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    2. Hilary Dickinson

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      I read this earlier this morning and then went off to complete a long-overdue post on my own blog.

      When I came back I expected to see a whole host of other comments, but it seems that everyone else must be busy at the moment…

      Actually it seems that the comments have been quite slow these past few days – everyone must beavering away at their new projects. Lizzie mentioned to me that she had only had a couple of comments since your promotion of her. I said I hadn’t had any for 5 days!

      However I really understand where you are coming from here. I have been looking at it from a point of view of safety for our young people, but as social networking grows, more notice will be taken of what is written.

      We do need to be so careful about what we say, sometimes without thinking the consequences through too much and it only hits us later, sometimes through less well-intentioned reasons (for some).

      So thanks for putting this into focus – it is easy to get carried away with what we write. Another good reason for proof-reading first!

      If you have any other useful information for young people in particular, do let me know as you will see if you read my latest post.

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    3. Tommy McLaughlin

      Hi Gary,

      Yep, wise words would expect no less in the temple ;-)

      I personally do not use my ‘works laptop’ for personal issues/blogs etc, they don’t mind a small bit of ‘surfing’ but I would never abuse ….

      Hell, I remember working for a company in the ’80’s (I was a young chap!) and the whole office getting chinned for using the internal ‘messenger’ system …. things did get out of hand and I think had it happened in current times …. it would have been ‘curtains’ for us all …… in the politically correct society we live in ……

      I have let out a smile though thinking back at the machines they called computers back then …. wee tiny green screens etc etc lol !!

      @ Hils – Yeah, I will hold my hands up at been one of the many bashing away creating a product …. I have posted on my blog today about the Best Laid Plans o’mice & men …..

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    4. Dean Holland

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      There are many people at my work that know of my blog and what Im doing but it does not of yet seem to have been commented about. I would be somewhat ‘worried’ about my direct boss reading my posts but I cant let that influence my writing .

      As you know big G we are honest folk that write factual and honest posts, I refuse to let my boss alter that !

      Thanks for your support on my new post, if you didnt guess I have basically separated from my fiancee. We were together for over 6 years so upsetting times my friend !

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    5. Mrs Renee Olson

      Hello my old friend,

      Yes (@Hils) I am guilty, guilty, guilty of working on my business. Actually, I’m still trying to decide what my direction is. Like Linda said before… I have an empty storefront. But that’s OK, I see more clearly everyday.

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      I read about so many other people and know about their families intimately. Well, at least I thought I did. Maybe none of it is true and maybe all of it is true. But your point is well made and I must heed the warning.

      Please be advised that I would appreciate any of you watching over me. I’m sure I have to go back and reread some of the things I have posted on my blog to make sure that I am not jepoardizing my family or finances. I will not be offended if anyone ever suggests that my content is DANGEROUS to me, my family or someone else.

      Thanks Gaz for the posting.

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    6. jeffrey dibble

      Hi Gary,

      Never really thought people will watch a newbie blog like mine and be serious with what I said. Not that I don’t mind but I am new to blogging.

      I really appreciate you take the trouble of writing this post for all to see. From now onwards, I will be very careful with what I said on my post. Thanks for this timely post of reminding me to watch what I am saying?

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    8. Paull Hamilton

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      @ Hilary – Really, this is just the “adult” version of what I was saying on the other thread about protecting the ID of the kids who now have blogs. Your comment that I quote below was most pertinent in this regard.

      “We do need to be so careful about what we say, sometimes without thinking the consequences through too much and it only hits us later, sometimes through less well-intentioned reasons (for some).”

      I heartily agree. It is one thing to give good information. It is entirely another thing to give too much PERSONAL information that may be flipped and used against us – ESPECIALLY by employers. It happens on FaceBook all the time. [See Paull Hamilton’s comment and link below!]

      @ Tommy – I remember those black and green screens – a far cry from what we have today. The problem is, Tommy, that there are “Human Relations” (I HATE that stupid term – amd all the other STUPID terms that go with that entire balderdash “industry” – like “supernumeries” – DUH!) types and so-called “Managers” who find it so easy to Google names and get the dirt on people. They can then concoct and insinuate meaning and intention according to the outcome that they desire – which, unfortunately, is to SACK who they don’t like.

      @ Dean – The thing is – MOST people do not like their jobs. That is pretty much a given. But to write that and publically state it is something more. What if a boss printed out such a statement, highlighted it, called you into his or her office then passed the copy to you and asked the question, “Why should I keep you on if you are so unhappy here?” The point I am making is that it is so easy just to alter the wording slightly and save a potential disaster. Then, when the time is right, YOU decide when YOU want to leave. [Again, see Paull Hamilton’s comment and link below – I’m getting great mileage out of that Paull, unfortunately.]

      Regarding your personal issue Dean – yes I detected that was the case from the information that you gave but I didn’t want to add to your grief by speculating on your blog. Sorry to hear it Dean but maybe all is not lost. There is such a thing as reconciliation. I could even speculate on the reason but I’ll stop right now as it is none of my, or anyone else’s, business. Hope it turns out OK mate.

      @ Renee – All I am saying is to be a little bit careful about the level of information that you provide. generalisations are OK but I won’t even name my dogs because some people may think that their names can be used for passwords or the like. General information is OK. But I don’t like to provide anything that I can be “pinned” with. That ain’t gonna happen and I have been conscious of this from day one.

      Identity theft and fraud are rampant these days. But the thing that bothers me MOST is employers keeping dossiers of who said what and then later using that information to pin an employee to the wall in an inescapable position. I used to work in a public service domain and I have seen first hand how dirty some of these people can play with their foul back-stabbing, smile-in-your-face personalities.

      @ Jeffrey – Again, all I am saying is to be careful. Only publically say what you can defend and prove and DON’T make disparaging remarks about employers, companies or identities. And just generalise when it comes to your own personal details. Glad you found this warning timely and useful.

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    10. Michael J Ottman

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      If my company wants to fire me, then so be it. Jobs aren’t secure anyway. That’s why we are doing this right? For real freedom. My sincerest concerns for those involved and my prayers go out to them.

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      Hopefully people take your motivational moments and apply them in their lives. The best thing we can do is to walk the walk and talk the talk. Honesty and integrity is getting harder and harder to come by these days so it all has to start from within. That my friend is all I can do.

      I appreciate all the previous comments as I have read them all and intend on visiting more of their blogs. I’ve at least visited and read on them already but have been busy creating my own products. Everyone will have to find their own balance.

      Thanks again Gary for words which stir up the heart along with the mind. We’ll talk soon.

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    11. Dean Henry

      Hi Gary,

      Its the same thing as words. You cannot take back what you said! Once you said it, its captured by the listeners brain, and its stays there forever. There is absolutely no point in saying “I’m sorry, I take back what I said” afterwards.

      So, with regards to posting, I definitely want to be careful on how I post my comments from now on. Thanks for reminding me.

      (Is there really somebody watching?…..i.e. Eagle Eye style?)

      Dean Henry

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      Hi Gary,

      I hope you, your family and puppies are well. It was quite strange today as something urged me to visit your site and I’m glad I did.

      Your post has certainly hit a note with me, a good one of course, as it’s ever so true that we must be careful of what we write about others whether that be in regards to an individual, a group or an organization/government agency.

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      Honesty and integrity in business is virtually extinct these days. Sure, everyone PROMISES outstanding service but it is rarely delivered. And I detest those useless “mission statements.” The other thing I hate to hear is “Our policy states…” My usual answer to that is, “I don’t care WHAT your so-called policy states…”

      The customer is NOT always right but in my business I cannot ever remember a time when I haven’t been able to pacify somebody or win them over. And I cannot understand why others can’t be bothered doing the same. OK, down off the soapbox. LOL!

      @ Dean (Henry) – Thanks for coming over. I guess you followed the link from Deano’s blog, huh? I have seen you over there a bit. Anyway, thanks for teleporting over. I read something once that said there were two things you can never get back:

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      2 – the spoken (or written) word.

      So what you say is quite true. In answer to your question – ANYBODY can be watching and anybody can be collecting information.

      @ Nigel – How are you? Thanks for your concern for my puppsters. I am now wondering how I can train them to leave “presents” on that guy’s lawn. LOL! Seriously, I know why these dogs are called Shitzu’s. Between number ones and twos I have to stop approximately 7-10 times for the older one and 2-3 times for the madcap younger one whose only mission in life is to lead the older one – in EVERYTHING. She has to be FIRST! It’s quite funny actually.

      Yep, there is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that employers watch their employees on the various social media networks – PARTICULARLY if they have an axe to grind and WANT just a little more evidence” to make a move against someone. So, my questions are, “Why provide the ammunition? Why incriminate yourself?”

      Gary

    14. Nikki

      I just want to pop in with a very small point here (I know, completely out of character for me), and it’s specific to Facebook.

      Did you know you can set the privacy settings on your profile to hide yourself? A lot of the problems coming up at present are because people are leaving their profiles open so that they can be accessed by anyone with a Facebook account, but you can lock it so that only your name and display picture is visible (assuming it isn’t an incriminating picture – me, with my reputation?!), or you can completely lock it so that you don’t appear to be on FB unless you’ve given permission to specific friends.

      If people aren’t following that basic common sense then that is why they are being caught out. For instance, if you were to search for me on there, all you will see is my name and a mini version of my display pic. Nothing else. Unless of course I have chosen to add you as a friend, at which point you’ll be able to see all sorts of random nonsense (as if you’d expect anything less from me!).

      As with ALL things, used properly and with a large dose of common sense then it can be entertaining.

      Off on a tea mission now.

      Nix

    15. Gary

      Nikki – I was playing around with your name and reversing the order and guess what? Stephens Nikki becomes Stevie Nicks – just a bit of “randomness” for you to mull over – LOL!

      On that, I have always rather liked the words of this…

      “Rhiannon rings like a bell thru the night
      And wouldnt you love to love her
      She rules her life like a bird in flight
      And who will be her lover…

      All your life youve never seen
      A woman – taken by the wind
      Would you stay if she promised you heaven
      Will you ever win…

      She is like a cat in the dark
      And then she is the darkness
      She rules her life like a fine skylark-
      And when the sky is starless-

      All your life youve never seen-
      A woman – taken by the wind
      Would you stay if she promised you heaven
      Will you ever win…”

      Back to the matter at hand – yes you are quite right about those basic security parameters on Facebook. Personally, I have no need to get on that damn thing too. I reckon I am already on so many useless things and it is ALL so damn time consuming.

      Um, do you have an “incriminating” pic on Facebook? OK. I changed my mind. Can you sign me up immediately? LOL!

      You and your damn tea! BTW, what is your preferred brand? I may have asked you that once before – can’t remember. I do hope it is not Earl Grey!

      Gary

    16. Nikki

      Superb lyrics!

      I particularly liked

      “She is like a cat in the dark
      And then she is the darkness”

      That pretty much sums me up! Oh, ok, so there might be a little more to me than that. But it’s a damn good start!

      In short – yes, but not too bad. Nothing that could be used to blackmail me. I find it quite useful for staying in touch with people as my friends are all over the place, although it does have very irritating moments.

      Anyway.

      Tea – PG Tips please. No, I can’t stand Earl Grey, no fancy random tea for me. Just good old straightforward normal tea please. Just finishing a cup off now in fact.

      Good times.

      Nix

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    17. Gary

      Yeah, I have always liked them. Meow! PMSL!

      You mean irritating like Twitter – ie you see one person’s comments in 15 or 16 or more of the 20 panels of the page. Now THAT irritates me – especially if its a variation of the same bloody theme – like BUY THIS NOW!

      The other thing on Twitter that annoys me is the dropkicks that get about 50 pix of gorgeous women all in rather provocative poses and all of whom lead you to the same dumb site – oddly enough, usually a mobile (cell) phone site. When I see that I just do a SPAM ALERT and the Twitter Administrators are straight onto it. I have had d*ckh*ads like that banned in about 15 minutes. Which leads me to my next point…

      … I will bet London to a brick that they read “selected” DM’s (Direct Messages) – a little bit of “monitoring” from the Twitterazis.

      Oh, here’s another Twitter peeve of mine – some celebrity with 175,352 followers who is following 7 people – one of whom is ALWAYS Richard Branson. Like WTF? Throw the plebs a bone you basketballers and celebrity chef types – just coz you can chuck a ball or cook goat’s-head-soup! DUH!

      Yes, I think Earl Grey is yucky-poo tea. To me it tastes like diswashing liquid has been left inside the cup. Sorry the Earl Grey Company – don’t sue me – I just don’t like your tea AT ALL!

      Now, Nix, have you ever had Japanese green tea? Yummy! Steeped in a nice pot like the one I have and with the little Japanese cups that is VERY nice – and good for you too!

      Gary

      PS: You know why I chose those lyrics, don’t you? [Apart from liking them, that is – er… and the way Stevie Nicks used to prance about on stage]

    18. James Woodfield

      Hi Gary,

      Thanks for your kind comments over at mine.

      I’m glad to know the pupsters are OK. What a horrific story! I’m guessing that you yourself didn’t suffer any personal damage. Hope not, anyway.

      From what you say, I gather that both the vicious dog and its negligent owner still live. I imagine that your legendary self-discipline helps in such cases!

      Sorry to hear about the hassles (harrassment?) your friend has been going through at work. I hope the matter will be resolved satisfactorily , and I’m glad you’ve warned everyone about this problem.

      As I hinted over at Nikki’s blog, you can never tell what is going to upset an employer. Obviously, ridicule of the company’s mission statement, no matter how apt, isn’t likely to go down well, no matter how richly-deserved that ridicule may be. But people have been dooced for much less than that.

      The rules are usually vague at best, and open to varied interpretation. If your company has any excuse for claiming that you might be ‘bringing it into disrepute’ in any way, they might use it against you if it suits them to do so.

      Even if you’re blogging at home and think you’re anonymous; even if you don’t deliberately identify your employer – you still have to be careful. If what you’re writing can be linked with your employer, either through your own identity or by any other means, they can make it unpleasantly personal.

      I was glad to read recently, by the way, that mission statements had largely gone out of corporate fashion, devalued by ridicule and by their own crass and inept rhetoric!

      And some good news from Facebook, too, for those that DO use it.
      The other day, on Hilary’s blog, I was talking about potential dangers of the web, particularly for young people. I left a link to a story reporting widespread concern that, through their terms of service, Facebook was effectively claiming ownership of all material uploaded to it, including personal photos.

      Well, they have now stated publicly that they are NOT doing that.
      “People should own their information”, they said.
      And yesterday, they went further, by announcing their intention to introduce a democratic system of government, under which users will be able to comment and vote on Facebook policy. Which was nice.

      All the best,

      James

      ps “London to a brick” … That”s great, never heard that before! Is that Strine?

    19. Gary

      @ James – Thanks for your concern about my poodles. The annoying thing for me was that when they realised the danger – pretty well straight away – one went one way around my legs and the other went the opposite way – effectively tying me up with their leads – LOL! That was pretty frustrating. And then this dude came racing out with a motor bike helmet in his hand. And I’m yelling at him to call his bloody vicious dog off and he’s yelling at me. Oh dear. What a mess!

      Oh, Facebook must be dreaming if they ever believed they owned personal photos. That is SO stupid.

      James, that “London to a brick” saying is old. I am surprised that you haven’t heard it. Maybe it is Australian, I dunno.

    20. Linda

      Hi Gary…

      Good post… in a backhand way. I have a hard-nosed opinion on this topic. I don’t think “posts and comments” are the root of the problem. Posts and comments are just manifestations of “mouth and ego.”

      IMHO, the Internet has fostered the “me, me, me” era. I hear the line about “being true to myself” bandied about far too much. For some people, being true to their self (apparently) means badmouthing the boss or company they’ll gladly take money from every 2 weeks. While that might garner attention (possibly the wrong kind) it really doesn’t speak well of the person saying it.

      Add to it the vast number of people that use blogs to whine about or ridicule their spouse, inlaws or children. Then add in people who use blogs to flirt, wink and otherwise bolster their ego.

      Surfing blogs is a lot like going to a huge dinner party, with hundreds of people. There will be the people gossiping. And the people griping about their boss, or moaning about their spouse, or complaining about their kids. There will be the men that hit on to every halfway attractive female in the room. There will be the women who need to out-sexy every other woman in the room.

      And then there will be the people who don’t act that way. The people who don’t act that way are the minority. Often (not always) they are the successful people in the group. And there’s a reason for that, and it’s because (generally) we have to get shite together on the inside before we experience success on the outside. What we “have” is just a manifestation of what we “are”.

      IMHO, anyone posting anything online (posts OR comments) should ask themselves a couple of questions, like;
      1) How would the person who pays me feel if they read this?
      2) How would my husband, wife or children feel if they read this?

      Pick a mentor. I don’t care who. Tony Robbins. Jim Rohn. Harv Eker. Whoever. Someone who is what you epitomize as a success. What would that person think of you if they read your blog? Would they say wow, what an up and comer? Or….

      I think those questions would prevent a lot of the “danger” you refer to.

      Yes, there are people that troll the Internet looking for ways to create trouble. But, too often, people create their own trouble when they engage their mouth before they engage their brain. It seems to be a part of the human condition. Human nature is the problem. Fortunately, it’s also the solution. Yin and yang.

      It’s like Mom says… if you think before you speak, you can prevent a lot of problems.

      /rant

    21. Gary

      Hi Linda,

      I was wondering where you have been. Hope you have been OK.

      I have never liked even to hear that bad-mouthing the boss stuff and I have heard it a lot, and over a long period and in MANY work places. I used to tell people, “Well, why don’t you leave?” I never ever did get a decent answer back for that. So now, if it is just routine bitching I don’t even bother. Most people seem to dislike their boss, for one reason or another.

      Heh… heh… I just KNOW I am gonna get into trouble for this but, well, here goes anyway – LOL!

      “There will be the women who need to out-sexy every other woman in the room.”

      Apart from the fact that I quite like that (LOL), I have heard that women dress to impress not men, but other women. Now that’s what I HEARD! That’s not ME saying that. I am merely repeating it.

      I actually like to move through places like shopping centres and spot the glamour dolls and then watch the reactions from other women as they walk by. It is a VERY interesting thing to do.

      I guess I have said lots of things that have been a bit crass, a bit out-there and maybe a bit too saucy but… I just like to throw it all out there to see what gets a response. It’s part of my smorGAZZboard – LOL!

      Oddly enough, on Twitter, when I make remarks that can be taken a couple of different ways I seem to get a flurry of followers. I have noticed this fairly consistently.

      With regards to people that we hold in high esteem, I think everyone has their weaknesses and certainly some skeletons hanging about in various closets. Some are well hidden, others are not. Look at the dirt that politicians dig up on each other. And a certain so-called “charismatic” (former)President – “Ah did not have seyx with that woman!” turned it into an artform.

      I heard a story at Christmas-time about some VERY senior legal people and those who sit in judgement of others and I was absolutely MORTIFIED at what was said – supposedly by the eye-witnesses themselves – a man and a woman (credible people IMO), who swore that what they revealed was the dead-set truth. That was very disturbing, and those in attendance – about a dozen of us were kinda shell-shocked.

      Anyway, I guess a backhand compliment is better than none at all, or a backhand slap – LOL! At least this is all on show now for people to read and think about.

      My hope is that those who have a job to protect read all this and think twice before they make any comments that could be regarded as detrimental or attacking the company or the boss(es) they work for. That was the whole thrust of it in the first place and it has been bothering me for quite some time. Hence, here it all is.

      Gary

      PS: I still want to talk about the email that I mentioned above in my opening comments.

    22. Linda

      Heh… heh… I just KNOW I am gonna get into trouble for this but, well, here goes anyway – LOL!

      “There will be the women who need to out-sexy every other woman in the room.”

      Apart from the fact that I quite like that (LOL), I have heard that women dress to impress not men, but other women. Now that’s what I HEARD! That’s not ME saying that. I am merely repeating it.

      I wasn’t referring to how women dress.

      You know the guys that hit on women to prove how sexy they are?
      I was talking about the female version.

      Some guys have to act macho to feel masculine or to prove their masculinity to the world. Other guys are secure enough in their masculinity that they don’t need to prove anything to anyone by acting macho. Likewise with women and their sex appeal.

      And a certain so-called “charismatic” (former)President – “Ah did not have seyx with that woman!” turned it into an artform.

      I don’t think it was turned into an artform, I think it was turned into a media circus. The media thrives on sensationalism because it garners eyeballs, which garners ad revenues. How the media does anything isn’t a guideline that I’d want to live by.

      K, I’ll shut up now, lest you think I’m on a high horse. Really, I don’t even have a horse, let alone a high horse. Who’s got time for the grooming and feeding of such a beast? Certainly not me. lol

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    23. Garry Parkes

      Hi Gary,

      Some very, very good points made by a lot of people.

      It really is a shame that across the world many people cannot (or dare not) make remarks that they believe in because it may cause offence to someone else or viewed as inappropriate by someone else and they use it against them. This is the result of political correctness which has nothing to do with correctness and everything to do about making everyone confirm to someone else’s rule-set. A rule set that if you don’t agree with then you are deemed socially flawed and your views must be changed to the ‘norm’. Whatever happened to free speech?

      Employers (and governments) would rather have brainless morons that do not think for themselves or have a view about anything. That is, just toe the line and don’t think for themselves at all otherwise they are deemed as troublesome. Creativity and taking responsibility for things become stifled and you overall end up with a less productive lot. Who knows where it will all lead in the long run?

      Whoops, maybe I should not of wrote that. The Internet Police maybe on the prowl and cut my ISP connection. :-)

      Garry

    24. Nikki

      Hi Linda,

      As always, some very interesting points. I’m going to quote a couple of them (look, at least I’m not quoting myself unlike some we could mention!)

      You said:

      “Surfing blogs is a lot like going to a huge dinner party, with hundreds of people. There will be the people gossiping. And the people griping about their boss, or moaning about their spouse, or complaining about their kids. There will be the men that hit on to every halfway attractive female in the room. There will be the women who need to out-sexy every other woman in the room. “

      That’s life isn’t it. You see it everywhere – supermarkets, coffee shops, shopping centres, bars, clubs, work etc etc (no prizes for guessing where I spend my time). A lot of people seem to want that one-up-man-ship on the person next to them. I see it at work, even in the most basic of discussions. “Oh, your child has got a cold? Yeah, well, mine had flu last week”. Some people are so unhappy within themselves that the only way that they can find any validation is to ‘compete’ with the people around them.

      People don’t understand that the responsibility of their own happiness lies with them. It is no-one but my own responsibility to be happy, which is why on the whole I’m a very happy and chilled person. Others around me are always asking how I can be so relaxed about stuff – because I have learned from an early age that other people have their own agendas – sometimes hidden, sometimes visible – and that I can’t let these agendas impact on me because it will be detrimental. Sadly too many people force their issues onto other people and everyone gets sucked down into a spiral of negativity.

      You also said:

      “IMHO, anyone posting anything online (posts OR comments) should ask themselves a couple of questions, like;
      1) How would the person who pays me feel if they read this?
      2) How would my husband, wife or children feel if they read this? “

      On a slightly superficial level, my work people would laugh if they saw some of the stuff that I have written, as I tend to talk like that at work as well. But I have always been very aware of what I have written in that respect – I do genuinely like the job that I am in now, so I have no wish to leave myself a present on my own doorstep.
      2) doesn’t really apply to me -currently without husband, wife or children. And long may it stay that way!!

      Sorry, I’ve gone off-point. The 2 questions that you have posed there are important ones to ask when posting – if suddenly faced with a post or comment by the people mentioned, could you explain it?

      Then you added in the bit that I probably would have trouble with, unless my ‘successful’ person has a random sense of humour.
      (That was this bit

      “Pick a mentor. I don’t care who. Tony Robbins. Jim Rohn. Harv Eker. Whoever. Someone who is what you epitomize as a success. What would that person think of you if they read your blog? Would they say wow, what an up and comer? Or…. “

      in case you were wondering)

      Er, in my case…I dread to think! But I would hope that they would see that there is intelligence behind all the randomness that goes on over at the Lair.

      Eeek! This bit:

      “people create their own trouble when they engage their mouth before they engage their brain”

      Oh. That’s me all over.

      Gaz-Man you said:

      “Most people seem to dislike their boss, for one reason or another.”

      In my case it was because I just could not respect these people. The way some of them behaved was not excusable, and therefore I couldn’t respect them. I don’t need to like who I am working for / with, but I do need to be able to see them as a human and be able to respect them for it. Where I am now is the first place that I have worked where I can genuinely say that I respect the people there – both as colleagues and as humans.
      [BTW – feel free to edit this if you feel it isn’t apppropriate to put that bit in!]

      However, I do get your point – a lot of people moan & complain simply because it is the thing to do at work. If there is no reasoning for it, then be quiet. If it’s legitimate then take it up with your boss, or indeed their boss. Get the issues resolved.

      Linda, in your second response you said:

      “You know the guys that hit on women to prove how sexy they are?
      I was talking about the female version.”

      Again, this can be seen everywhere, in all walks of life, whether online or offline. Even within my extended family this is obvious (and no, just for once I’m not talking about me). For some people, that is all they can offer. Oh, sure, it works well when you’re young, but then as you get older and the very things you traded on are fading (looks, figure etc), then what are you left with? I do feel slightly sorry for these people – but then I do have a slightly cruel chuckle to myself when I’m just getting better and better with age, and they’ve gone well past their prime. Oh, ok, so that was quite directly bitchy of me.

      I also agree with your point on the ex-president. What was seedy enough in private just became a laughing stock and focused attention on completely the wrong things. But then that’s the role of the media. People generally don’t want to have to think about things, they just want to have sensationalism served up on a plate to divert for the fact that their lives are so damn boring. Sorry, I appear to have borrowed your high horse, despite you not thinking you have one!

      Garry – very well said:

      “This is the result of political correctness which has nothing to do with correctness and everything to do about making everyone confirm to someone else’s rule-set. A rule set that if you don’t agree with then you are deemed socially flawed and your views must be changed to the ‘norm’. Whatever happened to free speech? “

      Absolutely. You can now be sued for practically anything, and so people are being brought up to be dumbed down (see my comment over at Hilary’s blog for my thoughts on education / parenting etc).

      Your next point:

      “Employers (and governments) would rather have brainless morons that do not think for themselves or have a view about anything.”

      is also so accurate. Have you ever worked in a large public sector organisation? Enough said. People fear others ‘breaking out of the mould’, and so they like to employ the people that will stay there, not ask questions, and provide very little trouble. That isn’t exactly the way to progress throughout life or business in my opinion (can’t really call it humble with a reply of this length!)

      ………………………………………………

      I think I’ve typed enough here to last my next 2 lifetimes, so now seems a good time to stop – I can guarantee as soon as I submit though that I’ll have something else to add!

      Nix

    25. Gary

      Hi Linda,

      Yes, this is indeed a most fascinating subject. BTW, I just need to point this little technicality out… you have quoted ME quoting YOU so… technically, YOU are now quoting YOU! LOL! That is just too funny, given your recent comments about my penchant for me quoting myself. PMROTFL with that thought.

      OH! I see, well, I never mind being “hit on” so to speak. Depends who is doing the hitting, of course. LOL! But IF that happens then I just take it as a compliment and think to myself, “Gazza, you still got it!” Now I am defo PMS. And if everyone were truthful about it then they would more than likely say the same damn thing.

      Regarding “macho” I don’t think mucho of macho at all. In fact, it reminds me of that bunch of gay singers – LOL!

      Most so-called “tough guys” have serious issues with self-esteem. It’s like the guy covered in tattoos who just HAS to have a so-obvious pit bull terrier or some other giant ferocious dog to prove how heroic he is. And then he will beat it to make it even more vicious so he can feel even tougher. Duh! Those guys are delusional.

      I, on the other hand, have two really cutsie dogs who I just love the heck out of. Make of that what you will. Maybe I just like small, adorable dogs. I also don’t feel the need to splatter my arms and neck and chest and other body parts with tattoos. Some tattoos are OK and some suit the wearer. Incidentally, I could make a big isue of this (especially on the whole women tattoo thing) but, like you, I will rein myself in – UNUSUAL, I know. LOL!

      On the cigar wielding former US President, I agree with you entirely. In fact, I am becoming very concerned with the sensationalistic, rabid “have to BREAK this story FIRST at ALL costs” demands and obsessions of the media. That is why I now spend much more time on the Internet where I can pick and choose what I want rather than getting every sad and negative story and beat-up rammed down my effen neck EVERY time I switch on. I am just so over that shite (to use your derivative of that obvious word – you know I quite like it when you do that – LOL!)

      Anyway, Linda, nice of you to stop by and add to the discussion here. You know you are always welcome – even if you agree, sort of agree or even disagree with me. I like all points of view, providing they are based on solid foundation – which yours always are.

      Gary

    26. Linda

      (look, at least I’m not quoting myself unlike some we could mention!)

      Nikki… lololololol. OMG, that was funny. That was a good point about other people having their own agendas. The fastest road to stress is trying to please the proverbial “everyone.” (P.S. Would you feed the horse for me?)

      It really is a shame that across the world many people cannot (or dare not) make remarks that they believe in because it may cause offence to someone else or viewed as inappropriate by someone else and they use it against them. This is the result of political correctness which has nothing to do with correctness and everything to do about making everyone confirm to someone else’s rule-set. A rule set that if you don’t agree with then you are deemed socially flawed and your views must be changed to the ‘norm’. Whatever happened to free speech?

      Garry… I’m not sure it always falls into political correctness. IMHO, nothing happened to free speech. At least in the USA. “Freedom of speech” is an American concept. In other countries, we don’t have free speech.

      But freedom of speech does not translate to the publishing world – never has – burden of proof exists in the publishing world. If you print it, you have to be able to prove it in a court of law. Blogs and forums are classified as publishing if the owner/moderator has the ability to delete or edit a comment. For anything online to be deemed outside the realm of publishing, there must be no moderation. Then the publisher is not liable.

      Unfortunately, it’s the “bad eggs” that made it that way. Just like spammers make email difficult for the rest of us. It’s the people who violate copyright, or buy something and use it incorrectly (or not at all) and then scream SCAM, RIPOFF, etc. The people who slander a good name because they have their undershorts in a knot.

      I saw a post on one forum in which someone was calling some company a scam and ripoff. Complaining that they paid and didn’t get the item and wanted to “alert the world” of the scam. The post was followed by dozens of “OMG, I was gunna buy that now I’m not” posts.

      The following morning, the company owner posted and said I’m sorry, 404 and technical problems happen. We will give you the product and a refund. But how people saw the original post and never saw the resolution? How many people think the company is a scam based on the over reactor? That kind of stuff happens.

      Likewise, too many people are disgruntled at their jobs and slam the very company that employs them because it’s easier to bitch on a blog than take the appropriate channels at work to resolve an issue.

      The whiners and slanderers of the world create the rules the rest of us have to suck up. We wouldn’t need many of those rules if everyone could use their brain before they hit the publish button.

      /rant (again) lol.

    27. Gary

      OMG! This blog post is on the RUN! And I have a wedding to go to. Well, I shall just have to reserve a space below for my replies and comments and come back.

      Garry, Nikki (GOD! Look at the size of that thing! – bound to get a reaction – LOL!) and Linda… I will be back!

      In the meantime, if the occasion suits you, then by all means just continue with out me for a little while. Back tomorrow! Have a nice time on the weekend folks.

      Gary

      >>>>>>>> Well, I am back. The wedding was nice but since nobody would know any of the people involved it seems rather pointless to describe it, so I wll just continue where I left off yesterday.

      @ Garry – DAMN! I just added a really long comment here about my days in the public service and I lost the whole bl**y thing. It was one of the very few times I didn’t save my comment before publishing and it happened. DUH! I know many people have done this coz I see the comments everywhere.

      Basically, I was supporting what you said above and what I have stated elsewhere on this blog that initiative is something that you should NOT display in government jobs. I used to work in an accounts department. There were six “Accounts Payable” clerks and our job was to match orders, authorisations, job numbers and check invoices for accuracy then pay them.

      I could easily have 100 done by lunch time while all the other slackers would only do 30 to 40 for the entire day. So, for a few days I, too, decided to do the same amount. I got called into the boss’s office whereupon he wanted to know why my work output was down. I explained that as I was the youngest and I was only being paid 65% of what the older guys were (coz it was all based on age back then) and that they were doing less than half of what I did that it wasn’t fair. His reply really upset me. He said, “Gary, I just expect more from you.” Then he told me off.

      Well, even back then I was a feisty character. The next day I went mad and did 700. Naturally, that made me really unpopular. After that I wised up and left. I couldn’t sit there with a bunch of do-do’s doing mindless, brain-numbing assembly line processing any longer. Unfortunately I wasted a LOT of years in that stupid job. Compared to what people of my age back then are bow able to do on the internet that really annoys me. You see, I wasted a lot of my life doing that crap and working for unappreciative bosses in thankless positions where your only feedback was criticism.

      So Garry, I agree with you when you said this 100%:

      “Employers (and governments) would rather have brainless morons that do not think for themselves or have a view about anything. That is, just toe the line and don’t think for themselves at all otherwise they are deemed as troublesome. Creativity and taking responsibility for things become stifled and you overall end up with a less productive lot. Who knows where it will all lead in the long run?”

      Spot on mate. I hope your trip to London over the weekend was a good one.

      @ Nikki – I think you are becoming a damn fine ranter – LOL! I saw that huge monolith over at Hilary Dickinson‘s blog when we were on what I call “the dumbing down” of our children by the so-called “education system” and now you have done the same here. I tell ya what… you are in pretty exalted company with Linda Caroll there. When Linda gets on a roll it’s always pretty entertaining.

      Nice points Nikki and BTW… very funny! Yes, I DO quote myself at times. So what! I am glad you are now BOTH amused by my little self-serving trait.

      Nix, of all the points you made, I like this one the best:

      “It is no-one but my own responsibility to be happy, which is why on the whole I’m a very happy and chilled person. Others around me are always asking how I can be so relaxed about stuff – because I have learned from an early age that other people have their own agendas – sometimes hidden, sometimes visible – and that I can’t let these agendas impact on me because it will be detrimental.”

      See? I do like to quote others – LOL!

      @ Linda – Gee you have had a couple of red hot goes here. That horse must be just about plumb tuckered out – LOL!

      The points you made about silly people OVER-reacting are well placed. I have seen this too. I think this is the worst part of the web 2.0 social media market that we are now in. Many marketers have become aware that if they try to market sh*t products then word spreads like wildfire so THEY have to do more and be better at what they do by providing first-class information. Unfortunately, some people who are just so negative that it gets in the way of their own daily wellbeing, can sh*tcan people most unfairly and then cause others to follow suit.

      I have seen this on a certain forum quite a few times when the “GANG” comes in to beat-up on somebody. That pack mentality is always pretty ugly stuff but they seem to enjoy it, stupidly.

      Gary

    28. Thom Swartwood

      Gary,

      I am very happy to know that you were able to step in and make sure that your pups were not hurt. Here we could of asked to have this dog put down. As a dog owner I am guessing you would not want to see that. My problem is if people are unable or unwilling to take care of their pets then they should not have them. If a dog is known to attack or even chase other dogs (or humans) then they should be restrained in one manner or another.

      Read your post the other day, although I wanted to take some time to see what others had to say about it. I also wanted to see how this whole thing worked out.

      I completely understand and know that we all have to be aware of what is placed online. I also feel it goes to far when the company you work for uses something placed on a private blog against you. I for one have never posted, worked on, or even sent email from the computer I use at work. I understand the company owns that computer and can look at what is on it at anytime.

      It is great that you have no one to answer to except the man upstairs. I have been in that position before in my life although today I am one of those few people who really like their job. My job entails working in the corporate world as a trainer. Up until just the last couple of days I really looked forward to going to work each morning. This feeling is new to me because I spent 16 years working at a job I did not like and I even owned the company.

      I for one will always think twice before posting something that the people I work for could see and use against me. It is to bad that your friend had to learn this lesson the hard way.

      To all of your readers I would suggest that they count to 10 and really think about who might be looking at their website before posting anything.

      Thank again and have a great wedding

      Thom

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    29. Gary

      Hi Thom – Thanks for your sentiments. No, I wouldn’t want to see the dog put down. I’d just like to see the boofheads who own these vicious mutts get fined – heavily.

      It’s a sad state of affairs when something fairly innocent can be used to punish another person but we all know that there are people out there who “live” off causing trouble and harm to others. They go out of their way to do it because it feeds their own need to feel important and in control.

      I just wanted to touch on that email subject that I mentioned in my opening post. I figure it is as good a place as any here and now, so here goes.

      THE EMAIL…

      One of my training partners was telling me the other night down at the gym that he got into an exchange with a junior female employee over the phone about a staffing issue. Let’s call him “John” just for the sake of simplicity here.

      The young woman was “paying out” on John over something she deemed was wrong – ie not “protocol.” John had reasons for not revealing something to her but she would have none of it and kept hammering him for information and basically telling him off coz she worked in “Human Resources” and she needed to know everything. John told me he was stern with this young lady but not rude. And I can believe that – it is definitely NOT in his nature to be rude. In fact, he is a really respectful kinda guy.

      Next thing – this woman had obviously gone to the senior person in HR and complained (in tears, apparently) – the HR Manager then sends an email of complaint to John, his Manager and not only that, also to the General Manager interstate. The HR Manager (another woman) took sides with her employee against John without even asking him for his side of the story. So, now John has to defend himself against the allegations made against him and even to the General Manager of the company he works for.

      I find the shoot-from-the-hip actions of the HR Manager utterly pathetic.

      At the very least she should have asked John to come to her office and listened to what he had to say. If it had been me then that is what I would have done. Then, if it was at odds with what the woman said I would have mediated a discussion between the two of them and hopefully it would all have been settled there and then.

      But NO! Now it has elevated – NEEDLESSLY – into an inter-departmental sh*t-fight which is being monitored by the company General Manager. This is a COMPLETE waste of time and an abuse of correct dispute resolution procedures. Because the HR Manager has gone off half cocked, she now has to defend her stupid decision or face being made to look a fool herself. There’s no guessing at who she is gonna back here and it isn’t John.

      Sometimes you just have to wonder at the lack of commonsense of people who are supposedly in charge.

      Gary

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    31. John Halderman

      Wow, lots of good stuff going on here!

      First, Good you were able to cover your pups. A similar uncontrolled dog gobbled up a kitten my wife had many years ago. And as much as we want to blame the dogs, it’s his ‘keeper’ that should be (appropriate punishment here) punished.

      And I agree about your take on the strutting of Stevie Nicks, oh yea! The music somehow sounded even better when you were watching them perform it!

      With all the great points made about your main topic Gary, I have another.

      In taking into consideration our freedom to express ourselves as we choose as well as the points about the restrictive nature of ‘the system’ and ‘political correctness’ there is a fine line between the two. It’s about finding the balance between them that works for each of us individually. Yes, if you are working for someone this needs to be taken into consideration, much like a chess game, what are the consequences of this behavior and what am I willing to risk?

      Also coming into play for those building a business and a presence online, how do you want to be seem? Sure there is some gamesmanship that may be employed here to attempt to produce the image one desires for themself and thier business. It may be important to many to consider our professional image with everything we do online, yes you never know who will read it. Anybody can type your name into Google and see what pops up.

      So, it’s up to each person in business to decide what their public persona will be, and because of the internet, everythnig is included! So be whoever you want to be, just remember it will flow into your business life even if done outside of it. Find your own balance between the free flowing self expression and your professional side.

      And to the employees out there. What if your boss just decides they don’t like the idea that you are building an online business rather than concentrating on being 100% loyal to “The Firm”? It might be wise to just play it down, unless the job is something you are willing to risk. And doing any personal bus stuff at the job, well enough’s been said about that already – I wouldn’t, at least until you are about ready to flick them off anyway!

      Yes, the flick! That’s that two finger thing you do while holing your hand a little above your head, and say something like , see ya! Maybe you won’t be that way, it could be a good place to work. But aren’ t amny of us into this entrapranuerial thing because like Gary and many others, spending years jobs where you are not properly rewarded for your efforts? We seek the reward of our own efforts.

      And I want to see everyone succeed but not loose that job too soon and cause other problems. Unless you are backwards like me, unlike most others just hoping to keep their job in this fear based economy, I’m turning the work down so I can do this. Yep going for IT!

      Well that’s enough for now, I’ve gone to rambling about me so time to go.

      John

    32. Gary

      Hi John - Thanks for saying that. This is certainly a good discussion and it gives everyone some perspective on this most important issue.

      There are two things that you said that I thought need a bit of extra highlighting. The first was:

      “… much like a chess game, what are the consequences of this behavior and what am I willing to risk?”

      and…

      “Find your own balance between the free flowing self expression and your professional side.”

      I thought they were good points. Thanks for taking the time to come over John.

      Gary

    33. Nikki

      Linda

      “(P.S. Would you feed the horse for me?) “

      Yep, all done. Was rather famished though!

    34. Nikki

      Pants. Gaz-Man, could you sort my code on my post above please? Prime example of fingers working well before brain has even contemplated engaging. Grr.

    35. Gary

      Nix – But, of course. All done.

      Gary

    36. David Black

      Great Article with timely material Gary.

      Hello Linda and all my adland friends here.

      Nice to make the connection again with some of you.

    37. Gary

      Hi David – Nice to re-acquaint on Twitter and thanks for dropping by to leave a comment. I’ll tell Linda that you have been here.

      Gary

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    38. brian welsh

      Hi Gary,

      Don’t know how I stumbled across your site but hey there ya go!

      Sorry to here about the attack which as you say could have been fatal. Good job you were there! Those damn things should not be allowed on the planet.

      Looks like you have been busy. Hope you have made some money!

      I have tried lots of affiliate things since Mr Jeffrey’s course and never really made much.

      I am working on my own http://www.webproductsuk.co.uk site now and hopefully will be producing websites for other people soon.

      Anyway take care and I wish you and yours all the best for the future.

      Best
      Brian

    39. Gary

      Hey Brian! How are you buddy? I almost missed that you’d slipped in here.

      I’m still offering my Time in Motion ACTION Planner that you did that wonderful cover for. And I still have your credit sitting there with it. Feel free to show that as an example of your excellent work if you want.

      Good luck with your new venture. Drop by any time and you are always welcome to promote your wares here and leave a link back as you have above.

      Good to hear from you again!

      Gary

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