A Conveying of Philosophy Via Electronic Avenues of Dissemination

Someone wrote me to tell me they loved my newsletters and wanted to try some of their own. She then asked, “How do you arrange for content creation?” I told her that I sit down and start writing. Do  you see what I mean about simplifying and not complexifying? When writing becomes “content creation” or speaking becomes “personal to group idea projections” we have a problem. Or at least the person seeing it that way does. © Alan Weiss 2017


You Can’t Fix Stupid

A woman writes to tell me she loves my free weekly and monthly newsletters, but she doesn’t like my occasional promotional mailings, so she has to unsubscribe. In other words, she feels it’s appropriate for me to provide free, high value help to others, but it’s not appropriate that I inform them of further help available for a price if they so choose. I’m surprised she knew how to unsubscribe.



The Madness

March Madness, always thrilling, isn’t necessarily won by the best overall team. It’s won by the team which plays best under extreme pressure at the right moments, and makes the fewest unforced errors. When things get tough, the tough get going. Do you yell for the ball or duck from it?


Opportunity Doesn’t Always Knock

Being opportunistic is a positive trait, but not if it’s your exclusive motive power. That’s because it relies on some external “trigger” allowing you to see the opportunity. Innovative people create their own “triggers.” It’s great to be opportunistic when something occurs, but it’s even better to also be innovative when nothing else is occurring.



Say, What?

These days people are paying more attention to the source rather than the content or reasoning. If a person likes the source, “down is up” is acceptable. If a person doesn’t like the source, “free speech is vital” is unacceptable. Use your head and throw away your biases. To quote John Gardner, an excellent plumber trumps an inadequate philosopher.


Having A Bad Day? Think Again

There was an article in the Times today about the long-overdue rehabilitation of a major airport in Nigeria. They’re going to close it for six weeks to repair runway potholes, deteriorating stairways, and non-working restrooms. The government has been incompetent in failing to maintain the place. That means that everyone dependent on it is out of work and with no income, no safety net, from taxi drivers to restaurant workers. One man who sells tiny luggage locks for about a dollar …