Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. — Aristotle
Sometimes it’s difficult not to procrastinate. We get distracted, bored, or maybe frustrated. Maybe the first question to ask ourselves is whether or not the task which we are delaying is worthy of our precious time in the first place. Is it?
The second important question is when. Because if it’s worth doing at all, then it’s worth doing well. And if it’s worth doing well, why not begin working on it now. In the present. Don’t wait to do something the right way, the first time.
“If you ain’t growing, then you be dying” was a phrase I heard growing up by a wise daughter of a share cropper from Mississippi. I didn’t quite understand it at the time but later realized the wisdom from such a comment.
We need more Miss Lorettas in the world. She may have had very little formal education but her wisdom was immense. If we aren’t striving to become more productive and to contribute to our society (Village), we will become consumers of other people’s efforts.
We’ve heard that it takes a village and everyone in it plays a part but let’s make sure we are on the giving side of the equation and not the taking side. When too many people expect others to provide, the village becomes a ghetto.
Encourage everyone to contribute and give of their time, talents and treasure for the benefit of the village and it will come back to each of us in many different ways. Make the effort to make good choices and let every small decision stand on its own as an excellent one. You will be an extraordinary person.
We should all read Stephen Schwarzman’s (www.Blackstone.com) autobiography entitled, “What it Takes – Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence”.
A brilliant read about why hard work, constant education and being process driven is so critical to our success. Wisdom is a process that incorporates knowledge and experience. Even when we feel that failure is insurmountable, the lessons learned during the process can be applied to future success.
Here is a quote from the book that sums up everything that I would like to say but he puts so much more eloquently than me. Schwarzman wrote this as a high school senior to his fellow students after he was crushed when waitlisted at Harvard, and accepting his second choice, Yale. He would later attend Harvard Business School for his MBA.
“I believe that education is a discipline. The object of this discipline is to learn how to think. Once we have mastered this we can use it learn a vocation, appreciate art, or read a book. Education simply enables us to appreciate the ever-changing drama fashioned of God’s own hand, life itself. Education continues when we leave the classroom. Our associations with friends, our participation in clubs all increase our store of knowledge. In fact, we never stop learning until we die. My fellow officers and I just hope that you will become aware of the purpose of education and follow its basic tenets, questioning and thinking, for the rest of your life.”
Stephen, I couldn’t agree with you more. Thank you for sharing your life’s experiences with us.
If you are reading this article, then you are part of the human race. Or perhaps an Artificial Intelligence robot that is digesting this as data collection to be analyzed and processed by humans later. 😁
What separates us from the animal kingdom is our soul and the ability to think creatively in a way that applies our minds to form ideas that will stimulate action.
God created the matter and the raw materials but we have the ability to have dominion over the environment and create things using our minds.
There is no monopoly on creative thinking. Brilliant ideas stimulate action and we have the authority to create brilliantly. Let’s us this ability wisely.
Catherine Ryan Hyde wrote a brilliant novel that was based on a middle school student that was given an assignment by his social studies teacher to change the world.
The plan that the main character, Trevor, presented would be to create a flywheel effect of kindness by helping 3 other people in some big way. The 3 disconnected strangers, would each do the same again for 3 other random people and to have this process repeat over and over creating a better world.
We need folks to initiate such a plan today. Challenge yourself and a friend to do a few random acts of kindness this week for strangers that have no reason to expect anything from you.
If they ask why you might want to help them just mention that you are only paying forward kindness that you have been shown by someone else.
I would love to hear any reactions you might receive.
Marietta, GA – While Bryan is away, today’s article is written by special contributor, Kasey Eister.
Some of you may have noticed that lately the articles have been a mix of mine and Bryan Wilson’s. I plan to continue writing more articles, and so that you get to know a bit about me, I’d like to share some things about myself.
I grew up in a military family, traveling around the world. This has instilled both a strong sense of patriotism and an urge to travel that has remained constant as I’ve grown. When it came to choosing a major in college, I selected criminal justice as my area of study. While I did not want to join the military, I still wanted to help out in a way that served our country. For me, majoring in criminal justice was a path that could lead me to help out in the judicial circuits and ultimately the communities around me. Starting in 2016, I put a lot of time and effort into my degree program, learning and thinking about ways I could help change the judicial system for the better. This past December, I graduated with a B.S. in Criminal Justice that I hope to do great things with.
Due to COVID-19, I have been unable to find a full-time job, but still hope and pray that I will be led to work where I can do the most good.
As stated before, another passion of mine is travel. While that is also currently not accessible, I plan to try and see more of God’s beautiful creation whenever international flight restrictions are lifted.
As my friend Bryan Wilson would say, it is all about perspective. This year has been one of struggle for many people, but by helping others whenever possible and utilizing a positive perspective, we will come out the other end better for it all.
I believe that the pursuit of happiness is a moral responsibility that we each have as members of our human race. The phrase was written by Thomas Jefferson as found in the Declaration of Independence and was originally written by the English philosopher John Locke in the early 18th century. In order to achieve greatness, we have to be passionate and driven to reach our potential. We need to work toward something. Aren’t we truly happy when we pursue our dreams and reach our capabilities? And happiness isn’t an instant feeling that comes and goes. Happiness is felt inside as you live.
My friend Edwin Luis Mendoza Alvarez writes that even losing while attempting big things can bring happiness. How? By embracing the process of the pursuit. Happiness is not just a present state but a mindset that is determined when you pursue something with your heart, mind and soul.
Now for the secret that I want to share with you. Something so simple to understand that millions of people spend years trying to accomplish but never find the happiness they are seeking. If you follow this simple rule, I guarantee your life will be changed.
“In the present, do every little thing well.” That’s it. In other words, “Do good work” or as phrased by Greg Norman’s teacher, “Do it now, do it proper”.
Or found in scripture as, “Do all things decently and in order“. If we consciously perform every action, choice or decision as perfect as possible, we will continually get better at the process of achieving success. You will not fall behind by making good choices. The process gets easier and the rewards will follow. I guarantee it.
We influence others in many different ways. Some have broad spheres and others have small personal interactions within their reach. As we witness the actions of the Black Lives Matter influencers, remember that their choices will have an impact on society. There will be positive influence and negative influence that will affect the lives of a generation at least.
I think of humble men who have achieved great influence such as Nelson Mandela or Mahatma Gandhi. Actions and accomplishments affect our sphere of influence today. Our leaders today have an opportunity to have a positive impact on our world and encourage meaningful change providing hope and deliberate action.
But even our children have their own spheres of influence. From the moment of birth, children affect the lives of parents, teachers and caregivers. We, as parents and adults have a responsibility to teach civility, and encourage equality while teaching discernment and bias. Yes, we all have bias built into our DNA from thousands of years of human development but race should not be a bias to be embraced or encouraged.
We are God’s children. We are all unique, and we all have our own sphere of influence. Use your choices and biases wisely, and affect positive change on others.
Determine what you want and have the courage to act on it!
Sometimes we day dream about this or that but never determine in our mind whether to take action and ASK of ourselves or others to obtain what we want. Are we shy or bashful? Or perhaps lack confidence?
When you determine to have something, put a list together of the steps necessary to have it. Then you will quickly decide whether or not you want to make the effort to obtain that which you desire.
I would like to share with you this interview from Technology Harmony Podcast by Symphony Technology Solutions. Thank you so much, Katy Galley (podcast’s host) for this awesome interview.
[If you missed Podcast Interview, you can find it HERE]
Topic: How is Covid-19 impacting telecommunication and integrated systems industries?
Katy Galley: We have Executive Deal Lead with AT&T Bryan Wilson. How are you doing Bryan?
Bryan Wilson: Very good, thank you. Thanks for having me Katie.
Katy Galley:Absolutely, thank you so much, Bryan, for stopping by and sharing your story, uhm, you know our, you know our manufactured little studio today.
Bryan Wilson: Happy to be here.
Katy Galley:Awesome. So Bryan, just to kind of get to know you a little bit, can you tell us a little bit about your professional journey and how you got the job that you have today?
Bryan Wilson: Well, I’ve been in Fortune 500 most of my career. I graduated from college and started at GE and then moved to IBM and then Sun Microsystems and then I wound up here at AT&T, about eight years ago. So I’ve been at AT&T with Network Integration for about eight years and we are now moving and transitioning NI into a new group within AT&T called Advanced Solutions.
Katy Galley:Wow, jumps from some big companies in your past got quite the, uh, resume there.
Bryan Wilson: Well it’s- I’ve been very fortunate and they’ve been really great companies to work for and understanding big company processes and the way big companies work it’s been really great, really awesome customers and so it’s been a blessing.
Katy Galley:Absolutely, and so Bryan specifically you said getting into network integrations and in the last couple of years with AT&T. So what exactly does that mean? What is that space entail?
Bryan Wilson: Well, a lot of people might not understand or realize the AT&T is a very large system integrator and we are very large in the government space and also in the private sector. Mostly with, you know, large fortune type companies, but also with emerging companies that are growing and forming, you know, consolidations with acquisitions and also companies that are, you know, migrating to new technologies. AT&T steps in with their past, with their solutions, their services, and their products to help those customers.
Katy Galley:And so being now, and I mean that’s amazing to learning, of course, the depth of AT&T. I mean you might have if you don’t know a lot about what AT&T does, I mean I’m certain most everybody knows that company name, but then learning about the depth of it and learning too; specifically, how you’re a systems integrator. And so Bryan, specifically now just with what’s going on in the world today and as you’re within your involvement in AT&T I wonder in your industry specifically what do you see as the major impact that Covid-19 is having?
Bryan Wilson: Well. Being a telecom company and having a DNA with our roots being in telecommunications we have really been fortunate to be in an area of the economy where working from home is something that we’ve done, and be felt very comfortable with, and helping companies sort of allow employees to work from home, is something that we’ve done for several years. So, then, the move from analog to digital, the move from voice over IP, and now the move to telecommunications through video conferencing, it really has been a, I guess, a path that we have grown into with our customers lead request, and also our business customers, and our home customers. So it has really been an area where our employees have done it and it’s been easier for us to help other customers and help their businesses- have gone online and worked remotely.
Katy Galley:So, it’s more so, I mean you were already kind of prepared for something, not prepared for something like this, necessarily, but you’re prepared for the capacity working from home, and so now, on the back end, you’re able to help other companies then, who are now starting to learn how to work from home?
Bryan Wilson: Yeah, I think so that’s a good way to phrase it. The technology has been there; it’s maturing it is becoming more mainstream. You know, looking how COVID has affected the education environment. And schools being done remotely, teachers working remotely with students, professors working remotely with their large projects, and then you know managers and their team working remote- it has become almost a maturation of the technology that has been here for a while and COVID has sort of created an environment where we’ve had to use the technology. You know, for example, you know churches have not been meeting for, you know, several weeks and they’re having online services, and they’re having telemedicine with doctors working with their patients using telemedicine, and conference call, and videoconference, so I think the technology has been there and the network has been very resilient and has been stretched, but successfully allowed us to use this new technology to continue doing what we need to do, through, you know, through this COVID situation.
Katy Galley:Yeah, I mean that makes a lot of sense, like you said it’s kind of transcending into churches and educate, the educational sector too, so it’s kind of- it’s not obviously just in the technology space, but then it’s, you said, it’s kind of maturing at a more rapid rate into these other industries that might not have been exposed to this level of technology, I guess technological innovation, before.
Bryan Wilson: You’re exactly right, that-that is it in a nutshell, really.
Katy Galley:Yeah, and I mean but that’s amazing then, too, that AT&T is able to be at the forefront of that, and kind of help them in that- in that guidance, and so then, Bryan, specifically- I know you’ve already touched on this different adaptation that maybe you see as needing to be made in your industry specifically, or as it kind of maybe Covid-19 continues, this maturation of the technology, but what adaptations or more adaptations do you see being needed to be made in your industry, and, more specifically, as it pertains to AT&T as Covid-19 continues?
Bryan Wilson: Well, I think that’s a good way to be seen situation. I guess, what we will look forward to, is to see how society embraces the technology and the means of communicating and how we are just, as a society going to be doing things just going forward. The basis of our society is still interaction and interacting in a different way may be embraced and accepted, but we still, as a community, want to do things together and, you know, for example, looking to see how the sports and entertainment venues are going to be different, how are we going to try to monitor the health of our citizens and our in our users; going forward we have customers looking at, you know, how can they put the safety of their employees and their-and their customers in a-in a primary, I guess, situation so that no one is put at risk, and we keep their health and their safety, you know, as a primary concern. So, things are going to be different, things are going to be a, I guess, adjusting to a new normal and we’re waiting to see what that new normal looks like, but I’m sure that technology is going to be a big part of it. To what extent, we will find out, we’ll see, but it is also allowing us to span internationally and what we’ve sort of, I guess, seen recently is also the international teaming and the video conferencing of working in teams. So it’s an exciting time, and it’s something that we really didn’t see happening as quickly as it has, but something like this pandemic has caused us to fast forward and implement things in a little different and faster paced than we may have anticipated.
Katy Galley:Yep, and I mean that’s, it’s pretty clear and the way you’re describing it and then to how the technology has had to mature much faster, like you said, and even though it was there, it already existed- it’s how it had to kind of catch up with what was going on at a really rapid pace, and so then, Bryan, I’m in that-with that similar vein, I mean, talking about different industries outside of the technology industry, but I mean more specifically to looking inwardly with integrated systems and AT&T in just this technology space, um do you see something that maybe all the players within this industry can be doing to maybe help each other out right now or as we start to kind of look to the future, like you said, I mean, how-we can’t really guess what’s going to happen, of course, but is there something, that maybe you see, that could be how we could start to be doing, or on the backend, begin to help each other out as the corona virus pandemic maybe starts to slow, and we start to really be having this technology- such an integral part of our lives now.
Bryan Wilson: Well, I think that is an excellent lead-in to companies working together closely, and working to satisfy business and technology-needs, working with customers. It’s been really amazing and inspirational to see how the public-private partnerships have come together and we’ve seen communities come together to assist one another, to work together, to embrace the first responders that we have with AT&T, you know, the First Net Initiative that is being rolled out for our first responders the, you know, the health care workers that are really, you know, keeping us safe in a, you know, in a tough environment, and to see communities and companies and even competitors work together, and where we can, to do things to better everyone, and to get us through some of these, you know, very, you know, unknown times, and seeing how things are turning back on and coming and, you know, out of a, you know, shut down like we’ve had; I think it’s really really, I guess, encouraging, to see how it’s coming together and so with issues of, I guess, change, also creates opportunities and so I hoping that, you know, customers and technologists, such as myself, can understand that change is inevitable, we will get through this, and, with technology, and with communities, and with people wanting to succeed together that we can accomplish, you know, many great things going forward.
Katy Galley:I love that, it’s such an incredibly positive outlook, but then, too, coming specifically- it’s from our practical place to, I mean, you see it being a technology, see yourself, knowing the impact these incredible technologies are having and can have; and so that’s, um, I love that just having that positive forward-thinking. And so, Bryan, for you, now- one, thank you so much for sharing your insight today- if anyone wanted to learn more about you, learn more about AT&T, where might they connect with you?
Bryan Wilson: Well, I’m on most of the social media platforms. Bryan Wilson, Bryan E. or Bryan Eric Wilson and I’m happy to engage in reply and help anyone that might have a question or have a thought that I might be able to help them with and anything I can do I’m happy to assist.