As you know, Bud has decided to vacate the position here at PluginID, and I’m his successor.
So who am I?
I’m Brett. But, really, a name doesn’t tell much about me. It’s just a way to identify me, a way to pick me out of a crowd.
So let me tell you a bit about me!
If you thought Bud (and Glen before him) were young, I’m even younger. I’m 17 years old – and I haven’t even graduated high school yet. I’m an entirely different person than Bud and Glen, and it’s going to take a bit of time for you to get used to me. But Bud handpicked me – he came to me and asked me to take his place – so you should trust his judgment and faith in me.
Anyway, back to the subject at hand. I’m still in high school. What kind of student am I? A great one. I’m salutatorian of my class and have done very well on the various standardized tests I’ve taken. Since I’m a senior this year, I’m applying to schools – and I’ll say, for now, that the top schools in the country are on my list.
What do I do in my spare time, besides blog? I play hockey – the kind that’s played on ice. I’ve been playing for nearly my whole life and will be captain of my school’s team this year. I love the game like no one else, and won’t miss a game or practice for anything.
Entrepreneurship and business also round out my other interests. My soul ignites like sodium in contact with water (sorry for the chemistry joke – I love that too!) when I think about the possibilities for making my own company sometime in the future. I’ve already co-founded a nonprofit with a few friends to host events for kids in my city, but I’d rather be running a for-profit business sometime in the future, hopefully in engineering or design (the former being the field I’m planning to go in at college).
What else is there to know about me? You’ll see more of my personality in the coming weeks, but, as a start, I love dry, sarcastic humor, though I won’t use much in my posts. I love music and movies, and make a lot of references to both. I like to make offbeat, unexpected comparisons to drive a point home – that means I like showing my creative side. I treat everything I do as an art form – it’s just part of who I am.
However, the thing I think reveals most about me is my worldview. Here it is:
- I think that we should all do work that matters – practice something that positively changes lives, including our own, and fulfills us.
- I think that if we let our guards down and talked with other people, we’d find that we are a lot more similar than we are different.
- I think that you can have more than one “passion” in life – you just have to find the one that you’re good at if you want to make a living doing it.
- I think that 99% of the fear and negativity we experience is all in our heads and doesn’t really exist.
- I believe that we are all creative at heart – there are just different forms of creativity, just like there are different forms of intelligence.
- I believe that no one should live a life of regret and wish they had “lived more” when they’re on their deathbed.
- I believe that everyone should follow their dreams instead of those of someone else.
- I believe that hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard – every time.
- I believe that talk is cheap and just taking action is the best thing anyone can do – if it’s in a positive way.
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I’m going to be posting about twice a week from now on, bringing you the best of what’s in my brain from relationships to improving your mindset to productivity to identity to anything you can think of that’s remotely related to personal development. It won’t differ much from the stuff that Glen and Bud have posted over the years, but I’ll tend to write essays that develop an argument rather than make list posts; my posts will have a single focus rather than listing things the vast majority of the time.
I love my readers. Really. As a relatively unknown blogger being thrust into the spotlight, it’s going to be pretty cool to hear from all the readers in the comments. I’ll read each and every comment, and reply as much as I can.
If you read PluginID, I’m going to treat you like family – or, really, even if you don’t read the site that often, I’ll treat you like family! Feel free to reach out to me however you want – on here or on Twitter, or even email if you want to do that – and I’ll get back to you as fast as I can. Granted, I have a lot of work to do, but I absolutely promise I will get back to you sometime. To borrow Olive Garden’s tagline – when you’re here, you’re family. I pledge that I will take care of you to the best of my ability.
Moreover, this is going to be a learning experience for me too. Still being so young, I’m not arrogant enough to think that I’ve seen all of the world – but, by learning from others, I have been able to break down a lot of the things common in personal development, like pursuing your passion, developing a new identity (something I feel like I’ve been able to do), and becoming more mindful. I’m still learning, though, so feel free to challenge my views. That’s good!
Also, when you guys comment – I’d love to see discussion. So many comments are just a regurgitation of what the author wrote and include some comment like “Great post!”. I want discourse, debate, and discussion. If you don’t understand something I said, let me know. I want to have discussions with you – not just say “Thanks!” to every compliment thrown my way (though compliments are good, don’t get me wrong!).
Whew. That about wraps it up. Welcome to the third volume of the story of PluginID. Hopefully you guys like it!
For this post, I’d like to see you guys leave me some questions for me to answer. What would you like me to write about here on PluginID?