Monthly Archives: March 2012

There Is No Finish Line

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In 1977, Nike launched an ad campaign called “There Is No Finish Line” with this idea: running holds a never-ending series of lifelong challenges, creating the immense joy and satisfaction that comes from competing with yourself and defeating the limitations of your own mind. One statement included: “Beating the competition is relatively easy; But beating yourself is a never ending commitment.” This is one of the great ideas of being extraordinary – the most productive competition is lifelong competition with … Read more

The Search For Black Swans

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If you are like me, when you hear “Black Swan”, you probably think of the scary 2010 ballet movie with Natalie Portman. “Black Swan”, however, has one other important meaning. Modern Renaissance man Nassim Nicholas Taleb uses the term “Black Swan” to describe rare and unpredictable events that have a huge impact (either beneficial or harmful), such as major technological and economic changes or wars. Until the discovery of Australia, people in the Old World believed that all swans were … Read more

Making Things Better, One Complaint At A Time

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“The tradition of Festivus begins with the Airing of Grievances. I got a lot of problems with you people! And now, you’re gonna hear about it.” ~Frank Costanza, Seinfeld We’ve all been known to complain from time to time; it seems like it’s just part of what it means to be human. Perhaps it’s a bonding thing: nothing brings people closer together more quickly than a common grievance. Unfortunately while common, complaints rarely lead to change. But it turns out … Read more

Our Analog Minds In A Digital World

Our Analog Minds in a Digital World

One of the most popular clichés about the business world is that it is “fast-paced.” In business language, words such as “fast,” “speedy,” and “quick” are almost always positive. We know that galloping rhythm all too well. Our Inboxes are chock-full of emails, our calendars are packed, and our to-do lists seem endless. It feels like we have to make decisions at lightning speed. But do we really? With this emphasis on fast pace, our reaction is to respond faster … Read more