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August 6, 2011

Conquest & Rule

I woke up disturbed; out of my bedroom window I always hear the white noise of the nearby 280... but this time I was almost certain I could hear people screaming beneath it.

Turns out it was the San Francisco Marathon, and a bunch of trainers from a fitness club had posted up around the block to cheer and encourage the runners. Tav and I went out and watched the runners pass for a while.

"I can do that," I thought to myself, but almost immediately changed my mind.

"I could do that," I corrected, "at one point. Maybe not that long ago. But not now."

And, of course, this made me ask myself: Why can't I do it now?

The short answer is that I'm not in shape; the long answer is that I've not maintained my shape. It's one thing to get fit; it's another to stay fit.

After conquest comes rule: the normalization process that renders successive conquest unnecessary.less than a minute ago via Twitter for Android Favorite Retweet Reply

Both conquest, the evolutionary process, and rule, the normalizing process, are to be expected from a comprehensive leader.less than a minute ago via Twitter for Android Favorite Retweet Reply

Taking control of one's life is but one part, and ruling one's life is an entire other.less than a minute ago via Twitter for Android Favorite Retweet Reply

This was a way of thinking that I hadn't really explored before. We always think of leadership as pushing forward and addressing issues, discovering uncharted territory and looking to the future. We hardly consider the administrator as a leader--no more than we think of the traffic director in the same we do the movie director.

But I've done a terrible job at administrating. I've hopped from idea to idea to idea, travelling the world and looking at every thing I can for inspiration. But what about standardization? What in my life is the same as it has always been, and what steps have I made to ensure some things don't change/fade/die?

I think I've gone as far as I can go without losing some part of who I am; any further and things will need to be conquered anew.less than a minute ago via Twitter for Android Favorite Retweet Reply

Now that I'm here in California--and not in DC or Korea or Delaware--and everything is new, my habit would be to embrace the present and abandon the past. But I'd like to do something different this time. Rather than letting my languages languish or my friendships falter, I want to try my hand at maintenance.

Doing so not only prevents the tremendous cost of starting anew on something I've already done but also forces me to address capacity and priority. What can I reasonably maintain, and what must be sacrificed?

Rise and shine, world; it's time for me to rule.less than a minute ago via Twitter for Android Favorite Retweet Reply

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