Archive for January, 2013

On Writing and “Tuning”

In the instant sci-fi classic “Dark City,” an advanced civilization of beings demonstrates an ability called “tuning.” The alien race somewhat resembles the Borg, with the same albino-white skin and bald heads—except they don’t have jacks plugged into their skulls and they aren’t fitted with cybernetic gear. They also don’t fly around in a cool-looking […]

Writing Cures All

Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban is known for a trademark saying: “Sales Cures All.” This is somewhat of a nod to Cuban; I’ve decided to adopt my own variation on this phrase. It’s been nearly seven months since I decided to embark on the Million-Word Challenge. What I’ve come to realize is just how many of […]

Three Problems with Undercover Boss

I have only seen two episodes of “Undercover Boss” so far. I like the premise. The idea of CEO’s going to the front lines in disguise to find out what’s really happening in their companies is a good one. However, there are flaws. Specifically, there are four. First, a week isn’t enough to get an […]

You Already Know How to Do It

The “it” in that sentence is different for everyone. Maybe you want a better job. Maybe you are looking to grow your business. Maybe you want to improve your marriage. Whatever “it” is, knowledge is not the problem. I’m not saying that you necessarily have all of the knowledge you will ever need to complete […]

Time as Living Being

One view of time is that it doesn’t exist. Albert Einstein is credited with saying that “time is God’s way of keeping everything from happening all at once.” In any case, time does seem to be an invention, a device. Eternity is infinite. Eternity is really just one big long present moment. We all have […]

The Diamond Rule

There’s been a lot of talk about the Golden Rule and the Platinum Rule for awhile, but I’ll break them out here in case you haven’t heard the distinction. The Golden Rule: Treat people the way you would want to be treated. The Platinum Rule: Treat people the way they want to be treated. After […]

Job Security vs. Financial Security

One difference between an employee and an entrepreneur is that an employee looks for a secure job. Entrepreneurs seek to create financial security by providing value for the marketplace. Part of the problem with taking a traditional job is that it creates a false sense of security. I remember taking my first job at Wendy’s. […]

Formulating My Shark Tank Idea

For those of you who didn’t see my earlier blog post, I’ve decided to set my sights on a big goal for this year: getting on the Shark Tank. No, I’m not going to reveal what my idea is. I wish I could say that I’m keeping it secret because it’s too valuable to share. […]

Alternatives to “What Do You Do?”

I have recently noticed a pattern: I’ve allowed myself to buckle under the pressure of other people’s expectations. I’ve struggled to answer the question, “What do you do?” I have grasped at straws for the answer to this question, accepting the notion that I need to have an immediate answer. I’ve decided that I don’t […]

My BHAG for 2013

I’ve finally settled on a BHAG (“big, hairy, audacious goal”) for 2013. I was on the fence about setting a traditional goal, but after having had time to think about it, something floated to the surface that gets me excited. I’m going to get myself featured on Shark Tank. That is the kind of goal […]