Category Archives: Humor

Failure is how you feel about your results

on November 14, 2015 in Awareness, Humor, Leadership, Perception

I simplify complex or mysterious terms to make them easy to understand and act on. The professional and personal development fields seem to prefer click-bait titles—what sells over what works. Talk about failure and success is filled with clichés (“It’s the journey, not the destination,” “everything happens for a reason”) and grandstanding (“fail early and often,” “I failed many times before succeeding”) that I haven’t found helpful for someone facing[…] Keep reading →

“To convince” means “to provoke debate” and rarely works

on August 18, 2015 in Humor, Leadership, Relationships, Tips

Talk about leading people and a lot of people will talk to you about convincing people as a way of leading them. I recommend against this strategy. Convincing someone implies logically debating. Changing someone’s behavior means changing their motivations, which means changing their emotions. Logical argument evokes emotions of debate. Convincing motivates people to disagree. They also feel like you’re trying to impose your values on them. If you disagree[…] Keep reading →

The great masters of speaking with authentic voices

on March 25, 2015 in Awareness, Exercises, Freedom, Humor, Leadership

Following up yesterday’s post’s exercise for how to speak authentically, I wanted to give a couple more examples illustrating mastery of speaking authentically. People who speak authentically can say things others can’t, meaning they have more freedom. We respect them not for their technical mastery of some craft but that they speak without that. A great master today is Charles Barkley, whom I wrote about the other day. He’s famous[…] Keep reading →

Funny: Every TED Talk ever in 99 seconds

on August 27, 2014 in Humor

Here is every TED talk ever in 99 seconds.

Is the New Yorker following me?

on July 28, 2014 in Humor

It seems the New Yorker is following me, or at least fishing for stories in my blog. Witness the evidence in this week’s issue. Item 1 In week’s article “Swim, Swam, Swum,” Ben McGrath writes about some people thinking about swimming in the Hudson River. Four years ago, three guys had an idea: that it might be nice to swim in the East River. “It came about pretty simply,” one[…] Keep reading →

Thoughts on reading Steve Martin’s memoir, “Born Standing Up”

on June 14, 2014 in Art, Creativity, Freedom, Humor

I read and recommend Steve Martin’s memoir, “Born Standing Up.” He writes honestly and concisely. He persevered through a challenging life. Unlike many people we admire, he didn’t overcome obstacles that befell him. My list of inspirations on my “Resources and Inspirations” page includes three big ones for me who overcame outside challenges that they couldn’t have foreseen and have to handle—Victor Frankl, Jean-Dominique Bauby, and Mark Zupan. Overcoming challenges[…] Keep reading →

113,792 points in 2048 with the 8192 tile!

on May 24, 2014 in Creativity, Humor

After the game in the picture below I couldn’t help myself emailing a friend about it the following. I don’t know if I’m more proud or ashamed and if it’s from the high score or the poem. Look on my high score, ye mighty, and despair! You met a geek from an antique land Who emailed: “Sixteen small and colored numbered tiles Stand on my screen. Near them, on my[…] Keep reading →

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