Sam Zell on why it’s worth getting really good at something: If you’re really good at what you do, you have the freedom to be who you really are. Practice man, practice.
Sam Zell: Chairman Of Everything, CEO Of Nothing
This Sam Zell quote really has wormed its way into my head, I often say I’m chairman of everything and the CEO of nothing. I stick to what I’m good at - vision, direction, strategy. That’s where I add the most value. I spend almost my entire day listening to other people. I ask questions, … Continue reading Sam Zell: Chairman Of Everything, CEO Of Nothing
Sam Zell’s Playboy Business
Sam Zell was known for his investment acumen. But Patrick O’Shaugnessy shared this quote on where one of his first business ideas came from: On one of my walks I discovered a newsstand underneath the “L” tracks. It was 1953, and a provocative new magazine called Playboy had just made its debut featuring Marilyn Monroe … Continue reading Sam Zell’s Playboy Business
The Only Truth Is Narrative Truth
Oliver Sacks spent a lifetime studying the brain and the weird stuff it could do (like why a guy would mistake his wife for a hat). But perhaps his greatest and simplest observation, The only truth is narrative truth. Whatever we are telling ourselves, that’s what’s real. Worth keeping in mind, don’t you think?
When Mom Boos Too (Philly Edition)
Trea Turner had this to say about being booed by the Phillies fans at home, Turner: My mom prepared me for anything in this game or in this world. She was tough on me from an early age and not much phases me. Reporter: Did she ever boo you? Turner: She told me today she … Continue reading When Mom Boos Too (Philly Edition)
Why Do We Fall, Bruce?
“Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” Advice from Bruce Wayne’s dad. And advice Batman repeatedly hears as struggles to hold onto and protect his code. Falling is just a reason to get back up. As true in Batman as it is in Ted Lasso.* If you have something you … Continue reading Why Do We Fall, Bruce?
Start With Who, Start With Why
Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why” is a great reminder to start with purpose. Jim Collins has a different approach, he puts “Who First.” Brian Portnoy has me thinking we need both first. That we can’t order who and why so much as needing to combine them. Your purpose for you. Our purpose for us. There’s … Continue reading Start With Who, Start With Why
Sunday Music: New Billy Woods, Old Aesop Rock
OK, firstly - there’s a new Billy Woods & Kenny Segal album, it’s called Maps, and on my first few listens I’m very excited to keep listening because I can feel it taking root on my brain. I like this. I’ll link to a song or two at the bottom to give you a taste. … Continue reading Sunday Music: New Billy Woods, Old Aesop Rock
The Serendipity Of Ice Cube (WTF)
You never know what you're learning today that might come in handy tomorrow. This story blew my mind. The first time Ice Cube met John Singleton, it was backstage at The Arsenio Hall Show. Cube was there to give Arsenio a piece of his mind because the show wouldn’t let NWA on. Somehow NWA were … Continue reading The Serendipity Of Ice Cube (WTF)
Take That To The Bank You Muffin Factory
Ok, there’s not really a point to this, except to serve as a reminder not to argue with strangers on the internet. And actually, just don’t argue with people who can’t have a productive argument. Sometimes, arguing says more about you. As the famous XKCD strip “Duty Calls” taught us, “Are you coming to bed? … Continue reading Take That To The Bank You Muffin Factory