The glass is half full, the glass is half empty, but ….

As I was thinking this morning, I began with just a short view of this issue, but as you begin to empty your mind with brainstorming idea, the post took on a life of it’s own as I began to think of others. When you think of the familiar saying “The glass is either half full or half empty” describing either an optimist or a pessimist, when you pause and look at it more closely you find that there are opportunities than you originally saw:

  • Optimist – The glass is half full
  • Pessimist – The glass is half empty

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Marketing imperfection increases sales and reduces waste

Having read years ago about a restaurant that was having a bad “table” that no one wanted to sit at for their meal, the restaurant decided to change how their customers viewed that one table near the front door and market it specifically to attract a small demographic of their current clientele.

But it’s not just a restaurant’s table, it’s also other aspects of one’s business: product seconds, defectives, etc. Here is what one industry market leader did to change the view of their customer toward imperfect products.

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Be curious about opportunities beyond your current viewpoint

When you’re working in a job or doing a job, you only see what is in front of you, rarely looking up or taking the time to see what is around you. Here is a perfect example of someone that not only shows, but demonstrates to others the potential and possibilities that are in front of them.

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Practice makes…nope, it’s not what you’ve been told.

English: Practice makes perfect

English: Practice makes perfect (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You’ve heard the saying, practice makes perfect, right? We’ve all head it, but has anyone ever analyzed this saying to figure out what it really means in the working or entrepreneurial world?

Well, I’m going to show you why that statement is wrong and what can be said to make it correct and accurate.

There are three levels of practicing something, they are:

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It is NEVER too late to start: 70 year old body builder

I hear lot of talk in the media about the “20 over 20″ or the “30 over 30″ years old that are taking names in the area of startups, but you don’t hear much about older folks who change their lives by heading in another direction.

Here’s the story about a 70 year old body builder who’s changing the perception of what “old” is:

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Movie “Lone Survivor” and the book “Danny: The Virtues Within”

English: Danny Dietz Français : Danny Dietz

Danny Dietz (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I went to a private showing of the Lone Survivor Friday afternoon with Dietz family and their friends.

My movie recommendation: SEE IT!

It is at the level of quality of Saving Private Ryan in terms of telling the story of the brotherhood. But don’t forget, that while the Navy SEALs are the tip of the spear, there are a lot more veterans that are the back story to the SEALs actions and are not so glamorous or action oriented: cooks, base security, truck drivers, administrative personnel, janitors, doctors, nurses, equipment maintainers, not only for the guns they use, but also the transportation vehicles for the troops, and a host of others that are just as  important to keep the tip of the spear ready to deploy. And telling the complete story is all that most veterans ask for, it is the telling of the story so that others might learn of their deeds and actions, not the accolades of hero worship, and that it is a team effort to accomplish the mission. Now on to the review.

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Seth Godin on failing until you succeed

You know, we’ve been brainwashed at school, at our jobs, at companies we’ve worked for. Now it’s time to man up/woman up and become something bigger and better for 2014. Listen to Seth Godin as he tells what we are up against in this new century, that there is more opportunity than ever to do what you love to do. But, you have to open your eyes, your minds, and look for the opportunities to be, do, and accomplish more.

Now is the time, now is the chance to make your own history. Watch and learn.

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