The stories we tell ourselves

Here's one: "I'm too old to make a difference, take a leap, change the game..." (Sometimes, I hear this from people who are 27 years old). This is a seductive story, because it lets us off the hook. Obviously, the thinking goes, the deck (whichever deck you want to pick) is stacked against me, so…

Thank You Very Much…

In 2014, I posted 380 blog posts. My goal for 2014 was to post at least one blog article a day. More than 21000 people across 123 countries read this blog. I would say "unique people," but that's redundant. Each of you is as unique as they come. Every day, I'm grateful for a chance…

Maybe next year…

The economy will be going big Your knowledge will reach critical mass Your boss will give you the go ahead (and agree to take the heat if things don't work out) Your family situation will be stable The competition will stop innovating Someone else will drive the carpool, freeing up a few hours for you…

Rising sun

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Some day’s are better than others and some days, like today, I just break.

Burst into tears for no reason.

Run a bath so I can’t hear myself cry, sit in the tub with a face cloth over a tear drenched face… “I can’t keep doing this” I tell myself everyday.

“They deserve better” I whisper each day but my heart refuses to listen as my brain reasons against it in your favor.

Most mornings I sit in the train with a piercing pain in my chest that just seems to unlock the water works in my eyes.

I wear my shades even with no sun just so they won’t see the war going on to keep the tears from falling; I plant my face in different books daily and try hard to focus on what I read but my eyes never seem to work with me as they always…

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2014 in review and summay of my blogging

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many…

We Love Loyalty

Loyalty is what we call when someone refuses a momentarily better option. If your offering is always better, you don't have loyal customers, you have smart ones. Don't brag about how loyal your customers are when you are the cheapest or you have clearly dominated some key element of what the market demands. That is…

Dissatisfaction guaranteed

  Great brands are built on dissatisfaction. After all, if you are satisfied with your Revlon makeup or your Nike sneakers or your iPad, why would you buy another one? Satisfied means done, finished, I don't need any more. In fact, most great commercial (and non-profit, and political) brands create a cycle of purchase based…

But it’s better than TV

At the local health food store lunch buffet, they offer stir fried tempeh (a traditional soy product originally from Indonesia). I never get it. Not because I don’t like it (Okay I'm not a fan), but because there are always so many other things on the buffet that I prefer. That's why I don't watch…

The Economics of Christmas lights

A friend posted on his wall that his neighbors are more advanced having put Christmas lights out. This got me thinking, why bother buying them, putting them up, electrifying them and then taking them down again? After all, the economist wonders, what is in it for you? The very same non-economic contribution is going on online,…

The places you go to…

Over the weekend I visited one of my favorite places. It didn't matter that I had not been there in a while, or didn't know most of the people I encountered. The second I walked in, heard the noise, saw the walls... even the way it smelled... I was transported. It’s incredible to think that…

With great power comes great irresponsibility

Businesses tend to view "responsibility" as doing the safe, proven and traditional tasks, because to do anything else is too risky. The more successful they become, the less inclined they are to explore the edges. The more they grow, they become allergic to taking the risk of innovating. In fact, I think businesses with reach…

You already have permission

Just saying. You have permission to create, to speak up, and stand up. You have permission to be generous, to fail, and to be vulnerable. You have permission to own your words, to matter and to help. No need to wait. If you are waiting for permission, today you are in luck because today you…