Set People on Fire!

Basics of fire science tells us we need three things to start a fire: Fuel    (Ex.- Wood, Gasoline, Alcohol, etc.) Oxygen Heat You need all three to create a chain reaction. People are our fuel source;  our message is our heat; visibility is our oxygen Without people to ignite, you just have a bunch of hot air. … [Read more...]

Where do you want to go today?

Do you feel lost? What's your destination? If we decide where we want to go, we are more likely to go there. If we choose nowhere for our destination, we're likely go there, too. Do you want to go somewhere in life? Pick a place. Go. Take the risk, one step at a time. Don't worry about being wrong or right.  You can change your mind … Related articles Stop Dreaming and Start Doing ( … [Read more...]

Sad Songs Say So Much …

I attended a funeral this morning.  It was the second in a little over two weeks.  Both funerals included eulogies.  Loved ones offered recognition of the character of those who passed.  They offered glimpses of what their children and grandchildren appreciated and admired about them.   Those who had passed may have enjoyed hearing about how they touched and impacted friends and family. It's sad that we have to die to hear about what others admire in us. Admiration and appreciation are … [Read more...]

Get ON your soapbox

Are you a leader?  Do you want or need people to follow you?   Where's your soapbox?   How can you lead if you can't be seen? To lead we need to be seen, frequently.   Whether it's face-to-face, in a meeting, via e-mail, newsletter or blog post, we need a soapbox.  Something to elevate us to be visible.   This is true if you're leading 1 person or 1,000,000. If you want to lead, find your soapbox.  Take the step.  Get ON your soapbox! Oh, yeah .... have something to say first! … [Read more...]

We can do this the easy way or the hard way …

A few weeks ago, I was at my brother and sister-in-laws for a birthday celebration.  At one point we realized that of the 5 people in the living room, 5 people were staring at 3x5 "phone" devices.  We were poking away at our phones.  Checking Facebook, Twitter or browsing for some sort of trivia. People traveled 2-4 hours to spend time together ... to ignore each other.  I've seen this many times.  I'm guilty of it. Humans seek the path of least resistance when it comes to … [Read more...]

Opportunities are never lost … someone else will get them

I have set up  many  cups of coffee, lunches, and quick discussions.   Meetings with a potential mentor, client or business partner.  The conversation is going swimmingly.  We're connecting on different levels.  Then comes the question, "So, how can I help you?" There are a few different responses, based on my experience. Awkward silence. Well, um, (followed by a  long rambling reply). Short, concise answer. Mark Twain said, "If you want me to speak for an hour, I am ready today." "If you … [Read more...]

What’s your enemy?

  Who's ever found themselves working on something only to get to where you say, "Eh, that's good enough!"? When is good enough, good enough? If good is the enemy of great, when is good enough great? When does the pursuit of great become perfectionism that keeps us from delivering? When does Pareto and his insight about peas bring us to our knees as we pursue the good enough of 80% to the great of 90-100% Good may be the enemy of great. But great is the enemy of possible. I read … [Read more...]

Its just a little mold…it won't kill you

Penecillin was discovered by accident. A sloppy workspace led to cross-contamination of Petri dishes. Dr Fleming had a choice to make: start over or explore the possible. He chose the possible. Many of us see the unexpected and react, with knee-jerk reflex... This isn't what I wanted. When we condemn the unexpected, we kill the possible. Dr. Fleming took the time to see what was happening in the unexpected. This kindled the possible. The result was a crucial advance in medicine ... The … [Read more...]

Get lost!

Dog is your pilot. Are you rational?  Really?  Think about it!   We think we're rational. We believe we make decisions based on evidence.  We're human.  We're not dogs or monkeys.  We've got opposable thumbs and large forebrains.   Our forebrain  is in control.  Right?  Wrong! Our reward system is built upon parts of the brain shared with "lower" species.   This is why behavioral tests with lab rats and dogs can provide insight into human behavior.   Our mammalian brain controls our … [Read more...]

The secret to becoming rich

This afternoon I was in a car with a friend of the family. We were on our way from my step-grandmothers funeral to share lunch with family and friends. My friend lost his wife to cancer a month ago. She was his best friend. They shared the best of times, the worst of times and all in between. They had lived with money and all the trappings of wealth. They had lived with nothing. They lived "for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health". My friend told me something … [Read more...]