The Day the Apple Fell

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Dear Apple,

We had a good run.  It’s hard to express how disappointed I am.  I truly thought you cared.  I was wrong.  I get it now.

It began in 2007.  One of the most exciting days in 2007 was the day the first iPhone hit the stores.  I’ll be honest.  I was skeptical.  I used the PC.  I worked in Windows.  But your new phone intrigued me.  I had friends at work that got the first phone.  With pure envy and interest, I got my hands on one, and it made me want one terribly bad.  But I was not sure it was for me.  For over a year, I regretted not being one of the first to own this awesome phone.

Then came July 2008.  I slept in my car outside of the cellular store to get my hands on a iPhone 3G.  My life changed.  This was MY phone!

  • June 2009 – camped outside the cellular store to get the iPhone 3Gs.
  • June 2010 – camped outside the cellular store to get the iPhone 4.
  • October 2011 – camped outside the cellular store to get the iPhone 4s.
  • September 2012 – camped outside the cellular store to get the iPhone 5.
  • September 2013 – camped outside the cellular store to get the iPhone 5s.
  • September 2014 – camped outside the cellular store to get the HUGE iPhone 6 Plus.
  • September 2015 – camped outside the cellular store to get the iPhone 6s Plus.
  • September 2016 — I am now getting too old for this overnight camping…. So i said “Maybe I can skip getting the iPhone 7 Plus”.  By October, I’m regretting it.  By the first of November, I’m buying the largest storage on the iPhone 7 Plus.
  • November 2017 – I’m learning how to do this….. I sign up for the Apple Upgrade program and get the iPhone X (the screen was too small – i missed my 7Plus size)
  • September 2018 – Thanks to the Apple Upgrade program, I sit in my warm room, and wait for my iPhone XS Max to be delivered

This is just the “PHONE” part of the story.  What you don’t see in this story is that the iPhone 3G was so amazing to me, that I decided to buy an iMac.  Goodbye Windows.  Goodbye PC.  The iMac was awesome.  Everything looked amazing on the beautiful glass screen.

Then came the MacBooks, the phones, the iPads, the watches, the iPods, the AirPods, the Apple TVs.  Please note, I had the Apple Nano which i turned into a “watch” with the strap and case – before Apple Watch was even a dream in Cupertino.  I had the first Apple TV that was grey and had storage on the machine.  Nothing like the small black boxes we use today for Apple TV.

What I’m trying to say is this….. I sit here with dozens of devices connected to my Apple account:

  • 1 iMac
  • 1 MacBook Pro with Touchpad
  • 1 MacBook Pro
  • 1 MacBook Air
  • 1 MacBook
  • 4 iPad Pros
  • 2 Apple Pencils (1 first generation, 1 second generation)
  • 3 Apple Watches
  • 2 AirPods
  • 2 iPhone XS Max
  • 1 iPhone 8
  • 4 Apple TVs – one 4K
  • And a laundry list of iPods, ipodNanos, products, cases, etc.

Why am I telling you all of this?  You can see it on my account for yourself.  The reason I am telling you this is that when i bought the MacBook Pro with Touchpad, I bought the AppleCare that was available.  Let me also tell you that I am one of those Apple followers that takes special care of my products.  My laptop does not have stickers.  There are no scratches.  I’m the guy that will clean the laptop often – because it needed to look new and shiny.

But two days ago, something happened.  Maybe something in my office hit it.  Maybe it just had enough of being used daily for two years.  Regardless, I walk into my office and see the screen in the picture above.  I wanted to scream but I was unable to make a sound.  My screen was fractured.  And I needed a replacement ASAP because I have taken my MacBooks to speak at over 41 events in over 5 continents, and multiple countries, in the last 6 years.  I knew I would be leaving this weekend for San Francisco for another speaking event and I needed this machine.

I drove over and hour to the closest Apple Store (Northlake Mall, Charlotte, NC).  I spoke to the store and found that the AppleCare I purchased was not good enough to cover a broken screen.  I would have to agree to $475+TAX ($510 total) to fix this machine.  I spoke with the manager, and expressed that I’m not just a dude that bought a MacBook, I’m a guy that has invested THOUSANDS in Apple to have 23+ active products, and I would really appreciate any support or help that I could get.  I wasn’t asking for a free replacement.  I wasn’t asking for 50% off.  I was asking for anything.  The cold response given was a simple “Nothing we can do”.   This was followed by a statement that they can cover anything done in the store but when it leaves the Apple Store doors, there’s nothing they can do about it.

Is there a positive side of this event?  The only thing I can say is this store worked hard to get me my laptop back in two days.  But…. when I went to pick this laptop up, I carried an iPad Pro 9.7 (256GB) that my 11-year-old daughter was using but would no longer power up.  After looking at this, and taking my $510 for the laptop, the store tells me that there’s nothing that can be done for the iPad and I can replace it for $379.  I tried my hand again, asked for anything they could do to help out a loyal Apple follower.  I expressed that in two days time I have now spent another $889 at the store.  The answer “sorry sir, nothing we can do”.  I even had two ‘kind’ managers talk to me nicely, sit and pretend to care, and then walk away saying they appreciate me for “paying for their salary” (Yes, one lady named Julia LITERALLY said this to me) with all the products I bought.

I’m disappointed.  That’s all I can say.  I don’t want to be an Android guy.  I have to use Windows for my work for over 25 years, but I chose not to use it for my personal use.  I would prefer not to use PC / Windows for my personal laptop, but what do I do?  I have been a loyal Apple follower.  I have been one of your biggest marketers.  I have helped friends buy your products.  I have helped friends and family decide to take Apple over competitors.  I have stuck with you through it all, and I am typing this on my updated MacBook Pro, watching my Apple TV, looking at my iPhone XS Max, wearing my latest Apple Watch and glancing over at the latest 2018 ipad Pro with the keyboard and 2nd generation pencil laying on my desk.  And STILL I am disappointed.

I know you’re so filthy rich, you’ve made more money than any other company on the planet, and you don’t need a guy like me to survive.  But it still hurts to know that after 12 years of loyalty, all I get is a handshake and a scripted “We are sorry that we could not do more” from your store.

It makes me want to get the new Samsung Fold when it comes out.  It makes me want to sell my Apple MacBook and be able to afford two or three highly loaded PC laptops.  But I know you Apple… You are sitting up on top of your ivory tower smiling because you have given me a taste for a great product.  I’m addicted.  I’m hooked now.  Apple has been a drug for me and you know that there are millions of us that can’t stop buying your products – no matter how badly you treat us and disrespect us.  It’s a shame and it’s sad.  I’m no longer your target market.  You’ve GOT ME.  Now you are able to spend your energies being good to those people that are NOT the “early adopters” so that they are as hooked as me.  Shame on you.  Shame on you for forgetting those that have given so much to make you who you are today.

I wonder what Samsung, Microsoft, Google, or Dell would do in a situation like this?

I’m disappointed.  You let me down.  I thought you were different….

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10 Things Your Body Is Telling You

You can run, but you can’t hide. Whether you like it or not, your body is always with you everywhere you go. And now is the time to start listening to what it’s saying. Below are ten things that you should notice:

Arm1. When you wake up remind yourself “ARM going to make a difference today”

Every day is a new day. What you have done in your past has already accomplished what it set out to achieve. The only potential you have is to plan today for what you will do in order to make a difference in your life, your career, and the lives of others. Start each day by telling yourself you are going to do at least one thing to make a difference!

Toe2. Don’t let them say – I TOE’d you so

If we could take a poll across the world on how many people are positive all the time, how many are negative all the time, and how many are influenced by every minute of their lives in deciding which they will be, the numbers would be surprising for sure. If someone is giving you advice, analyze the advice and determine if it is a reasonable suggestion. Too many times our own egos tells us that we know better than everyone else. We live in a world full of people with many ideas. We can’t have all the right ones. Sometimes the best ideas in our lives come from those around us. Some of my best blogs have been suggestions or discussions I’ve had with other people. Never discredit the value of people in your life. And never let yourself fail in front of those who have suggested you the way to succeed.

Ear3. Let the whole world EAR your “Voice”

The world wants to hear what you have to say. Let your voice be heard. You have a very short time in this life to make a difference, and there are so many opportunities for you to change not only your life for better, but the lives of others. While there is a time to be heard, there’s a time to be quiet. Sometimes the best things are said when you say nothing at all. Examine your situations and your life, and determine if this is the time to be heard, or simply a time to listen and be quiet.

Groucho Nose4. No one NOSE your potential better than you

One of my favorite quotes among many I have read in the past has been “You can get by on charm for a season – but eventually you have to know something”. Everyone knows people that have more charm than potential. We also know that “perception is reality”. Sometimes it is not about how good you are, but more about how people perceive you. Your goal should always be to present yourself as confident and sincere in your abilities. No one truly knows what all you can accomplish other than you. And chances are very good that you are not performing at the level you truly CAN. Look for ways to improve every day. Ask yourself “What one thing can I do today to be a little better than yesterday?”

Knee5. Look around you for others who desperately KNEE’d your support

There’s a reason we have so many support groups, online support, customer service organizations, discussion websites, and social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. People need each other. The question you have to ask yourself is “who needs my help?”. Because there is always something you can do to support others. One thing to remember is that if a poll was taken, it would surely show that some of the best support anyone has ever given has been just to listen to the other person. Sometimes people need someone to hear what is going on and not to be given advice. Who needs you today?

Leg6. LEG go of the things that are holding you back

It’s much easier to climb a mountain when you don’t have to carry a ton of things. Don’t let your past, your circumstances, and others in your life keep you from climbing to where you want to be. Take a hard look at the things you do every day, and ask yourself if everything you are doing is important and helping you to get where you want to be. If not, then start stripping these things from your life and strengthen your focus on efficiency and doing only those things that are important.

Eye7. Keep telling yourself “EYE can do anything if I only try”

I wrote a blog recently on the 5 reasons you should stop chasing your dreams. It detailed all the many things you or others will tell yourself to keep you from doing something you are passionate about. You truly can do anything if you examine what needs to be done in order to achieve it. Don’t let the negative comments, support, and feelings get you down. Rise above it and chase your dreams!

Neck8. Don’t let failure stop you – NECKS time you will be better

When you look at many great people through time, you will find they didn’t succeed on their first attempt. I read somewhere just recently that the more you fail the more you will succeed. This is because failure should be a stepping stone for you to determine what went wrong and how to correct it. Don’t let your hopes be destroyed by a failed dream. Put it behind you and try again. Falling down is okay. If you don’t stand back up, this becomes an issue.

Back9. You will never reach your dreams if you keep looking BACK.

Zig Ziglar once said “Yesterday ended last night”. Such a powerful statement and it’s so accurate. Regardless of what has happened in your past, you only have the opportunity to change today forward. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Focus on the future.

Heart10. Follow your HEART – it knows where you need to be!

Our minds are working overtime every day. We think about so many options, opportunities, things we could have done better, and we approach so many crossroads where a decision has to be made on which direction to take. When you reach these crossroads, you obviously should think logically about your options, but always follow your heart. Search yourself for the true path that you need to take. Your mind should never overrule the heart. Write down your options, look at them, and ask yourself which one means the most to you, and which one you truly feel, deep down, will be the best one to take.

Listen to your body. The advice is priceless and will make you a better person in the long run!