Time for a lifeline… What’s in your bag? Let’s see those old receipts and cookie crumbs!
Here it is, my briefcase/backpack in all its glory. I haven’t gone through this thing in quite awhile. There’s a lot of stuff in here! Let’s take a look…
- Laptop power cord (Laptop was already taken out of bag for this blog)
- Retractable mouse
- Apple power cord
- Verizon Wireless card
- USB memory sticks (2)
- Pens (I only use Zebra pens)
- Large Post-It note pad (perfect for sticking longer notes/reminders in books)
- Small green journal/idea notebook
- Email with notes from recent meeting
- Gas receipt
- Business cards from folks I met in recent weeks
- My Keter business cards
- Business cards for Centric (Note: I love these. Brian Crain from Kemyst designed them and they feature various quotes on “innovation” on the back of each card)
- Wired article on the Drink Exchange. I’ll admit I tore this page out of the magazine during a recent trip to the barber. (Note: This seriously makes me want to open a bar. The Drink Exchange is a software system that creates “Stock Market Drink Pricing”. This new bar game makes ordering drinks like trading stocks. The software automatically raises prices for popular drinks and allows owners to run “market crash” specials throughout the night. Here’s the article.)
- Passport. Current visa stamps: 1 from Canada, 8 from Israel
- National car rental, Emerald Club card. Pretty sure I’ve never rented a car from them.
- Southwest Airlines drink coupons (4). Good for beer, wine or liquor. Expiration Feb 28, 2013.
- United Air Lines, United Club: One-time pass (2). Valid through 6/30/2013.
- The Orleans (Las Vegas). Free breakfast, lunch or dinner buffet certificate (4). These are only good through 12/31/12. Anyone headed to Vegas for Christmas? Hit me up, these can be yours.
- Bible verse: Ephesians 4:1-2. “As a prisoner of the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love”
- The current issue of Fast Company
- Homemade birthday cards from the kids (my birthday was in October)
- Notes from late last year when GIIRT was in the process of rebranding to Centric
- Notes from a meeting this week with Partners in Housing
- Printed out ticket for Grand Opening of Launch Fishers (2 weeks ago)
- Copy of “Color and the Edgar Cayce Readings” circa 1973 (I picked this up at an antique store in downtown Lafayette back in September)
My name is Jason Williams and I am a tree killer. Yep, I’ll admit it. I prefer the printed paper to the digital alternative. There is always a large stack of articles and reports in my bag that I’ve printed out for future reading. The current count is about 30 articles piled up in this portable backlog. Here is a glimpse of what I deemed important enough to use the ink on:
- Expired Houlihan’s coupon. $15 off $30. Shoot! That was a good one…
- SmallBox Manifesto (not just trying to earn ThinkKit brownie points here, this has been in my bag for months. I love how they’ve branded themselves and how they live this brand/culture out)
- Chain Store Age: 2012 State of the Industry Report
- Retailing Today: Insights 2013, An Annual Statistical Analysis of the Top 100 Retailers
- “Marketing is Dead” Bill Lee, Harvard Biz blog
- “The Personal Branding Post Seth Godin Should Have Written” John Doherty
- “50 Skills Every Marketer Should Have” Sujan Patel
- “Big business swarms for Israeli Start-Ups, but has the interest peaked?” Ido Efrati, Haaretz
- “The Genius Behind Genius Lunches” Matthew Harrigan, Salon.com
- “SEO Isn’t What You Think It Is” Veronica Fielding, Fast Company
- “Neuroscience Sheds Light on Creativity” Gregory Berns, Fast Company
That’s what I have stored and stuffed in mine. What’s in your wallet?