Something a little different tonight. Steve Jobs, 1997:
You look at the farm that’s been created with all these different animals going in different directions, and it doesn’t add up. The total is less than the sum of its parts. So we had to decide what are the fundamental directions we’re going in? …
When you think about focusing, focusing is about saying yes. No. Focusing is about saying no. Focusing is about saying no. No, no, no, no. And when you say no, you piss off people. …
Focusing is about saying no. And the result of that focus is going to be some really great products where the total is much greater than the sum of the parts.
Tonight I didn’t even really want to log in, but my son wanted to watch me play a little bit before bed. So I went over to my druid and healed Eye of the Storm. It was fun, I enjoy playing Cynli a lot now. Then I switched over to my baby mage, who now has dual AGM trinkets, and proceeded to dominate 2 more BGs. Arcane is so OP if you know what you’re doing it’s not even funny. Then over to my gnome clone, becuase she needs some leveling and I’ve been really bad about leveling her. Worked on her for a bit, then got bored and looked for another character. Maybe the Shammy!
Then I’m like, holy crap, 2 hours have passed, the boy’s been asleep for an hour, and what am I doing?
I closed up my laptop, did some chores, then surfed the web for a bit.
Found elephant poo in a box. That made me laugh. Found another movie about traditional Japanese sword-making. That made me thoughtful. Found the above video clip. Made me even more quiet than I was before.
Thought a lot about saying Yes and No to things. In game, out of game, Of getting pulled in a lot of different directions and not getting anywhere. Of working two jobs, but not building something successful.
There was another post on Presentation Zen – an old favorite site of mine, by the way – where Garr talks about Jobs’s presenation on marketing yourself and your core values. From his post:
(M)arketing is not about touting features and speeds and megabytes or comparing yourself to the other guys, it’s about identifying your own story, your own core, and being very, very clear about what you are all about and what you stand for…and then being able to communicate that clearly, simply, and consistently.
Things were simpler back when I had character focus. Warcraft was an effective escape back then – I was a PvP Warlock. You want warlock, you want PvP, I’m your blogger and teacher.
And then I lost it. I lost focus in my job – two jobs will do that to you – but I lost focus in WoW, too.
Because I’ve lost focus in other parts of my life, the lack of focus in Warcraft is perhaps understandable. But it doesn’t make finding that focus any easier.
I wonder which characters I need to say NO to in order to find it.