January 2013 brought us the amusing story of a man in California who outsourced his job to a Chinese company, allowing him to slack off and spend time watching cat videos. I personally haven’t spent a lot of time on cat videos, but I have discovering the joy of making them since we got a new kitten. Here she is two days after she came home:
What struck me about our new kitten is that it has one huge advantage over me: She was born with a self-training program. What looks to us like youthful hijinks is actually the cat teaching itself to hunt and kill small animals. It is learning all about how to use its body, how to judge things like distance and speed, all the time following a workout program that would make any personal trainer very proud.
So what can we learn from the kitten? Well while some of us sit and watch cat videos, that cat is turning itself into a fit and agile hunter, ready to succeed in the world. It is born with this program already set in its head, while we need to motivate ourselves to do similar things: get ourselves fit and improve our brains.
So if you’re looking for a great kick-start to 2013, how about starting with a VMware User Group User Conference? Check out the Melbourne and Sydney agendas, there is a truly great lineup including Stephen Foskett!
Oh and welcome to 2013, hopefully it will be a great year for all of us.