Sunday morning thoughts

This one speaks for itself. What would we do without air conditioners. It seems as if we went from spring to rain to extreme heat and no middle ground. Although the mornings are a perfect time to enjoy summer without the extreme humidity. And we are lucky because as kids there was no air conditioning and we had to live through it. But the vast majority of the world is into so lucky, therefore we have to appreciate what we have and not take things for granted.

I thought that this was a clever promotional idea. An American mattress store is giving away a free mattress for your dog when you purchase a regular size mattress. Remember, ideas sell. I am sure that the retailer is doing really well with this promotion although I could not find the information on Google. Consumers like added value when they purchase a product so don't discount your product or service, just add value. The price doesn't matter anyway – it's a minor part of the decision making process. Also, people but based on feelings and emotions, not logic and reason. The dog on the mattress certainly taps into the former.

We have come a long way since 1956 with regard to technology. But has it helped or hindered us? My opinion is that it has hindered us more than it has helped us. We spend our whole day on screens, whether its a smartphone or a laptop and consequently ignore the people around us. What's more important – computers or people? If you can't answer that question, you are in trouble. People nowadays cant sleep at night, however, my doctor mentioned to me that if the last thing you do is stare at a screen before bed, it will activate brain waves which will deter sleep. They had it all figured out in the 50's – it was called a family dinner. And guess what? The family talked to each other.

I thought that this was awesome. Do you have anyone in your circle that you would hand one of these cards to? I think we all probably do. This is not necessarily for someone who talks too much but has a good heart. I think its more directed to those people whose ramblings just don't make sense, or are annoying or are politically correct. I am sure that there are people that would like to give one of these to Donald Trump, for example, however, he is the President of the United States who won the election fair and square and who deserves an opportunity to show the American people what he can do. At least it will be better than 8 years of Barack Obama doing nothing.

This is a great quote and reminds of the one from Thomas Watson Jr. – " In order to succeed, double your failures. " Of course Thomas Watson Jr was the founder of a small company that became IBM. But realistically, how can we succeed without trying? Most successful entrepreneurs have failed multiple times before eventually succeeding.
Here are some examples

  • Walt Disney is the businessman behind the very successful theme park “Walt Disney World“.  Walt Disney was reportedly fired by a newspaper editor for not having good ideas and no imagination.  Disney World is currently valued at  $35 Billion dollars.
  • Before becoming successful, Thomas Edison tried more than 10,000 times to invent the light bulb.   When Asked about his failures, Edison stated that he knew “definitively over 9,000 ways that an electric light bulb will not work"
  • Founder of hugely successful company “Fed Ex” Smith’s college professor stated that his concept of Federal Express was “interesting, but not feasible”.
  • Steve Jobs  was actually fired from Apple Computers,  the very company that he is responsible for making it the success it is today.  When Jobs was fired from Apple, he was quoted stating “I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”
  • Hailed as the “ Queen of Daytime Talk TV” Winfrey was fired from her news reporter gig at a Baltimore news station.  Oprah went on to build a successful following from her daytime talk show “The Oprah Winfrey Show”.  Oprah’s net worth is currently valued at 2.7 billion dollars.

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