I am a friendly and outgoing guy in my 50s, currently single, living near the beach area of San Diego. I like meeting smart and creative people and want as much positive energy in my life as I can possibly get.
There probably won't be much rhyme or reason to the posts I make here. Sometimes I write about things going on in my life, other times I post business or political material, and sometimes I like things that are spiritual or related to self improvement and personal growth - and I almost always like things that are funny or off beat.
I grew up in the American Midwest - Michigan, so I have the common attribute of being a little slow to make friends but then trying to hang onto them as long as I can. I am an open book, but it takes a while to get to know me but once you have my trust I will have your back. I am fiercely loyal to my friends.
My nationality is Irish so I like a good stiff drink now and again, and have a penchant for dive bars. At the same time, I am also trying to get more health and fitness oriented and work more on my own personal growth. I like yoga but I also like martial arts.
Politically, I am a progressive libertarian - figure that one out. I am a patriotic American who considers himself to be a world citizen. I am shy but outgoing, open minded but skeptical, tough but empathetic - a nonbeliever on a spiritual path. Yes, I am a contradiction.
I develop custom business and social networks, provide project management services, as well as content and community management for organizations of all sizes. My business interests include the following:
- Small Business Development
- Economic Development
- International Business and Trade
- Internet Collaboration Technologies
- Business / Social Networking Technology
- California economy and politics
I am becoming especially passionate about small business, startups, and micro-enterprise development and welcome contact with anyone working in the new economy. In addition, I have the following specific practice areas:
- Project Acceleration Services. I use collaborative planning and scheduling tools, in conjunction with creative and brainstorming techniques help projects get completed much more quickly. Time is money - contact me if you want to learn more about this service.
- Content Creation Services. I create written content that is interesting, entertaining and useful for prospective clients while helping you communicate the benefits of your product or service. In addition, I provide full content management and community management services to help you engage prospective customers in your target market.
I run three different communities here, one public, two private and they each have a different emphasis and organization:
Entrepreneurs, Self-Employed, and Small Business.
This is a large and growing public community - almost 50,000 members now, for entrepreneurs, small business owners, startup founders and the self employed. All are welcome no matter how small or humble the business or venture. Basically this is for anyone working in the non-traditional economy.
Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative.
We recently relaunched an initiative here on Google+ called the "Virtual Brain Trust Cooperative" where we each volunteer of offer a small amount of our extra "brain power" to help each other advance in our lives, business or careers. This is being done mostly through the facilitation of small private teams, each dedicated to the success of an individual member. This initiative is still new, but the response has been really amazing and almost 2000 people are now following our Google+ page where we make our major announcements http://goo.gl/2KCAZ
Personal Growth, Self-Improvement & Life Balance.
An open discussion of personal growth and self improvement in all its aspects, from the pragmatic, to the ethereal. Includes discussions about self improvement, personal effectiveness, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience and even spirituality - anything that involves growing to our full potential and leading better lives. This is a private community so you have to request an invitation but all we really ask is that you be your authentic self and not try to impress anyone.
"He attacked everything in in life with a mixture of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence and it was often difficult to tell which was which".
Douglas Adams, "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy"
"All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you... But first, they must catch you"
Richard Adams, Watership Down
"Your mind. Your slow, plodding, tenacious mind. There has never been one quite like it, in all the history of the world. Perhaps in the history of creation."
Stephen King - the Gunslinger.
DISCLAIMER: I use Google+ as my personal micro-blog to post "whatever I want". If you are offended by unconventional political and business ideas, unpopular opinions that sometimes go against the crowd, irreverent views about religion and morality, or a lack of respect for the status quo, I suggest that you not follow me. While I am not totally insensitive to cultural norms, I will not "self censor" to accommodate anyone here. In addition, I occasionally post material that is only appropriate for adults here so don't follow me if you are underage or might be offended by such materials
. See also: photo and image sharing policy: http://goo.gl/U0ICt
Tags / Keywords / Circles
, Community Management
, Content Management
, Folk Music
, Economic Developmen
, International Business
, Internet Technolog
, Martial Arts
, New Economy
, Open Source
, Personal Development
, Project Management
, San Diego
, Self Improvement
, Small Business
, Social Business
, Social Networks
, Social Media
, Spirituality, Startups
, Web Development