Yeah, A Little Edgy Lately

Edgy Or What?
Edgy Or What?

Have you noticed it the last few days?

Is it happening to you too? I can’t be the only one.  There has to be a ton of us. A ton who are really impatient as we wait for our economy to turn around. Perhaps the whole world feels this way.

And yet, in our dissatisfaction, the predictable happens.  You already know the answer don’t you?  What happens is what always happens.


Nuthin’ happens.

This is why the past few days have been unusually exciting. I’ve come to the realization that this time last year, I was on fire.

And then things started to hum, and by August, jungle jeff, Mid Life Celebration, Lane 8, jeff and jeff were cranking out the numbers. (humbly, everything has more than doubled since then)

This led to a feeling of relief, and a feeling of panic.  And both emotions impacted these five daily blogs.

There are some writers and bloggers that write for the numbers, the traffic.

That makes me nauseous. Seriously. I pray that none of these blogs ever become status quo or worry about being mainstream.

But when it does happen (and it will), it won’t be because I caved, but because I pushed and pulled and didn’t accept bull crap excuses for why people have to accept anything but excellence.

And the part of the equation that’ll make it all possible is the core group of you who get it. Who act on it.  Who transform themselves.

And then they’ll start to influence others around them in a transformational way, and this ripple effect is what will make the world a little better before I die.


By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    WOW! I have to say this is some of your best writing at showing the inner workings of your heart and mind behind your daily actions.

    As I read this, a verse from the Bible kept coming to mind that I wanted to share with you as a means of encouragement. Galatians 6:9 (KJV translation) says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” The New American Standard translation puts it a little more directly: “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” Don’t lose heart! Keep on keeping on!


  2. JJ, this is becoming a morning ritual for me. I’m in my office on Pennsylvania Ave in DC, listening to my IPod (AC/DC For Those About to Rock) is in the background, I’m moving out and drawing fire. I appreciate you putting this blog out every morning. We need to work our brains and not just be mindless members of the herd.

    Life is all about balance which is more difficult some days than others. The consistent daily drive to achieve our goals is imperative. So is patience.

    We live in an instant pudding world these days. I want it and I want it now…what is taking so long?

    Whether it is ending the war in Afghanistan, getting the economy going again, or me paying off a car loan early they all take time.

    We must endeavor to perservere and meet all of the challenges that present themselves to us that get in the way of our ultimate goals.

    This is pretty heady stuff for a couple of PE Majors!

    Never lose your sense of humor. It got me and my Marines through a lot of difficult situations.

  3. Bob, wow. Your comments are interesting, because it never felt like the writing “was some of the best”.
    However, this is not the first time comments like yours have been made under similar circumstances.
    This will incubate for some time. Thank you for sharing this.
    I wonder if my son will notice a difference too?
    Carpe diem and do great work. We never know when the final curtain will fall.
    Take your time, but don’t wait.

  4. Hey Skip, love that song. Not only do you and I salute the United States Marines, but also our turbo-charged Rock & Roll Brothers.
    You make me smile, thinking that jungle jeff would become a habit for you.
    Somewhere in the back of my grey matter, this feels good.
    And what feels even better is that you are becoming a contributor as well, even if you don’t realize it.
    Thanks again. Later, jeff 🙂

  5. Jeff,

    Just remember this – you may not know that what you may say as something “common,” someone else may be going through something where it speaks to them in an extraordinary way.

    I ran into a college student of mine that I taught 5 years ago…only had her in class for 5 weeks (the length of the course). I didn’t know her that well, and 5 years had really caused her name to even escape me. But she knew my name, and said, “You said something on my paper 5 years ago about following my dream – my passion. I have that on my wall at home, and I read it every day. I am working on my master’s now. Thank you.” Goodness, I honestly didn’t write it, saying, “Wow – that was profound.” I didn’t even remember saying it. But what I dismissed as ordinary, she took it as extraordinary.

    Words are powerful!


  6. Bob, you are validating what I call “seemingly insignificant” moments.
    Well done, Bob.
    Thank you for sharing the power of a willing heart.

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