Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 31: Vulgarity

How we are dulling our senses and ruining our meaning. WARNING: Profanity is used throughout for examples.  Vulgarity causes a decline in society. There’s a difference between being bold and simply being crude. If you’re relying on vulgar phrases and words to produce shock value, you need to re-evaluate what you’re doing.

Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 30: The Discipline of Learning

How we’re not preparing our kids for the basic learning that many of us were prepared for in simpler times.  “How have you published so many books?” “How do you know that?” “How do you write so fast?” These are questions I get asked often. I have a simple secret. In grammar school, I paid attention. How do we expect to move forward as a society if we keep making learning an afterthought?

Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 29: Why Are We So Threatened?

The reasons for and means to escape going through your life defensively and scared. We’re scared of the wrong things. We get threatened and give in to knee-jerk reactions. Taxi drivers, for example, protested and reacted completely the wrong way when Uber threatened their business. How far did that get them? Listen to this podcast, and discover how you could be reacting to things in a manner that is moving you away from your desired result.

Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 28: The Sublime Failure

Fear of failure is fear of living, so let’s come to grips with why we’ve failed and whether it matters or not. I didn’t get into Columbia University. I failed at writing a novel I told myself I’d write when I turned 50. I don’t have great hair either. Why am I telling you all of this? Well, I actually like to recount my failures. They’ve been great learning lessons and they haven’t stopped me from achieving phenomenal success in other areas of my life. Are you taking your failures too personally?

Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 25: Conspiracies

Why people see hidden dangers all around them, and why that’s crazy. Everything today seems to be a conspiracy. The government, major corporations, banks and the media are apparently all involved. If you walk around thinking people are out to get you all the time, you need to reassess your thinking. This edition of The Uncomfortable Truth is a good start.

Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 17: Get Rich Quick

Transcript: “The uncomfortable truth about “multi-level marketing” and other Ponzi schemes.“ Transcript: How’d you like to get rich quick? Here’s the uncomfortable truth: you can’t. Yet, we’re surrounded by get rich quick schemes and infomercials that probably cost around $400,000 to shoot and to produce. People aren’t throwing $400,000 into a well. They’re expecting people to respond and attend all these free workshops and seminars. Now there’s some guy here in Providence, Rhode Island. He said to come to his …

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 08/21/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Some people are “looking for ‘like’ in all the wrong places.” If you want to be loved, get a dog. If you want to be liked, go on social media. But the search for affection in place of respect is not a mature pursuit. I want to be “liked” when I go to dinner with new acquaintances, I suppose, and I’d prefer people not to “dislike” me when they’re working with me. But those are not huge goals of mine. …

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 07/24/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

I’m back from the Jersey Shore—huge, clean beaches, great breakers, and family amusements up and down the boardwalk. It is as diverse a crowd as you can imagine. Twenty years ago we thought it was diverse because of all the Canadians! Today, there are people speaking dozens of languages who are a variety of colors and backgrounds. The commonality: Every parent and grandparent, whether in shorts and tee-shirts, saris, or dashikis, lovingly put their kids aboard the rides and took …

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 07/17/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

The TV series Game of Thrones began a new and penultimate season last night. (I’m not revealing anything here, no worries, a sort of reverse trigger warning.) It’s now “off the (George R.R. Martin) book” so the plots are strictly the result of the current writers’ imaginations. My entire family finds it great fun. (My daughter and her husband brought an Apple TV down here to the Jersey Shore so that we could catch the opening episode.) We all love …