“A performance indicator or key performance indicator (KPI) is a type of performance measurement. KPIs evaluate the success of an organization or of a particular activity (such as projects, programs, products and other initiatives) in which it engages. Often success is simply the repeated, periodic achievement of some levels of operational goal (e.g. zero defects, 10/10 customer satisfaction, etc.), and sometimes success is defined in terms of making progress toward strategic goals.“
Sometime soon, I’ll have to write up a more detailed account of what drove me to start writing and the changes that happened in my life to catalyze my personal growth efforts, but that will come another day. A little over 2 years ago I got divorced, which was a big change, and one reason I had to take a hard look in the mirror and decide who I was and what I wanted be. Around that time I started looking for answers and one of the venues I found for help was listening to Podcasts. I listen to a podcast called “Knowledge for Men“, which I don’t recall exactly how I found. I do know that at the time I started listening as well as today, “Knowledge for Men” is something I need. Andrew Ferebee, who quit his 9-5 and built a large successful coaching and self improvement business, is the host and creator. Now, I would hate to be thought of someone who worships Tony Robbins or resembles Greg Kinear’s character in Little Miss Sunshine, but sometimes a positive message is a nice break from the News.
Andrew interviews authors and speakers who are experts in the fields of relationships, masculinity, growth, wealth, and health. One of his guests who I found quite captivating was Sean Ogle, the founder of the “Location Rebel” blog and website, which he has grown into a Location Rebel Academy and an entrepreneurial lifestyle platform. Sean detailed how he wanted to make some changes in his own life and started a blog to share resolutions on changes he wanted to make in his life with his friends and contacts. The blog would serve to hold himself accountable for implementing those changes, and Sean would ultimately reap the benefit from accomplishing his goals and resolutions.
That’s sounded like a great idea to me. I’d already been writing a little bit, but the idea of the blog sounded like a great way for me to hold myself accountable to write more often and stick with it. I also liked the idea of putting down some of the changes I’d like to make in my own life down on “paper”, or LCD, to incent myself to actually make them happen. And that’s how the Mullet blog started.
My personal challenges include a lack of self discipline and organization. If I want to get this blog moving, I’m going to have to develop better project management skills. I’m going to have to be able to make sure I have all the supplies and material necessary for my sales calls each day as well as all the gear, food, and water, and planning I’ll need for the after work adventures. I’m already struggling with the balance. It’s going to take some extra effort to carve out time on nights and weekends to get this all coordinated, but I’m going to give it a go.
As the Dow Jones is an key performance indicator (kpi) of economic health, I feel one kpi of my performance is my car. My car has many functions in addition to its basic occupation of transporting me from point a to point b. It’s also a mobile office, gear hauler, kitchen, and classroom.
I have always struggled to optimize spacial and aesthetic actualization in my workspace. Or, in other words, I’m a slob. I see people out there who are organized and I envy them. My father always tried to teach me the place for everything and everything in its place, but like many things I rejected his advice opting to do things my own way. And while there is a saying that a clean desk is the sign of a sick mind, I think keeping at least my car in decent shape while I balance work, family, and adventure is a noble effort. At the very least it should be interesting to document some of the extremes in succeeding and failing at this goal.
So, without further adieu, are some pictures of the bad:
And here are some pictures of what we’ll call better:
I’m also starting a new blog category called “Mullet Car”, under which I will update with the good, the bad, and the ugly, of this key performance indicator. I see other people who are organized, and I note that they employ containers of various sizes to carefully house their important implements in a logical order. I seem to lack the kind of spacial vision to picture how the things I need should fit together like a puzzle instead of heap. If you’re reading this, and happen to be one of those types, and can suspend your disgust at my slob like ways, please help.