Friday Quick Hits: Grow Some Balls, Stay Young, and Cheers to New Opportunities!

Well hello everyone, and welcome to another fabulous installment of Friday Quick Hits. How this works is simple: I take 20 minutes out of MY day to share with you some of the highlights from the blogging week that was, you take 2 minutes to read it (and maybe share a couple highlights of your own) and we all come out having learned a thing or two and maybe having a little fun. Without further ado, and since I’ve already wasted a minute with this intro, let’s go!

Up and Coming Bloggers Unite!

Srinivas Rao is rocking a great series over at his blog – each week he sits down for 20-30 minute interview with an “up and coming” blogger – this week he took some time to sit down with the often imitated but never duplicated Doniree – who I shared with you guys as one of my “Top Blogs to Follow in 2010“. Go check out the interview over at The Skool of Life – and stay tuned for an interview coming from yours truly next week!

Introducing a whole new “Mixx”

I had the pleasure of stopping by VentureMixx – the brand spankin’ new site from Tony Ruiz – and doing an interview with him where I talk about how much this blog has done for me over the past year, thoughts on community building, and what the future holds ahead of me. Check out my interview and go ahead and subscribe to VentureMixx, sure to be some amazing stuff ahead for Tony.

Stay classy and stay young

Lauren Novo over at Gen Y PRogress reminds us to “stay young” – which is something I happen to very much agree with. In this day and age of constantly being on the go, working hard, and busting our ass to get ahead, sometimes (often-times) we lose track of ourselves and doing the things we enjoy most. She sums it up by saying, “The way I see it, I have my whole life to be a “grown-up,” but there should always be time for fun as well”. Touche, Lauren…touche.

Grow some balls and leverage Social Media

Samantha Ogborn welcomes in the lovely Nicole Crimaldi (aka Ms. Career Girl) with a guest post titled “How to Use Social Media to Land Your First Job“. In it – she gives some great advice on leveraging your online presence and Social Media to helping you stand out above the rest in this tricky job market. This is something I can attest to having done and continue to do first-hand. Not to mention, hearing “grow some balls” from a female is just plain hilarious. WELL worth your time to check it out.

And that rounds out the highlights of the week…

On a more personal note

As most of you know by now, I lost my “nine to five” job this week. It was tough – it IS tough – but I am so incredibly excited for the opportunities ahead of me. I feel somewhat slighted, but more importantly I feel free to take on anything that comes my way. I cannot begin to thank all of you for ALL of the support both on the blog, Twitter, personal emails, you name it. This is the best damn community of people around, and I am honored to be able to call MANY (many) of you “friends”.

It’s going to be a fun journey ahead – I hope you’ll stick around and enjoy the ride with me…

What were some of your highlights from this week?


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40 Responses
  • Tim Jahn Reply

    I’m excited to follow Tony and his new VentureMixx blog – as you know, I’m a big fan of interviews :) I LOVE it when people set out and create something like this to learn about others and share their stories!

    Enjoying the Friday mixes you’ve started Matt, great way to discover new content.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Tony is a good man and well worth following. Thanks for the kudos Tim.

      • Tony Ruiz Reply

        Thank you Tim – I’ll make sure to provide some awesome content. And thank you Matt for adding me to your friday quick hits. I always find great new blogs to follow which I love. Keep them coming bro.

        • Tim Jahn Reply

          I’m subscribed Tony, and looking forward to what you have coming up. Like I mentioned, I’m a big fan of interviews/documentaries in general, and love it when somebody creates their own series from scratch!

  • Tim Jahn Reply

    I’m excited to follow Tony and his new VentureMixx blog – as you know, I’m a big fan of interviews :) I LOVE it when people set out and create something like this to learn about others and share their stories!

    Enjoying the Friday mixes you’ve started Matt, great way to discover new content.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Tony is a good man and well worth following. Thanks for the kudos Tim.

      • Tony Ruiz Reply

        Thank you Tim – I’ll make sure to provide some awesome content. And thank you Matt for adding me to your friday quick hits. I always find great new blogs to follow which I love. Keep them coming bro.

        • Tim Jahn Reply

          I’m subscribed Tony, and looking forward to what you have coming up. Like I mentioned, I’m a big fan of interviews/documentaries in general, and love it when somebody creates their own series from scratch!

  • wojtek Reply

    Hey, sorry to hear you lost your “job”, but now you are ready for the adventure. take it from me I was fired more times I care to admit and after a brief – WTF were they thinking?!?! Letting Me go? man… It feels OK, elated perhaps – you now have the time to pursue whatever you wish. In a way I feel sorry for the poor slobs slaving away at someone else’s idea of paycheque. You can make your own wave…

    PS I love Chicago – used to live there back in pre Internet days…
    Now i only visit once a while..
    Cheers
    Wojtek

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks for the words of encouragement buddy – good things ahead, no doubt in my mind about that. If you’re ever in this neck of the woods again, give me a shout!

  • wojtek Reply

    Hey, sorry to hear you lost your “job”, but now you are ready for the adventure. take it from me I was fired more times I care to admit and after a brief – WTF were they thinking?!?! Letting Me go? man… It feels OK, elated perhaps – you now have the time to pursue whatever you wish. In a way I feel sorry for the poor slobs slaving away at someone else’s idea of paycheque. You can make your own wave…

    PS I love Chicago – used to live there back in pre Internet days…
    Now i only visit once a while..
    Cheers
    Wojtek

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks for the words of encouragement buddy – good things ahead, no doubt in my mind about that. If you’re ever in this neck of the woods again, give me a shout!

  • Akash Sharma Reply

    Cool stuff Matt, Loving this way of presenting things, I catch up with Jackie Adkins at analogous Friday series where he gets some funny videos and relates them with marketing.
    I think i have got the second stop for Fridays.
    Keep rocking….!!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Jackie’s Analogous Friday’s are great – love what he does. Overall, Friday’s are all about these sort of “reflective” posts, and there’s nothing wrong with that – great way to wind out the week. Hope you’ll come back again and again my friend. Cheers!

      • Jackie Adkins Reply

        Did I hear Analogous Friday? Glad you guys enjoy my fun breaks on Fridays.

        I’m a big fan of people sharing the love, and Friday’s seem like the day to do it, so I was excited to see you get in the mix (and not just list stuff, but give solid descriptions of why we should care about reading it).

        So, to summarize, Friday’s rock.

        • Matt Cheuvront Reply

          Indeed – I started with “Awesome Friday” here when I FIRST launched Life Without Pants, very similar to your Analogous with a more “humorous” approach – but for whatever reason I got burned out by it. With “Quick Hits”, I force myself to write it within a time limit so it doesn’t come across as a chore.

          And yes, Friday’s rock, but Saturday/Sunday is better!

  • Akash Sharma Reply

    Cool stuff Matt, Loving this way of presenting things, I catch up with Jackie Adkins at analogous Friday series where he gets some funny videos and relates them with marketing.
    I think i have got the second stop for Fridays.
    Keep rocking….!!

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Jackie’s Analogous Friday’s are great – love what he does. Overall, Friday’s are all about these sort of “reflective” posts, and there’s nothing wrong with that – great way to wind out the week. Hope you’ll come back again and again my friend. Cheers!

      • Jackie Adkins Reply

        Did I hear Analogous Friday? Glad you guys enjoy my fun breaks on Fridays.

        I’m a big fan of people sharing the love, and Friday’s seem like the day to do it, so I was excited to see you get in the mix (and not just list stuff, but give solid descriptions of why we should care about reading it).

        So, to summarize, Friday’s rock.

        • Matt Cheuvront Reply

          Indeed – I started with “Awesome Friday” here when I FIRST launched Life Without Pants, very similar to your Analogous with a more “humorous” approach – but for whatever reason I got burned out by it. With “Quick Hits”, I force myself to write it within a time limit so it doesn’t come across as a chore.

          And yes, Friday’s rock, but Saturday/Sunday is better!

  • Srinivas Rao Reply

    @Matt,

    Thanks for the plug. I”m really glad to have found Life Without Pants and the community of people you’ve built here. The interview series has been a blast and is in the process of some really big changes that I planned to announce this week, but I got delayed a bit. I look forward to your guest post and your interview next week.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      No problem man – I noticed I had pointed you in the direction of a lot of the folks you interviewed, happy to do that my friend. I see a lot of opportunities for you and I to collaborate in the future – looking forward to the things you (and we) will create.

  • Srinivas Rao Reply

    @Matt,

    Thanks for the plug. I”m really glad to have found Life Without Pants and the community of people you’ve built here. The interview series has been a blast and is in the process of some really big changes that I planned to announce this week, but I got delayed a bit. I look forward to your guest post and your interview next week.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      No problem man – I noticed I had pointed you in the direction of a lot of the folks you interviewed, happy to do that my friend. I see a lot of opportunities for you and I to collaborate in the future – looking forward to the things you (and we) will create.

  • Jen Reply

    Matt, I’m a tad late, but I’m so sorry to hear about your job. You seem to already have absorbed it, however, and ready for the next thing. I haven’t known you long, but I can tell you are super talented and motivated, so I know good things are in the future for you.

    Who knows? This might be the opportunity to really take control and do something GREAT!

    Best wishes. I’m looking forward to reading about your feats.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      I’m planning on taking this opportunity as just that, an opportunity to do great things. Thanks so much for the support – you can count on me documenting how things progress here on the blog. Cheers!

  • Jen Reply

    Matt, I’m a tad late, but I’m so sorry to hear about your job. You seem to already have absorbed it, however, and ready for the next thing. I haven’t known you long, but I can tell you are super talented and motivated, so I know good things are in the future for you.

    Who knows? This might be the opportunity to really take control and do something GREAT!

    Best wishes. I’m looking forward to reading about your feats.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      I’m planning on taking this opportunity as just that, an opportunity to do great things. Thanks so much for the support – you can count on me documenting how things progress here on the blog. Cheers!

  • Cali Harris Reply

    Lovin’ these suggestions…and will shortly be checking all of them out. *Definitely* gonna peek at Srinivas Rao’s space (hi Srinivas!).

    Also? You said balls.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Balls. Balls. Balls. Now what?

      Anything Srinivas touches is gold – and S, man, every time I type your name I have to go look at your comment to make sure I got the spelling right. One of these days, I’m going to figure it out, damn it!

  • Cali Harris Reply

    Lovin’ these suggestions…and will shortly be checking all of them out. *Definitely* gonna peek at Srinivas Rao’s space (hi Srinivas!).

    Also? You said balls.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Balls. Balls. Balls. Now what?

      Anything Srinivas touches is gold – and S, man, every time I type your name I have to go look at your comment to make sure I got the spelling right. One of these days, I’m going to figure it out, damn it!

  • Guest Reply

    Thanks for the shout out! I can’t wait to hear your interview, Matt :)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Goes live Wednesday (I think) – with a guest post popping up on Tuesday AM. Stay tuned!

  • Doniree Reply

    Thanks for the shout out! I can’t wait to hear your interview, Matt :)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Goes live Wednesday (I think) – with a guest post popping up on Tuesday AM. Stay tuned!

  • Megan Fischer Reply

    Matt- I lost my job a year ago last Friday. Since then have had many job offers – a lot of them had to do with the networking I was doing online.

    Honestly, getting laid off a year ago was the BEST thing that ever happened to me. I figured out what I wanted from a job and finally found it.

    Good luck to you! And take SOME time to just enjoy it. I didn’t and kind of regret it – I think I ‘worked’ harder unemployed than I did employed. :)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Haha – I am right there with you Megan – working even harder now that I don’t have a nine to five – I think that’s just part of my nature. But yes, I will try to take some time to enjoy the “freedom” – but won’t hesitate getting back into the thick of things should an ideal opportunity come about. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Megan Fischer Reply

    Matt- I lost my job a year ago last Friday. Since then have had many job offers – a lot of them had to do with the networking I was doing online.

    Honestly, getting laid off a year ago was the BEST thing that ever happened to me. I figured out what I wanted from a job and finally found it.

    Good luck to you! And take SOME time to just enjoy it. I didn’t and kind of regret it – I think I ‘worked’ harder unemployed than I did employed. :)

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Haha – I am right there with you Megan – working even harder now that I don’t have a nine to five – I think that’s just part of my nature. But yes, I will try to take some time to enjoy the “freedom” – but won’t hesitate getting back into the thick of things should an ideal opportunity come about. Thanks for the encouragement!

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