Stay Human

Stay Human

Talent and technology enhance each other, but they can’t replace each other. Skill and hard work can improve technology and technology, in turn, can empower our skills and diligence so that we can make better and better stuff, more by the day.

The temptation is to rely on technology to replace our skill. Good stories don’t result from algorithms or automated production processes. Machines can’t invent wit or charm—only well-timed playbacks of real human wit at best.

Don’t let tech become your crutch. Put away your GPS and learn the lay of your land. That’s how trend-setters get found.  · · · →

Break the Glass

Break the Glass

Most problems persist because people don’t want anything better. Sure, on the surface we could say that problems persist because people won’t do anything about them, but people don’t do anything about their problems because their problems are the best they ever think they can have.

Actually, everyone’s own glass ceiling is mere imagination.

Do you think every conversation must end with someone storming out of the room? Do you think projects won’t finish or people won’t learn? What imaginary limits do you place on yourself? If you can’t imagine your life and stuff being better, they never will be.  · · · →

Alpha & Beta

Alpha & Beta

The “alpha male” and “beta male” roles in society and family are worlds apart. Alpha males and alpha females need each other. In the past, women were expected to take a “beta female” role; today, it’s men’s turn—probably something like bad karma or the sowing and reaping of weeds come back to haunt them.

The “alpha” doesn’t need to oppress others, only to stand his or her own ground. Laying down, playing the slave—men and women who allow themselves to be crammed into the “beta” role become concerned with the opinions of others. Don’t join them, be alpha.  · · · →

Ignore the Wind

Ignore the Wind

Danger is coming, sooner or later. Bowing and bending is no way to keep danger at bay any more than being nice and friendly will make a mouse appear less appetizing to a hawk. Face it; danger will arrive anyway. It’s best to be ready.

Stand your guard. Don’t run the failing popularity race. Stay home and stay strong. Be smart. Balance your spending. Stay in a budget. Train and learn. Keep your infrastructure in repair and your needs in supply. Aggressively expand unity among your allies. And, don’t spend one second being concerned about the opinions of your predators.  · · · →