Have you seen it at Costco? It’s almost a sport. People peek over the top of others’ overstuffed shopping carts… on the way IN and on the way OUT! On the way IN they’re saying, “What do I need to look for once I get in?” On the way OUT, they say (I’ve actually heard […]
TOO MANY CHOICES Whether it’s business, our health, or our insurance policies, the problem is the same. We have too many choices. Result: We don’t choose. We do nothing at all. We’re exhausted and we’re paralyzed. Here are three folks who can tell us why we are not happier, and not smarter and not better off […]
Fail fast and often.
Clutter. It was everywhere I looked. I spent a day (a whole day!) fighting it off, but it rolled right back in like a peeping-Tom wave to a nude beach. This phenomenon is known in family circles as the “clutter factor (CF).” Here’s the formula: CF = (Number of people in the living unit) to a factor […]
Saving money by spending is my idea of a good time. As in, “Look how much money we saved when I bought that [fill-in-the-blank] on sale.” Although buying something on sale to justify spending isn’t a good practice, it is the correct attitude if you really needed the item. Same thing goes for businesses. Really. Sometimes you spend money […]
No one likes to lose. Winners, especially, do not like to lose. However, not winning is not the same thing as losing. Not winning is not the same as losing. You are only a real loser if you do not learn from your loss. You are only a real loser if you do not revel in […]
Winners AND losers practice 10,000 hours.
“Give me a break.” In the vernacular, ‘give me a break’ means “Oh, come on.” On the other hand, taking a break has no second meaning. Does that mean it’s more serious? Taking a break is so important that it is mandated by law to protect employees from being forced to work without eating or […]
There’s an arc of every day. It’s part of the rhythm that does not bear toe-tapping, unless you pay obsessive attention to the music of time passing. Having just listened to Rives’ The Museum of Four in the Morning TED Talk, I now know this four-in-the-morning time of day has slipped into our consciousness through […]
What is a Plan B, besides a morning after pill? It’s a backup. It’s the spare tire. It’s what you should have behind your Plan A. Plan B’s are scary because we rarely even have a Plan A. Why not? Companies usually have Plan A’s. Or Plans. Do they have Plan B’s? Shouldn’t they? What […]