I received this today in response to the June 12 Monday Morning Memo, which can also find here on the blog: Dear Alan Each day the American people exist, civilization thrives. So, please, go forward! And boldly. Thank you for your insights. Roberto Lopes Photoghrapher and Writer Light Pilgrim  –  Creativity and Photography for Prosperity and Peace Curitiba – Brazil


Nesting Syndrome

Some of us build nests that are so comfortable we try never to leave them. Here are the conditions: Unconscious competency: We have insufficient self-awareness to realize what must be changed and/or improved. Allowing the continuance of what merely works and not trying to shake things up. Not offering new value to existing clients. Not soliciting referrals. “King of the Hill Phenomenon”: We’re never challenged by others. We become great at problem solving but fail to innovate. We don’t make …


Wait, What?

We’re dining last night in a restaurant next to the venue where we’re about to see a ballet, where my wife is a long-time board member. As we’re about to leave, my wife spies two of her fellow board members across the way. She says to me, “You MUST go over and say hello, they see us here!” So, I turn the charm dial to maximum (“I can’t give you any more power, Captain, or the warp drive will surely …


Give Me the Ball, There’s Still Time

The Boston Celtics won their opening round playoff series after losing the first two of the best-of-seven games at home. They won the next four in a row on the road and at home. Now they’ve won their first game in the next series, for five playoff wins in a row. The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl after being down a record number of points early in the third quarter. The Boston Red Sox won a World Series …


Lifestorming

I find that too many “experts” are trying to identify the age we live in. Is it digital, or information, or global, or chaotic? At the time, no one knew they were in the agrarian or industrial ages. Retrospect and history provided those identifiers. Who knows what today will be known as in a hundred years? Who cares? We need to stop labeling things—particularly generations of people—as if they all can be categorized and dropped into a neatly defined drawer. …


All Aboard

It’s 8 am and the Acela is pulling out of Penn Station in New York, silently and stealthily, passing hundreds of arriving commuters from local train mere feet away from the tracks. They are trudging, infantry-like, down the platform and up the escalators, heads down, backpacks swaying, resolute and without choices. They are marching into a never-ending battle that will always be a stalemate, because no matter what they accomplish or fail to accomplish today, they will be doing the same …


Reveille

Do you awake under your own control or someone else’s? I don’t mean the alarm clock, or wake up call, or rooster. I mean, do you wake up with the intent of having a great day mostly under your control, or faced with the burdens of a new day mostly under others’ control? Do your clients, family, friends, venders, and others have demands on you? Do you feel obligations to help or please? Do you feel your time is already …


What If It’s Not “This or That,” But Both?

Folks, let’s understand that seldom does one advance in any area replace all that went before it. We still don’t have a checkless society, nor paperless offices. We continue to use propeller-driven planes. Radio, even AM radio, has not disappeared. (And, by the way, steam-powered locomotives made the trip from New York City upstate much faster than today’s diesels.) For that matter, we still use horses, don’t we, even in police departments? Life isn’t an “on/off” switch, it’s a rheostat. …


A Good Cigar

I had a gift certificate to one of my cigar clubs, and I know they carry the “cigar of the year.” (La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull) I walked in mid-day, when I’m never otherwise there, and I encountered the bar/cigar tender who’s on that shift, a very attractive woman I had never met. I told her what I needed and we entered the vast humidor. We found the cigars, and when I tried to leave, the door was locked. “Uh, …


The Non-Resolutions

Statistically, 94.56% of New Year’s resolutions are not met. (I made that up, but I’d bet on it.) The error is in making them in the first place without support. Want to accomplish some great objective—write a book, lose 25 pounds, close six-figure projects, learn to play the guitar? Then, counterintuitively, focus on the tasks and write them in your calendar as non-violable “appointments with yourself” beginning January 1. Examples: Hire a music teacher, stop eating starches, write a book …