No Sleep

I never sleep cause sleep is the cousin of death

– Nas, “New York State Of Mind”

Nas has long been on of my favorite lyricists and I’ve always loved this line.

Alot of people brag about not sleeping.

Speaker Eric Thomas talks about how if you want success you have to want it as much as your next breath.  You have to be willing to work extremely hard, often meaning you can’t sleep.

I love Nas, and I’m a fan of Eric Thomas, but I completely disagree.

I think sleep is essential.

I think balance is essential.

There are times when I will have little sleep, I’ll power through a tough project or a busy time, but at the end I always end up recouping on my sleep.

If I didn’t I wouldn’t be effective.

I couldn’t always find time to sleep.  Back when we my son was born, and then my daughter,  I remember waking up at all hours of the night to change a diaper and then rock them back to sleep.  I’d wake up feeling like a zombie.

But that didn’t mean I didn’t sleep.

I’ve become a master of the power nap.  Give me twenty minutes and I can be out like light.  Wake up fully rested and recuperated.

I’ve learned the key is knowing and trusting your need for rest.

There is no point bragging about not sleeping when the result is that you become less efficient.

Take time to get the rest you need.


Show Must Go On

The show was going fine… great even.

Then I noticed more people were looking at the screen than at me.

I turned around and saw that the Powerpoint wasn’t working correctly.  Instead of showing just one slide, it was showing the presenter view – a combination of a few different and upcoming slides on the screen.

I tried to fix it.  I switched displays, I closed the presentation and opened again – didn’t work.  Then I closed the program and tried again.  Still didn’t work.

So I turned it off and went on with the show.

At first I tried to gain my footing.  I’d been knocked off my game.

It had been my first show in a couple of months – my longest break of the year with the school break, so coming back to where I was wasn’t as natural as it normally was.  But I didn’t stumble, I kept the show going and finished strong.

During my freestyle part of the show I made a joke.  The topics were banana, money and cookie monster, before I started I said, “Couldn’t have given me something easy? today is already challenging day.”  The teachers laughed.

I apologized once for the technical difficulties but I didn’t come back to it.  Didn’t dwell on it.  The show must go on.

I thought about it after – I know that teachers could empathize.  I’ve seen countless teachers get stuck trying to get their presentations working correctly.  The kids?  They didn’t care.

At least the music still worked.

And really that’s the thing, when something goes wrong people only notice when you notice it.  If you forget a line most people don’t notice.  They don’t really care.

Some people have their head in the clouds.

It doesn’t matter what you say, or how you do, it matters how you make them feel.