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You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Rocky Balboa

Updating the MacBook

Having used a MacBook Air for the better part of three or four years, I figure it is now time to consider an upgrade.

Now that’s not to say I have to make the switch today, but with $975 kicking around in a Personal Health Spending Account (of which half needs to be spent this year) there is some thought that I could put it to good use sooner than later.  It also makes the thousand dollar investment much more palatable.  On top of that, the company I work for also has an Employee Purchase Plan through Apple which gives me a modest discount to boot.

So here I sit on the Apple Store website with a decision – do I replace my current MacBook Air with a newer version?  Or do I go with a MacBook Pro to rock the world with?

While there are plenty of options available with either choice, I can’t make my mind up whether I want to go with the stock 13in 128GB MBA for $1033+tax or the stock 13in MBP for $1127+tax.  What has me thinking the MBA is the route to go is that I’m all about portability and can’t imagine carrying the larger MBP around.  That said, going Pro means I have a machine that packs a bit more punch and much more storage capacity.

So what do you do in my shoes?  Air or Pro?  Or do you hold off on spending the cash today and wait for Apple to launch better models in the near future?

Zero to Hero – Social Networking

With the past two weeks getting busier, I’ve been passively creeping the Zero to Hero challenge and only completing those assignments that were quick and easy to do (I know, I’m a horrible student).

But when I saw today’s assignment looking for us to start plugging into Social Media, I had to jump on board and give it a go.

Social Media App icons on a phone.

Social Media – courtesy of Jason Howie


You see, I’m already hooked up.

I regularly promote my blog posts through Twitter, Facebook and Google+. The fact I actually only really use those three medium to promote myself – boy do I sound narcissistic – actually comes as a surprise to some, but the reason behind it is quite simple.

I use those three more than any other.

I sometimes get asked by friends, family, co-workers and strangers for advice on how they can begin promoting themselves or their brand through social media. Often, they will tell me they’ve signed up through everything under the sun and expect to have a million or so followers in a week (I may be exaggerating here). I instead recommend they focus on something simple and more atenable – use the one or two they know, get good at it and then look to grow.

Throughout this, I also suggest they focus on being their authentic self. Be genuine and interact with everyone as you would on the street. I’m a firm believer that social media is more about people than information.

But there are smarter people than me out there – in fact, you might be one of them.

So what do you recommend one does when they decide it’s time to get on the social media bandwagon? Dive in? Keep it simple?

5 Types of People You Should Totally Hang Out With To Be Happy

Everyone needs a little nudge in the right direction from time-to-time when it comes to finding friends, and fortunately for us, Wen Kai has our back with his “5 Types of People” series.

So you can imagine my excitement when he asked me to help contribute to his latest post and told me I could have some fun. Anywho, instead of simply giving you my one contribution (Transformers, there is always more than meets the eye), I’ve gone and reblogged the post with Wen Kai’s permission – feel free to check out the original here.

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