Almost every day, for the last 5 and a half years, I have been writing articles on The Kneeslider. I’ve done my best to write in the same tone and with the same perspective as I would use if you and I were having a one on one conversation, a tone of optimism, curiosity and appreciation for the often wonderful work done by designers, builders and companies around the world. I’ve referred many times to those I write about as the “doers,” the people who take action and then assume full responsibility for it, willing to accept whatever results come their way.
The Kneeslider’s Purpose
Knowing what I write about, though, is only half the story, it’s why I write that’s key. Why I write, the purpose behind it all, is to inspire. Though some posts on The Kneeslider are simply informative, a press release, a product recall or something similar, the far larger majority are there to show you what others have done or what they’re trying to do. Whether the project is complete or in its earliest stages, seeing people creating, designing, building and producing always makes me smile. Seeing the effort they put in, working on a goal they have no guarantee will be achieved, shows how each of these individuals has decided to move forward. For those who are not working on a goal and not accomplishing much, I’m hoping the cumulative effect of these stories will light a spark that gets you to start your own project, gives you an incentive to try your own hand at something you haven’t done before or, perhaps, inspires you to finish that project sitting far too long half done.
Yes, it’s the “Doers.”
Right now, as the economy is idling along with seemingly little forward motion, there are many individual stories of people who are not waiting for something to happen, people who know you can keep moving yourself no matter how many around you choose to sit it out. I actively search for those people so I can tell you about them. Coming to The Kneeslider and being introduced to these “doers” is your chance to hang out with an active and positive crowd instead of listening to the constant complaints, criticisms and stories of how bad things are.
Who do you spend time with?
Listen to complaints too long and you’ll begin complaining, too. Read stories of doom every day and you’ll be afraid to take action. Tell me who your friends are and I’ll show you your future.
Raise your standards.
I have an idea, raise your standards. Hang out with doers, spend time with positive people, you’ll feel better and, amazingly enough, you’ll begin doing more yourself. It’s hard to spend time with active people while doing nothing, you’ll get left behind. If everyone around you is positive and you do nothing but criticize, you’ll sound foolish until you change your outlook.
Spend your time wisely.
You have a choice every day, on the Internet there are millions of websites and blogs with every point of view imaginable, but your time is limited. If your view of the world is intensely negative and you would rather criticize the work of others before doing anything yourself, save some time, The Kneeslider is not for you. If, however, you want to see what the less often reported doers are doing, if you want a little positive thought to rub off on you, if you’re tired of waiting for something to happen and you believe you’re ready to get moving, The Kneeslider would be a good investment of your limited time.
I’m doing what I can to create a community of active, confident and positive people here, that’s who we are. If that’s who you are (or want to be) it’s a good fit. There are so many things each of us can do and we only get one chance to do it, let’s do it together.
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