In 2014, I was introduced to the online app Nextdoor. If you are not familiar with Nextdoor, don't install it. Essentially, it's a hyperlocal version of Facebook made up of your actual neighbors. But like any social media, add in the minutia, the comments, the anger, the thinly veiled racism...
For additional reading and context I would suggest you view:
And now, on to Vin Diesel.
In spring of 2014, the self-appointed mayor of our Nextdoor neighborhood posted that his newspaper had been stolen. He was "pretty sure" that the roofers working in the area had taken it - it was there when he opened the windows first thing in the morning, and after he made coffee it was gone.
A reasonable assumption, because when working on replacing shingles, one just wants to get caught up on world affairs.
Mark the brown people square on your Nextdoor bingo card. I let that one go.
A few weeks later, he posted about a 'muscular, bald, darker skinned' man walking his dogs off-leash, and while the dogs were well-behaved, his wife and his dogs were very upset, and agitated by this and he felt menaced. Now it's go time.
A few days later, I posted the following - in Crime & Safety...
He responded quickly.
One killjoy posted a Google reverse image search, and blew the gag that it was Vin Diesel. Bummer.
At this point, the post went 8 comments deep, and hit all the Nextdoor hot buttons: threatened lawsuits, fines, back and forth accusations, really classic stuff.
The next day, I posted this:
Guessing I had been muted or blocked by the original poster...
There was one more post to go, and the payoff.
Yes - you read that right, the couple complaining about the dog off leash
- always walks with their dogs off leash.
You can catch Vin Diesel next summer in Fast and Furious 9.
Over the past few years I've created an essential library.
These are books and audiobooks that I read frequently and repeatedly to improve my skillsets in life, business and sales. It's not really a checklist or curriculum but a grouping of related concepts as I've explored these titles.
I resist the bestseller of the month temptation and prefer to master a few.
There are a few keys to this diagram.
The 3 titles in red are the core: Learned Optimism, Art of Exceptional Living, and the DISC Assessment.
I have given countless copies of Learned Optimism over the years, and the tenets, concepts and homework contained have been essential.
The DISC assessment has proven to be a powerful communication tool, helping me understand myself and others.
The Art of Exceptional Living has taught me discipline - essential for when my motivation wanes.
The larger circles are the more powerful and impactful titles in each arena. I prefer certain titles as audiobooks, others as print, and certain titles with topics I want to master, I use both. They are marked with a star and/or a diamond. There's a link to the PDF below as well.
Knowledge needs to be shared.
Thoughts and hopefully inspirations from the Warmfront.