Shopping Bags

It happened on June 5th, 1989. The students in China rose up against the communist Chinese government. The government brutally repressed the uprising.  The man standing in front of the tank in this picture is familiar to most of us.  He has been called “Tank Man” or “Unknown Rebel”. The photo above is only one […]

Five Things You Can Learn About Networking From Oceans 11

  The movie “Ocean’s Eleven”, directed by Steven Soderbergh. Seen here, Elliott Gould (as Reuben Tishkoff). Theatrical release, December 7, 2001. Screen capture. Copyright © 2001 Warner Bros. Credit: © 2001 Warner Bros. / Courtesy: Pyxurz. The term “networking” grosses me out. I think of “the business card shuffle”. I have been there. In my early […]

What is Success?

What is success? Most people would say that success is “happiness”.  But what does “happiness” mean? Money? Lots of Stuff? Fame? Achievement?  Education? Health? Love? Success and happiness are not always the same thing.  You can be very successful and be miserable at the same time. We will be tackling the subject of “What is […]

Rough Spots

“A display of golf balls that spanned many years reveled how they were transformed by the addition of one significant element. The first golf balls manufactured had smooth covers. A young, avid golfer experiencing financial difficulties played with a beat up golf ball. His playing partners noticed their smooth covered balls did not fly as […]

Goddard’s List

Back to school. Kids are starting a new year.  New friends.  New classes.  New knowledge. It may make you think about new starts as well.  As you consider your second “new year”, consider the following as inspiration about a very humble starting point that led to great achievement. “One rainy afternoon an inspired 15-year old […]

Rejected

No… We regret to inform you… Let’s just be friends…. Rejection hurts.  I have interviewed for jobs and did not get them.  I have chased business dreams that did not ever take root.  I thought I was going to land deals that I did not get. We build up an expectation of “what will happen […]

Start Somewhere

Start somewhere. I once worked for a fascinating company that sold high-tech goods in the aerospace industry.  Early in my tenure, I found myself at Boeing in Long Beach, California.  My task was to represent our product in a room full of scientists working on the International Space Station. The meeting started with introductions.  The […]