Not Impossible (Book Review #0001)

A couple months ago, a buddy of mine lent me this book titled Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn’t Be Done. My buddy was correct in assuming that a lot of my ambition parallels the Mick Ebeling’s ambition, which is commit to build something to help someone, regardless of experience.

The book itself was easy to read. The story follows the author in his serendipitous adventure of helping out a graffiti artist named Tempt One. Diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), the artist lost his ability to do his art. As he trudges along, he discovers a niche to provide solutions to a specific person.

A prime example of Ebeling reaching his niche was when a corporate company did not feel or thought it was worth it to develop equipment for one of the author’s clients. Being stubborn, the author collected his independent resources to build the client’s solution.

I won’t spoil much more but this book was a reaffirmation of where I think we’re headed as a society. There is a large gap between individual needs of a person and availability of supply. Technology can fill in that gap but it’s going to take leaders like Mick Ebeling to lay the foundation in a rapidly changing world.

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Root Cause

Over a year ago, one of my mentors made the suggestion to start writing a blog as a resource for our colleagues outside of IT. Since I started working at the company in 2012, our group always had the challenge of providing solutions that were realistic to maintain in the long run. At the end of the day, our group had to learn and know how to do everybody’s job. This was not a strategic solution and did not help us focus on IT matters. Luckily we had a group of folks who were super talented and ambitious to maintain this short term solution.

Fast forward to today, it was nice but impractical to learn and exercise tasks from accounting, merchandising, human resources, and even operations. By identifying the root cause as a gap between expectations and reality, I was able to start my journey of evangelizing the use of technology and solutions. The idea of blogging has expanded beyond the company I worked for since I sincerely believe that with little anecdotes, everybody can learn that technology does not necessarily replace a user’s subject matter expertise.