What the Election Can Teach Us

It may not be more complex than this: You win some, and you lose some, and some get rained out. But you have to suit up for them all. Winners shouldn’t gloat, losers shouldn’t whine. But we need to face the fact that “what is, is.” We ca’t lead our lives based on whatever we think “should have been.” That’s a fact in business and in our own growth. Deal with the facts and reality and you’ll do better than …


Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Just because people die for something or some cause doesn’t mean they were right. Passion and zeal  are wonderful, but they need to be laced with pragmatism and intelligence. Logic makes us think, emotion makes us act. It’s usually not a good idea to exclude either. Never assume the other person is damaged just because they don’t agree with you, and don’t assume they’re inferior because they don’t subscribe to your particular standards. There’s a name for that practice: arrogance.



Are You the Concierge or the Traffic Cop?

If you call the hotel concierge and he or she doesn’t help you (e.g., with boarding passes) but instead directs you somewhere (e.g., to the business center), then they are not concierges but simply traffic directors. Incidentally, just as “between you and I” is an ungrammatical, effete aesthetic in place of the correct “between you and me,” “concierge” is pronounced with a hard “g” at the end, sort of a “sha” sound. It is NOT “con-see-air,” which shows an ignorance …


Spiderweb

Do you sometimes feel as if you’re not moving much, despite your best efforts? You’re following advice, have plenty of energy, seemingly advancing—but you’re never far from the same place? You’re caught in the spiderweb of life. You have relationships—personal, professional, even intimate—which aren’t working, yet you’re afraid to end them or even adjust them. Break the web. Fall to the ground. You’ll recover. If you allow yourself to remain in the web, you’ll be trapped forever. © Alan Weiss …