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Accepting false limits
I will never be able to dunk a basketball.
This is beyond discussion.
Imagine, though, a co-worker who says, "I'll never be able to use a knife and fork. No, I have to use my hands."
Or a colleague who says, "I can't possibly learn Chinese. I'm not smart enough."
This is a mystery to me. A billion people have learned Chinese, and the failure rate for new kids is close to zero. If a well functioning adult puts in sufficient time and the effort, she''ll succeed.
The key to this disconnect is the unspoken part about time and effort and fear. I agree that you will never ship that product or close that sale or invent that device unless you put in the time and put in the effort and overcome the fear. But I don't accept for a minute that there's some sort of natural limit on your ability to do just about anything that involves creating and selling ideas.
This attitude gets me in trouble sometimes. Perhaps I shouldn't be pushing people who want something but have been taught not to push themselves. Somewhere along the way, it seems, I forgot that it's none of my business if people choose to accept what they've got, to forget their dreams and to not seek to help those around them achieve what matters to them.
Not sure if you'll forgive me, but no, I'm not going to believe that only a few people are permitted to be gatekeepers or creators or generous leaders. I have no intention of apologizing for believing in people, for insisting that we all use this moment and these assets to create some art and improve the world around us.
To do anything less than that is a crime.
- via: Seth Godin
With unemployment still high, companies in recent months have tried to camouflage price increases by selling their products in tiny and tinier packages. So far, the changes are most visible at the grocery store, where shoppers are paying the same amount, but getting less.
For Lisa Stauber, stretching her budget to feed her nine children in Houston often requires careful monitoring at the store. Recently, when she cooked her usual three boxes of pasta for a big family dinner, she was surprised by a smaller yield, and she began to suspect something was up.
“Whole wheat pasta had gone from 16 ounces to 13.25 ounces,” she said. “I bought three boxes and it wasn’t enough — that was a little embarrassing. I bought the same amount I always buy, I just didn’t realize it, because who reads the sizes all the time?”
Since we buy mostly fresh, organic fruits and veggies we're used to the fluctuation in price but lately the quantity of food vs. the cost has stood out a bit more. Especially when we buy a bag of chips, peanut butter or a can of chickpeas or black beans. Later in the article they point out how food company will add a scoop to a peanut butter container so that you get less peanut butter. I checked my peanut butter container and low and behold there's a indented scoop on the bottom. Sneaky.
Last night was rough! Ember kept us up most of the night, then to seek refuge I went to the couch... where I tossed and turned for the next 3 1/2 hours until my alarm went off.
So in the hopes of getting a little extra boost this morning I head into a Dunkin Doughnuts near my clients office in Boca. I'm stoked, I can almost taste that wonderfully bitter black coffee as I walk up to the door... But then horror strikes.
A makeshift sign hangs on the door...
"CASH ONLY! sorry."
Ugh. Of course I only have a $1.00 on me the day the credit card machine is down.
Feeling optimistic and perhaps slightly too exhausted to think clearly I proceed in anyways in hopes that maybe the machine will accept a debit transaction.
Then something wonderful happens.
The manager proceeds to ask... "What did you want to order?"
A small black coffee I reply.
And then magically he returns with a small, steaming cup of black coffee and says "Don't worry about it, you can pay for it later."
I can have it anyway?
Wait a minute... Is today some sort of holiday? Oh wait, today is a holiday!
My guess is they were handing out the drinks anyway just to keep the regulars happy but for a minute there I though to my self..."Wow, I must look like I really needed it!".
Maybe it was a little of both.
Needless to say I'm now sipping the finest free coffee and ready to take on the rest of the day.
Thank you Dunkin Doughnuts manager guy and Happy St. Patricks Day everybody!
The Borders next to my house announced they were going out of business and hung a massive STORE CLOSING sing on their 2nd Floor.