Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Journey to the top, with Ten Minutes Tops!

This "Ten Minutes, Tops!" (TMT) blog didn't start out with lofty ambitions.

It was merely an exercise in self-expression. But now that half a year has passed and I look back at what I have been able to learn and accomplish through the blog, I am inclined to think about what is next for this blog.

In trying to figure that out, I came to asking 2 questions:
1.Why should anyone continue reading this blog?
2. Why should I continue blogging on this?

In attempting to answer those questions, and in trying to give my blog posts some coherence, I came to a decision: To re-brand the blog that will both answer and satisfy those blog-existentialist questions. (Why, Blog, Why?)

The initial branding I made for this blog had focus on the amount of time that I either churned out the blog post (I didn't want to overcommit, hehe), or how long you had to read it (I know you're busy too). Both should be just for "Ten Minutes, Tops!" It doesn't matter what the topic was. As long as it's under ten minutes, it will get written and will (hopefully) find a reader.

Now, I'd like to take that a step further.
Actually, I want to kick it up a notch.

There will still be that time element, but more than that, I'd like this blog to be a place where you find something that you can take away, maybe something that will be useful to your life, something that adds value to you. It's being conscious about truly making it worth your while to read, subscribe to or share the blog.

I want this blog to be a source of information, ideas, thoughts, wisdom, ramblings and musings that ultimately will result in your being a better person.
I want to join you (we're in this together) and support you (you can do it!) in your journey to success - to the top! Thus the new TMT slogan: "Ten-minute thoughts that take you to the top."
Notice that in the blog's updated banner, the word 'thoughts' was actually superscripted on the crossed-out word 'wisdom'. My words may not always be wise, even as I hope they are, and even as I only have the best intentions. Still, I am self-aware enough to acknowledge that what I may think as precious wisdom culled from experience or from distillations of my interactions with others or from my readings - may just be one of many thoughts on the same subject. Still it is hoped that they are worth pondering upon, and may yet help you - all of us - reach the heights of success we desire.
And as in any matter of theory, philosophy, "truths", facts, principle or piece of advice, the same adage applies: "Prove it right; prove it wrong." That is, if it works for you, well and good. If not, then on to the next, until you find what works. As Richard Bach would say, "Nothing has meaning until it changes what you think and who you are." 
These 'nuggets' of, at the very least, kind well-meaning advice, will still touch upon most of the subject matters I use to present my ideas: life, business, technology, history, travel and, if it can be forced, food. :)

I hope you'll like this new approach I am trying to do. I've been very preachy anyway in many of my posts (can't help it!). Just making it official. :)

See you at the top!

Book Recommendations:
The Success Journey: The Process of Living Your Dreams
Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential
A Pace of Grace: The Virtues of a Sustainable Life
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (Vintage)

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