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Going through hell

Geek Fun, Random

For some Friday perspective, we’re going country!

Times are still tough.  Some of us are slogging through jobs that we’d like to change, and some of us have the tougher slog to find a job.   If you find yourself in a tough job situation (or a tough life situation) it often helps to remember that this too shall pass. 

I’m a Texan by birth, and I admit that I still listen to country music.  One thing country music does well is to create a keep on fighting vibe.  So if you are going through hell and need a shot of courage, consider the song lyrics of the Rodney Atkins song, “If you’re going through hell”.   Don’t slow down, keep on going and you might get out before the devil even knows you’re there!

Check it out on YouTube if you haven’t heard the music before.

Well you know those times
When you feel like there’s a sign there on your back
Says I don’t mind if ya kick me
Seems like everybody has
Things go from bad to worse
You’d think they can’t get worse than that
And then they do

You step off the straight and narrow
And you don’t know where you are
Use the needle of your compass
To sew up your broken heart
Ask directions from a genie
In a bottle of Jim Beam
And she lies to you
That’s when you learn the truth

If you’re going through hell
Keep on going, don’t slow down
If you’re scared, don’t show it
You might get out
Before the devil even knows you’re there

Well I been deep down in that darkness
I been down to my last match
Felt a hundred different demons
Breathing fire down my back
And I knew that if I stumbled
I’d fall right into the trap that they were laying, yeah

But the good news
Is there’s angels everywhere out on the street
Holding out a hand to pull you back up on your feet
The one’s that you’ve been dragginig for so long
You’re on your knees
You might as well be praying
Guess what I’m saying

If you’re going through hell
Keep on going, don’t slow down
If you’re scared don’t show it
You might get out
Before the devil even knows you’re there

Yeah, if you’re going through hell
Keep on moving, face that fire
Walk right through it
You might get out
Before the devil even knows you’re there

If you’re going through hell
Keep on going, don’t slow down
If you’re scared don’t show it
You might get out
Before the devil even knows you’re there

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Geek Fun: Org Savvy Lego Humor

Geek 5, Geek Fun, Org savvy

On some Fridays, I’m gonna try some new things.  Words and writing come easily to me.  Pictures, illustrations and graphics don’t come so easily.  So I’m going to push myself out of my comfort zone and try to tell some of these stories via images. 

In previous posts, we’ve covered the Geek 5, the definition of organizational politics, and tactics for becoming more savvy

This first attempt at visual storytelling is inspired by creative use of Legos by Geekdad at Wired Magazine.

Geek with sword of knowledge

Geek with Sword of Knowledge


Evil guy wins small

Oh no! Evil co-worker defeats Geek


Geek with sword of knowledge and org savvy armor

Geek with Sword of Knowledge and Organizational Savvy Armor


Savvy geek wins!

Savvy Geek wins!

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Geek fun: Signs of IT Career Trouble

Geek Fun

Over at, they have a funny slide show called “10 Warning Signs Your IT Career is in Trouble”.

Our definition of “geek” is much broader than just IT professionals, but it is still funny. My favorite one is that your current, fast computer gets replaced with a Tandy 1000 in the janitor closet. I’m old enough to remember Tandy computers and the fabulous green monitors!

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Geek fun: Turning your genius ideas into reality

Geek Fun

We’ve all had those middle of the night, Eureka moments in which we thought of the “next big idea”.   Your brain swirls with possibilities and inspiration and you see yourself as a future Steve Jobs – Superstar Creator.  Then reality hits like the thud of a lead brick.  Your idea is too complicated or too costly or you don’t know anything about design and manufacturing.  So you get up, shake off the dream and go about your life.

In today’s world of information and connectedness, maybe your idea is not so far-fetched after all.   Wired magazine has a fascinating article about innovative, open source manufacturing that allows individuals and small businesses to compete with the big companies.  In the article entitled, “In the next industrial revolution, atoms are the new bits”, Chris Anderson highlights several cases of folks who have used networks and open source development to create and manufacture innovative products.  In one case, Local Motors produced a new car – yes, a new car.  It is a $50K street-legal off-road racer.  They had a design contest to create the style, so they don’t owe any licensing fees.  They used available parts and kits and resources to build the cars.  They work on a $7 million budget to produce these niche vehicles.  That is a small drop in the bucket compared to the product development and operating budgets of GM and Ford.

With the power of the Internet, inventors have access to partners, design ideas, manufacturers and raw materials and components like they never have before.  Innovation is going to start coming more and more from these small shops and less from the big companies that are bogged down in bureaucracy and overhead.

At Geeks Gone Pro, we focus on developing professional skills to succeed in the corporate world.  Skills you learn in a big company will help you if you ever decide to go solo and find a dream.  There are a lot of principles of business and interpersonal relationships that apply to small companies and entrepreneurs just as they do to bigger companies.  But it sure is nice to know that there are alternatives out there for creative, dynamic self-starters.  Now, if I could just remember what I dreamed about last night…

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Geek fun: Geek Dad

Geek Fun

If you are looking for a good repository of geek-lore and interesting stuff, check out GeekDad at Wired Magazine.   Geek Dad is not actually one person, but a collection of people.  And they are not all Dads.  I know this through my powerful observation skills and intuition – or at least because some of them seem to be female.  In any case, the posts are funny and often informative as well.  The posts span topics like technology, Legos, Star Wars, geek humor and more.  Most of it is not kid or parenting oriented, so it is recommended for all geeks, regardless of kid status.  Check it out!

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Geek Fun: Geeks of the Year

Geek Fun

Fast Company magazine had a fun feature at the end of 2009 to identify the Geeks of the Year.  Some of them make perfect sense to me.  I understand JJ Abrams, Mark Zuckerberg and the guys from Twitter.  But I gotta admit that I’m not enough of a techno-geek to know who the founders of Layar are.  Except for the blurb, I’m not even sure what Layar is.   One more indication that I’m not a techno-geek, but I’m sure they’ve done some important stuff, whatever it is.

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Geek Fun: Computer Geek Quiz

Geek Fun

In the spirit of geek fun, today we will indulge some stereotypes of geekiness – specifically stereotypes of the computer geek.  The website, Nerd Tests has some funny (and completely unscientific) self assessments.  I found one called Are You a Computer Geek?  And I took it…

According to this test, I am “tech support’s worst nightmare – and I have no clue”.  Sigh…  I guess I will never be  computer geek and know how to program in Linux and read binary code.

The test was really quite funny and fun to do.  Just remember, on this blog, the definition is broader and applies to any technical field.  So I’m still a geek, even if I am not a computer geek.

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Geek fun: Think Geek Shopping

Geek Fun

As I looked for new and different gifts this year, I stumbled onto a site called  I was actually looking for sites related to the work I was planning on this blog.  But I’ve been having fun perusing their site.  They sell products for the geek-minded.  Their tag line is “Stuff for Smart Masses”.  Some of it is very cool and a lot of it is very funny.   The site owners have a great sense of humor – I even laugh out loud reading their update emails. 

They have some fun stuff.  I mean who doesn’t need a Lego Head Lamp or a geek t-shirt?   I ordered several Christmas presents from them (shhh…don’t tell my family).  The site was easy to use and the products came fast.

If the products and humor aren’t enough for you, they also sponsor Techie Haiku contests and photo contests.

The site is worth a look.  Remember, I’m not affiliated with them in any way.  I found them by happy accident and I’m pleased to pass along kudos for the site.

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Geek Fun: Star Wars Management

Geek Fun, Random

Happy Friday! has provided some sage management advice via Start Wars.  Thomas Waligum wrote What Star Wars Teaches Us About Career Management, and it offers good advice along with a good chuckle.

With my focus on development and succession planning, this was my favorite:

“But beware of the Dark Side. Anger, fear, aggression—the Dark Side of the Force are they.” -Yoda
File Under: Training and Development; Networking
Star Wars Moment: Yoda sagely instructs Luke Skywalker during his training on Dagobah, with guidance such as: “Always with you it cannot be done. Hear you nothing that I say…. You must unlearn what you have learned.” Skywalker says that he’ll try. “No!” says Yoda. “Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
Real-World Lesson: There’s a wealth of value for you in listening to the wisdom of another, older employee’s experiences—especially if that colleague has been mentoring others for 800 years. (Yoda wisdom for future Madoffs: “If once you start down the dark path forever will it dominate your destiny.”)

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