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I’m writing a new book on my life experiences and how I converted them from simple occurrences into a seven figure business and great life. (The proposed subtitle is “From the streets to the heights.”) Million Dollar Mindset (or whatever it’s finally called) will probably appear in June, 2016. It is a hard cover book. I’m guessing the price will be $30 or thereabouts. For $50 I will personalize a book and send it to you with shipping included anywhere in …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 6/15/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: Every security official I’ve interacted with at Heathrow in London has been courteous. At Global Entry back in Boston, an immigration officer helped me with the machine, showed me how to better put my fingerprints down. When I thanked him, he said, “That’s why I’m here.” With no reservations for dinner last night, a hostess was extremely cordial and made sure we had a good table in a crowded restaurant. There is one clear commonality: enthusiasm. …


Call for the Ball

Stephen Curry made 7 of 13 three-point attempts as his Warriors beat the Cavaliers last night in the NBA playoffs. In the last 3 minutes, he made two insanely hard three-pointers. It wasn’t simply that he was shooting well, he wanted to ball. To perform well under pressure, you have to be good, but you also have to be bold. No matter how good you are, you can’t score if you don’t call for the ball. No one becomes an all-star …



Taxi!

I don’t use Uber in London because the taxis are so good—plentiful, roomy, safe, clean, and driven by drivers who know where everything is, never talk on cell phones or eat while driving, and are extremely polite. In other words, the antitheses of the fetid, horrid, New York taxis. I grabbed one after my speech at the Institute of Directors to get to dinner with colleagues in what should have been a ten-minute trip. Instead it took twenty—London traffic, winding …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 6/8/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: One of the greatest stressors that I’ve observed in a perceived lack of control. The belief that we can’t influence tomorrow or even predict likely events is one such workplace source of stress. As sentient creatures, we need control. I don’t believe that driverless cars and robots performing everyday chores are logical advances. We have to change course, alter direction, vary our speed. I’m sitting in an airplane crossing the Atlantic at the moment, and I’m …


It’s Not Your Mother’s Fault

How did that US government invasion of Texas go? I must have missed it on the news.   Lincoln Chaffee, the goofball ex-governor of Rhode Island, famous for switching parties and insisting that Christmas Trees be called “holiday trees,” is running for President. That’s like—well, I can’t think of any analogy that crazy. But that is what happens when your daddy left you a lot of money.   A guy on Facebook who’s an art director and admits he “makes …



Resiliance

I stopped in a hobby store the other day, where I’ve been buying supplies for almost 30 years. The owner and I are about the same age, but he looks ten years older than I. I hadn’t been in for about two months. He was quite depressed. He told me he’s dying a slow death, that “retail can’t survive” any more, and that people were now buying electric trains and models off the web. He had to lay off his …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 6/1/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: A lot of people are complaining that’s it’s been a tough year. Too cold. Too hot. Too wet. Too dry. Business is off. Technology is hurting us. Bad breaks. High taxes. Long commutes. Difficult travel. I watched one of our snapping turtles lay eggs this morning, in a thousands-of-years-old manner, scooping out a hole, laying the eggs, covering them, laboriously getting back to the water. Most of the eggs will be eaten or destroyed. Sometimes all …