Nerdforce #36 – A Nerded Soliloquy

Misty Jones @MistyRaeJones, Rachel Watson @theRachelWatson

I finally had a moment to bring this episode to you.  As you may suspect, Nana and I had a great time recording with these two amazing women.  I’ll get back to our conversation in a moment, but first…

I wanted to get some things off my chest.  Life has a way of happening to all of us.  I have found myself buried in obligations backing up further and further.  There have been many times when we’ve discussed “Imposter Syndrome” and its proven to be a common theme in many burgeoning Admin out there.  I wonder if there may also be a growing consensus of self-prescribed guilt over all our plans that never achieve closure.  Just a number of weeks ago, I was honored to be accepted as a Salesforce MVP alongside so many great Ohana Leaders; which I am humbled by, immensely.  Still, there is a voice in the back of my mind smirking, “Yeah John, but what have you done lately?”  Just saying this out load, I can already hear Friends like Nana and Ben telling me that I’m being absurd.  I have nothing to feel guilty about…  I know, you two are right.  But really, who out there hasn’t found themselves wanting to be more omni-present?  I mean, there’s an entire film genre of Men and Women who are super busy and productive in Act I.  “Look at me, I’m an amazing Business Dude!”  By the end of Act IV, the Tim Allens, Jim Carreys and Diane Keatons have realized they’re missing the chance to spend more time with their families.

These are fun stories, but they don’t speak to reality all that well.  They were struggling with balancing Work and Family, but how many of us only have two major facets in their lives?  I have a great number of things I want to do.  Family and Work are the least of my worries.  I spend much of my time building toys for World Water Works and goofing around with my kids.  It’s all the other driving forces that aren’t getting the time they deserve.

My house is going on the market today.  I’ve spent the last 2.5 weeks preparing our house for that.  I’ve sat on this amazing podcast for nearly as long because I’m too exhausted to finish the edit after a long day.  I recently joined an RPG campaign because, well… When someone asks if you want to roleplay as a Warcasting Wizard with a Steampunk Robot at your side, you don’t say no.  What about the time needed to build an amazing presentation for a crowd of X-Author enthusiasts next month?  Let’s not forget the time and/or money needed to fix a website infected with some sort of Malware.  I love recording the Nerdforce Podcast and interacting with all the great Ohana folk out there.  I want to do something amazing at Midwest Dreamin’.  I’m not even sure what that may be, but it will demand some prep time from me for sure.  Let’s not even mention preparation for any conferences that may take place in November.  My #AwesomeAdmin game has become an amazing theory, but has yet to become a viable product.  Oh, also, since I’m a glutton for punishment, I’m considering doing a little freelance work in the Voice Over Biz.  At what point does my insatiable thirst to do MOAR become a Bane over a Boon?

Well, I certainly have gone down a rambling rabbit hole, haven’t I?  Look, This Nerded Soliloquy is NOT meant to be a posted complaint.  I know that my position in this world is privileged and blessed.  I’m not really sure what its purpose is other than a venting of my anxieties.  To mold this into a step toward progress, let’s say this is a public declaration that I will continue to achieve my ambitions.  My successes will be celebrated and my failures will be lessons.  I will give all of myself to every project in front of me and weather the storm.  Just as a man piloting his sloop through a tempest, I have no other choice but strive to carry on.

With that said, let’s talk about this episode of Nerdforce.  We sat down with Misty Jones and Rachel Watson, two fantastic Ohana leaders from the Southwest.  Talk about ambitious, these two have Trailhead Badges and Certifications pouring out their ears.  I’ll let them speak for their selves.

On a final note, I’ll say what we’ve all thought before and many of us a thinking right now.

I am Groot.

Nerdforce #30 – To the WIT Cave

We got the chance to bring back Guest Accomplice Kristi Guzman and she came with her new Podcast Co-host Melinda Smith.  We had such a great time that we keep the meter running for an extra episode.  To catch the second half, you better subscribe to the Two WIT Podcast.  This new podcast is one of the most engaging new shows to my feed in some time.  We had a great time.  I hope you do as well!

Nerdforce Presents – Dungeons & Dreamforce Part 1

The first session of the 2016 Dungeons & Dreamforce Adventure has a slightly less rocky start as originally anticipated. We raised money for Extra Life and hope to do even better next week. The story and the series will continue Sept. 20th & 27th. It will come to a close at the NerdforceCon event in San Francisco on Oct. 6th.

Nerdforce #24 – #NerdforceCon & Things

This week Nana and I discuss all the detail about our #NerdforceCon Fund-drive.  Be sure to check out the Nerdforce Page on the entire ordeal.  We walk through some of the toys in the #Dreamcrate and I gush about D&DF16.  There is a chance to participate and get involved, so let us know your thoughts.  If you have the perfect item for the #Dreamcrate, let’s make it happen.  All together, we have had a blast this year with the Nerdforce podcast and all the wonderful people involved.  It is fair to say that the community has been very gracious to our nerdiness.  Thank you.

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Nerdforce #21 – Apex and the Chaos

I had the honor of recording with Apex and the Limits.  This was amazingly fun.  I’ll let the episode speak for itself.  Enjoy!

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Nerdforce #20 – Natural 20

Hello Nerdforce Nation!  This week Nana and I spoke with her fellow Apex and the Limiter, the infamous Mr. Mark Ross (@markross__c).  Mark and I make a ton of references to a web series that just confounded Nana.  We also spent a good amount of time hammering out details to an amazing Dreamforce event.  NerdforceCon is a Nerd Themed party meant to raise money for a good cause.  Listen to our plan and let us know you thoughts!  We talk about a game plan to approaching your first and next Dreamforce & we discuss some hardships that Admins can face on a regular basis and a healthy philosophy of perseverance.

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Nerdforce Episode #11 – Cosplay at Southeast Dreamin’

Hi everybody! Nerdforce is looking forward to an amazing extended conversation for 2016.  There are some amazing people out there in our community and most of us have ambitious goals.  No matter how last year worked out for you, we hope that this year will be even better.  On that note, Nana has taken a brief time away from the podcast as she pieces things together after her recent bout with Mother Nature.  Don’t fret too much.  Nana is a survivor and she will come back an even brighter star than before.  To get more details on this amazing story, check out and subscribe to Nana’s Musings.  We can all learn something from her tenacity.

This week we are joined by former Nerdforce Accomplice and now Honorary Co-Host Lauren Jordan (@SaaSyGeek).  She and I have a fun conversation with Southeast Dreamin’ SuperStar, Kristi Guzman (@KristiForce).  We talk about Trailhead, sandboxes, MrRobot and Regional Super Salesforce Events; you know, as you do.  So listen up and check out all the GrabBags below.  Thanks for being part of the Nerdforce Nation.

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