Istanbul II

This city was founded around 660 BC as Byzantium, was later Constantinople, and served as the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin, and Ottoman Empires. There are over 15 million people here, and it is cited as the fifth leading tourist destination in the world. I’m looking at Asia across the Bosphorus from my balcony, since the city is in both Asia and Europe. There is a “transcontinental marathon” being run here today. The huge Hagia Sophia, once a church …


Istanbul

I’m running the Million Dollar Club in Sevilla next week, and we always visit somewhere we’ve never been before or after the meetings. We chose Istanbul, because we’ve heard so much about it and everyone raves about it. (Note below that it took three men to get all of out stuff into the car upon arrival!) We’re at the Four Seasons Bosphorus, overlooking the water and staring at Asia from the European side. We’re going on our first tour today, …



Put Your Head On My Shoulder

Paul Anka sold out the Providence Vets Auditorium last night, about 2,000 people, with a tremendous show: no warm-up act, a great band, and him, singing for two hours without a break. He did two encores and received a 12-minute standing ovation. Of course, my personal trainer said, “Do you mind if I ask who Paul Anka is?” and I said, “Do you mind if I drop a 45-pound weight in your general vicinity?” But if you were into the …


Don’t Pay More Than You Should

If you hire a subcontractor, someone who will simply deliver for you (focus groups, workshops, interviews, etc.), don’t be fooled by the claim that they need to be paid extraordinarily well because they represent the quality component. What they do is important, but can be done by a great many people who would love to get the work. These are the people who are excellent at delivery but can’t market and, hence, need work from others. Don’t overpay for delivery, which is …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/10/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: I’ve been consistently telling anyone willing to listen over the years that the economy in the U.S. is rebounding and strongly. Unemployment is now under 6 percent (and I believe 5 percent represents chronic unemployment), the market is at a record high, consumers are spending again, and the holidays approach. We must hold a worldview that is larger than Ebola or ISIS. While acknowledging that there are threats, we have to appreciate the power of freedom …


Hey, Yo, Pet Me!: The Dog Star

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. – Astrological Definition) If I walk out to the yard without a frisbee or a ball, Bentley finds a stick and drops it on my feet until I start playing fetch with him. He’ll often put his head under my hand and begin rubbing back and forth to indicate he wants to be …



Random Thoughts

• I’m starting to root for the zombies in “The Walking Dead.” Unlike the unsatisfactory endings for “The Sopranos” and “Boardwalk Empire,” I know how this one should end. Slurp. • Remember when we were going to have $5 per gallon gas prices? The price is under $3 in many places now. • Imagine if 10% off all funds raised for these mid-term elections had to be donated to disease research and cure? • Only in America can we have …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/3/14

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: Richard Branson’s rocket plane crashed a few days ago, a tragedy. But he vows to keep trying. He’s seven years behind his schedule to take civilians into space, but he vows to keep trying. The path to success is seldom an unimpeded, high-speed romp. The roadside is home to those who hit a bump and decide the journey is too tough so they pitch camp where they are. If that were the rule, Lincoln never would …