Would you be okay with a hand-me-down smart phone?

Apple iPhone 5s invoice
Notice the order date (ordered it the minute it went on sale (12:01am PST)


iPhone 5s in box
Removing the box lid almost takes your breath away because the art is so stunning


Friendly reminder: Life happens one moment at a time. When we are fully engaged in it (and write about it) we learn so much more about what it takes to be excellent and not just hope for excellence).

So the iPhone 5s arrived from China yesterday. This means Chapin gets the hand-me-down iPhone 5.

This required going to the ATT store to get a new sim card and then returning home to restore the 5 from his latest iTunes backup.

It was in the trip home from ATT that magic happened.

The revelation that the same world class leadership and facilitation methods used professionally with seasoned CEO’s all the way to the entry-level brand new employees could be (and should be) used with a 13-year old.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff, loved the question – I did some personal inner searching while asking myself that question and my first reply was no – I want new. Then I thought about it and realized that 24 hours after I had my new iPhone, it was now used, am I fooled by the advertisement that prompts me to have the latest and greatest? Sometimes, a hand me down is priceless. Like the old skinny tie I have that belonged to my father who passed away when I was only 18 – some 30+ years ago. I often wear it on his birthday in remembrance of him.

  2. David, what a cool tradition you do with your Dad’s tie on his birthday. Very, very cool.

    Regarding technology (of which the iPhone is the pinnacle of commercial use), to be on the leading edge is to be part of the excitement of the art.

    Driving a 24-year old car.

    Wear cut-off jeans and sneakers.

    But when it comes to the most secure, advanced, hand tool known to humans, insist on the latest. 🙂

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