And Here, Now, The News

I’m sitting in Palm Springs, California, watching the early morning news (News Channel 3, which is the ABC affiliate). A succession of street reporters standing in the early morning darkness report stories which don’t require them to be on the streets and which could really be read by the newsreaders back in the studio. The reporters use poor grammar, stumble with their notes, and the video clips that run are repeated every 20 seconds or so. Is this really the …


Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 25: Conspiracies

Why people see hidden dangers all around them, and why that’s crazy. Everything today seems to be a conspiracy. The government, major corporations, banks and the media are apparently all involved. If you walk around thinking people are out to get you all the time, you need to reassess your thinking. This edition of The Uncomfortable Truth is a good start.


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 1/22/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

No average citizens would realize that the US government is “shut down” this morning if the media hadn’t informed them. The mail will be delivered and the air traffic will be controlled. In about a month, military pay might take a hit if nothing happens. But for now, the Coast Guard is on duty, prisons are still housing prisoners, and most national parks are open (the Statue of Liberty is not). And every member of Congress will continue to receive …



Why Dogs Arrive Ahead of You

(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) Bentley runs ahead of me and, at a certain distance, stops to observe whether I’ll go right, left, or straight. He then runs ahead in that direction and continues the maneuver until he realizes our destination (the truck, the pool, the mail, …


Service Animals

There are always cases where someone tries to do people who deserve and need something a favor, and other people who don’t need it try to cash in. One example is the early boarding option on all airlines for “people requiring a little extra time to go down the jetway.” About half these people are clearly in need of such an offer, and the other half sprint off the plane at the destination as though in an Olympic relay qualifying …


OMG

You know, if you’re going to church, and there’s someone on the opposite side of the road waiting to pull into the lot for the same Mass, and you don’t stop to allow that person to cut across traffic, you might as well just drive home again, because I don’t think spending the next hour in church is really going to help.


Please Don’t Leave A Message At The “Beep”

Both Kensington and FileMaker put representatives on the phone within a 90-second wait to help me make adaptations for my new iMacPro. High tech, high touch. Apple  provides 30 minutes of live phone time when you purchase the iMac or the iPhone X. Every business is a relationship business, from Microsoft to Amazon, Boeing to Sears. Some do it well, many do it terribly. I trust Emirates Airlines, they always get the benefit of the doubt, but I wouldn’t walk …



The Percentages

I routinely meet people who are spending 70% of their time on zero income (administration, software, social media) or low income issues, and only 30% on their predominant revenue streams. You don’t grow a business that way. Where does your revenue originate, and where are you spending your time? Are they in the same ballpark?