#TheQFWD5 — And 2017’s off

Welcome to the new year.

To a new era in world history. The first year with Donald Trump as president of the third biggest country in the world.
The iPhone has just turned 10. And many of us missed it. Apple isn’t the same as it was 10 years ago. Hell, not even 2 years ago.
In 2016, we were ravaged.

We found ourselves in the midst of a verbal and social media war. Now everyone wants to have a say or no say at all. Everyone wants either to be someone or no one.

We must fight to understand that this is the year we live in. 
Sorry for this last few sentences. As I was about to start writing this new blog article, the fifth already, I saw a video from Donald Trump not respecting CNN. Considering them Fake News. Because of that, choosing to not answer one of their questions. First: even though that was rude, he kind of can do that. In my mind, it makes sense that, if somehow you choose not to answer a question you are entitled to that choice. But, seeing that you are just now one of the most powerful people in the world, some things should be put aside.

Oh well. Let’s get going.

In 2016 I had a blast. I wanted to create something. And now, I want YOU to create something. Not that I’m anyone in this particular matter, but I wish to help you connect the dots. I hope that by the end of 2017 you, at least, don’t have any excuses to create something. Other than some incoherent rationalization. 
Today I had a conversation with a friend of mine about taking action. He’s taking a Masters in Journalism and just started interning for a big paper in Portugal. As a first time employee for that paper and as an intern, they put him doing low maintenance stuff. Those kinds of things you don’t want to put anyone with a higher pay grade.

He said that he fears that will be his whole internship because sitting behind a desk is going to suck his life away. With that, we started talking. 
Me — So, you don’t want to become a journalist or you don’t want to be behind a desk at all? 
Him — For sure the second one, but I don’t want to be just another guy in the cog. For all my experiences this far, I managed to not make an ass of myself. I actually excelled doing things that I loved and connecting with people. So, if they put me behind a desk I won’t be able to do what I’m the most fired up about. Connecting with people and learning about their stories.

Me (from now on I’ll be using the letter A) — So, journalism isn’t out of the question, right?
Him (from now on, this particular person will be H) — I don’t know. Journalists usually don’t get paid all that well, you know?
A — I understand. So what do you want to do about it?
H — Right now I don’t know, I just want to see where this is going. I started yesterday.
With this sentence, I remembered a Gary Vaynerchuk video. He was saying to a kid our age to be patient.

A — I think you’re doing the right thing.

From that point on we started talking about #TheQFWD and I said I was getting help from a talented group of people. That I had one person, that I’m right now getting to know better — Rui Nogueira — helping me with the website.

He has been learning about programming and is going to be a great professional.

No matter what field he chooses (he is studying Marketing, but found a great love in programming, I see). But I also told him that Rui will make a great impact. Not only in TheQFWD (and that’s for sure) but in any other thing he wishes to.

Right there, my friends told me.
H — That’s a thing we should try to do (eventually). A crash course in programming. The tech industry is the future. So we might as well focus and learn programming to be able to ride the wave.
A — You know? Even though I’ve definitely thought about it. I believe that, for now, I should try and understand what my main strengths are. You know? And see how can I make them stronger maybe capitalize on them. What are your main strengths?

H — I love connecting with people and also make introductions.
A — So, start doing that. Learn what is your favourite industry. Start learning who are the people that you respect the most. Learn the who’s, start making an impact in their lives. I believe that, in time, you can do that. Without expecting anything, actually capitalize on that.

Now, why did I just write most part of a conversation in this article? Because this is a thing that I’ve been reading and learning about. You should try to make your strengths stronger. Your weaknesses can be worked on. That’s for sure. But if you get someone (a partner (getting meta on this right now, personally or professionally) is always a good thing, at least for me) that is willing to help you, you can capitalize on each other’s strengths and create a Super-Duo, or Trio or whatever the number is. I’m going to try and make a new thing in the next text.