This is my 2,500th post. I began this blog in 2003 as an experiment with a new form using one of the original blogging platforms, developed by Dave Winer, called Radio Userland. The blog was Gary Mintchell’s Radio Weblog. The sales people at Automation World wanted to capitalize somehow, and I changed the name to reflect my monthly column called FeedForward. When the market started to change and the magazine, too, I went digital only and changed the name to the present The Manufacturing Connection.

Topics have changed over time. I’m still interested in technology and people development. But many things have changed. There’s not so much control and automation anymore. Most of the tech news I come up with is software and Internet of Things. In other words, connections and data handling. Back then, leadership and productivity (Getting Things Done) were important topics. Writing about leadership now is everywhere with not much useful being added. GTD is still important, but writing about it became redundant.

I thought I’d pass along a thought I found some time ago showing the difference between successful people and unsuccessful people.

  • Successful people:
  • Read every day
  • Compliment
  • Embrace Change
  • Forgive others
  • Talk about ideas
  • Continuously learn
  • Accept responsibility for their failures
  • Have a sense of gratitude
  • Set goals and develop life plans
  • Unsuccessful people:
  • Watch TV every day
  • Criticize
  • Fear change
  • Hold a grudge
  • Talk about people
  • Think they know it all
  • Blame others for their failures
  • Have a sense of entitlement
  • Never set goals

Strive for the best and go make a difference.

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