Chasing the bottom line

Albert Nichols
Albert NicholsProduct, IBM Cloud Data Services
AlbertNichols
albertcnichols.com
April7th2015
Chasing the bottom line
Chasing the bottom line
Spending Time
Why are
you here?
Chasing the bottom line
39 Days 13 Hrs 49 Min
410 Days 13 Hrs 47 Min
0 Days 0 Hrs 46 Min
👦 👧
💏 😘
🚘 🎫
🎉 🙌
🎓 🙇
💼 ↗️
👰 💍
👶 🍼
👦 👧 Teenager
💏 😘 First Kiss
🚘 🎫 Driver’s License
🎉 🙌 21st Birthday
🎓 🙇 Graduation
💼 ↗️Promotion
👰 💍 Marriage
👶 🍼 First child
How do you
choose to
spend your
time?
Do what “The Man” says
Go with the Flow
Dreams (be an olympian)
Lead others
Follow others
Comfort
Push the limits
Change the world
Why should
you choose
how to spend
your time?
No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of
physical training.
What a disgrace it is for a person to grow old without ever
seeing the beauty and strength which their body is
capable
No citizen has a right to be an amateur.
What a disgrace it is for a person to grow old without ever
seeing the beauty and strength of which they are capable
“You are vulnerable to those who will be more than happy
to define you, and to direct that fraudulent self they
created, toward their fraudulent ends.”
i.e. If you don’t choose, 

someone else will for you
“It is always
darkest just before
the day dawneth"
- Thomas Fuller
Time spent
Quality of what
you’re doing
But Remember… Your actions predict the future
“The night is
darkest just
before dawn”
- The Dark Night
Time spent
Quality of what
you’re doing
But Remember… Your actions predict the future
How should
you choose
to spend your
time?
Chasing the bottom line
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The
“Bottom
Line”
The
“Bottom
Line”
3 Examples
Patagonia

1% Revenue -> NGOs
TOMs

# of Shoe Donations
Tesla

# of Reduced emissions
What is
your
Bottom Line?
Feel the
Rhythm
Chasing the
‘Bottom Line’
There is no
destination
Ignorance,
is productivity
Brick walls are there for a reason.
Brick walls give us a chance to show how badly
we want something.
Brick walls are there to stop the people who
don’t want it badly enough.
They’re there to
stop the other people.
Days are
not for
counting
How’s the
water?
What the hell
is water?
Dothe
M
irrorTest
Feel the
Rhythm
Exercises
Read
Converse
Listen
Think
Meditate
Be Aware
Write
Speak
Exercise
Guess and Check Every Month
•What key decisions am I
about to make?

•What outcomes do I
expect?

•What patterns do I see?

•What do I need to
enhance in order to get
what I want?

•What bad habits are
preventing me from
getting the outcomes I
desire?

•What are my strengths?

•What do I value?

Review your results
from last month
ASK:
Tip:
Make a monthly recurring calendar
reminder with these questions and the
next slide as the description
Habit Check
Habits speed time
Habits deaden anxiety
Some Habits
•Brush teeth

•Shower

•Laundry

•Have a drink

•Socialize

•Chipotle

•Exercise

•Surf YouTube

•Check Facebook/
insta, etc

•Read

•Pick your nose
Exercise:
1.Write down your daily, 

weekly, Monthly Habits

2.Which ones would you keep?

3.Create action plan to eliminate
bad habits and build new ones
Ride the PLB Continuum
PLB
Look for the Dishwashers
If you leave with
nothing else:
Actively choose how to spend your time
Determine what your “Bottom Line” is
When in doubt, do what feels good (right)
Look in the proverbial mirror and ask “do I like what I see, where I’m going?”
If yes? Scale the Brick Walls
If no? Feel the Rhythm
Chasing the bottom line
What You’ll Encounter
Salary Negotiations
Quitting
Transitioning Jobs
Saying No
Dealing with the office a**hole
Being a serious commuter
Being a 9-5er
Being taken advantage of
Being called a millennial
Unknown Expectations
Tools
Meditation and Mindfulness

headspace.com
Pen and paper — Burn after reading (writing)
Reading

medium.com
getpocket.com
The people next to you
twitter.com
Productivity

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