The overnight success

In the social media world at the moment the two big conversation points are Periscope and Blab.

Both enable you to visually communicate with the world, or at least the part of the world that’s on the platform.

The two platforms have more than their fair share of success coaches, experts and the like who seem hell bent on making us all an overnight success.

It seems to me that most are selling stuff to each other. They verbally and in type congratulate each other in their perceived success.

The idea of being an overnight success is all fine on paper and verbally but in reality  there is more to being a success than giving money to somebody who, in return tell you what they think you want to hear.

In simple terms it has taken me over 20 years to be an overnight success, and in reality I am still working on it. It is shall we say, a work in progress. It’s just nice to know that, according to the so called experts that my success so far is due to doing things totally wrong. According to them that is.

I would give these people one piece of advice and it’s free with no strings attached. ¬†“Self praise is no praise at all.” That’s my free bit of advice.

So is it still OK with no windows then?

Regular sufferers of this blog will, if they scratch their grey matter remember than a couple of years ago I kicked Microsoft into touch and moved to Apple.

I thought it was about time that I gave you a bit of an update.

Contrary to the belief of many, my office is still functioning, day is still following night and all is well with the world. I remain very pleased with my MacBook PRO and my 21.5″ iMac, they do everything I want and more.

Though to be perfectly honest there has been a chink through a slightly open window in that I was forced to buy an inexpensive laptop running Windows last year just to run a specific program, there is no Mac version. I will admit I use it as little as I can, compared to the others it’s slow, bloated and not user friendly. It ran Windows 8.1 when I got it and now it runs Windows 10 or to give it a more suitable name Windows ET, it spends lots of the time it’s switched on phoning home. I won’t bore you repeating the many comments made about it’s desire to forward your soul to Microsoft at every opportunity. Just take a look at the many videos on the subject on Youtube.

Anyway, back to the main machines. Just after I bought the MacBook PRO I upgraded the memory to 16GB which made a great improvement on what was already a nippy machine. Another change I have made in the last 12 months is to replace the Hard drive with a solid state drive. The new drive is so much faster, for many the speed bottleneck is the speed of the hard drive and by buying this one I have removed a bottleneck.

All my business is on the laptop, and it is the day to day workhorse, the iMac seems to be little more than a media player, though that could change shortly.

If somebody asks me if I would move back to a 100% Windows environment the answer is not just “NO” it’s “HELL NO!” Certainly now I am more productive, I am not disturbed by countless updates etc. The machines just work and we can ask for no more than that.

However, to be honest if I was buying a MacBook now I would go for one of the Air models rather than the PRO, simply on weight, it’s a bit chunky to carry round. But I bought it because of three things 1. The hard drive could be replaced. 2. It’s got an ethernet port. 3. It has a CD-ROM drive. But as number three is becoming less important then it would not be a consideration now.

So there you have it, I am still happy in an office with no Windows (Well almost!)