Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
How to make your mark for free
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
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Monday, May 03, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
It was revealing: of where I've been, and where I am. What is happening and what is not happening.
I thought about this tonight during the 10th sprint of a devastating spinning class.
Then I came home and cooked in the oversight of Tom Petty. A duet with Stevie Nicks came on. They've shared some powerful songs. It's obvious they maintain a strong bond. In fact, I still wonder if they ever dated.
And this got me thinking about touch points. Those non-trivial experiences you share with others.
Some touch points are weak: sharing a beer within a group. A crossing of paths.
Some are strong: traveling together through Mexico. A journey together through victory and defeat.
Each shared experience adds another hook to the Velcro holding you together. More hooks. Stronger hooks. Each fortifies your mutual connection.
Some bonds grow stronger as I offer another hook... and they offer a ring back. We add another connection. A shared feeling, memory, touch.
Some strands grow weaker. They're unkempt. My offers don't stick; they find no ring. I miss. The Velcro weakens.
We intertwine as we add the hooks and rings of others.
Looking over the rate and strength of those touch points, it becomes obvious which relationships are fortified.
Some change. Some stay. Some wither. Some grow.
This is very difficult to control. And that drives me mad.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
When I look at the world, do I compare what I see to the reality I want for myself, or the reality I want for others? I'd wager your answer to this fundamentally shapes how you think and approach life.
But this isn't to say your answer can't change. The event that I see most consistently inspire a re-evaluation is a father laying eyes on his first born for the first time, when he goes from self to self-less.
When you take care of the who, it seems the what, where, when, and why more naturally fall into place.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
A moment with the proprietor
The proprietor is preparing a loaf. The only thing more distinguished than his lack of front teeth is his lack of urgency. It's not your time; it's his, treat it as such. Take a headphone off, inhale and taste the aromas, wait.
The two men rest aggressively at the short wooden table, the kind of rest where the fun and the aggression and the joshing invigorate you. Of course it's fun to be done, and it's even funner when the fun comes to you. One of them brandishes the same distinguished gap as the proprietor; this is a safe place. You rest, the rest will take care of the rest.
The proprietor's answers seem to create more questions. All you did was find out just how much there was to find out. You can't learn it, you must live it. And that is a kind of living that costs money, if the proprietor allows you to pay, to purchase, to live for that brief moment in time in a world specified down to the very last grain of detail by he himself.
In this, your maiden voyage, he refuses payment, but accepts your entrance to his world for a moment or two. You step through the door, your best foot first.
Friday, February 05, 2010
Putting My Face on a Name
It's interesting how your mental dynamics change when your personal brand is a front-and-center aspect of a product. Does each decision beg for more care, deeper consideration? Do you become more risk-averse, no matter how perceived that risk may be? Does your perception of risk increase?
The world would be a far different place if our personal brands were front-and-center of everything we did. The difference, I think, is that it would be a far better place.
I hope this project works. That will make my world a far better place.