Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 06/27/11

June 27, 2011—Issue #93

This week’s focus point: “Retirement” has no real meaning any more. Most productive people, young and old, continually seek out new ways to express their talents and rejoice in life. To foresee an arbitrary age — when many are at the height of their powers — as a time to cease being creative and active is merely a form of conscious decline. Producing value and providing happiness are endeavors that should never be “completed.”

Monday Morning Perspective: What folly to dread the thought of throwing life away at once, and yet have no regard to throwing it away by parcels and piecemeal. — John Howe

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I remember a meeting with a boutique consulting firm that had fallen on hard times. The debate was whether or not to sell their magnificent conference table. “Where would clients sit?” asked one partner. “We have no clients,” stated the advocate of selling. You can’t cut your way to renewal or success. Top line growth is the key to bottom line achievement, for you and for your clients. Today is the time to invest in the future. Once you cut muscle, you’re powerless.

3 thoughts on “Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 06/27/11

  1. Great! Even if I am not anywhere near “retirement,” this one made my day: one participant to my workshop told me during lunch that he wouldn’t be able to retire when he thought he would due to some career miscalculation issue (he is 60 something). I showed him this email on my mobile and he felt better fast!

  2. Quick note of thanks regarding advice to bag blogs until one builds a brand. Saved me 90 bucks. With respect to your stance on living integrated life, you may appreciate (or not) Michener: “The master of the art of living makes little distinction between his work and play…to him he’s always doing both.”
    –stay out of the sun

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