is being sponsored by Jason Alba of Jibber Jobber fame and Steven over at, and I’m super-excited about it. I’m already signed up, because the guest is someone whose work I’ve really been admiring lately (especially since we’ve been writing on the same topic): Susan Strayer, who recently published her own book on the topic of having a rewarding and amazing career called The Right Job Right Now.

I haven’t read the book yet, but based on Kent’s glowing review, I’m not going to be waiting long. And I’m really excited to hear Susan speak on the teleseminar series.

So, head on over to the JJ website and sign up if you haven’t already. Seriously, it’s going to be, as they say up here in the northeast, wicked fun.

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It’s Live

February 5, 2007

So, after much work, writing, copy editing and many long nights, I’m excited to announce that you can finally purchase Forget the Parachute, Let Me Fly the Plane on line. I’m pretty excited about the book, because the feedback has been amazing so far – everyone who has read it has had good things to say.

I put some of the comments I’ve had about it on the website. You should check them out.

So, go download the introduction (it’s free) and drop me an email to let me know what you think.

Now that the book is out, you can expect more regular posts and content to be back here, and that starts this week. I’m at RSA this week, where I’m speaking twice and looking forward to seeing all of the vendors. I’ll be posting somewhat regularly with thoughts, impressions and pictures from the show.

If you’re at the show and you see me, come say hi.

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