• February 2014 – Citizen39 Update

    Posted Feb 26th, 2014 By in Citizen39 With | No Comments February 2014 – Citizen39 Update

    The end of February is near, and Spring is just around the corner. Don’t let the -33C weather fool you here. I am optimistic that the warming trend is going to start happening soon!

    A number of weeks have passed since the last update, and a lot has happened. So let me fill you in on some of what I have been doing since, and what I plan on doing moving forward…

    More Focus

    It’s easy to get excited and engaged when doing things you are passionate about. But what about those tasks that don’t seem to stir up those same meaningful and engaging emotions, but are seemingly tedious and necessary – like getting homework for a school subject you don’t enjoy.

    In my last update I mentioned that I was going to work on my “focus” muscle, so that I can be more effective and efficient with how I tackle those tasks that I don’t necessarily get excited about doing. The approach I am taking combines a bit of what I have learned about each of; managing priorities, creating habits, and emotional intelligence. Without spending hours writing a giant article about all this, I’ll just leave at this, and hope that one day you and I will have a one-on-one discussion about all this. 

    Vision

    Every conversation I’ve had with seasoned business owners and experts, and every book I’ve read about business, strategy, and success, all have the same over arching message. That message is that a business must have a clear and articulate vision.

    I have a vision for Citizen39, one that I have had for a number of months, but recently I didn’t know how to really express what that vision is. In fact, a few months ago when someone asked me what my vision for Citizen39 is, I stumbled awkwardly with a long winded explanation of what I wanted the company to do and the customers that I wanted serve. My explanation was more of a justification for starting a business, rather than a painted picture of what Citizen39 is going to be. I have that vision, but at the time, I didn’t know how to paint that picture of what that vision is.

    It’s different today. I can easily paint that picture now. In fact just last night I was able to look a friend of mine in the eye and, in once short but precise sentence, paint that picture of my vision for Citizen39. It felt easy to say, and it felt right… and enough said about that.

    Marketing

    This later part of February has already had me doing some networking. A highlight so far is my participation in the Edmonton Journal’s Capital Ideas events. In a February event titled “What business technology do you swear by” a panel of three entrepreneurs answered questions about their challenges with technology, and how they solved those challenges. I was one of two people who was fortunate enough to ask a question. And then to top it off, I ended up getting a small featured quote within today’s (February 26th)  Edmonton Journal. This feature included my name, name of the company, and Citizen39 web site address – a good shot in the arm for marketing ;-)

    The rest of this first quarter will see me do a lot more marketing, including more networking at business events. I’ll be joining the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce soon, as well as signing up with a local business association here in town. Combining those associations with the technology specific presentations I have been doing, and the teaching at the local polytechnic school I’m scheduled to do, I should be able generate a few more leads and opportunities.

    Other than that, lots of other little things happening. All important of course, and I would love to chat about them in person. If you are interested in a conversation about any of this, I’d love to connect and chat.

    Still loving the journey!

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    Paul
    My name is Paul Patterson and I am a software developer who has a keen interest in technology, including; open source, .Net, and anything Interweb. When not crafting some code, I can be found learning something new about photography. As well, I occasionally escape to the "music room" with my guitars to practice a few scales and then jam with my favourite FM radio stations.

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