Blog Post 4: I run four or five times a week but I don’t do it because I love it, I do it to stay physically healthy, clear my mind, and reduce stress. It’s somewhat of a chore but recently I implemented a new technology (new for me) that really makes my run pass more quickly and be more enjoyable. It’s the use of an iPod!! Friends have been telling me about it for years but if you’ve been following this blog, you know that my past decisions regarding new technology (and a lot of things) were focused on whether or not it would make me money. So I put it off… dumb move. I no longer dread my runs, I look forward to them!
A friend made me a really upbeat playlist. I love the songs and the 50-60 minute run flies by. One of the songs is by Pink and there’s a line in it that goes something like, “if you’re wrong in all the right ways”. I like the song because it is very lively and has a great beat, although I’m not crazy about the gratuitous cursing. Anyway…it made me think back to my younger days and how I would do embarrassing things at parties, discos(!) and night clubs without the fear of seeing it on the web.
Everyone knows this…but I think it stands repeating. Assume what you do on your own time WILL be seen or talked about by people that shouldn’t see or hear of it. Technology and social media can spread the news in seconds. Assume it will happen. Being ‘wrong in all the right ways’ is a clever line, but it’s probably just ‘wrong’ if a certain pic, video, or conversation becomes public. Be on your guard. Be mindful of who you include in your private life and become familiar with the untag button. Your reputation is one of your most valuable assets and should be protected. A good litmus test is to realize what you’re doing when you’re out of the office/away from school and think about if you’d be comfortable with it being in front of your parents, mentors, current or potential employers, through Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, or even on the cover of The Boston Globe. I’m not trying to be a downer – I love having a good time, but you will find it wise to maintain personal integrity and exhibit the kind of self-respect and professionalism that will enhance and support your growth and success. Rob