In This Issue: TP-Link Gigabit Multimode SC Fiber Media Converter – MCMMSC-1GB | 4 Stages of Greatness | News to Start Your Day
Happy Thursday! Who’s ready for the weekend?! Even though it’s been a short week, it’s felt quite long! Do you have any exciting weekend plans that you’re looking forward to? We’d love to hear about them!
The CK Daily – Getting Through the Tornado
I will admit it. I think I have a problem. If you will, let me “geek out” for a minute and explain. This past weekend I went to the mall with some friends who were in town, and I ended up making some impulse buys. You know the ones where you REALLY don’t need something, but on the other hand, you REALLY do need something? Haha! That was me.
I am an avid Marvel / Star Wars / Transformers nut. I have this tendency to buy things for my home office that revolve around those three areas. It has gotten to be a bit much but sometimes I can’t help myself. This past weekend, I saw where Marvel had released “robot” versions of some of their characters in a POP’s version. (If you don’t know what a POP is, they are collectible bobblehead versions of characters…I included a pic below of part of my collection for reference.) I had to have some for my collection, as if I didn’t already have enough, so I got them. It was like the best of both worlds – Marvel & Transformers. It is just one of those weird quirks that I get excited about that other people probably roll their eyes over. I am ok with that. Haha! I think it just reminds me of my childhood, plus they are cool to have and look good in my office. I think it would be super cool if we had a POP version of the CK mascot, Switch, but that’s just me.
What are some things (collectibles, items, swag, etc.) that you collect or when you see you just have to get, even though you have tons of already?
Product Spotlights & Updates
Happy Thursday folks! Our product spotlight for today is an SC Media converter, the TP-Link MCMMSC-1GB.
Network media converters are used to interconnect different types of cables within an existing network. They receive data from one type of cable and convert the signals for transmission along with another cable type. The SC Gigabit Multimode media converter is used to interconnect 1000TX to 1000SX SC Multimode fiber cable within an existing network.
– IEEE802.3ab 1000Base-T and IEEE802.3z 1000Base-SX Standards
– Status LEDs help to easily monitor your network configuration.
– 1000Base-T to 1000Base-SX converter with SC-type connectors.
– Works at 850nm for transmitting and receiving data.
Grab one for 15% off this week only!
4 Stages of Greatness – Jon Gordon
When I ask people if they want to be great or do great things everyone says, “Yes.” I’ve never had anyone say I want to be mediocre. I’m convinced that inside each one of us is a desire for greatness because we were never meant to be average. God planted this desire in our soul. It’s why we are always striving to improve. Inventors and engineers are always trying to make better phones, cars, machines, planes and products. A director makes a movie and wants to make an even better movie. A sales person has a great year and they want to top it. An athlete wants to get stronger and faster. A musician has a hit song and then they want to create another hit. It’s part of our path as human beings to innovate, evolve, grow, improve and push the boundaries of what’s possible. I’ve discovered there are 4 stages that everyone who pursues greatness will go through on their journey.
1. The Preparation Stage – This is where you prepare to be great—where your actions meet your desire – where you show up each day and do the work that greatness requires. While speaking to a MLB baseball team I asked them, “Do you believe you can work harder than you already are?” Everyone raised their hand. “So why aren’t you,” I asked? We discussed it and decided to work harder you have to care more. You have to care to prepare and embrace the process that leads to improvement and growth. See yourself as an artist dedicated to your craft and over time you will create a masterpiece.
2. The Planting Stage – This is where you plant yourself where you are and allow yourself and your gifts to be used for a greater purpose beyond yourself. This is where you decided to serve WE instead of ME. Just as the seed must surrender to the ground you must surrender your ego and put your team and others first. You have to have an ego to want to be great but you must give up your ego and serve others in order to be truly great. Years ago I was unhappy and miserable with my life. I was trying to serve me and it wasn’t doing me any good. Finally I broke down and made my life about others. I started this newsletter in 2002 with no plan. I just shared messages to hopefully inspire and in the process I’ve grown others and myself.
3. The Growth Stage – When you plant yourself and allow yourself to be used for a greater purpose you grow into the leader you are meant to be. Part of this process is the growth stage where you will experience triumphs and success to let you know you are on the right path. However, you will also experience pruning during this stage. When you are being pruned it looks like you have been destroyed but you haven’t. Like a bush that’s been pruned, the pruning is meant to help you grow more fully. When I spoke to the West Point football team a few years ago they had just lost a tough game during another challenging season and things looked bleak. I told them they were just being pruned and a harvest was coming. Your perspective during the growth stage is so important. So many give up during this stage because they think when they have been pruned they’re finished. They think it’s the end so they never reach the final stage. Don’t stop. Keep going and you’ll keep growing.
4. The Harvest Stage – This is where you reap the benefits of all your hard work, planting, and growing. It’s where you produce fruit in your life and fruit in others and leave a legacy. It’s when it all becomes clear. The reason why we go through these 4 stages and strive for greatness is because through the process we become someone who can bring out the greatness in others. We show others what greatness looks like and inspire others to aspire to greatness themselves. I was at the Army-Navy game this past year, when after 14 years of defeats, Army finally beat Navy. I congratulated Coach Jeff Monken and he said, “We experienced a harvest today.” You may not have experienced a harvest yet but don’t let that stop you from preparing and planting the seed. Go through the process. Don’t give up when you are being pruned. It may take a while but a harvest is coming. I don’t know when but I know it’s coming!
You can find this article on the Jon Gordon blog.
Today’s News to Start Your Day:
- In a study of Icelandic workers conducted by research firms Alda and Autonomy, approximately 2,500 workers were monitored in two separate trials to see how a shorter work week affected their productivity. The results of the two-part study that spanned five years were unequivocal: reduced hours did not negatively impact productivity, and resulted in a myriad of positive outcomes, including reductions in stress and burnout.
- Millions of Marvel fans are about to return to a movie theater for the first time since social distancing began. The occasion is Marvel’s “Black Widow,” the most-anticipated movie of the summer. It is debuting around the world right now, and the industry’s global weekend expectation is as high as $140 million.
- Kaseya, an IT solutions developer for MSPs and enterprise clients, announced that it had become the victim of a cyberattack on July 2. According to Kaseya CEO, less than 0.1% of the company’s customers were embroiled in the breach — but as their clientele includes MSPs, this means that smaller businesses have also been caught up in the incident.
- A somber moment of silence marked the end of the two-week search for survivors of a Florida condominium collapse. The painstaking search for survivors shifted to a recovery effort at midnight Wednesday after authorities said they had come to the agonizing conclusion that there was “no chance of life” in the rubble of the Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside.
- The United Arab Emirates’ Hope probe, which arrived at Mars in early February, spotted the scattered glow of auroras in the Martian night sky. Auroras on Mars are different from those on Earth because the red planet is thought to have lost its global magnetic field billions of years ago.