Author: Ross Wickman

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This is the year – 2021

Ahh… the obligatory new year — new me blog post from a half-assed blogger. Just kidding. While many are potentially already in bed, watching TV, or partying it up, I’m wrapping up some consultant work for a customer and closing out an invoice that is rounding out a $1500 month. That doesn’t seem like much but that is above and beyond my full-time employment. As I sit here, T-4 Hours until the end of this crazy ass year, enjoying one of the last few beers for likely the next 60 days, watch my wife do her nails, I’m trying to...

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Delivery Day Field Manual for Dads

The one item I forgot to put in my recently written — ‘Survival tips for new or expecting dads‘ and it wasn’t until after I published it that I realized I had forgotten to include this important tip. Though optional, probably the most important of them all regarding the actual delivery of the baby. While my previous post focused on some pre-arrival education and gadgets that could be used once the baby is home, this post will focus on those intense hours of labor and the ONE THING a dad can do to make it a much better experience for...

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Survival tips for new or expecting dads

A dear friend (basically a brother) recently informed me he and his wife were expecting their first baby. I’m very excited for them. I’m excited when any of my friends are expecting but this is unique. This is the first of my friends to have a newborn after I’ve had some experience. Still, I hardly have it together — but some experience. After having 3 of my own (one within the last 3 months) a big part of me enjoys the thought of someone else struggling through sleepless nights, awkward diaper changes, and all the other chaos that goes with...

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A Simple Practice

Gratitude leads to happiness. That’s not a novel thought I just came up with. Expressing gratitude is something I’ve struggled with for a while. At least the concept of having some sort of ‘gratitude practice.’ Just like with everything, I have an app for that. It’s called the 5-minute Journal. There is a physical version of it as well. The idea is to put down 3 things you are grateful for daily. The practice gets pretty repetitive pretty quickly. When you’re forced to think of things you start to run out of unique things to be grateful for. Everything in...

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You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be

It’s hard to complain right now. It’s about 0530 on a Sunday before the kids get up. I’m warm and comfortable drinking coffee in front of something that both brings me joy and income. It is hard to think I should be anywhere else. Maybe the gym though. But the sad thing is, only probably about 5% of my day I have this feeling. The rest of the time I’m constantly pinging. Thinking about how late I am on the road to get somewhere, or is this really what I should be working on. Being more Stoic I wrote in...

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I’m a fraud

If you’ve ever tuned into the personal growth space or the small-business/start-up ecosystem you’ll hear people say something about feeling like an imposter, or not being deserving of what they have or have accomplished. The official term being ‘imposter syndrome.’ It’s quite interesting actually. Anyone who feels this way says all the same things. Up until the last few years, I’ve been so arrogant to a degree, I haven’t even realized this should be something that was affecting me as well. Maybe arrogant isn’t the correct term. Ignorant for sure. I haven’t accomplished something on my own to the extent...

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Be more

At the beginning of the year, it’s pretty hard to not want to DO more. Extrapolate that to the beginning of a decade. Not only do you have a whole year ahead of you to start out on a journey of self-improvement, business or personal growth, and possibly even weight loss, you now have a whole decade to bookend. I turn 35 this year. It would be pretty easy for me to say all the things I’d like to accomplish before 45. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done that to some extent, everyone should be looking out that far. More...

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True North

By the time I write this and for sure by the time I post this, the majority of people will have given up on their 2020 New Years Resolutions. 60% actually. I found a USA Today article from 2019 saying that January 17th IS THE DAY. If you can’t carry your new habit(s) for more than 3 weeks, try again next year I guess. I stopped resolving to do anything probably over a decade ago. For part of that, I still called them resolutions. At some point, shortly after college, I looked at the creation of resolutions as a flawed...

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Perfect Vision in 2020

Ah yes. New year. New me. New post. Same old bullshit. But this year is different right? Not really. Maybe a little. In the past, I’ve written posts kicking off every year on or around the 1st with the intent to write and share more on my personal page. Ultimately I end up with 2 to 3 posts for the whole year. Most of which I feel somewhat embarrassed by, not sure why, and take them down. The reason I don’t write very many posts here is that I realize how little value they provide. Not only that but I...