Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 6/18/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Attendance is declining in major league baseball in the U.S. That’s not surprising to me. I’m from the era when it was expected that pitchers would pitch an entire game unless being battered, weak hitting shortstops didn’t make $20 million a year, and you played for the team, not yourself or the cameras. There are great athletes in competition today: Nadal, Brady, James, the Williams Sisters, Rinaldo, et alia. They make a fortune not just from their play, but from …



Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 36: Eradicating History

How do we deal with cardinal sins and venial sins? Do we take all accusations seriously?  There are people today, and you can’t make this up, who want to ban Gone with the Wind. They feel as though the movie and the book portray stereotypical and horrible racial traits. But, a lot of art portrays what was actually the case at the time. Instead of banning things, shouldn’t we be aware of what the worst of us once was?



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 6/11/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

There’s an old story about a new, young priest assigned to a parrish. The pastor welcomed him and asked how he was doing. “Fine, but I’m a bit bummed because someone stole my bicycle.” The pastor empathized but said, “Treat it as an opportunity. This Sunday is your first sermon and it’s on the Ten Commandments. Why not talk about them and stealing?” The new priest thought that was a great idea and prepared accordingly. That Sunday the priest gave …



Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 35: Fiji

There is no direct correlation between success and happiness, at least in the Pacific.  Many of the residents of Fiji don’t have glass in their windows and don’t have doors in their doorways. And yet, these are among the happiest people I’ve ever met. Why?



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 6/4/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Learning is abstract and often useless unless it’s reified. The theory of how to ride a bike, steer a car, or ski downhill isn’t very useful until you practice it, making the inevitable adaptations you need to be successful. Most of the stuff I “learned” in 20 years of schooling—most—was useless then and is useless now. What was important was learning how to learn. And that was something I could apply every day. Many of us are engaged in repeatedly …