Living in my head and in your shoes

(Photo courtesy of Pixabay)Seems I’ve always been a late bloomer.Not intellectually. My grades through school were always decent enough. Never top of the class, but never far from top either. Bright enough that I seemed to exude that brainy, bookish, geeky look that said Uh-oh, another guy who just thinks all the time.But in most other respects, […]

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What do you want?

(Photo courtesy of Pixabay)My two grandfathers were a study in simultaneous contrast and similarity.Both were relatively quiet, introverted men, happy to sit in the background and watch the world go by, happy to let their wives do the talking. (My grandmothers needed little urging in this regard.) Risk-averse, play-it-safe.Yet one was sure of himself, sure […]

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Talkin’ with Arnold, ep. 2

(Photo courtesy of Pixabay) In this episode: How to talk to prospective clients’ copywriters. War-stories from past engineering employers, and the light they shed on human needs. And, Should we use the looming Coronavirus fear in our copywriting efforts?

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How do we measure wisdom?

(Photo courtesy of Pixabay)How do you know if you’re wiser that the next dude?How do you know you are (or aren’t) if you can’t quantify wisdom?Some 4–5 years ago, I got curious about this wisdom thing. I started reading one chapter of the book of Solomon’s Proverbs per day. The date of the month gives you the […]

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Talkin’ with Arnold, ep. 1

(Photo courtesy of Pixabay) Strange things happen when you go to live events. You meet people TOTALLY different from you. NOTHING in common . . . . except . . . . you’re walking the same, lonely road. And suddenly, that’s EVERYTHING. Arnold Flores and I met at a Perry Marshall event in Chicago, May 2019. In fact, we met […]

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Inaction, the undervalued habit

(Photo courtesy of Pixabay)What do three 21st-Century geeks have in common with three 19th-Century politicians?The three geeks were three bosses. Mine, in fact.I’ve had numerous bosses over the years. None, fortunately, were bad, so I’ve been luckier than most. Almost everyone has an Evil Boss story to tell.But three really stand out. Kevin, Mike and […]

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What’s worse than a life spent cleaning up someone else’s mess?

(Photo courtesy of Pixabay)I came across this Facebook group yesterday, called Sounds like Baby Boomers but OK.The group description start with:Arguably the most selfish generation ever. Thanks a lot for leaving this bullshit mess for us.OK, so it’s probably targeting climate-change-preoccupied millenials. The description ends with We also don’t put up with argumentative behaviour in here.Uh-huh {snort}.But […]

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Is what you’re doing crazy enough?

(Photo courtesy of Pixabay)My old uncle was a phenomenally successful real estate developer and architect.Entirely self-taught. I think he did a few university-level courses, but just enough to learn what he needed to know, then he went back to whatever project he was working on.Due to some unfortunate family politics, I didn’t get to mix […]

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Do you know how to have a conversation?

(Photo courtesy of Pixabay)How you answer that question depends entirely on your purpose in the conversation. The purpose of a LOT of conversations I eavesdrop on, is emotional reassurance. Tell me I’m OK. PLEASE tell me I’m OK. I feel frantic. I can’t cope with life if I’m all alone. Quiet desperation. (Thanks, Mr Thoreau.) The conversation makes me […]

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Self-imposed isolation: Prison or Freedom?

There are two ways to look at a period of isolation from other people. (Self-imposed or otherwise.) You can look at it as a hardship. A torture. Something to be endured. You can’t wait to see the end of it. OR . . . . . You can it as an opportunity for reflection, and reinvention. A chance to […]

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