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Been Tested For This Virus Yet?

Large Piles Of Nice Things Unsaid
Large Piles Of Nice Things Unsaid

Yesterday I referenced an (obscene) infectious virus that is plaguing the world, the corporate world especially.

It’s insidious and devastating.

My guess right now, at this very moment, you’re confused and wondering what I’m talking about.

That’s fair. And perfect.

It’s the perfect storm, isn’t it? This pervasive lack of recognition amongst people everywhere. The sad thing is, now that you know what I’m talking about, you are shaking you head, “Yep, he’s right”.

“What to do?”, is a question you may not have an answer for. But you know me, I do.

The answer?

Go to the far end of the sick world, and be the cure. Make it YOUR daily habit to say nice things to people.

You won’t win any employee of the month awards, but you will be living with integrity. Isn’t that enough?

You Know What He Told Me?

Business Consultant
Business Consultant

Ever ask a nine-year old for business advice?  I did recently.

Pondering the pros and cons of going solo versus partnering, on a special project.  So, just for kicks, I asked my son (9).

He said, “Two heads are better than one”.

For the next few minutes, my son and I waited for our friend to arrive.

The correct answer in hand, we had a great meeting.

jungle jeff MBA

jungle jeff MBA.  Who woulda thought, after all these years, I’d be returning to school to get an MBA?

Why do people return to school after decades of real-world leadership experience?  Many reasons to be sure.

The main reason is the pursuit of a better way of life.  Can you imagine, “Nope, heading back to school because I have all this extra time and money.  Plus, I’m bored stiff just sitting around”?.

Dude, seriously, we need to talk.  It don’t happen like this.  In fact, my story is almost a fairy tale of a completely different sort.

My professor is crazy.  He’s cool, but tough.  On the first day, he told me everyone who attends his class has three years to do something that no other MBA requires….

Money, Money, Money….Money

Money, Money, Money….Money“.  The O’Jays, 1974, For The Love of Money.

I want to make a ton of money.  Seriously.  Enough to buy whatever I want.

First on my list:

  1. A Cure for Crohn’s disease

To take action, – to “put my money where my mouth is” – I’ve returned to school to earn my MBA.

Maybe that’ll be second on the list – pay off school loans.

How Important Is Money To You?

Money.  Can’t live with it, can’t live without it.  Money has always been my biggest stressor.

Eventually, I learned a very simple and very profound rule.  It is the first rule that should be learned.

  • Spend less than you earn

What made this most basic of rules so elusive for me, is that I did not subscribe to common sense.  A million reasons for that, which I’ll not even attempt to address.

The second rule I learned is have a business.  After reading “Rich Dad Poor Dad” last Christmas, my whole mindset about money was changed forever….