Category Archives: Thoughts on Work

I Have Made It Big Time – About Time

I can now quit my side gig!

It has finally happened. I made the New York Times Best Seller list. I am now a journalist, an author. I am a bloody George Orwell, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, I am William Shakespeare, I am Malcolm Gladwell. After writing billions of words I have been contacted by an RC website, and asked to write for them, on a weekly basis, and I of course said “it’s about time”!

So there you have it, professional author from now on. I have no idea what will happen to this blog. Maybe, eventually when they start censoring me, I post the uncensored versions here. Advertiser dollars rule, right? Let’s see how it goes. I’ll do my best.

You need to check it out tomorrow. I’ll post a link tomorrow.

GOD BeLESS!

2017 TOP 5 POSTS! 3rd Place – The RC Racing Market is Broken and it’s my Fault

This one was a bit surprising. The post was originally made in August of 2016, but somehow it was still relevant and on the surface, enough to become the 3rd most popular post on the blog in 2017!

3rd Place – The RC Racing Market is Broken and it’s my Fault

 

THEBlog is BACK

It was only a matter of time. After laying low for the past few months. After taking 3 months off from RC tracks and a transmitter. After working tirelessly on design, marketing, sales, webshop, website, business. After preparing the company for major growth. After networking, looking for the right people and the right companies. After working on JQThreads, after creating a solid plan for achieving my goal of actually being successful by the time I am 35, after spending a record 3 months home in Finland, resulting in a boost in energy and motivation. After spending an enormous amount of time lost in thought and planning everything that is going to go down over the next 2 years, it is now time to make all the plans reality. A couple of things you can do, is look out for the following:

MONDAYS

Every Monday we start the week with a “BLACK Edition News” posted on our website.

WEDNESDAYS

It’s time to get back in the swing of things. It’s time to get a routine going. It’s time to post a blog every Wednesday. This will be a JQ blog about anything, RC related or not. You know how it goes. The literary psychopath inside of me needs to release some rants once in a while. So from now on, every Wednesday, I will be posting something.

RANDOM

I will continue to post weekly FB Live videos once my traveling schedule calms down in December.

 

Mobile Office

At times I feel like I totally Forrest Gump my way through life, at other times I feel like I have a few solid ideas, set in stone, that I made up my mind about, and I have just figured out everything around them. As it turns out, I somehow figured out the modern business style, flexible, super low overhead, outsourcing what isn’t vital, and that has lead to a mobile office. I can be wherever I want, whenever I want, and I can run my business. The only requirement I have, is the need to get online. I can go wherever I want for a year, and as long as they have wifi, I can run the business. It might not be as easy, or as comfortable, but it’s possible. I like the freedom. So when the invitation to the Dominican Republic came in, I didn’t need to organise a holiday, or figure out work, I just said “I’ll be there.”

What I Have In Common With Arnold Schwarzenegger

I have covered these same things this blog over the past year, and in FB posts before that, and of course, I have lived it since the year 2003. Let’s take a look

1. Trust Yourself

When I started designing my car, and later when I started my company, I knew that I didn’t know what I was doing, but I always believed I could figure it all out. That’s it really. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

2. Break Some Rules

Not a problem, this one I have covered. Stupid rules are made to be broken. From studying for my degree picking the courses I wanted, even when I wasn’t accepted into the specific programs, applying instead after I had completed them, to doing business unconventionally, figuring out things as we go.

3. Don’t Be Afraid To Fail

It goes without saying, I have failed a lot. When you try everything for the first time, it sort of comes with the territory.

4. Ignore The Naysayers

This does not only mean haters, it also means ignoring your friends or family members who may not share your faith. It takes a strong mind to remain dedicated and committed, specially if everyone around you thinks you are wasting your time, and won’t succeed, and definitely if your goals are to do something that hasn’t been done before.

5. Work Like Hell

In Ryan Cavalieri’s words: “I don’t know how you do it. I don’t know how you have time to do anything.”. Well, basically by not having a life outside of JQRacing, it is actually possible. This is the one that I feel like I fail at the most. Spreading oneself too thin only means being average at everything, and not doing anything as well as possible. I feel like I leave too much on the table.

6. Give Something Back

I try to give good young drivers with the right attitude and dedication the opportunity to achieve their goals in RC racing. I provide a ton of content such as this, for free. Outside of RC I give back too, but that’s a different story. Good things happen to good people, so try and be a good person.

Let Me Help You Again Asshole

I’m the kind of person, that helps anyone at the track, regardless of car brand or any other factor. Ask me for help, and I’ll help, sometimes you don’t even need to ask, and I’ll help you anyway.

Recently I have been thinking about something. If I was to say, sorry, I can’t help you to people not running a JQ car, that would make me an asshole, right? Wouldn’t it?

If so, what are the people who read my setup guides, and ask me questions, tell me they support me, yet don’t run a JQ car, or buy any JQRacing products? Are they assholes too?

Food for thought.

 

1 Year In – Evaluation #itsuckstosuck

A year ago I announced that it sucks to suck, and it would be really cool not to suck. I then began focusing on my own driving and trying to improve as a racer. I knew my car was good, and at the time I knew about the BLACK Edition, surprise surprise, so I wanted to be on the pace once I got to release it. Let’s see where I am at now.

  • Results: No significant improvement. Same shit different day, any given race, 7th-20th is basically where I can finish.
  • Race Pace: Slight improvement, can achieve same as before, but with one or two mistakes, where before I was just perfect but slower. I haven’t been faster and perfect yet except club racing.
  • Practice Pace: Significant improvement, I am able to match the worlds best….in practice. That’s something though, I wasn’t able to do this a year ago.

Basically, I have been able to improve my skills, and I have been able to lower my best lap, and average lap very close to the pace of the very best. Basically matching or being within 3 seconds over 5 minutes. That’s really good. So I am capable of doing what these guys are doing at the races. I have stayed after races and matched TQ times, and I have practiced with the likes of Ronnefalk, Cavalieri, Rivkin and Tebo. The thing is, I need hundreds of laps, and a perfectly set up car, and dialed in driving to do it.

At the races I am still off the pace, as I can’t reach that maximum pace without getting everything just right. So basically there has been progress, just not enough yet. I’m not giving up though, I know I can do it now, I just can’t do it at the races with limited practice. I’ll keep on going, and we will see how it is in another years time.

Another improvement has been racing in traffic, doing much better than before. Now I get the wrong end of the stick only 30% of the time. Also put some nice moves on people that were mostly aggressive but fair. A few mishaps, but it’s racing.

The Importance of Guidance

Yes I wrote “he”, it’s easier. This blog isn’t PC.

After some time with hardly any really good new junior drivers, there seem to be a lot of them popping up now. There are now a number of Italian youngsters, and also Spanish, German, Finnish, and American drivers beginning to make a name for themselves around the world. Oh and a Polish guy.

At first they all sort of looked equal, but now after a few more years, you can really tell a difference in their career trajectory. Of course talent and dedication plays a role, but when it comes to young drivers, I think there is one thing that is more important than anything else, and that’s the people behind them.

Here are a few ways to spoil a potentially good driver:

  • It’s never his fault. He is awesome, always, the equipment let him down when he didn’t do well.
  • Any on track incident is never his fault, always blame the other party. Retaliation is encouraged.
  • No need to try other people’s setups or ideas, as I know what’s best for my kid. Don’t listen to others kid.
  • After kid goes nuts on track and blows out, no words of wisdom are spoken, “Car didn’t look good, you will get them next time.”
  • Basically, always looking outwards instead of inwards, for blame, and for excuses, and always looking outwards for ways to improve, different equipment being the first step.

What the above leads to is a driver that doesn’t develop his own driving because he is awesome, he never settles with car brand, tyre brand, etc, because they are never good enough for him, he never achieves greatness because he can’t maximise his own and his equipment’s potential as the focus is on the wrong things.

Here are a few ways to make the most of a potentially good driver:

  • Be fair with feedback regarding mistakes and bad races, and offer solutions and improvements to driving and setup, not even hinting at different equipment.
  • Give objective feedback regarding on track incidents, and condemn retaliation.
  • Listen to other people, but do your own testing and gather your own data.
  • After kid goes nuts on track and blows out, share some words of wisdom that help to stop that from happening in the future.
  • Basically, always look inwards for blame, and reasons, what could we have done better with our equipment, what could you have done better as far as your driving is concerned?

What the above leads to is a driver that develops due to constant honest feedback and instruction, and understands the value of settling for a good brand and maximising it’s potential. He has a great chance of achieving greatness as the people around him don’t give any room for excuses.

 

Bad For The Industry

Here are some posts that are bad for the industry.

Excuses

Setup

Driving

Testing

Stupid people should refrain from attempting to put other people down, because the only outcome is that they will look more stupid than they seemed before they started talking. Normally, the more ignorant and the less successful you are, the more you talk about, and hate on other people. The statement below is a great one. The reason for this is simple. Small minds cannot comprehend new ideas.

Making Loop is Live Famous

These two idiots interviewed me for their dumb podcast. I think if you want to understand me better you should listen to it here.

I felt like I had to go on there and deal with all the bullshit they put out there.