What Is
Life In Fast Forward?
Welcome to the online home of me, some guy given the name John Cleveland Payne. In the grand scheme of life, I am just another guy with another blog. But to myself, and hopefully to all of you who actually read this, I am something a little more special. From a young age, I fell in love of the idea of ‘the message’ and medium in which you try to transmit.

Basically, everyone has a message to give to the world. Some are basic, some complex, some have the power to up lift and some are just out there to bring as many people down as possible. But everyone has a message, and most people have problems identifying their message. And the ones who get that far can seem to figure out how to get the world to listen.

Well, I have a message, and this is where I will get a chance to share it. Hopefully, you’ll get plenty of things to keep you motivated or inspired, provide knowledge and comfort, and just have a little fun. Apologies for the state of flux and state of seemingly confusing messages that you’ll get here for a while, as I am doing a lot of personal soul searching, and scrubbing of old ideas to take the best of the past to build a new beginning.

In 2007, I changed the name of blog from “The Mis-Adventures Of The Jazzy Cool One” to “Life In Fast Forward.” I began to tear down old blogs and newsletters and try to find places for them here. My goal is to take the focus off of me the person, and show the world the life I live and share with every human on the planet. I aspire to life at a very high standard, and instead of dealing with people who rather slow us down, I want to find ways to help people pick up there own pace. As you get to see an insight to the further adventures I hope to lead, hopefully you’ll enjoy the ride, and want to come along.

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Just About All Of Us Get Away With Something...
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Okay, I'll admit it. Being a pain is not just a pun on my last name. I can truly be a pest some most of the time. But that is something I have learned to live with, and so have most of those around me.

The honest truth is, I am good at what I do. Period. That's not bragging, and I could easily find a handful of folks to attest to that.

Here's the problem: I can't explain how I get things done most of the time. I just get them done. And I get them done in my own way, on my own time table. And while I am pretty good for the bottom line, sometimes my peers aren't as cool with what I can get away with because of it. Sometimes, I'm not to cool with what I can get away with. Sometimes, I'm not to cool on what other get away with because of what they are good at, especially if I think they are not as good as I am.

This is unfortunate, because while there may be some underlying (or even blatant) resentment among the ranks, its natural within an organization. The stars get special treatment, and can get away with near murder because they can out haul, out deliver, and out sell the masses. On the bizzaro flip-side, your slackers will be able to get away with not doing things because, lets face it, as bad as they suck, you really don't want them doing anything important do you?

So as I'm leaving work today, I'm having to explain that I actually like being a socially awkward workaholic who will occasionally push the wrong buttons of the administrative staff...because its natural, and allows me to use my natural talents with our questioning where they come from. And that I get frustrated with a certain social butterfly, but I admire what she can accomplish, so I live with it. And I put up with having to follow an office comedian to double check all his work, because even though he should be able to work it out or himself, its a lot easier to fix it before he finishes then to let it blow up and having to fix it on the back end.

Its also why I offer to often pick-up for everybody, and often go to special lengths to buy lunch for those people I am most likely to upset when I need their help the most.

So don't beat yourself up if you find yourself jealous of the freedom of the super star or angered by your responsibility to keep the village idiot from being, well, the village idiot. Working with others require the wisdom to live by the axiom of the philosopher, The Rock. So know your role, and shut your mouth!

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posted by J. Cleveland Payne @ 8:54 PM  
  • At 6:52 AM, Blogger Jonny Dover said…

    speaking of buying lunch for people, I think I probably owe you one next week. when would work for you, old bean?

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