Tag Archives: Holidays

Merry Christmas to All of Us

As we progress through the holiday season it is so easy to get caught up in our own personal goals: dinner with the family, grab those presents, make sure we have an office party, have the neighbors over for egg nogg. I find myself literally running over people to get to the store and buy all the things that will make a great time for my friends and family.
How many times in life can we have the goal of making people happy only to plow through everyone else that “gets in our way?”
If there is one lesson I can take from this life, let it be the one where I slow down and smell the roses. Let it be where I stop and talk with people in the store instead of charging through the isles to get in line first. Let it be putting my favorite television show (even if it is the Superbowl) on pause when a neighbor needs to talk. Let it be where I listen to my mate with honest appreciation, even though I was in the middle of something else.
Otherwise, life ends up being what passes you by, when you were too busy making plans!


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Google’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Logo

Inspired by an article Barry Schwartz wrote that didn’t say what I wanted to.

Martin Luther King, Jr Google Logo 2011Today Google has a special logo on for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  They do for most truly
significant, and some not so significant, days.

Today would have been his 82nd birthday celebration. His legacy lives on with our black president, a somewhat integrated management structure in most major industries, and at least lip service to what his dream was about.  At least in most parts of the country it is no longer fashionable to be openly racist.  Now my prayer is that our hearts will all truly reflect what we are required to “look like” on the outside.  Well America, as my late great friend would have said,  FAKE IT TILL YA MAKE IT.

Technically, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15th, but the United States celebrates the first Monday after his birthday as a national holiday for his leadership during the African American civil rights movement. In 1964 he received the Nobel Peace Prize, at that time, he was the youngest person to ever receive the prize.

Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee and the free world will forever mourn his passing, and our loss.

Here is a larger version of the logo on Google’s home page:

Martin Luther King, Jr Google Logo 2011


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Perceived value

OK, the obvious doggy illusion is the first thing that comes to mind. I live in a neighborhood that is a social marketers dream. Most of the people across the street are retired and live in a “gated community.” It rocks for not having lots of different gardeners, lawn mowing, leaf blowing and general raking going on when I am working on my publications or re-designing websites. It is easier to work remotely without all the distractions.

The downside is that surrounded by all these townhomes, I have the only lawn in the middle of the block. It’s nice to have the only lawn, I get to enjoy it and not have to deal with everybody else’s lawn like activities, but it also leaves me vulnerable.

There are certain parallels in business. Once I find that one niche that I really enjoy and feel really good about, I don’t want to call attention to myself with exactly EVERYBODY! There is a certain amount of reservation that some might treat my market niche much like the neighbors’ dogs treat my lawn. “Oh, there’s a nice green patch we haven’t thought of – lets go do our business on it!”


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