Advice

The key to growth is neither to resist advice nor to accept all advice, but rather to determine to whom to listen for advice. That’s the qualitative determinant. Some idiot said once, “The only thing to do with feedback is to listen to it.” I guess that’s true if your intent in life is to become a ping pong ball. Choose a few people whom you trust and admire, allow yourself to be vulnerable and listen, and turn away all unsolicited feedback, …


Fiji Time

Fiji is a very calming place. It’s similar to Bali in many ways, though the beaches are nicer and it’s far less crowded—about 800,000 people. As in Bali, and Bora Bora (one of my top spots in the world), people live indoors and outdoors, and the resorts have amenities such as a second shower, outside, huge verandas, and so on. But the really outstanding feature of Fiji is that income is quite low and people are quite happy. I was …



Chopper

Many people are quite good at overcoming, circumventing, or simply smashing through obstacles. But all of us, at one time or another, encounter obstacles that we can’t avoid, outmaneuver, or break through. They may be about business, relationships, staying in shape, or whatever, but if we haven’t moved around them in a brief time the likelihood is that we’re not going to do so. That’s when you need the “chopper.” You need a helicopter—assistance from a learned other—who can lift …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/06/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Some of you have heard my story of having to fly coach from Tel Aviv to New York for 11 hours because El Al pilots staged a (frequent) walkout, with me arriving nearly comatose. A couple of days ago, we flew from LA to Fiji for 11 hours in business class (first wasn’t offered) and I slept for six hours, arriving in good shape. “Million Dollar Consulting” is a metaphor. You don’t have to make a million to be happy …


Just Dumb Ass Stupid

Someone I’ve never heard of by the name of Howard Stein write me to tell me that “my logo is awful, low grade 1970s” and that if Bentley used such poor practices you’d never know you were the owner of a fine car. (Forget that illogic for the moment, because the value makes the brand. My logo could be a tree frog—I hear them nightly here in Fiji—and it wouldn’t matter to my success.) He wanted to provide better typography …



Fiji

We arrived at 7am in Fiji, 11.5 hours out of LAX. Our bags took ten minutes, the driver had us to the Shangri-La in an hour where our beach-front villa was ready for us. At 10 we attended Catholic services about 20 minutes away. (Fiji has about 800,000 people and is overwhelmingly Christian, mostly Methodist. The Catholic population is about 20%. The church was packed, including people sitting on the floor, standing against the walls and sitting outside the building. …


Psst! Over here. You wanna buy a watch?

Of all the scams I know on the internet, among the worst (more so than even the African princes offering you millions to hold their money) are the Indians offering to improve SEO. They must have their share of naive people who buy or I doubt they’d be spending this much time on the spam. People who have bitten have told me the work is shoddy and inaccurate, responsiveness is terrible and they often just keep the money without producing …