Ninja Road Warrior Tip of the Day: Have your files with you

Hi everybody. Cheryl Knowlton coming at you with another Ninja Road Warrior Tip of the Day. This once again comes from the vault of all the stupid things that I have done. I had it in my head that I wanted very much to switch from using Windows-based computers to using Mac and I wanted a MacBook Air. So much so that I used to go to the Apple store and visit it before I could afford to buy one. This was a number of years ago and I would talk to it and tell it it was coming home with me soon and it was, yeah, all the visualizations, right?

So I finally had the money to pay cash for one, two calendar days before I was doing a major event in another state that I had been paid a very handsome sum to deliver, which was part of my reason for investing in it and paying cash.

Don’t get a new computer and expect it all to go smoothly the same day

Here’s the thing, I also set a goal that I was going to deliver that particular presentation in Keynote with my new computer. I don’t recommend doing that. That would be a hard pass for anyone that I was speaking to within the sound of my voice because that was a hot batch of not awesome.

I got it and I spent probably eight hours transferring over all of my files and getting familiar with it. And then I … Thank heaven for AppleCare … got on the phone and I said, “I need your help. This is my idiotic idea and I need to take this presentation that’s in PowerPoint and I need to be able to convert it to Keynote. And I need to do it by whenever you close and whenever you decide you want to go home.”

I wound up having pizza in my room. I didn’t even get to have a decent dinner so that I can make sure that everything was ready. Did I accomplish my goal? Yes, I did, and that’s a conversation for another day. But when we talk about visualization and actually making things happen, crossing the finish line, even when it’s difficult or very challenging for you, don’t set yourself up for stupidity and that will save you a lot of sanity. And that is my Ninja Road Warrior Tip of the Day.