What I Learned From Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars Celebration is the annual Star Wars convention and the geek center of the universe.  At the convention last week, The “Star Wars Force Awakens” trailer debuted and was subsequently viewed 88 million times in the first 24 hours of release.  It basically broke the Internet. Come on. Even if you are not a […]

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Hoth-The Most Beautiful Staff Meeting Ever

Princess Leia. Wow. Princess Leia is known for many things.  She is known to snatch a laser blaster from a dead StormTrooper and pick off bad guys with impossible hip shots. She is know for fearlessly leading assaults against the Empire, the greatest evil to ever rule the galaxy. (Not just a country.  Not just […]

4 Things A Gentile Learned At A Bar Mitzvah

The Jewish religion is rich with tradition, history and meaning.  We all get that.  But I learned quite a bit about the Jewish people that I did not know at my nephew’s Bar Mitzvah. Here goes: 1) The Jewish people are exceptionally well educated people.  My nephew stood up in front of his whole congregation […]

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 […]

All Good Things- Carpe Diem

We lost Robin Williams yesterday.  He was brilliant and troubled. You and I did not know the man personally, but he has been part of amazing entertainment for most of our lives. I thought I would always see him in great new movies that make me laugh. It reminds me that all good things come […]

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 […]