Yet another person who has something to say

DECISIONS ARE MADE BY THOSE WHO SHOW UP.  You can’t win if you don’t play.  You’ve gotta risk big to win big.  We’ve all heard the clichés over and over.  We all know they’re true.  Most of us still don’t listen.  Whether it’s cynicism, a lack of time, or the big one – fear, we just don’t put ourselves out there.  Thoreau wrote, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”  Even in this day and age of the Internet, being able to stand up and shout to the world at a cost of nothing more than pennies, most people don’t get beyond tweeting “it’s time to feed the cat.”

Most who know me would not say that I am soft-spoken or passive, but even so I have never risked much until recently.  Most controversial opinions have been voiced in the comfort of a small circle of good friends.  I’ve worked my nine-to-five jobs, contributing much to the wealth of my employer but rarely seeking recognition outside of the cube farm, whether through publication, speeches, or public projects.  Until a few years ago, I didn’t even want to take on responsibility for anyone other than myself!

So what changed?  I could say that it’s just the difference in being a few years older.  I could say that becoming a father has signficantly changed my perspective.  Maybe becoming a small business owner has made me realize that putting yourself out there just a little bit is a recipe for disaster.  Maybe I just finally cleared my head enough that I could see that I really do have the time.  I don’t really know which pieces of that are significant here.  What I do know is that it’s time for me to stop dangling my feet in the water of whatever the hell it is we dangle our feet in, and just jump in and make a big splash.

You can expect me to range over a wide swath of topics.  My passions lately revolve around family, food, business, and getting myself “organized.”  Given that I’m a computer geek, I’m sure you’ll hear about that too.  Some of what I have to say will surely touch a nerve or two.  If it does, say it!  Say it loud, say it here, say it somewhere else.  I don’t care, just don’t keep it to yourself.

Don’t be that guy anymore.

Todd Palino


I'm a dad, a small business owner, a systems engineer, a developer, and any number of other things.

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