Perfectionism and Hobbies

If you’re a perfectionist, it’s hard to have a hobby. Everything would have to be exact, accurate, and precise. There could be no flaws. You’d have to guard against imperfection constantly. In other words, it’s just more work and no fun at all. My electric trains crash and derail. The models I build have paint defects and an occasional missing part. My cars have a few nicks and aren’t always spotlessly clean. In other words, like real life.


I needed Apple help today for a lap top that wouldn’t turn on during my vacation. When I contacted them on my iPad, they called my cell within 30 seconds. They solved the problem over the phone. No charge. Who the hell cares what their computers cost? And who wonders why their stock keeps going up?

Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 45: Who’s That Knocking?

Awards are a dime a dozen, but acknowledgment can mean all the difference in the world.  Don’t wait for acknowledgment, shout it out. Don’t be afraid to tell people what you’ve done.

Want to Race Me?

So now we have a “non-judgmental” gym in Scottsdale, which doesn’t provide any scales. We’ve had schools abandon “top ten” lists for scholars, and end the practice of valedictorians. Then there are kids who get “participation awards” for just showing up, irrespective of contribution or talent. Why not abandon all accountability, all indicators of excellence, all the positive outcomes of competition? We could stop keeping score at athletic events, shrug off the trains not being on time, forget about the …

The Weight of Political Correctness

This is from reader Doug MacKenzie and demonstrates the bizarre edge we teeter on with people who believe they’re on some higher moral plane: “Alan—hope you are enjoying summer. I thought you might enjoy this vignette about how pc has turned ridiculous. “I joined a new gym in Scottsdale and the second week I looked for a scale to check my weight. I was told the gym is a judgment free zone and they have no scales.  Hmmm.” Doug In …

Here Today, Gone This Evening

A client relationship, no matter how strong, can vanish overnight through no fault of yours. Buyers, technology, competitors, and a host of other variables can all change beyond your power to do much about it. Never allow any one client to be responsible for more than 20 percent of your revenues. And never be so consumed with delivering to one massive client that you fail to market and bring on board others on a regular basis.

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 8/13/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

Some time ago, a beautiful supermodel was on a morning talk show hawking a cosmetic line. She mentioned “foundation” which I’m thinking is a sort of base covering, and said, “Of course, I, personally, don’t need foundation.” At that point, my wife threw a bag of potato chips at the television and both dogs and I hastily left the room concerned about further fallout. But it reminded me of a famous commercial from the 80s with a world-class beauty purring …

Who’s In Charge Here?

Here’s the deal: If your client is in the insurance business, for example, you don’t tell the buyer how to create insurance products and the buyer doesn’t tell you how to consult. Stop trying to please the buyer by conforming with inappropriate requests and suggestions. Start trying to improve the client’s condition by providing your best advice and interventions. If the client really knew how to resolve this, he or she would have already, and you wouldn’t be needed.