Posted: October 12th, 2010 | Author: Lawrence Riddick | Filed under: Education, Ingenuity, Self-Designed Curriculum | No Comments »
Just a quick note. For everyone who complains about their job or those who are desperately seeking to network or become an entrepreneur; it is conferences like PodcampAZ and BrandCamp (which I unfortunately missed) that can be an answer to what you are looking for. PodCampAZ is a FREE networking media unconference, dedicated to blogging, video blogging, podcasting, social networking, and all other relevant media. These are the type of events that are a must attend if you want continue to learn and gain perspective on new ideas that are shaping how technology is evolving our lives.
Its not just for geeks, although there will be many there, its for anyone wanting to learn how to get in the game in regard to whats relevant in media, technology, and business. There is something for everyone. I hope to see you at PodcampAZ 2010!
what: Podcamp AZ 2010
where: University of Advancing Technology
when: November 20-21, 2010
who: New media innovators, enthusiasts, participants, and newbies who are interested the role of the internet in interactive communication.
why: It’s two crazy cool days of learning, sharing, and people meeting. And Phoenix metro is gorgeous in November.
how much: FREE
Posted: July 1st, 2010 | Author: Lawrence Riddick | Filed under: Professional Personality | Tags: commpose, copywriting, marketing, public relations, writing | No Comments »
I just wanted to share a presentation that I created for Commpose, a Arizona based copywriting group, which unfortunately I was too sick to present. However, enjoy!
Posted: June 11th, 2010 | Author: Lawrence Riddick | Filed under: Integrity, Lifestyles, Personal Aspirations, Professional Personality | Tags: lifestyle, olympics, personal aspirations, success, tradition | 3 Comments »
About 8 years ago I had the wonderful opportunity to carry the Olympic Torch in Colorado Springs. To this date, it is one of the most remarkable experiences of my life. Not because I felt I had achieved something, but because it was a moment of clarity for me. At that point when I carried the torch, I knew I wasn’t just carrying the torch for me, instead I carried the torch for everyone who had helped me, be me. Its not that I had blinders on thinking that I had went through life without being influenced. It was just at that point when I carried the torch, that things became so much more clearer to me.
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Posted: February 15th, 2010 | Author: Lawrence Riddick | Filed under: Careers, Ingenuity, Integrity, Professional Personality | Tags: determination, hard work, knowledge worker, strategy, video games, work ethic | No Comments »
If you are a gamer (a person who play video games), you know what cheat codes are. One of my clients I am currently working with is developing a video game property. The fact I am working with this client and my reminiscence of my video game days brought this short post to fruition.
I remember when I used to play Golden Eye (James Bond) in college, their were cheat codes that gave you extra guns and let you bypass certain test and boards on the game. The reason you would do something like that is basically it was either too hard to obtain those guns and extra goodies or it was too much work to get there.
I read the blog and watch the videos of a guy named Gary Vaynerchuck (here is one of his videos that really inspired me), who is a successful business man and social media evangelist, and he really pumps me up when he talks about good old-fashioned hard work. His best saying is that you have to go out there and “work your face off.” Which is a really great statement. With all this information at our finger tips and this world evolution of making things faster, smarter, easier,etc., I think we forget that success boils down to - bone crushing hard work. I have always felt that having that hard general labor type work ethic (lifting, pushing, busting butt type work) combined with being on cusp of how to be a knowledge worker in the this new age, has helped me tremendously. I don’t think you can have the experience of knowledge working, without having that bone crushing hard work ethic, and be successful. There are no cheat codes to life, you gotta work through each level, complete each board with strategy, and be apart of the cream that rises to the top. Thats if you want to get to the next level.