In This Issue: Gruber 19″, 23″, 30″ Rack Mount Adjustable Rails | 7 Ways to Build Greatness| News to Start Your Day
Happy National Mac and Cheese Day! Any big mac and cheese fans out there? Today’s the perfect day to experiment with different cheeses or try it with toppings! Don’t hesitate to break out of your normal routine. This is no time to be ho-hum. It’s a celebration of a food that’s not only convenient but is versatile and delicious, too.
The CK Daily – Changes, changes, and more changes!
Changes, changes, and more changes! This week has been jammed packed with changes in the Customer Solutions Team. By now, you know my main goal is to “serve your face off” and we have made some movement towards doing that EVEN BETTER!
In a few weeks, we are adding some members to our team that are going to assist us in ensuring we connect with each of you in a timely manner. In a perfect world, which I am working towards, every phone call that comes in will be picked up on the initial call. Now that is a huge goal to have, but we believe that it can be achieved with the right preparation.
So here we are, getting prepared, putting our armor on to SERVE YOUR FACE OFF.
Feel free to give us a shout or drop us a line via email, the new team members are excited to meet and assist you!
Product Spotlights & Updates
We are halfway through the week and today according to a 5-star review from Lewis we’ve got an “incredible product that is flexible for different uses” to share with you today! We’re spotlighting our Gruber adjustable rails for 19″, 23″, or 30″ four-post racks, 34-102100.
This mount should be in the toolbox of every network admin and installer. No more looking for those hard-to-find rails or rack ears to mount your server, UPS, switch, firewall, or other devices. These fully adjustable, universal rails offer the simplicity and versatility to get the devices you need mounted in the rack, quickly and safely.
Made from 14 gauge powder-coated steel, this system can be deployed in nearly any four-post environment. Front to back these rails are adjustable from 20.25″ to 33.25″. Left to right, these can be installed in any 19″”, 23″” or 30″” four-post rack. The Gruber mounts will occupy 1RU, or 1.75″ and hold up to 200lbs of equipment. Included are (4) 10-32 and (4) 12-25 rack screws enabling you to install straight from the box.
Grab these and get to mounting! & while you’re doing that – enjoy 20% off this week!
7 Ways to Build Greatness – Jon Gordon
1) Design Your Masterpiece – In order to build something, you must first design it. You must know what you want to build. You must have a vision of the masterpiece you are creating. If you can see it, you can create it. If you have a vision you also have the power to make it happen. The key is to be intentional and decide what you truly want to build and create.
2) Work Your Craft – You don’t master your craft or build a masterpiece overnight. It takes a lot of years, hard work, sweat and tears. It’s why Michelangelo said, “If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” It’s a process that requires you to continuously work at your craft in order to improve and grow. A great example of this is Pablo Casals, the famous cellist, who was asked at the age of 90 why he continued to practice. He said, “Because I think I’m making progress.” If you want to master your craft you have to be willing to show up each day and do the work that greatness requires.
3) Build With Optimism – When a craftswoman is building something, she is so focused on creating her vision and masterpiece that she is filled with optimism and belief about what she is building. While there are challenges during the building process the craftswoman uses those challenges as opportunities to innovate and adapt. You must believe in what you are building and find a way to get it done. What you believe determines what you create. So, make sure you maintain your belief and optimism as you build greatness.
4) Love It – The famous opera singer Luciano Pavarotti was asked about his exceptional discipline to continuously work on his craft. He said, “People think it’s discipline but it’s not discipline. It’s devotion.” As a craftsman it’s your love and devotion that will drive your discipline. Your love for what you do will drive you to build greatness. If you don’t love it you’ll never work to be great at it. This means if you want to become a master of your craft then make sure you choose a craft you love. If you love it you’ll be more likely to invest the time to work your craft and be devoted to it.
5) Care More – The difference between just showing up to build something and intentionally creating a masterpiece is reflected in the heart, soul, passion and care that you put into what you are building. If you care more you will do more, give more and create more. To build something great you must care more about what you are building than all of the distractions vying for your attention. Distractions are the enemy of greatness and if you care about your craft you won’t let these distractions get in the way of your growth.
6) Create Inside-Out – A craftsman creates from the inside out. From their spirit, heart, soul, and essence inside them, they create the masterpieces we see in the world. It’s the same way with your life or anything you create. What you see in your outer world is a reflection of your inner world. There’s a word called Meraki. It means to do something with love, creativity, and soul; to leave a piece of yourself in your work; to leave something behind. Being a craftsman/craftswoman is all about Meraki. Put your love and soul into it. Leave a piece of yourself in whatever it is you are building. Leave something behind. Create a masterpiece that reflects the essence of your love, energy, effort, and craft.
7) Take on New Challenges – A craftsman always wants to make their next work their best work and they’re willing to take on new challenges in order to grow. I read a piece by Charles Killian where he shares the story of Donatello rejecting a three-ton block of marble stone because it had too many flaws and cracks in it. The haulers decided to bring it to Michelangelo to see if he wanted the stone. Michelangelo inspected the stone and discovered the flaws and cracks in it as well. But he decided to do something with it. He thought it would be a challenge to his craftsmanship. From that flawed block of marble, he would go on to create the statue of David, the greatest art treasure in the world.
You can find this article from Jon Gordon here.
Today’s News to Start Your Day:
- The God of Mischief will chase his glorious purpose in another season. ‘Loki’ will return for a second season on Disney+.
- More and more U.S. counties with low vaccination rates are starting see Covid cases climb. Among the 463 counties with infection levels of at least 100 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past week, more than 80% have vaccination rates below 40%.
- Apple has released a battery pack that snaps on the back of the iPhone 12 with magnets to provide extra battery life. The MagSafe Battery Pack costs $99 and is available in white.
- Jeep has unveiled its 2022 Compass SUV. New features include standard safety technologies such as active emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring and large interior screens.
- Dark web sites affiliated with the REvil ransomware gang were not operating Tuesday morning. The disappearance of the sites affiliated with the Russian-linked gang REvil, also known as Sodinokibi, comes on the heels of an international ransomware outbreak on July 2 that the group had taken credit for.