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Alan’s Thought For Today: Where’s Your Power Going?

It’s tough to coach people who create their own fears. They’re afraid of failing but don’t appreciate succeeding. They are always afraid of the worst, never confident of the best.

Fear soaks up energy, diverts attention, masks talent, and creates a very dismal and uninteresting persona.

Is your power going to waste in anticipation of invented and unlikely problems, or are you using it to fuel your potential? Every day, that choice is yours.

© Alan Weiss 2014

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Alan’s Thought For Today

Michelangelo was supposed to have explained that he created David out of a single block of marble by carving away everything that didn’t look like the David.

Your career should revolve around those things you are passionate about and are superb at accomplishing. Carve away everything that doesn’t look like that, and you’ll be your own work of art.

© Alan Weiss 2014

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CVS Pharmacies Ban Tobacco Products

Yet, in many of them, you can purchase beer and wine.

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Did you see where Brazil and India, once part of the three “emerging economies” (with China) that were going to alter the world stage are now part of the “fragile five” which can’t really sustain their own growth without unreliable foreign investment? (And, of course, China’s corruption, infrastructure, and environmental problems are undermining its growth considerably.)

Take a longer view and don’t listen to pundits who are merely paid to place unsubstantiated thoughts on a page. We are still in an American-dominated world driven by the brains, industrial might, and independent spirit of this country. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than anything else, and once the idiotic gridlock in Washington is broken in coming elections, maybe things will improve still more, though I’m beginning to doubt we need any of them down there.

I do know this: If you keep increasing the burden on successful people to pay more and more you will have fewer and fewer successful people to ask to share that burden.

© Alan Weiss 2015

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Incivility

I’ve been regularly blocking the boors on Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter who are uncivil: They whine, complain, use obscenity, have no patience, expect everyone to accept their agenda, boast unceasingly.

One cause for all this is the fact that we seldom deal with each other in person. “Friends” on Facebook is a stretch. A friend is someone you trust, can rely upon, and who thinks of your best interests. These are mere acquaintances, at best. (Just as “Dancing With the Stars” is, in reality, “Dancing With the Vaguely Familiar.” Is “C List” really a “star”?)

When people aren’t with you, they take more liberties, are bolder, and become more uncaring. I’ve noticed that even Skype creates better manners than merely a phone call, and phone calls are far superior—in terms of civility—to email. I’ve had people send me email with epithets and slurs they wouldn’t dare say to me or anyone else in person. Remoteness emboldens the faint-hearted, empowers the coward, and engenders otherwise unthinkable language. (The same holds true for many profile pictures on Facebook. I mean, seriously?)

Of course, the bright side is that it’s far easier to “block” someone on Facebook than at a party or at dinner. But people aren’t usually insulting or insufferable at parties or dinner unless they’re drunk, which may be the only rational condition to be in when you read some of the outrageous garbage on Facebook.

© Alan Weiss 2014.

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Would people have preferred that Obama shake hands with the woman who is the Brazilian president and kissed Raoul Castro? The problem with social media and empty-headed major media is that non-issues predominate real issues.

Roosevelt shook Stalin’s hand, Nixon shook Khrushchev’s hand, and Obama was at an event honoring a legendary figure who fostered and symbolized forgiveness.

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I notice that many people on Facebook show up and then need to say something, and it’s often banal and meandering like, “Did you have coffee this morning?” or “Another day!”

Many consultants show up at prospects the same way, not understanding their own objective for the meeting and asking meaningless, futile questions like, “How long have you been in this industry?” or “How is business?”

Business meetings are not like social media, where you get points on Klout just for showing up. Klout can’t pay the mortgage.

© Alan Weiss 2013

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Alan’s Thought For Today

If you decide on your development by “What’s cheapest?” instead of “What’s best?” then you’ve confirmed that what you’ve been doing in the past is woefully insufficient and you need to change your criterion. The best investment you can ever make is in yourself. Do you ask, “Who’s the cheapest heart surgeon?” or “Who’s the best?”

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I read a report about a “remote northern town in Canada.” Can anyone create a more redundant sentence?

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Truth

When will someone post on Facebook: “I’ve hated her and never told her, so now I’m finally leaving her and I’m free, free at last!” It would sort of balance out all of these massive public “I love you” notes that are now obligatory to prove devotion. Why not a billboard on I95?

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