PatienceRan across a great quote today while cleaning out my inbox from over two years worth of stuff.

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” ― Leo Tolstoy

Patience….something we all want yet very few display so well. I’m guilty of being inpatient in most things I do. I’m a results driven kind of person and I feed off the 24/7 cycle. I am becoming far more aware of the need and benefit to disconnect, listen emphatically, slow-down from time-to-time. There’s an almost, Zen-like feeling that comes about when we experience true patience. But the battle constantly wages on in my head to get things done and create order in my universe. Awareness is the key; knowing when you’re getting that inpatient feeling. Knowing will allow you to reel in this anxious moment and better control your emotional output.

Time…something we all want more of. It’s almost hysterical to recall all the moments when I wished I had more time to work on something, get something done or live a moment just a bit longer. When I recall what I did with my “much needed” time I found that I am guilty of not effectively using it to begin with. It’s not that we don’t have enough time, it’s that we don’t prioritize what is important in our lives. What I found are several “squirrel” moments–where I hijacked my focus on an important project or quality time with my family…only to never regain my motivation to finish the task at hand.

The key to understanding the importance of patience and time is the ability to reflect more on what is important by using that stuff we call patience. One activity that aides our ability to have patience is meditation or isolating yourself from distractions. Once we’re able to clearly define our order of the day (our priorities) then our time spent or utilized feels far more effective. Bottom line folks….take some time, experience some patience and reflect on how you can better prioritize your life. Heck, just start with your morning routine. You’ll be amazed at how much more time you have in the morning if you focus on what’s important. With some patience and time on your side you’ll be better armed to battle those stressors in your lives. Happy Hunting!

ChangeIt’s been quite some time since I posted some words or content to my blog. Let’s just say my other life, my military life, has had to take priority. But I think about all that I’ve learned and all that I’ve shared through this experience I call heathaplexVISION. Maybe there’s a way I can blend my personal learnings on leadership, innovation and design with my need to fulfill my geeky side. Then it just hit me….let’s scale heathaplexVISION to be all of that! Over the next year or so I will take heathaplexVISION from a primarily tech blog to one that encompasses all that I see in my life. The beauty of this change is that the name doesn’t need to change. This site is purely what it’s named after….my vision. What I see when I wander this world. All the craziness I see and all the inspiration I find. I hope you continue to stop by and check out what my vision has found. Thank you all for your support and your wisdom over the years. This is all still very new to me and I hope to expand the level of content to satisfy yours and my needs.

Very Respectfully,
Scot

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. And for my wife and I that means the world to us. As some of you know, we are proud parents of a young boy with Autism. We are extremely blessed to have him in our lives and are truly amazed at all that he’s been able to overcome and accomplish on a daily basis. Our son is more fortunate than others on the Autism Spectrum–being high-functioning, but only a handful of people truly know the challenges and stresses we manage each and every day. I encourage all of you to take a moment to think of all the children, to include men and women, who are currently living a life with Autism. You’d be shocked to know who around you is or has a family member with Autism. I encourage you all to support the cause and Light It Up Blue” on April 2nd, 2012. My family is truly thankful for the support we’ve received over the years. Respectfully – Scot

Kickstart Your Life and Showcase Your Pinterests from heathaplexVISION on Vimeo.

Welcome to the world of online addiction. Explore Kickstarter.com and Pinterest.com….two of my latest time vampires! For additional reading on the addition that is Pinterest, visit FastCompany.com for Lydia Dishman's article, "Why Pinterest Is So Addictive" http://www.fastcompany.com/1816603/why-pinterest-is-so-addictive

Enjoy!
Scot

I ran across a great article from All Things Digital on Disney’s new Appmates for the iPad. Here’s the skinny–they designed an App based on this hit Movie “Cars” that is completely interactive with actual Cars characters versus your own favorite phalange. To better give you a sense of how this works, I embedded a video below shot by DisneyLiving. Article I read with another video demo is linked at VentureBeat (incorporated into TechCrunch article).

Look how far we’ve come with touchscreen technology! C’mon, you’ve got to be a little impressed? My son is going to go bonkers over this game which is available this coming weekend. I’ll be sure to get my hands on it and let you know what I think. But, I’m more interested in seeing where this all goes. Can you imagine the world of Role Playing Games (RPGs) incorporating this into their gameplay? What about the ability to control your character on your iPad and seeing an entire map on an HDTV by connecting through the AppleTV 2? The possibilities are endless! Thank goodness for creativity and ingenuity!

If you get your hands on Disney’s Cars Appmate, post your thoughts below. If you have a video you would like to share, you can post them on our Facebook site at Facebook.com/heathaplexvision.  Enjoy!

My morning started out like any other morning. Woke up at 5:55 to my iPhone alarm. Sat in bed about four minutes thinking about how my Monday would go. Went back for the iPhone to see the first few emails and noticed an email from Reed Hasting, CEO of Netflix. It started simply, “I messed up. I owe everyone an explanation.” Looks like someone else has a case of the Mondays!

As I road in the car to work, I read this letter over and over again. What I read was a humble attempt to explain a company’s decision and ultimate vision. Having read through numerous blog comments, you’d a thunk he kicked a dog! I don’t know Mr. Hastings at all and I’m not about to insult him as a fellow human being as some took the opportunity to, but you have to admire Mr. Hastings for posting such an explanation and letting it all hang out there in the “Interwebs!”  Unfortunately, his attempt to explain had no real chance of coming off good in the fearless world of social media.

Before you judge me, you must know that I’ve been a Netflix customer from the beginning…since 1999 to be exact! I loved the idea from the beginning and it just kept getting better. However, I slowly transitioned to a life of streaming versus queuing up a Blu Ray. In fact, on average, I was requesting a Blu Ray about once every two months. I did like the idea of having “hard media” delivered to me, but it became more of a hassle, despite them paying for shipping to and fro. So when they elected to change their service fees, I wasn’t too tore up about it, but I understand why so many others were. It’s all a matter of perspective and what was working for you at the best price.

Perhaps this letter was a chance for Mr. Hastings to right a few wrongs and I have to take that at face value. I truly believe he put his heart into this letter and still feels bad for adjusting the plans without tending to the needs of the customer. For that, I forgive you! But that’s not enough for some people and that’s where I think many of us are wrong. It’ll take weeks before people understand the moves that were made and the stock price begins to rebound, but I challenge you to read the letter again with less malice in your heart.

So what’s going on? I’ll tell you what’s going on….they are trying to be the best damn streaming service on the planet and I’m looking forward to how they do this! He clearly states, “We feel we need to focus on rapid improvement as streaming technology and the market evolve, without having to maintain compatibility with our DVD by mail service.”

The time is now to make your choice…are you a streaming or a mailer? Only they know the true demographics of these two types of people, but I’m convinced they are trying to be the best a both. So why fault them for that? Sure there will be growing pains and they’ll have no choice but to appease the movie Gods and us, the customers, but it will all work out. I’m just not ready to burn the CEO at the stake as some eluded to on the Netflix Facebook page. I’m just impressed Mr. Hastings tried to answer the masses on Facebook, but again, it was a losing battle. We simply out-number you.

So, for all you cinephiles and especially the long-time Netflix customers, what say ye? Do you want them to just sit idle and let what we think is a good thing run it’s course? Or do you encourage the risk that is being taken to be the best? We’ll measure Netflix over the years to come, so I’m not worried about figuring it all out now. But, are you willing to ditch them over a letter, over a vision to be the best? Post your comments below fellow mailers and streamers! Risk-taker or Risk-averse? You decide! In the meantime, tell me what you’ve been watching on Netflix lately.

So Say We All!!!

Here’s the link to the actual letter on the Netflix Blog: http://blog.netflix.com/2011/09/explanation-and-some-reflections.html