How Did The 80’s Affect You? (please comment!!!)

KeepCalm80sIn the 1980’s, the world was introduced to so many new things: CDs, MTV, Sony walkman, Pac-Man, VCRs, PCs, the Apple Mac, and by 1989, Tim Berners-Lee was getting started on a new invention he called the “World Wide Web”.

With that said, I NEED YOUR HELP!!!! 

I want your inputs on all the things that stand out when you think about your memories of life in the 80’s.  I need your memories to be things that people remember (e.g. Alf, Pac Man, cassettes, Back to the Future, Rubik’s cubes, hair-bands, Swatch watches, etc).

I will give you some help as you reminisce:

  • What was your favorite song from the 80’s?
  • What was your favorite musical group?
  • What are your favorite electronic ‘gadget’?
  • What games did you like?
  • What was your favorite movie?
  • What is your favorite quote (either from movie, song, or book) from the 80’s?
  • What 80’s song/movie/title/quote most accurately describes your day to day life at work?

I’m pulling this information together to support an article and presentation I am doing this year.  Please comment below and let me know what you remember the most!!

Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts with me!!!

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One Day

Preface to this blog post:  I originally wrote this blog to submit to Jim Norman, the President of The Zig Ziglar Foundation, who in turn told me that I took too long to meet my submission committment.  He was right about that.  I procrastinated and didn’t follow my motto to “DWYSYWD” (Do What You Said You Would DO).  However, Jim also told me that it had no substance and that he wasn’t interested in wanna-be speakers.  My  hope is that this means more to you, my followers, than it did to Mr. Norman.

ONE DAY 

One day you will regret all the time you missed to spend time with your kids as they were growing up.  The potential memories you can build with them will go with them for years, and will very likely make them parents that share the same experiences with their children. 

One day you will regret the hours you spent at work doing little things that had nothing to do with your career or the growth of the company.  Examine your contributions, determine if you are helping yourself or your company, and if you think you are not, then rebuild your game plan.

One day you will wish you had spent time with your parents when they were younger and alive.  You will think of hundreds of questions you should have asked them.  And it will be too late to turn back time when you realize this.

One day you will wonder why you procrastinated on your dreams, and allowed other low priority tasks keep you from doing at least one thing every day to move you further toward your ultimate goals.  Have you been known to focus on all of the lower priority things because they are easier to do?  Don’t ruin your opportunity to do something magical and important by allowing yourself to procrastinate.

One day you will recognize the impact that you could have had in someone’s life.  Many people are looking for that one role model, that one example to follow.  Don’t let fear or lack of confidence hold you back from being the one that someone thinks of when they say “they changed my life”.  Leave a legacy.

But I have good news for you……

One day is all that it takes to change the time you spend with your kids.

One day is all that it takes to assess your contributions to your company and your career.

One day is all that it takes to call that parent, have dinner with them, or give them a visit.

One day is all that it takes to document your dreams and begin working on them in priority.

One day is all that it takes to show someone you care and give them a helping hand.

One day you will realize that every day is a blessing.  Zig Ziglar once said “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem.  We all have twenty-four hour days”.

One day, this will all make sense to you.  Don’t waste your time.  Get started!

Please Take this Quick Test Metrics & Measurement Survey!!

Calling all Testing Professionals and Practitioners……

I need your inputs for a very short survey I am conducting on Test Metrics & Measurement.

Please share this link on your social networks, with all of your friends, and ask them to take this survey!  We will be doing this for the next 3 weeks – with plans to wrap up before end of February and begin tallying the results.

Here is the link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MikeLylesMetricsSurvey

Who Will Win Superbowl XLVIII?

It’s almost time for kickoff of Superbowl XLVIII (48 for those that are Roman Numeral illiterate).  As the Denver Broncos take the field for the AFC and the Seattle Seahawks take the field for the NFC, many people will be gathering around the stadium in New York, as well as around their televisions to watch the event.  Parties will be taking place, and fans of these teams will be happy or sad by the time the game is over.  Fantasy football will be at it’s peak, with the winners showing their pride in selecting the right team for their season.

But for me, it’s one of the first times that I do not care who wins.  In so many years past, I have either had a team there that I really wanted to see win the game, or, in many cases, there may have been a team I really did NOT want to win the game (that has happened a lot lately).

But as these two teams take the field, I see myself sitting back and just enjoying the game of football.  I get to enjoy just watching two teams go head to head for the Vince Lombardi Superbowl Trophy, and be happy or sad based on who wins it.  I have been known to be superstitious about the fact that I can control the win or loss of a team, simply by ‘willing’ the team to win or ‘wishing against’ the team I hope will lose.  There are now some very funny commercials about football superstitions  (“It’s only weird if it doesn’t work!”).

I thought about this over the weekend, and it struck me as a great metaphor for how we should look at events in our day to day life.  Too many times we position our lives as if it is the Superbowl and we are ‘required’ to pick a team we want to win or a team we hope will lose.  We see events at work or in our personal lives as ones in which we must either win or lose – and there will be no room for a break even, or even a win-win situation.

My challenge to each of you, is to step back and examine how you approach each event in your daily life.  Are you struggling with everything that is going on?  Are you trying to drive things to a win at all costs?  Are you subconsciously wishing for someone to lose?  If so, think about the situation – is it truly important?  Take yourself out 6 months, 1 year, 5 years and ask yourself if this is really important enough to be anxious, losing sleep, or worried about.

So as I sit back and relax with no tension for a team to win or lose, I ask you the following… what can you sit back and relax about tomorrow, this week? or this month?  What things can you stop worrying about and let the ‘game of life’ take it’s course.  Focus on the important things.  There are many things in which you MUST worry, and you MUST win at.  But that list of things is probably much shorter than the one you are carrying with you right now.

Work the list.  Everyday is a new kickoff and it starts off with 1st down and 10 yards to do.  It’s your decision how you plan the plays to be successful.

Enjoy your game!

My latest article in Tea Time With Testers Magazine

I’m very fortunate to have been asked again to write another article in the Dec/Jan edition of Tea Time with Testers.

This month was my 2nd installment of a two part series called “Are You Smarter than a Test Manager?’

I hope you take a look as we explore the many inputs I received from hundreds of testing professionals in a survey I took on test management.

Go to the website where you can download the latest free copy of this months magazine!!

Here is the link:
http://www.teatimewithtesters.com/#!

Thanks for following my work!!!