- The Internet is great for many things and the vast access to news sources is to me one of the best (except if you’re in
- And using an RSS reader makes it that much easier
- I ended my subscription in December to a national newspaper print edition because I just wasn’t finding enough interesting articles (I also like the fact that I’m now a little more ‘green’)
- Seth Godin has been pretty vocal about the upcoming disappearance of newspapers
- One thing that web-based news provides that a paper-based newspaper will never be able to do is include real-time comments from readers
- Its often these comments that I find quite interesting, often more interesting than the article itself (The more controversial the article, the more comments)
- One thing though that has stood out for me lately is the at times large volume of negative comments
- Check out most articles relating to the Vancouver Olympics (especially the Globe & Mail reporting on the financing issues related to the athlete’s village) to see what I’m talking about
- OK so the Olympics can often be a fairly controversial topic for a variety of reasons, but even YouTube has a surprisingly large number of videos with numerous negative comments
Criticize vs contribute
- So members of the traditional newspaper industry may have reason to not be so positive, but what about the rest of us?
- I agree that the news we getting on the current state of the economy is not overly optimistic, but if you dig a little for it (move away from your traditional news providers, sir) there is quite a bit of positive energy and ideas flowing from organizations that accept the current situation and seek innovative ways and solutions to move forward
- Here are a few random examples (all available via RSS):
The 2 step
- So my question is, why so negative?
- Negativity didn’t just rear its head again in September 08 when the economy really started to deteriorate
- In coaching circles, the theme that usually comes up is ‘purpose’ (and lack of it)
- It can be an airy-fairy concept for many, but I believe there is considerably more truth to it than many allow
- If you step back and assess your own situation, you may get a glimpse of where you’re at
- Ask yourself these 2 questions:
- Why am I here?
- What excites me about my daily life?
- If you struggle here, you are likely lacking some clarity around your purpose, and how to live out your purpose
- But don’t fret because you’re not without purpose, you just need to discover it (and then harness it)
- And then you need to admire how nicely things will fall into place in your life (and those around you)