's really came through today. I'm moving across town and Sweeps sent Nicole and Kyndra, two students from over to help. They were a HUGE help. I messed up the posting and Sweeps rushed to the rescue.
Today's experience got me thinking. It may be time to hire a part time assistant. While my #leukemia is controlled by drugs from Dr. John Byrd's amazing team at I'm slowing down. I notice this "slow down" when I try to do things I used to be able to do without difficulty such as packing boxes all day. I co-founded FoundObjects.com in 1999, a specialty gift comapny. I could pack boxes long into the night. Sadly those days are gone, baby, gone (lol).
I just posted a weekly or biweekly cleaning and light housekeeping job on Sweeps (https://sweeps.jobs/jobs/12867 ). The more I think about the job the more the scope grows (lol). Eventually the person who is trusted, obsessed with clean and organized will create too much value to continue just doing that.
This is the hidden value of Sweeps (to me). There are no "stupid" jobs anymore. Every job requires skill, intelligence and care. And every job can become bigger. Those who can truly SERVE something and someone are more rare than you may imagine.
One of the students who helped pack is studying social work. That is a special kind of selflessness. It took me forty years and getting cancer to understand the importance of service. Here was a twenty year old whose emotional maturity, at least in her understanding of how service is one of the ways we find and know ourselves, is twenty years ahead of mine.
Any job is what the person doing the job makes it. I need help around my tiny studio apartment. I need help doing things I'm finding it harder and harder to do and some day that may be MOST of what I do (lol).
If this sounds like I need to create a mini-me you aren't too far off :). I think I need a BETTER VERSION of me someone capable of challenging, learning and teaching (an old dog new tricks). I'm not giving up.
I will never "give up", but today's moving experience convinced me investing in mentorship should be mutually beneficial. If that sounds like I'm trying to lower my cost let me set that straight - I'm not. Money's primary value is to create experience and TIME. I have plenty of one and no one ever has enough of the other.
I recognize the need for the kind of intelligent help who can be trusted to assume more and more. I also understand, within six months to a year, the "intern" I hire will need to fly the coop. People who collaborate with me usually make 30% more in their next gig.
I'm not the reason for such a rising tide. The value of the #ecommerce and #marketing experiences I've been able to collect and am still creating is what makes a resume jump off the stack. My "assistant" will be able to walk and talk #seo , #contentmarketing , #socialmedia and #startups even if only partially listening.
Combine any two of those skills and your #personalbranding is more valuable after learning something about those very hot topics than before.I'm OFFERED jobs on a regular basis now and am interested in almost none of them (don't need 'em). Much like my friend these days I get paid to be me, a great gig though hard to create :).
If you can write a little code too your asking price should be six figures as that is where the market values such important skill sets these days. Coding without a sense of what to code is the definition of insanity. I have the one (knowing what to code) without the other (coding) and that too can make a person a little nuts.
So, if you are interested in learning the web, marketing and hard won secrets from an aging entrepreneur go to Sweeps Jobs #12867 (https://sweeps.jobs/jobs/12867) and start by cleaning up after the real king of my castle - Lucian the Wonder Cat. Do that job with care, brilliance and value and we will pile things on fast.
If you are sickened by the prospect of cleaning don't apply. To those so sickened let me share a story.
Sweeping 's Yard
"Sweep the yard," the "Yard Boss" at Morgan-Manhattan told me handing over a broom. I must have looked uncertain because he swept his hand across the space where large moving vans slowly exited like lumbering dinosaurs earlier that morning.
And with that, a puff of smoke and the Yard Boss' back I began the first job I ever had. I wish this story had me thinking about the best ways to accomplish the job, but that would be projecting fifty years backwards.
But I wasn't an idiot. I noticed the Yard Boss' cigarettes were the most dominant and random detritus. I brought in a coffee can filled with sand the next day. The first can received about 25% of the Yard Boss' spent cigs.
On my third day of "sweeping the yard" I brought in 4 coffee cans and halved the number of cigarettes I had to bend over and retrieve. I began to understand. I could place a hundred cans and not capture 100% of the Yard Boss and the other drivers' cigs.
There was something about flipping a spent cig that no coffee can with sand could replace. The coffee cans were like structure when I fished for bass. Those sand filled cans become gathering spots and so claimed more than half the previously flicked butts.
Behavior was now molded by action instead of mandate. I had no mandate (or any presence or confidence either btw). No one said anything about the coffee cans. The drivers and Yard Boss just started using them.
My final gambit was setting up a can with a backboard and my first "leaderboard" scaled in chalk (back when you could read my handwriting) next to the can. I wrote the names of drivers whose butts landed in the can the most.
The #gamificaiton worked claiming another 25% of the previously randomly flicked butts. At 75% collection of what were previously scattered spent cigs requiring manual pickup I'd reduced yard sweeping time by half.
"Marty," the thin, angular and taunt Yard Boss said motioning me over with a cigarette hanging between his fingers, "good job sweeping the yard this week that crazy game you created..." here he paused, looked up and past the stored containers he was in charge of and said, "was funny so next week you are on trucks".
So sweeping then analyzing and gamifying led to my first promotion. Be careful what you wish for. "On trucks" meant I got to help move furniture. Wasn't long before I longed for my broom, the dinosaur moving van yard just off of Greenwich Avenue and the taciturn Yard Boss (lol).
If you want to sweep, analyze and gamify my life apply for the Sweeps job. Remember any job is what you make it and be careful what you wish for :). Marty
Since knowing who I am is important to valuing "mentorship" here are a few places to learn about my post sweeping the yard work and life experience:
Martin Marty Smith on LinkedIn
Today is the 5th anniversary of Martin's Ride To Cure Cancer, our 3,300 mile bicycle ride across America in the summer of 2010. I used this day to remind me what is important once again - family, friends and service to others.
This post discusses Martin's Ride to Cure Cancer, David Brooks Resume vs Eulogy values and 's new app (the tool to use to keep the maddening crowd at bay).
Thanks to all those who made Martin's Ride a dream and BHAG come true. Marty
Lichtenstein, of course, did not do SEO, but if he had, we'd be looking at the way our relationship with websites changed from catchment areas where we threw our net far and wide, getting as many people through the site in the hope of achieving a small percentage conversion to digital presences that have a fully-fledged, connected existence that unites the online presence with the offline one - the business, with the people in it and behind it. That is the change that semantic search has precipitated. No business can exist as a digital shell, alone.
Amazing to think we have over 20,000 words on our #startups website after less than two years. Time flies when having fun, so we created a #trending on category and will update every few days.
Curagami incorporates our feeds where we have over 39,000 members and more than 200,000 views, so lots of trending content marketing, content curation and gamificaiton content to trend.
If you have suggestions for posts, would like to contribute your thoughts on content curation and gamification or want to "vote up" your favorite Curagami post email me at Martin(at)Curagami.com and we will incorporate your feedback. Thanks, Marty
Half of the students in my Iron Yard Code Academy front end engineering class were musicians. You and I know "front end engineering" as "graphic design" or "web masters" and the high correlation between musicians, web designers and marketers isn't random.
Web design is, as we share in a short video on this post, a strange alchemy of art, science and rhythm. Websites are collaboration by proxy and with a strange time delay. Conversations provide instant clues.
We know if we've engaged our conversational partners instantly. #webdesign is having a conversation too, but there's a time lag. Web design has conversations where we, as designers, share, listen and respond. Like throwing a stone into a quiet pond.
If web design and marketing is like music and that's why so many musicians are drawn to design websites then #jazzmusic would be the archetype. Jazz with it's collaborative frameworks and improvisation feels like web design to team .
What about you? Do you play music? I'm tone deaf, but I LOVE music from Miles to Sun Kil Moon music creates the soundtrack of my life. What music do you think web design is like and why? Shares will be worked into the piece with thanks. Marty
Durham #startups is on to something, something important and cool. Sweepsjobs.com is about to Uberize the summer job and that is nothing but net for student "sweepers", employers, brands and companies.
Sweepers helped me pack today. Movers come tomorrow and those same sweepers will help unpack on the other end. This outlines how Sweepsjobs.com (or any "tool") can transition into a social network as outlined by 's founder Ev Williams outlined (his post is linked on Curagami).
Sweepsjobs.com's journey is the journey we are ALL on, so I shared commonalities team Curagami is seeing over and over as websites and mobile apps transform becoming the communities we need them to evolve into.
Martin's Ride 5th Anniversary stories include:
* Storm on the Grand Staircase.
* Drowning In Lake Topaz.
* Falling into CA 395.
On the 5th anniversary of our 3,300 mile bicycle ride across America thought it was appropo to share 3 survival stories from our sixty day adventure that started today five years ago.
Thanks to everyone who help make my life possible including parents, siblings, friends and docs :). Marty
Want to read a brilliant post about 7 trends you may not be thinking about but are sure to influence your #webdesign ? Answer to that question has to be yes (lol), so read this great post from .
My friend Fred Stutzman's #startup is on to something. The app puts YOU back in control of your digital life.
Relief From Digital Chaos: http://www.curagami.com/magical-thinking/news/freedom-app-relief-from-digital-chaos/ #cool #startups #apps -
PS. Free tools are endangered too, so showing support in other ways (other than cash) for tools like , and others is important.
- Vassar CollegePsychology, 1976 - 1980
- Choate SchoolPrep School, 1973 - 1976
The battle to survive is so immersive forming a team of CHAMPIONS who stay calm, are willing to help more and more as your need scales and who LOVE and want to help you more than themselves is critical. Winning any dog fight depends on having the right dogs.
I'm LUCKY and have a great group of smart friends who drop everything and help. Sometimes strangers do that too confirming our innate human desire to help each other. Think about it. There are FOMs, Friends of Martin, who I know have helped me survive and accomplish big things like riding a bicycle across America
There are also FOMs I don't know. People who've dedicated their lives to saving mine and we've never met. Those are special people who have my love and appreciation too.
- CuragamiFounder, 2014 - presentCuragami is our Triangle Startup Factory accepted mashup of content marketing, online community, and crowdfunding to create an engine of high quality User Generated Content (UGC) and social shares for ecommerce websites.
- Story of Cancer FoundationFounder, 2013 - 2014Created one of first crowdfunding websites for cancer research launched December 2013. Created CureCancerStore.org.
- Atlantic BT - Marketing DirectorContent Marketer, Internet Marketer, 2011 - 2013Doubled traffic to AtlanticBT.com with content marketing, contests, games and social media. I
- ScentTrail E-CommercePresident, 2010 - 2011interviewed startup entrepreneurs including Jesse Lipson immediately before his $50M sale of ShareFIle to Citrix and Chris Hievly now running Triangle Startup Factory.
- Townsend EnterprisesDirector E-Commerce, 2002 - 2010Managed team that beat sales and profit goals for 7 years contributing more than $30M topline dropping more than $5M to the bottom line.
- Foundobjects.comFounder, 1994 - 2002Created one of the first B2B and B2C websites helping Magnetic Poetry Kit, a specialty gift, become a $50M gift.
- NutraSweetMarketing & Sales Director, 1989 - 1994P&L responsibility for $22M dairy business where we set sales and product launch reacords for three years.
- M&M/MarsUnit Manager, 1982 - 1989Managed team that sold "World's Largest Snickers Bar Display" setting off a competition and helping Midwest region to win a major sales contest.
- Procter & GambleSales Rep, 1981 - 1982Learned to sell the P&G way: Situational Summary, State The Idea, Explains How It Works and Share the Benefits.
- Vassar CollegeAssistant Director Admissions, 1980 - 1981Traveled across America interviewing perspective college students and pitching Vassar.
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