The mobile phone for many years now, has been seen by most as the lifeline to the world.
You can play games, listen to music, take photos, send text messages, even order a pizza to be delivered.
As I travel through London on a tube under the 'Big Smoke', there are probably at least 60 odd mobile phones in this carriage alone if each person has one and it's not even crowded!
So why have I become the 'phone police' today?
Thinking about how much I use my phone, I'm always doing some sort of work for a project like 'Learn Develop Live' or finishing off an Ebay sale or a review for TripAdvisor. I look at things like Facebook and Twitter but it's more about how the Fan Page is doing or how a post was received or how can I make something better.
Starting to write a new Blog entry is a favourite and maybe I'll have a quick game of something before I have some sort of signal again.
The point is, you have locked up in your phone, more technology in your hands than NASA had back in 1969, so why not use that to your advantage?? Learn something new, build a website, start a business, use both the time you have and technology that people didn't have 20 years ago to help you.
There's doubt though isn't there? Do you think it will be difficult? Do you think people will judge you and tell you it's not a good idea? Those things will probably happen but that's part of the adventure! Those people who put doubt in your head because their friend's cousin's cat tried something once and it didn't work the first time so they quit, well look how 'perfect' their world isn't, doing the same thing everyday, nothing to show for their life, the biggest risk they take is whether to cut their toes nails on a Friday when its meant to be bad luck!
But with nail clippers put one side, ignore the negativity people can give you. Use the technology and information you have at hand (literally) to give you the edge. If I didnt, then you wouldn't be reading this post from a website I didn't make!
Don't expect success overnight and remember that every expert was once a beginner who people doubted too.
After spending a day in a Stage 2 Induction for my recently new job, my message today is to go and learn something!
Amongst the eight presentations and lack of air conditioning (yes first world problems I know!) I did learn quite a bit; did I understand it all, well no but who does straight away?
The point of this is to say, why don't you go learn something new? Does it matter how big or small it is? As Spiderman has said, "With great knowledge, comes great power". Thanks Spiderman for your words of wisdom!
Broaden your horizons, build up your knowledge, go learn something!
It's been said many times, and along with the studies and research that has gone on, that, a banging tune is sometimes all you need to 'sort you out!'
Whatever your taste is, music can have an incredible effect on both your feeling and 'get up and go' that can sometimes lack!
I currently have a 'Jaguar Skills' track blaring in my earphones on a tube travelling around North London (and it's Camden Town as I type this for all those tube and travel fans!)
I'm no scientist as you know, but what exactly is it that gets the adrenaline pumping from listening to your favourite tunes even if you are still sitting at the same desk looking at the same spreadsheet sitting on your screen? Well that's a great question!
The quick science answer talks about "music causing slight variations in physiological characteristics like respiration, heart rate and muscle tension."
My own unofficial answer is, well it just wakes up your brain and the beat gets you moving.
Whatever way you look at it, music can be the influence you need to kick start whatever it is you want to be doing.. even that exciting spreadsheet!
So, earphones in (especially if you are in that quiet office) get your favourite tracks playing and watch that work get done.. unless you got up to have a dance instead!