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“Imagine you are an idiot. Now imagine you are a member of Congress – But I repeat myself” – Mark Twain
“It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction” – Albert Einstein
“I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity” – Edgar Alan Poe
“.. full blown batsh*t crazy..” – unknown
“..Crazy Has No Party..” – NYP
“..a penny for your thoughts..” – John Heywood (in 1546)
“..the more, the merrier..” – John Heywood (in 1546)
“..the moon is made of green cheese..” – John Heywood (in 1546)
“No amount of evidence will ever persuade an idiot” – Mark Twain
“the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing” – Edmund Burke
“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes” – Mark Twain
“When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the losers” – Socrates
“People will forget what you said… they will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou
“Political Correctness Is Intellectual Dishonesty” – unknown
“If it’s not mobile – it’s not worth it!” – RJ Ledger
“Worry is a BULLY. It does nothing but take.” – unknown
“If you find in yourself in a hole, stop digging.” – Will Rogers
“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending” – C.S. Lewis
“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it” – Pablo Picasso
“No man can get rich in politics unless he’s a crook. It cannot be done.” – Harry S Truman
“If you have the guts to be yourself, other people will pay your price.” – John Updike
“Once you become fearless, life becomes limitless” – unknown
“I did my best, God Bless the rest” – my mother-in-law (Simone Lavoie)
“Be so good they can’t ignore you” – Steve Martin
“Givers have to set limits, because takers rarely do” – unknown
“Everybody should be quiet near a little stream and listen” – George Santayana
“1 Year = 365 Opportunities” – unknown
“Political correctness is a weapon used to silence people who tell the truth” – Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Whether engaged in active conversation with others (or yourself 😉 and all of a sudden you find you are distracted by thoughts that probably have nothing to do with the present conversation – what do you do?
Most of us will attempt to push those “wandering” thoughts aside and try to get back on track. BUT is it the right thing to do?
Our subconscious is trying to tell us something – it has raised a flag and we should pay attention and salute it!
Was casually cruising news sources on the internet and ran into an article titled:
Lawn mower parents’ are the new ‘helicopter moms’
This immediately drew my attention since I teach/instruct in the snow-sports industry – specifically Alpine & Telemark skiing. Most of my students have been “kids” (aren’t we ALL kids ?) and having experienced the helicopter parent(s) in some of the “never/ever/beginner” classes, I knew what that was about … so what to heck is a “Lawn Mower Parent”?!?
Well.. it’s actually simple – what is a lawnmower used for – It’s for “mowing” down the tall grass to make everything nice and smooth… and neat… and clean. Get the picture?
Something tells me this is NOT a step in the right direction. If we move from a “hovering” approach to be there to fix every problem/issue in our kids’ lives to clearing every obstacle then just what are they learning? IMHO absolutely NOTHING – except there will be someone to smooth the path for them and iron out every wrinkle in their lives. Guess what happens the first time things get “bumpy” – I’ll tell you what happens – a total meltdown/crash.
Lawn Mower Parenting is the perfect path to create completely dis-functional kids (and later adults). Do we really want that?
Is it just me (and my customers) or is everyone else seeing this?
There appears to be a lot of “little” things broken in the world of Windows?LAN – a place where a LOT of customers live.
For example – 8.2.0 w/Update 01 – “Could not login to Outlook. Make sure Outlook is properly installed Server executaion failed” when attempting to launch an emal from the Contact Email control.
This is typical.. random “failures” of SData authentication by Outlook sync as well as mobility (latest released version).. and on and on.. and on….
CALL TO ACTION: How about everyone either:
A – go to the Infor CRM community add post about their issues
B – Go to LinkedIn groups that cater to Infor CRM and post about their issues
with ALL the “little broken things” they have seen on their own systems as well as customer sites. MAYBE Infor will take notice and get things fixed instead of working of more features. Customers need fixes – not features – this is what they pay large fees annually – for fixes – and they continue to not get them.
My blogging tends to be technical but as a small business owner this was something I just could not let pass without saying something:
Colt Defense – a company that goes back to the “old west” – has filed for Chapter 11 protection.
Direct quote: “.. Colt’s current problems lie in its reliance upon government contracts for sustenance; ignoring the consumer market until it was too late; and being owned by private equity interests with a knack more for financial engineering than gunsmithing. ..”
How many businesses out there are “.. owned by private equity interests..” and doing well.. and actually growing? My gut tells me there are a lot mote “Colt’s” out there than we want to admit.
This is yet another example where the folks pulling the strings do “not have a clue”.
NOTE: Quote was from: a post on Fool.com
The internet is full of garbage postings about how we should “… work smarter – not harder..”
Here’s the REAL Secret: Smart people are HARD Workers!
Mike Rowe (host of “Dirty Jobs”) has a great blog/post that debunks the “Work Smarter – Not Harder” myth.
The definition of work is:
Work equals Force times distance time the cosine of “theta” – where theta is the angle between the force and displacement vector(s). SO when theta is zero degrees the Force and displacement are in the same direction and you get the biggest bang for your effort! The more Force (the “harder” you work) you put into it the more you get out of it. Force is the Agent Of Change.
For you “DIY” folks out there.. here’s a great example of why Work Smarter – Not Harder falls apart:
House full of squeaky (door) hinges. How do you fix them?
Plan A: Oil them – Not Hard – but NOT Smart! You end up with mess and a quiet hinge for a very short time.
Plan B: “WD-40” (Remember it stands for “Water Displacement formula number 40 😉 – It’s not “oil” – but it’s messy and does not last long either! Another Not Hard – but NOT Smart!
Plan C: Use Vaseline – Definitely Smart and Hard! You have to:
1 – remove each hinge pin (one at a time) – can be hard but a small hammer, a pin punch and a flat blade screwdriver really help)
2 – clean the pin (maybe use “409” to really get it clean)
3 – wipe the pin with Vaseline ad put a “dob” on the hole on the top of the hinge where the pin goes
4 – put the pin back and tap it down (hard/flush)
5 – Repeat steps 1 thru 4 for the remaining 2 (or 3) hinges on that door
6 – clean up any mess (paper towels and 409 helps here
7 – repeat steps 1 thru 6 for each door in your home
This will take you some time to do (the “hard”/Force in the Work equation). However, when you are done you have nice quiet door hinges and it lasts for a quite a while. (Good) Work has a satisfaction factor to it that you do not see in the basic (physics) formula. There is something about doing something and doing it right which makes us feel really good (and ready for a nice cool beer – or two 😉
So if we are just trying to be “Smart” and not putting any FORCE into our Work.. we are just going nowhere 😉
Today is July 4th – 2012 – Independence Day here in the USA. This is one of the National Holidays that does NOT fall under the Monday/Friday rule. It is ALWAYS on July 4th.
Most of us get together with family and friends, have some burgers, hot dogs, and of course – a “brew or two” 😉
Many of us also display the American Flag – also known as “Old Glory”, “The Star Spangled Banner” – yes, it is the name of the National Anthem.. and it is also one of the names for the flag itself. The question I pose – is the flag you are flying “Made in the USA” – or is it one of the ones which was part of the $3.6MILLION dollars of imported flags ($3.3MILLION of which came from mainland China)?
For those who do not know – March 30 was(is) National Pencil Day…. and stats indicate sales are UP this past year on WOOD pencils and associated accessories (sharpeners, erasers, etc.).
Remember that Number 2 yellow pencil? You first learned to write with one and probably left a few teeth marks on a few as well. ..and NO you do not have “lead poisoning” because “lead pencils” were NEVER made of lead. They were always (and still are) made of graphite.
In my early engineering days we were encouraged to keep a daily journal/notebook. Always writing down little (and large) items during our day. We did this with a (yellow) number 2 pencil. I still keep a spiral bound notebook to the right of my keyboard and jot things down (in pencil ;-). Every morning the first thing that is typically done is to draw a horizontal line.. make note of the day and date.. and to make a time entry with something like “.. Read Email & NG’s..” When I answer the phone I also make a note. At lunch time there is a blocked out time slot noted for lunch. If you were to take a look at my (office) supply/storage closet you would see a pile of 8.5 x 11 spiral bound notebooks filled with data/notes going back YEARS.
The pencil (and paper) is where I start when designing anything. It could be a program to solve a customer’s problem, a bookshelf that I plan to build, even a remodel of a kitchen. The best part is NO BATTERIES REQUIRED.. NO POWER CORD.. all the power required is ME! PLUS it is Mobile 😉
We tend to rely way too much on technology but I believe our best ideas come from just simply putting a Number 2 Yellow Pencil in our hand.. take a piece of paper.. and dream.
Oh yes, my favorite Yellow Number 2 is made by the largest wood pencil maker in the world – Dixon Ticonderoga – over 1.5 BILLION made every year!
… and does NOT know what to do with it! I have a “few” suggestions…. it starts with give me some 😉 ..
Considering the state of the economy, jobs, etc.. why doesn’t Apple spend some of it building a new state-of-the-art high tech factory right here in the USA to build iPhones and iPads? Think of it.. be able to purchase an iPhone/iPad designed/developed/built in the USA! Also think of the associated jobs that would be created to build/staff/maintain the facility. Add in the logistical related jobs from small and medium sizes business as well.
What does Apple do about the factory in China? Use it to continue to build the devices but NONE of them would be shipped to North/South America or Europe. The USA factory would provide ALL the devices for North/South America and Europe.. China the rest of the world.
Quick update (3/18/2012).. I see that Apple plans to spend $10B on a stock buy-back… not smart… APPLE.. take my idea and CREATE JOBS!