Friday, February 28, 2020

Throwback Blog: Top Ten Steve Jobs Quotes

Blogger’s Note: Throwback blogs are blogs from my past. I start posting past blogs reflecting what I wrote. It's like my "A Second Look" blogs for which I give myself feedback.

Today's throwback blog is titled Top Ten Steve Jobs Quotes on Aug 3, 2016. Let's review good life wisdom from my favorite famous person I answer the question who I want to meet dead or alive. I read the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson twice.


Steve Jobs was a genius. He changed the world. I recommend everyone read his biography written by Walter Isaacson. A person's life can change reading the biography with heart. Jobs told Isaacson he never worried about money. Jobs lived a simple life at Reed College and in India. Jobs became rich after Apple went public. Moreover, Jobs promised himself the money didn't ruin his life.

Jobs told Isaacson his thoughts about growing old and the future months before Jobs was fired from Apple: Your thoughts construct patterns like scaffolding in your mind. You are really etching chemical patterns. In most cases, people get stuck in those patterns, just like grooves in a record, and they never get out of them. I'll always stay connected with Apple. I hope that throughout my life I'll sort of have the thread of my life and the thread of Apple weave in and out of each other, like a tapestry. There may be a few years when I'm not there, but I'll always come back. . . . If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you've done and whoever you were and throw them away. The more the outside world tries to reinforce an image of you, the harder it is to continue to be an artist, which is why a lot of times, artists have to say, "Bye, I have to go. I'm going crazy and I'm getting out of here." And they go and hibernate somewhere. Maybe later they re-emerge a little differently. (p 189-190)

Jobs was brave to destroy; in other words, out of the old and in with the new. Jobs accepted iPhones might cannibalize iPods or iPads might cannibalize laptops. "If you don't cannibalize yourself, someone else will," said Jobs. (p 408)

Listen to Jobs' commencement address at Stanford University in 2005 on YouTube: Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address. Some of the highlights include the following: (1) You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. (2) Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish. (3) Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.

I admit I cheated today's top ten. The quotes above are good top ten quotes. I want to mention all of his good quotes totaling greater than ten. Enough said. Here are the top ten Steve Jobs quotes:

10. Picasso had a saying--'good artists copy, great artists steal'--we have always been shameless . . . stealing great ideas.

9. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Um, once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.

8. Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.

7. When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life--and your life is just to live inside your world. Try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life.

6. Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma--which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

5. Quality is much better than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.

4. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers.

3. I began to realize that an intuitive understanding and consciousness was more significant than abstract thinking and intellectual logical analysis . . . intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect, in my opinion. That's had a big impact on my work.

2. You're born alone, you're going to die alone. And what exactly is it do you have to lose. There's nothing.

1. The journey is the reward.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Most Things Don't Work

A universal truth most people don't realize is most things don't work. There are many good ideas. Few good ideas work. It's another of way of saying expect failure to become successful. Make mistakes to learn. It didn't work. Try again. Try something different. Trial and error. The most things don't work is another perspective to never quit after making one mistake. Practice intelligently. Make intelligent mistakes. Experiment wisely.

Also, most things don't work is another way of saying an idea is dead. We're done. Failure is established. Avoid the continuation-bias. Avoid the must get there-itis. Avoid the plan-continuation-bias. Stop the inertia. The battle ends today. The war continues tomorrow. Move on. Think of another idea.

Update On A Past Blog

I wrote more than six blogs in 2018 about more losses and less wins or more downs and less ups in my life. One blog titled More Losses Less Wins And More Setbacks Less Accomplishments on Aug 16, 2018 was one of the blogs about too many bad luck, bad timing, and setbacks. I think about my totality life past and present. I'm breaking even. I have equal number of good moments. I have equal number of bad moments. I have equal positives. I have equal negatives.

I have been unemployed. I have been living with my parents. I have no freedom. These three are negatives. On the other hand, I'm the healthiest ever. Stress is minimized. I'm learning new job skills. These three are positives. Money problems and expenses are minimized; moreover, I have been selling useless possessions on eBay. I can spin my current life both positive and negative. The end result is I break even. I can spin my past life when I worked two contract jobs involving data entry both positive and negative. My two jobs were misleading because my responsibilities were beyond entering data. I earned income I purchase goods and services I wanted. I was physically out of shape going to the gym inconsistent. I ate too much processed foods. I was social; on the other hand, I grew apart from most of my friends. I broke even.

I have more good years than bad years on the whole. I self-analyze each year in detail. I broke even. I fear one day the biggest positive and the biggest negative come to my life when I earn my freedom for the first time in my life. Maybe I end my break even curse resulting in more wins and less losses.

Monday, February 24, 2020

My Second Desktop PC And My Third Laptop

Microsoft announced Windows 7 support ended Jan 14, 2020 in 2019. I choose to build a second desktop PC and to purchase my third laptop. My first desktop gaming PC was built on Dec 2008 and upgraded on Mar 2015. My second laptop was an HP Compaq 8510p I purchased on Jul 2008. I choose correctly. My new computer and my new laptop are fast.



Desktop Hardware Specs

*SSD Samsung SSD 860 EVO SATA III 500GB
*SSD Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 500GB
*CPU Intel i5-9600K
*PSU Seasonic Focus PX-750 750W 80+ Gold Full Modular
*RAM Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 2X8GB 288pin PC3000
*CPU cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
*Fans Cooler Master MasterFan SF120P ARGB 120mm (2 fans)
*MB MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon LGA1151 (300 series)
*GPU MSI Gaming GeForce GTX1650 Super 4GB GDDR6
*Case Cooler Master MasterBox MB530P
*Fan Cable Cooler Master Master 1-To-3 Splitter Cable Addressable RGB
*Fan Power Cable OEM 4-pin PWM Fan Power Extension Cable 8" (2 cables)

Desktop Crash Course

I know basic PC which is enough to build a desktop PC. Basic PC is enough knowledge to research what kind of desktop PC, what hardware to buy, what brand name, and cost. Hardware changed from 2015 and 2019. Researching takes patience. Shopping around to compare prices takes time. Timing is a factor when the purchase the hardware. Most of the hardware was purchased on Black Friday 2019. Financial planning is required to budget how much to spend. Likewise buying a desktop. Here is a crash course on desktop hardware I researched.

Random Access Memory (RAM). RAM allows the motherboard to quickly store data and access data without going through the hard drives. It stores data when it is needed. Faster frequency leads to faster memory processing the data. Frequency takes priority over latency. Latency is the time between a system command entered and executed. The lower the latency, the faster the memory moves onto the next process. CAS is latency. Want low number CAS latency. Start with 16GB RAM. 32GB and beyond are for enthusiasts and purpose-built workstations. Upgrading RAM is easy when RAM is frequently maximized.

Graphics Processor Unit (GPU) or Graphics Card. The GPU translates information from your PC into images. The more powerful GPU processes information faster and displays better visuals. Confirm the case has room for the GPU. Look at the GPU's length, height, and thickness. GPUs comes in half-height or slim, single-slot, dual-slot, and triple-slot. Most gaming GPUs occupies dual-slot. Nvidia uses CUDA Cores. Radeon uses Stream Processors. The two numbers are the number of processing units in the GPU like the number of cores in a CPU.

Power Supply Unit (PSU). A power supply provides electricity to the desktop's hardware. There is no additional cost when the PSU doesn't use the maximum wattage. PC hardware generates heat. A power supply with a higher efficiency rating runs cooler dissipating less heat and runs quieter because the fans run slower and/or shorter. Modular PSUs allow the user to plug enough power cables.

80 plus ratings spectrum from better to best are gold, platinum, and titanium. Most users choose gold.

Intel Central Processor Unit (CPU). 1151 socket is 9th generation. 1150 socket is 8th generation. i5 good for gaming. i7 good for creative media. H for gamers and power users. G for light gaming and photo editing. U for everyday use. Y for laptops. K for overclocking. Clock speed more important than the number of cores. The first numbers is the generation number. The second, third, and fourth are the model number indicating number of cores and clock speed. For example, Intel i5-9600k is a 9th generation 600 model overclocking.

Cache is used to speed up access to data and instructions between your CPU and RAM. Cache is information stored to complete repetitive tasks. Cache size is low priority. Most cache sizes are between 1MB-4MB. L1 is the fastest and cramped. L3 is the slowest and spacious. CPU must pair with the motherboard's chipset and CPU sockets.

Side note: I didn't research AMD chips. However, Intel is better for gaming and internet browsing. AMD is better for video editing and photo editing.

Motherboard (MB). A motherboard is a printed circuit board (PCB) that creates a backbone allowing connected components to communicate. Choose a CPU before choosing a motherboard. The socket number is the number of pins in the socket. A processor socket is the mechanism through which a CPU is firmly attached to a motherboard. A chipset is the motherboard software and hardware to allow all the components to communicate or work together.

Z390 for 8th generation and 9th generation Intel chips. Z370 for 8th generation Intel chips. LGA 1151 (300 series) for 9th generation Intel chips. LGA 1150 (300 series) for 8th generation Intel chips. PCIe 3.0 is the latest slots.

Extended ATX, Standard ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ITX are common motherboard form-factors or sizes from biggest to smallest.

Case. Full tower, mid-tower, and mini-ITX are the major case sizes from big to small. Drive bays house storage devices. Tempered glass is today's style. More money spend gets better quality, better looking, and lighter in weight. Cheaper cases are built with lower-quality materials, less sturdy, thinner panels, and wear down quicker. Acrylic glass scratches easier.

Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) Solid-State Drive (SSD). NVMe are the latest SSD providing increased bandwidth, lower power consumption, and lower latency. NVMe are installed in M.2 connectors. PCIe x4 faster than PCIe x2. Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) M.2 can be installed in any M.2 slot. SATA M.2 must be installed in a SATA M.2 slot.



Laptop Specs

*HP Spectre x360 15t
*OS Windows 10 Pro 64
*SSD 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2
*CPU Intel i7-9750H 2.6GHz-4.5GHz, 12MB cache, 6 cores
*RAM 16GB
*GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB
*Connectivity Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX 200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5 Combo
*Ports USB A 3.0, 2 USB C, micro SD, HDMI, and audio
*Display 15.6" diagonal 4K UWVA BrightView micro-edge AMOLED multitouch-enabled (3840 x 2160)
*Battery 6-cell, 84 Wh Lithium-ion

Update On A Past Blog

I remember a blog forgetting my job skills A Concern That Requires My Attention on Jan 20, 2013. Forgetting job skills is an example of use it or lose it. I started taking online classes at Accountemps to relearn and to refresh my job skills in Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Business Analysis. Wrong choice. Accountemps' online classes stank. I corrected my mistake starting on May 2015 learning Python, JavaScript, and CSS. I also relearn my SQL. I refresh my Excel. The rest is ongoing history. Never stop learning. Practice, practice, and practice indefinitely. Learn my repetition.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Today Is A Lucky Day I Count My Blessings

Today's blog is not a bullshit blog. Today's blog is not a self-pity blog. Today's blog is not a life reset blog or a daily reset blog. Today's blog I remind, review, and refresh my good luck and good fortunate. Today's blog I count my blessings. Never forget.

*The minimums. I have shelter including a mattress and a bathroom, meals, water, and clothes. I thank my parents. My 2005 Toyota Camry runs good.

*Health. I'm in good health physically, mentally, and emotionally. I workout at the gym four days a week. I minimize eating processed foods. I review skills and learn new skills six days a week. I read books. I sleep eight hours a night. My self-esteem is strong. I'm one step closer to become a genius at the end of the day.

*Speaking of review skills and learn new skills, I have been reviewing my job skills to prepare for my next job. I review Excel, SQL, Power Query, and Power Pivot. I learn Python and Power BI. I wrote my first API which is a Twitter API written in Python. I also learn daily life skills such as tying rope knots and sewing a button. I learn past generation leisure skills such as making paper airplanes.

*Maintenance. Working out at the gym for days a week is an example of maintaining good physical health. I do my share keeping the house in good condition cleaning, vacuuming, and mopping. I review everything I have learned from the bullet above continuously. Learn by repetition. Muscle memory. I write blogs to keep my writing skills sharp.

*Minimal money worries. Steve Jobs never worried about money before and after he found Apple. Jobs lived a simple life before Apple. Jobs became rich after Apple went public.

*Leisure. Working out for physical fitness, reading books, and watching movies are my top leisure activities. I spend about 20 minutes a day reading social media. Newspapers are delivered four days a week. I minimize watching television. I minimize playing video games.

*Active life. It's hard for me to be bored. Effort is required to keep myself occupied. A person motivated to keep himself or herself occupied is half way to become successful at anything.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Painful San Jose State University Reflections

I graduated from San Jose State University on Dec 19, 1997. 8,094 days later I ask the question "What did I learn in college?" from the memoir titled Reflections. My answer is I learned nothing except Economics and Mathematics. I learned life working at Blockbuster Video in Fall Semester 1996-Spring Semester 1997. I write a blog on Blockbuster Video soon.

I read the 20 pages Reflections memoir today. It's painful. I was ashamed. Too many mistakes. Too few lessons learned. I failed to take advantage of being a college student exploring life, trying new things, experiencing new experiences, meeting new people, and seeking new adventures. I also failed to take advantage of living in the 1990s. The 1990s was a great decade. I could have set myself up for a long-term solid foundation and life-lasting connections after college. I was weak. I was naive. I took life for granted. I complained. I had too much fun. I was an entitled student for which it was wrong. I didn't grow up to be an adult; fortunately, I did grow up to be an adult on Sat Oct 4, 2008 3,942 days later.

The 20 pics below are my Reflections memoir. I'm happy the Raymond Mar San Jose State University college student is no longer present. He was closed more than a decade ago. I promise I never be the Raymond Mar San Jose State University person.

Side note: The unidentified song Valentine in Spring Semester 1997 is identified Valentine by Jim Brickman and Martina McBride.







































Saturday, February 15, 2020

Top Ten Forgotten Moments

NFL.com and NFL Films released two videos about forgotten moments. The first video is the Top 10 "Forgotten" Moments in NFL History. The second video is the Top 10 Greatest Forgotten Plays in NFL History | NFL Films. These two videos inspired me to blog my top ten forgotten moments.

10. Jack In The Box (Early 1998). I was unemployed. I was depressed running errands. I ate lunch at the Jack In The Box in San Jose, CA. I ordered the number one Jumbo Jack upgrading to curly fries. It was the first time I ate their curly fries. I never ate at the same Jack In The Box as of the blog entry.

9. The Hunger Games (Apr-May 2012). I read the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins in ten days. They were the only books I read as if I binged watch a television series.

8. 1993 Bike Ride (Summer 1993). I rode my bike randomly around my neighborhood exploring parts of West San Jose and Campbell, CA. The places included Westmont High School, San Tomas Aquinas Creek, and John D. Morgan park.

7. Santa Barbara, CA Weekend Trip (Aug 1998). My mom and I picked up my grandfather in Santa Barbara, CA driving the Mercury Sable 1997 station wagon. We listened to music on my portable CD player connected to the radio's cassette deck for the first time. We delivered a cage of birds to one of my aunts. I saw a Ford Mustang driven by a woman in Soledad, CA driving home to San Jose. The Mustang and I drove next to each other from Soledad to San Jose. We separated at the Junction 85-17 freeway.

6. Mervyn's Department Store (various dates). My brother and I loved Mervyn's toy sales. In particular, 33% off GI JOE, Transformers, and MASK toys. The 33% off sales were cheaper than BEST store. Mervyn's declared bankruptcy during the Great Recession. My final purchase was a Levi's Dockers black jacket purchased on Oct or Nov 2008. The jacket still fits me today.

5. Fanime Con 2005 (May 27-30, 2005). Fanime Con 2005 was held at the San Jose Convention Center for the second time. The con was terrible. I was in the minority. I had a great time. I made new friends. I hosted my first panel. I attended my first cosplay gathering. I organized a poker tournament in tabletop gaming. The forgotten moment is an example what a person does at an event is more important than how an event is organized.

4. Slug-A-Thon (1996). I attended my first tabletop convention. The actual forgotten moment was searching for Japantown in San Jose during the convention. I found the store Nikkau Animart which sold anime goods. I called the discovery "Finding Sailor Moon in San Jose." The negative was I got sick afterwards because I didn't drink any fluids when I played Junta. Junta was the only board game I played.

3. Physics 60 Final (Fall Semester 1994). The Physics department eliminated the Physics 50 series because of a high failure rate. The department introduced the 60 series which included the class Physics 60 Introduction to Physics. Students who failed the Physics 60 series entrance exam must take Physics 60 first. I failed the entrance exam.

I enrolled in Physics 60. The class was hard. The class was taught at a slow pace. Most students struggled. We feared the final. The final was a multiple choice joke. The answers were obvious. 90% of the students completed the final in 30 minutes. Students complained they studied hours and hours.

Side note: The Physics 60 series is another example I experienced being the guinea pig. I have been the first or part of a group of firsts throughout my life too many times.

Side note two: The department eliminated the 60 series years later. The department reinstated the Physics 50 series.

2. Self-taught Excel, Access, PowerPoint, HTML (1998). I listened to Enya learning Excel. I watched videos learning Access. I read PowerPoint and HTML books. Knowing Access helped me get a job at a better commercial real estate company. I created my first webpage Tokyo Bay 9061 at geocities.com after learning HTML.

1. 1997 Outside Role Playing Games (1997). 1997 was the year of the role playing games. I lived a normal life. I continued working at Blockbuster Video when I started in Summer 1996. My family visited the Grand Canyon. My family had a weekend family gathering in Reno, NV. I listened to Shawn Colvin, Sarah McLachlan, LeAnn Rimes, Jewel, No Doubt, Celine Dion, and Spice Girls music. I watched Titanic twice. The San Francisco Giants made the playoffs.

Update On A Past Blog

Speaking of forgetting, there is one bullet point I forgot to mention at Instant Bullets Blog Jan 17, 2020 on Fri Jan 17, 2020. No time to wait. Bodybuilding.com published an article 4 Mind-Boggling Ways Fitness Whips Your Brain Into Shape. Physical fitness is more than physical health. Physical fitness is mental health, too.

Sunday, February 09, 2020

The Green Steno Notebook 5



The picture above is the notebook I acquired on the first day of my new white collar job. I wrote notes during my job training. I wrote other notes, reminders, and knowledge thereafter. I share many of them. Here is the fifth blog.

*May 10, 2017. I shopped at The Dollar Tree store for the first time. It's an American Daiso store. The Dollar Tree sells food including snacks and frozen foods.

*May 25, 2017. Spot vacuumed the house including the walk areas for the first time. I vacuumed the common walk areas only. Quick vacuum delayed a full house vacuum weeks later.

*Jun 14, 2017. Massage the balls masturbating.

*Jun 19, 2017. Oranges and blueberries are not a match for my stomach.

*Jun 23, 2017. Dispose food and liquids indoors. If I dispose outdoors, then I attract cockroaches.

*Jun 23, 2017. DVD wish list: Fast Times At Ridgemont High, A Few Good Men, La La Land, and The Sound Of Music. Update Jul 22, 2017: Fast Times At Ridgemont High and A Few Good Men were purchased at a library sale.

*Jul 20, 2017. Shirt.Woot.com took advantage 10 over 20 sale and free shipping with two orders.

*Aug 1, 2017. No First Class Postage online at the United States Postal Service website. First Class Postage must be purchased at a post office. It gives postal employees jobs working at the counters.

*Aug 2, 2017. My answer is a two part answer. Or three. Or four. Or five. Or . . . .

*Aug 6, 2017. Suggested porn sites are PornHub, Naughty America, RedTube, xHamster, Brazzers, Xvideos, YouPorn, Burning angel, Blacked, X-Art, Wankz, Empflix, Mofos, Tushyclips4sale, Pornfun, Badoinkur, Tumblr, Evilangel, Vixen, older-mature.net, livematureladies.com, and zazzybabes.com.

*Aug 10, 2017. My gym removed all circuit machines.

*Aug 18, 2017. The oil warning light turned on means no oil pressure. Stop the automobile as soon as possible safely.

*Aug 20, 2017. My first dream I flew. I was half asleep and half conscious. Low level flying. Some low clouds. I started at my house. I rose from my bed. I flew to the nearest shopping mall. Then I flew along a main street to a junior college. I then flew towards my high school I graduated in my senior year. Finally, I flew home.

*Sep 12, 2017. Recent temperatures extreme hot or extreme cold. Humid. Record hot temperatures. Rain. Thunder and lightning. My body is weak adapting to inconsistent weather. I had trouble sleeping.

*Sep 13, 2017. Stop exercising on the lifecycle when my butt is sore. No butt sores. No skin blisters. No chafing.

*Oct 3, 2017. Grapes and a granola bar are a good paring.

*Oct 16, 2017. I failed to read a Groupon expiration date. Read all expiration dates for coupons, deals, and promotions.

*Nov 8, 2017. I dreamed last night my late grandfather on my mother's side read a newspaper. He described the Star Trek Enterprise. He won a free six week newspaper subscription.

*Nov 11, 2017. Close my mouth brushing my teeth to brush the back of my teeth easier. Hug my teeth when I floss. Swish my mouth with warm salt water to heal a burned tongue.

*Nov 16, 2017. What are my vulnerabilities? What are my weaknesses?

*Nov 30, 2017. Begin flossing my teeth after breakfast.

*Dec 2, 2017. Recycled all papers with my ballroom dancing notes. Thank you for the memories.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Adults Behaving Like Bad Behavior Children At The 2020 State Of The Union

I didn't watch the 2020 Presidential State Of The Union address on Tue Feb 4. I heard about President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi behavior afterwards. The behavior was unprofessional in my opinion. The behavior was childish in my opinion. I watched videos and read articles. Politicians being professionals in government? Yes in a way. Politicians behaving childish? Some yes, most no. All politicians lie, cheat, and steal? The question is another conversation.

Trump didn't shake Pelosi's hand after giving Vice President Mike Pence and Pelosi a copy of the State Of The Union. Trump didn't shake Pence's hand. Pence didn't extend his hand to shake Trump. It appeared Trump didn't see Pelosi's hand.

Pelosi didn't say the customary "High privilege and distinct honor" introducing Trump. On the other hand, if Pelosi said the customary introduction, some Democrats and some political scientists say Pelosi is lying.

Some democratic lawmakers walked out of Congress during the speech.

Pelosi ripped her copy of the State Of The Union immediately after the address was completed.

Did Pelosi's actions ruin the Democrats winning the 2020 Presidential Election? I can see Republicans using the moment for political commercials. Actions speak louder than words. Adults are not perfect. Some adults behave immature. Time will tell.

Monday, February 03, 2020

The San Francisco 49ers From 4-12 In 2018 To 13-3 In 2019

Congratulations to the San Francisco 49ers being the 2019 NFC Champions from a 4-12 (.250) season in 2018 to a 13-3 (.813) season in 2019. Unfortunately, the 49ers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. I share my thoughts for the 2019 season.

*No Experience Necessary. 49ers Owner and President Jed York signed Head Coach Kyle Shanahan and General Manager John Lynch to six year contracts starting the 2017 season. Ownership said to Shanahan and Lynch take your time. Establish the process. Mistakes are allowed. Mistakes must be learned. No one year or two year contract quick fix and quick turnarounds.

Shanahan and Lynch acquired 46 of the 53 players during their three season rebuild. Tight end George Kittle, linebacker Fred Warner, offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey, defensive end Nick Bosa, wide receiver Deebo Samuel, and linebacker Dre Greenlaw were key draftees. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk, cornerback Richard Sherman, linebacker Kwon Alexander, defensive end Dee Ford, kicker Robbie Gould, and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders were key veteran acquisitions via free agency or trade.

*Big Breaks. Breaks are part of being successful. The big break happened when the 49ers received quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the New England Patriots for a second round draft pick trade in the 2017 season. Good relationships are also part of being successful. The relationship between Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Kyle Shanahan's father Mike Shanahan assisted in the trade.

Garoppolo learned the Shanahan offense system via crash course. He started the last five games of the 2017 season. He won all five games.

*Learn From Your Mistakes. York learned from his mistakes as a young owner and president. Bad choices. Poor public relationships; for instance, a plane flew over Levi's Stadium with a banner to fire York. It's clique. It's true. For example, York fired coaches Jim Tomsula in 2015 who was overwhelmed and Chip Kelly in 2016 who had a big ego. In defense of Tomsula and Kelly, their teams were terrible with little talent. York fired General Manager Trent Baalke being ineffective because all of his draft classes except one year were bad.

Another York learning from his mistakes is stay out of football operations. Let the people you hired run the football operations on the field and off the field. Butt out.

Further, York established the culture "I've got your back." York formed partnerships between owners and coaches, coaches and players, and owners and players. All partnerships are accountable for their actions.

Likewise for Shanahan and Lynch for two losing seasons in their first two years with the 49ers 6-10 in 2017 and 4-12 in 2018. They learned from their mistakes.

*8-8 Record At Best. Most 49ers fans predicted the 2019 season another lost season during the rebuild. I predicted 8-8 record at best. A 13-3 record and a Super Bowl appearance are fantastic.

*Veteran Leadership. Sherman's nickname is "Uncle Sherm." He provided leadership, mentoring, intelligence, and charism.

*No Complaining. Nobody complained. Everyone accepted their roles and their responsibilities. Everyone shared one goal. Win games.

*Depth. The 49ers reserves are reliable. The 49ers second team are dependable. The backups are important to rest the starters. The rotations are set.

*Rebuilding takes time. Rebuild intelligently. It's okay to make mistakes. It's okay to fail. Learn from your mistakes. Fail intelligently. Continue moving forward. Motivation or desire and support are top keys to become successful.

*Another It's Life. We remember the winners. We forget the losers. However, there are exceptions such as Shanahan being the Offensive Coordinator with the Atlanta Falcons blew a 28-3 lead to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI.

My Opinion Super Bowl LIV

The 49ers dominated the game for 53 minutes. Unfortunately, the 49ers ran out of gas physically and mentally thereafter. The Chiefs were the stronger team. The Chiefs took advantage of the 49ers fatigue; in particular, the Chiefs played hurry-up offense in the fourth quarter. Both teams played well.

Super Bowl Pregame YouTube Videos

Super Bowl LIV Team Introductions. The Rock introduced the 49ers and the Chiefs to the football field.
NFL Super Bowl LIV Commercial Next 100. Bunchie Young and his friends deliver the football to the field.
NFL 100 All-Time Team. The greatest 100 NFL players and greatest 10 coaches are honored.
100th Anniversary Theme by David Robidoux.
100th Anniversary Suite by David Robidoux.