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The Search for Answers….

I blog every day.  The subject usually presents itself from an experience during the day, or perhaps as a result of a news story or event.  Each time something surfaces as the dominant thought of the day, I do a little research on the subject. I usually start with google or google scholar,  but that can take me in many different directions.  I often find myself following a variety of links and digging deeper into the given subject on wikipedia.    I may look at twitter or facebook to see if the subject is trending, and those sites can often lead me in still more directions.  I often end up on MSNBC or CNN.  The tragic event in Boston on Monday has certainly given me a lot of opportunity to search for answers.

I love the subject of anthropology.  I think it is human nature to want to know WHY

But the search for answers goes deeper today.  Our lives have become all about “immediacy.”  We have become so used to faster and faster service that anything  less is considered reason for complaint.  We are connected to the internet 24/7 by our smartphones and tablets, and soon our glasses will even give us all the information we need to navigate our daily lives!  But I would ask the question, “Are more answers necessarily good answers?”  Is the source reliable or is it opinion.  Going back to the horrible bombing event Monday, the major news channels have repeatedly released incorrect information, just to be corrected shortly by the FBI.  But as soon as these incorrect “facts” are released, everyone tweets them into the cloud, making it more and more difficult to discern fact from fiction.

Answers, whether fact or fiction, have a huge impact on our lives!  The economic opinions reported as “news” can have global impact the next day.  We pretend to be rational in our decision-making processes, but we act quite irrationally in reality.  The stock market is a perfect example!

What answers are you searching for today?

My name is Tom Burns.  I search for answers every day, both here on my blog, and at work.  I am a sales professional at A-1 Appliance, where I help people search for ways to make their home more comfortable with new kitchen appliances.  The answers are not always perfectly clear.  The result is based on the constraints of need, want, availability, cost, and available space.  Quite often the opinions of the home builder, general contractor, interior designer, or realtor enter into the equation.  It can get quite confusing…..but I love to help!

You can find lots of appliance answers at A-1 Appliance……and you can find me at www.kimtag.com/nashvillesmartphone1 (1)tom


Ve Get Too Soon Oldt, Undt Too Late Schmart!


Lame excuse if you ask me!  It’s never too late to learn something new!  Pick up a book, better yet, several books, and start reading.  Read until you lose interest and then pick up another book. Read books with very short chapters.  Here is a fantastic pick:


Subscribe to Brain Pickings.  http://www.brainpickings.org/  This newsletter comes to your inbox every Sunday morning.  I’ve discovered so many interesting tidbits here, from art, to science and philosophy, writing and entertainment!

Another source of “smarts” is http://bigthink.com/  This site could keep you busy for days!  One subject leads to another, one path of investigation takes you in a new direction, and before you know it, you’ve stayed up past midnight….again!  

From the title page:



We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at ourfingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

A word about Big Ideas and Themes — The architecture of Big Think

Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World OrderEarth and Beyond21st Century LivingGoing MentalExtreme BiologyPower and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

Oh, and don’t forget Google!  Here is a fantastic course on how to use google.  Take it slowly, do the exercises, take notes—you will be AMAZED at what google can do for you!  http://insidesearch.blogspot.com/2012/09/power-searching-with-google-is-back….

So, don’t get old, GET SMART!  I did!


By Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….









Helpful Things You Can Learn RIGHT NOW!

Here are 7 sites I find extremely useful.  I hope you will check them out:

http://www.hyperalerts.no/  Get e-mail alerts of posts/comments on any facebook page.   I use this one every day!

http://www.gograblunch.com/  You can meet new and interesting people for lunch as often as you like.

http://www.twitbacks.com/  Create your OWN twitter backgrounds….and it’s FREE!

http://www.twilert.com/  Get e-mail alerts of tweets containing your brand, product, or service!  This one is REALLY useful!

http://www.likester.com/  Wondering what your friends like on facebook?  Wonder what’s trending globally?  Now you can find out!

http://twitterfeed.com/  Feed your blog to twitter, facebook, and more!  I particularly love this automated service!

http://www.plaxo.com/  This is a great on-line address book!

What sites do you use every day that you find most useful and would like to recommend to others?

Wondering how you can improve your opportunities for learning?  Here are a few tips:

First, join your local social media club.  Most cities have  an active group.  Just google “social media club (insert your city) to find your branch.  It’s free and will connect you with experts in multiple social media topics.

Next, be sure you are active and posting useful information on Google+, FacebookLinkedIn, and  Twitter,  to learn from the people you follow.

Join meetup groups.  Visit http://www.meetup.com to find interest groups meeting in your area.  One of my favorites in Nashville focuses on Google topics.     Visit http://www.meetup.com/Nashville-SEO-Group/ for some great information.  Ross Jones is the leader of this free group.  He is the owner of  http://2thetopdesign.com/  which is a website development company and much more.  Ross can help you get better google rankings and improve your business.

Start a blog.  Writing will help you clarify your thoughts.

Read something new daily.  Choose something outside of your field of expertise. It will expose you to new ideas and learning opportunities.  I enjoy reading Seth Godin’s blog http://sethgodin.typepad.com/ and I frequently download e-books.  Speaking of books….join a book club.  It will motivate you to read more critically when you know that you have to contribute to the discussion.

If you learn just ONE NEW THING every day, think what you can accomplish!  I challenge you to start today, and let me know if my suggestions were helpful.