Technology: A Double-Edged Sword

“The computer in your smart phone today is 1,000,000 times cheaper and 1,000 times more powerful than the computer at MIT in the late 1960’s. That’s a billion fold increase in price performance of computing since around 1968.”

Writing a blog post from a phone isn’t new. It’s been easy to do for the past few years, yet this is my first post using my smart phone. Writing a book from smart phones and tablets is also possible. The possibilities with computing and phones are increasing every day.

Use technology responsibly

Communication has become so easy that I expect people to get back to me within minutes. I expect it because that’s usually what happens when I send a simple text. Do you miss the days of only having a home phone and answering machine? Sometimes I wonder how people made plans without being able to send a quick text or email with a cell phone.

The amount of time responding to texts, emails, and phone calls with smart phones has increased for most of us. Having access to a smart phone definitely gives people a competitive advantage in business. Yet it still has its drawbacks. If you expect people to get back to your texts within minutes, you probably also feel pressured to get back to someone sending you a text within minutes. This can create a feeling of anxiety about not having your phone with you 24/7.

People give me dirty looks when I’m actually doing research, responding to important business texts, and responding to work emails on my phone. What they need to keep in mind is this: phones can be used for games and pointless texts, but they can also be used for important work tasks. Technology has always been a double edged sword. You can be very productive and constructive with technology, but you can also be very unproductive and destructive with it.

For example, there is an excellent company I recently began helping around

Leonard-McDowell protects your valuable information with cutting edge software.

Indianapolis, IN called Leonard-McDowell. They help protect small to medium sized businesses with the newest, cutting edge software. One of these is ePArmor, a software that specializes in protecting your valuable information from well-funded hackers. With 3.5 million social security numbers and 387,000 credit card numbers stolen from South Carolina last month, it’s something we all need to take seriously.

Being productive and constructive with technology is the way to go. Phones, computers, softwares, and any other technology should be used to make the world a better place.

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Personal Life

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It’s okay to share your personal life in the business world. It gives people something to relate to. Picking the appropriate times for these discussions is the key.

I believe it’s appropriate for me to share my engagement. Choosing to get married is a risk, just like anything else. However, I know that spending time with Nichole has been the most uplifting experience in my life. She inspires me every day and encourages me to follow through with my business ideas. With her love and support, I have went from looking for a job to working full time on my business and even creating part time work for people in Bloomington, Indiana. As I have mentioned, it’s vital to surround yourself with people who truly want you to succeed. Nichole has always believed in me and knew I would start to see some success even when things were slow. I have been so fortunate to have her in my life.

Since Nichole has been an Indianapolis Colts fan her whole life, I thought it would be nice to take her on a private tour of Lucas Oil Stadium. In the middle of the tour, I asked her to marry me. Luckily, she said yes! I couldn’t have pulled it off without my sister Carrie and brother-in-law Vince. They went out of their way to help me arrange everything and to ensure Nichole was truly surprised…I will forever be grateful for that. Thank you to my wonderful family and friends for all of the love and support.