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Success is measured in many ways, and it totally depends on your stated goal. That said, you have to state your goal in order to find success. In fact, success is 50% planning, 25% effort, and 25% persistence. That's good, because fundamentally I am, like most people, rather lazy at times. That's where the persistence part comes in. Persistence is the toughest part of the formula and is the catalyst to ignite the fuel of effort. It's the "will", you might say, to put in the effort, even when your body and heart are telling you to back off, take a rest, and go browse art on Deviantart, watch TV, eat some chocolate, drink a beer or hang out on reddit. Procrastination is rampant - and it's the failure of persistence that short-circuits many goals. Even I procrastinate. I'm likely doing it right now, by typing this up rather than that abstract that's due at the end of the day... However I've got a plan, and will put in the effort as soon as I'm done here.

Something that many people don't understand about life, is that life is like a small cafe serving table: It can only hold about four or five modest size plates of food. If you try to push any more plates on the table, one of the plates falls off the other side and makes a nice little mess on the floor. One of the plates on your serving table holds your family and marriage. Another holds your career. Yet another holds hobby A, and another holds your lesiure time. Sometimes you have to consciously pick up a plate from the table and put it on the shelf for some other day, to keep it from falling to the ground by mistake. Usually when that happens, it costs you, either in terms of broken relationships, lost career opportunities, or financially. Planning is the technique of keeping all your plates of life organized so that you can have a collection of rich life experiences. Only, you can't keep them all out at the same time.

So what is my metric for success in 2015? More importantly, what is yours? Most formulas are unwritten, but if you are a person who struggles with persistence, writing it down might be just the remedy to help you see and visualize your goals. Here's mine:

" In 2015 I will complete my Master's degree, prepare for a new job, help my son get settled into college life, and get the house repairs done while staying happily married."

The plan:
1) In 2015, I will crack the mystery of the Myatis thrust fault and the Valentine's day earthquake sequence, and write it up into a dandy Master's thesis paper, which will be completed and ready by August 15th, so that I can defend it and earn my degree.
2) At the same time, I will finish the creation of a functional suite of calibration tools for calibrating electromechanical seismometers, and training materials for seismic networks in the states of the former Soviet Union.
3) I will start networking with my peers, and getting the word out that I'll be looking for a job in the fall.
4) I will lose the 18 pounds that I've gained since 2012 due to dropping my exercise plan. I've just repaired my P90X DVDs that had gotten scratched and unplayable, and the home gym is now cleaned up and ready. This ought to help with my energy level.
5) I need to fix the ceiling in the dining room, repair the upstairs shower, and re-roof the house above the dining room, and rebuild the little garage this summer. That will also be part of my exercise plan. - and I need to save a few thousand dollars to do it.
6) Get tough but encourage my son... I love him, but am distressed to see him not get excited about the possibilities that surround him - He's 18 now, and an adult - It's time he starts practicing being one by working on his independence. He's either going to have to succeed at college or else get a job and move out. That might be our toughest, saddest challenge yet but it's really in his court. I refuse to be a parent of a 20-something year old child. He'll either succeed in college or else transfer to the college of hard knocks.

Note that there's no mention of Tycho Aussie in the above statements. Tycho is a facet of myself that I truly do enjoy, and I do love the furry guy and the joy he brings. However I will be setting him aside for a little while in order to realize my above stated goal. It doesn't mean I won't be fursuiting: On the contrary, I plan on attending Anthrocon this year for my 50th birthday. It just means, it won't be a primary goal and I'll fit it in around the other stuff when I can. Tycho Aussie and the exploration of this wonderful hobby was a goal of 2012 & 2013, and wow - it opened up a colorful new world to me of new friendships, people, and characters. It's just that now, I need to put that plate on a shelf to make room and keep other plates from falling off the table. The Master's degree is a pretty big plate and it requires some intentional clearing of the table.

How is YOUR serving table looking? What are the plates that you think you want to keep from falling? Which ones will you intentionally put on the shelf to preserve the rest? Did you realize that you can eventually dust them off and put them back onto the table at a later time? Do you have a plan yet? Writing it down is 50% of the formula. Putting in the work is 25%, and being persistent to your plan is the rest.

Well, now I am off to write that abstract. It's due today, and once it's turned in, I will get cracking on making it into a presentation and paper: It'll be about half of my Master's thesis, and I have found out that I've been given the privilege (and the air fare & hotel!) to present it at an international conference in Vienna, Austria in June.

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Masters student of geophysics at Michigan State University. Amateur radio operator, motorcyclist and 23 year member of the AMA; Christian family man, electrical engineer and aspiring volunteer freelance mascot for local charities.

This fine fursuit was constructed by :iconlilleahwest: of Beastcub Creations.
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September-Colors Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
Thanks for the llama and faves!! :'D Your fursuit is awesome!!
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Windicious Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Just wondering if you saw the commission I finished for you ;w;
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Tychoaussie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Not yet! Ill go looking for it right now!
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morcyd Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist
Tycho? Is this you?  41.media.tumblr.com/e04d5db5e9…
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Tychoaussie Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
No, I didn't post that. My student did!
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Woozles-Wonders Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the watch hun! :love:
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Closetfur1 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
I am so fortunate to have met you, at MFF2013. This fortunate chain of events, has raised my confidence, and motivation. Thank You!Hug 
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Tychoaussie Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You are most welcome! Though, in the grand scheme of things, we both must continue to keep this in the proper perspective, and guard against letting it grow bigger than our every-day relationships, faith, and job. To do so means losing so much else - I love fursuiting, but if it meant losing my family or my wife, I just wouldn't be able to enjoy it with the same zeal. I'm blessed and fortunate to have had her finally come to understanding. The first eight months were very, very bittersweet. I truly didn't grow to love this hobby until my wife finally gave it her blessing. 

I hope some day you are as fortunate. It will require unswerving nobility and integrity on your part, I think. That, and meekness and patience, which it sounds like you already have. I wish you well, and perhaps we'll meet again someday soon!
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MetalWolfGemstone Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey Tycho! My friend found you on Tumblr! A student of yours took a photo
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(However some comments I think are mean and stupid. I'd be the happiest kid alive if my teacher did something like you did!)
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Tychoaussie Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That was something which happened a year ago, and yes, I simply ignore the dumb comments, and concentrate on the 100 others that are good. It's been reblogged something like 170,000 times on tumblr, it's been featured on the Chive, and on cringepics, so there's no worrying about it. People make fun of the President of the USA, they make fun of the Pope, and likely even Mother Theresa, so I'm not worried about it. There's always people like that out there. heh :)
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