by Sean Dillon
posted Aug 11 2014 9:57AM
So after playing around in radio for the last 18 years, I decided to go back to Texas Tech and finish my degree. I actually won a bet from a friend who thought that I would never go back, so T, I expect to see a $180 donation to the Children's Miracle Network in my sisters name before the end of the month.
I didn't tell anyone about my journey because I figured that if for some reason I had to bail, it wouldn't be that bad.
Tips I give all graduates stolen from my dad...
1. There are no more summer vacations, find a job, get the hell out of your parents house and make mistakes.
2. Make mistakes because the only way you learn is by making mistakes.
3. Listen more than you speak.
4. No one that is worth a damn will hate you for asking a question.
5. Help others as they follow you, because someone helped you.
Guns UP, Wreck Em Tech and I'll see you on the radio!
by Sean Dillon
posted Apr 30 2014 11:03AM
My dad always told me, "if you can't do it right, step aside and let someone else do it." The first time I stepped aside, I found that I wasn't involved with the project ever again. So instead of stepping aside, I tried my damnest to do the task.
Quick fixes never work and in the end cost people jobs. Take the healthcare website. There was such a push to get it out and it just didn't work. What IT/Software mastermind came up and said... "yup, take it around for a spin." The software was glitchy, nothing tested right and people lost their jobs because it didn't work.
But was it a failure of JUST the designers, or a failure of the people who created the program in the first place. If it was up to me, I would have had a fully designed , beta tested and appproved, website MONTHS before I ever threw out the initiative.
Because in the effort to get things done fast, they weren't done right.
There are people in the world who believe solving any problem with the path of least resistence. There are other people who believe that fixing a problem involve rigging a complex series of things most of them involving duct tape and bailing wire.
But why can't we do things right the 1st time?
Cause if the website worked in the first place, nobody would give a damn about it now.
I once asked my dad for a scooter. My friends had scooters, and at 14, a scooter that could go 30 miles per hour was a step closer to a motorcycle.
I got a bicycle, with a basket and tassles.
My dad tried a quick fix.
In the end, my brother enjoyed that wonderful bike and I walked everywhere. Because after riding with my friend on his motorcycle, there was NO WAY I was riding a bicycle... with a basket... and tassels.
by Sean Dillon
posted Jan 2 2014 12:23PM
So my dad is always teaching, trying to impart knowledge and his experiences on me and my brothers & sisters. After yesterday's Nebraska Football victory I could tell he had an extra jump in his step.
"Today's been a GREAT week. It started with UT losing (my brother in law went to UT), Tech winning, (I went to Tech) , A&M won (My sisters went to A&M) and Nebraska winning (My dad, mom and brother all went to UNL). Just a great week," my dad started.
I asked him what about the concept of rooting for the teams in your conference to win, like Baylor and OU.
"The hell with them, when was the last time you heard a Baylor or OU fan root for Tech? I've gotta go take down the animals for your mother. I love you, talk to you later," my dad finished.
Every day I appreciate my dad a little more.