Why I Enjoy Going to CES So Much

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It is getting to be that time of year again, where I gear up to travel to Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show. I cover CES for ThinkComputers as it is the premier event in North America to go to for technology. I posted a Facebook status about going and someone commented and actually asked if I actually enjoyed going to the show. Covering the show can be draining, but there are quite a few reasons why I really enjoy going to CES.

One of the biggest reasons I enjoy going to CES each year is that it is sort of a reunion of all of us who work in tech. If you work in tech you are more than likely going to be at CES. Over the years I have become friends with many tech site owners and other people in the tech world. Since we all live in different parts of the world we only get to see each other a couple times a year. So it is great to catch up and grab a beer with good friends.

CES is great for motivation for work! Most of the year I am sitting at home making unboxing videos, writing reviews and covering tech news. While I feel incredibly lucky that this is my full time job it does not feel like a job most of the time. There is no hustle and bustle like you may find a traditional jobs. At CES I am in meetings from 9-6PM then have a press event from 7-9PM then vendor parties into the late night. During that time I am rushing to get content from CES on the site and much more. The adrenaline rush feel awesome and it actually feels like I am really working!

I am a huge computer nerd at heart so going to any tech event is just great! CES is particular is awesome because we get to see many new products that may not come out till the end of the year or even at all. I usually don’t schedule any meetings the last day of the show so I can just roam around the convention show floor and check everything out.

Finally its Vegas! I live in Pittsburgh and its normally freezing in January and usually snowing too! Going to Vegas is a nice change where you can walk outside without a jacket on! On top of that there are so many fun things to do in Vegas. If you follow me on Instagram you know I am a foodie so going to Vegas is a great way to check out some of the best restaurants. And of course there is the club scene too, I am planning on seeing at least 3 DJs this year when I’m in town!

Well there is less than a week till I jump on a plane for Vegas, I am pumped!

10 Things I Kicked Ass at in 2014

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Well December means it is the month of lists. I have already gone over how I thought my year went, but I figured I would give you the list of 10 things I kicked ass this year, before I list the 10 things I could have done better. It is always good to see progress so let’s see what all I was good at this year.

1. Travel! – This year I sure went on a lot of different trips! Travel is always such a great experience. I urge anyone who is going through a rough time or dealing with a problem to travel. It is a great release and gives you the ability to really clear your head.

2. Building Business – Again I’ve had a great year with business. ThinkComputers continues to grow and I have slowly started doing a little consulting and I started a brand new website! No only does great business bring more money, but it also makes you feel great!

3. Was there for my friends – It seemed almost all of my close friends went through something crazy this year. Each time I always tried to be there for them as much as I could, just as they have done for me in the past.

4. Did things that made myself happy – If there was something I wanted to do this year I just did it. If you want to be happy with yourself you need to do things for you. This year was all about that for me.

5. Stopped making excuses – If something was not going my way or I did something wrong I would make some excuse up. This year I stopped making those excuses and faced my problems or took the blame for my mistakes.

6. Read More – I have read so much more this year. Whether it was books or blog posts I was always reading something before I went to bed.

7. Made new friends – It is pretty crazy to think of how many new friends I have made this year. I guess I have sort of grown out of the whole clique thing. If someone is a good person to me I will be friends with them no matter what.

8. Continued to eat Healthy – For the most part I have continued to eat pretty healthy. I mainly eat chicken, steak, fruits, veggies, rice and quinoa. Trader Joes I love you! Haha!

9. Listen and take criticism – Normally when someone would say something to me about one of my sites or something personal I would more or less just ignore their criticism. Now I actually take it to heart and try and understand where they are coming from. From this I can make changes or do things to better my business.

10. Was a good person – I think this year really changed me. I really started caring about people are not just myself. I did things for other people, helped them, tried to cheer them up, etc. It is such a great feeling knowing you made someone’s day or walking into a place and seeing a smile on someone’s face or them coming up to hug you.

So those are 10 things I really kicked ass at this year. No one is perfect though, stay tuned for my listed of things I could have done better this year!

The #1 Reason Why You Don’t Do What I Do

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I have been thinking about all of the people who have said to me, “I would love to do what you do”, but for some reason they are not doing it. I am going to tell you the #1 reason you are not doing what I do and it may make you upset. Here it is, you are lazy, yes lazy. That’s what it really comes down to. If you want to go into business for yourself or build an internet business you can’t be lazy!

What I do is honestly easy. I more or less run a review and news website. So I review products and cover tech news. ANYONE can do this. I’ve seen many people start up review sites and become very successful with it, but the main thing is they are not lazy about it.

Not many people want to take the time to build a business, they don’t want to put in the hard work. When I started ThinkComputers I was in college taking a full class load and had a job as well. After class, work, homework, etc I was working on the site. Not many people I know have the determination to work a normal job then work on a business after their “typical” work day is over. So many people just turn that switch off right after work, they are done for the day. And 90% of them go home and vegetate until it is time to go to bed and then they do it all over the next day. That does not seem like anyway to live to me.

The next part of being lazy is not wanting to work for no instant return on your time investment. I know many people who have told me the’ve wanted to start a blog or website and they actually do it, but a month or so in they are done. They are not making money right away so it is not worth it to them. If only they would see the big picture! Most websites do not blow up right away and it takes time. I did ThinkComputers for free for years before it made any money, now it is my full-time job. My new website probably won’t make any money for months, but I still work on it.

Another thing I see with lazy people is they do not want to sacrifice. If there is something going on they would rather do that then put in a night or few hours on their business. Yes I do go out a lot, but at the end of the day my business will always come first. If I have to meet a deadline I am working all night long on it, if I need to be up at the crack of dawn to cover an event I am there and if I’m behind I’m pulling an all-nighter to get caught back up.

Finally we have whats been drilled into our heads since we were kids. We work 5 days a week and we get the weekends off. I cannot tell you the last day I really truly took a day off. Many people think this is crazy, but why would I just sit around when I can better my business? I was talking to my buddy Ian before about this an we both agreed that we just don’t have the same mindset as other people. Again many people are not willing to work on the weekends or on their supposed “days off”.

Again, the fundamentals of what I do are not that complex at all. Anyone can do what I do, but if you are lazy it will never happen for you. The reason I am able to support myself by running my own business is because I am not lazy.

How Did 2014 Go For Me?

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Looking back at my 10 Things I Could Have Done Better in 2013 post I am seeing that I was able to accomplish many of the things on the list and it turned out to be a much better year for me. Let’s cover a couple and see what I did to take them happen!

Delegate More – I have slowly been bringing more people into ThinkComputers and it has taken some of the load off of me. Still not where I want to be as far as just managing the site, but it is a work in progress.

Travel More – This year I went many more places than I did last year. I think that the big thing for me was it was the last year of my 20s so I really wanted to have a great year.

Help More People – This is one thing that I have really concentrated on this year. I have helped people start online businesses, start blogs and just help people out in general. It is a good feeling to help other people and I hope to continue in 2015.

Do more things for myself – This was definitely the year for doing things for myself. If I wanted to do something I just did it! It felt really good and I had the best summer of my life this year. This past year has really been one of the best ever and I hope to keep everything rolling in 2015.

So it looks like things have been pretty good for me this year, but stay tuned I will be doing my yearly recap of the things I was pretty bad at in 2014. How was your 2014?

Celebrating 15 Years of Glow with New World Punx

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The night before Thanksgiving I went to one of the best EDM shows of my life. Club Glow was celebrating their 15th birthday and what better way to do it than to have New World Punx come and play for an open to close set (9PM – 4AM). Club Glow runs EDM and Dance events in Washington, DC and has been doing so for 15 years. My first EDM even was actually a Club Glow event back in 2006!

New World Punx is the duo of Markus Schulz and Ferry Corsten. They are both big time DJs themselves, but they play together maybe a handful of times each year and when they do they call themselves New World Punx. I actually saw them last year. New World Punx actually formed at Echostage in DC so having them come back and play together to celebrate 15 years of Club Glow is pretty special. What makes it even more special is that it was an open to close set, so no openers, no house DJ, just Markus and Ferry. Also that long of a set is great for Trance artists like them because it is really hard to have a true trance set in just 2 hours. Anyways here are some videos I took from the show, enjoy!

You can check out the rest of the videos I took on my YouTube page! Also if you want to listen to the full set check out these two links: Part 1 & Part 2.