I’m a guy who loves mobile technology. I pass time reading reviews of devices that I’ve never seen, combing through rumors of devices that don’t exist yet, and studying in detail the devices I can get my hands on. I was transitioning from high school to college when the iPhone was released and I distinctly remember an overwhelming excitement for the first ‘Droid’ phones when I was in college. It was then that I began ‘visiting’ different cell phone carriers just to get a look at the new hardware on display.
Fast forward 10 years and I’m married, I’ve got kids, and I’m working a job, in an office, that I’m not excited about. Don’t get me wrong, it has given me the ability to support my family for which I was certainly grateful, but I itched for something else. I couldn’t keep my hands off the latest and greatest phones, tablet, even laptops.
Because my job was sales related, I read sales books. They were mostly about self-empowerment, working hard, no excuses, finding something you love, all those salesy topics you can read an endless number of books on. I have to admit, they sometimes rubbed me the wrong way, but I began to think less about what I couldn’t do and more about the big possibilities of what I could do. I began to actually think I could make a living doing something that I enjoy. It’s amazing what a difference a simple shift in thinking can make.
So, resolved to change my circumstances, I made a plan to get up early every morning and start writing before the business of life and work set in. I’m not the most disciplined person in the world but I found at an early age that I could accomplish just about anything if I wanted it bad enough and didn’t give myself the opportunity to back out (just get those feet on the ground when that alarm sounds). I got up early on day 1 and never looked back. I found that I loved writing even more than I hoped I would, and the fact that I was writing about an interest I can’t satiate made it unbelievably enjoyable. I even grew to enjoy getting up early, grabbing a cup of coffee, and typing away as the sun rose.
Now I have a website (thetechbelt.com). I’m a normal guy with a bit of a tech fetish, and I write to other normal people who are looking for a simple opinion on which device they should be using. I don’t run diagnostics, I don’t list off specs, I talk about the look and feel and usefulness of the things we rely on every day. It’s simple and empowering, and I couldn’t enjoy it more.