motivus

March 7, 2016

Positive Reinforcement “The Pot Calls the Marijuana Dope”

Basketball coach: “Billy- you’re in for Stevie.  Top of the 1-3-1 zone defense.  Two minutes max then back out.  I need you to be all asshole and elbows.  Two minutes.  Whatever kid has the ball? That kid’s got YOUR ball. Got it?  Can you make this a track meet?” Billy […]
February 29, 2016

The Power of Compounding: Weeds on a Neglected Tomb

Put just a little away. 3 bucks a day over 40 years should result in a million. $3 a day. And you can do better than $3 a day. Nobody gets rich; everyone can amass wealth. It is really hard to get rich quickly. Win the lottery or start a […]
February 22, 2016

Bob Loblaw has no Enthusiasm, No Motivation. Say it out loud! Bob Loblaw.

Ohio State University’s marching band has a famous halftime show. Trombones chasing flutes all over the damn field.  Those kids have a great time. Bob Loblaw didn’t make the band. Every Marine you meet, no matter how long they’ve been out, are proud?  Semper Fi. Always loyal. Bob Loblaw was […]
February 8, 2016

Atlas Shrugged

If you are reading this and you don’t know what is meant by market share or labor cost or EBITDA or net income you need to learn them. Soon. Strong Dollar What does that mean? Anyone serious about a career should know what terms like this mean.  At least generally. It is […]
February 1, 2016

I think my way is better.

How do you like this gem? “Tell me about a time you had a difficult customer and what you did to turn the conversation?” Like that is a good interview question.  Hah! Scripted interview questions like that are HR psychobabble. The interviewer decides what is a good answer. Stilted and […]
January 25, 2016

Everything Before the “But” is Bullshit

Everything before the “But” is bullshit. Whatever is said before that critical word- BUT- can be entirely discounted. Your bullshit meter needs to be going off at least a bit. Maybe a lot. “But” announces the point that is trying to be made. Everything before the “but” is window dressing. […]
January 18, 2016

The Past Doesn’t Matter and the Future Doesn’t Exist. Yet.

This term was a voiceover prior to an NFL playoff game. As I heard it I shot up from an oh-so relaxed position on the couch. Googled it but no attribution. “The Past Doesn’t Matter”……nuance is important and in some ways that phrase is objectionable. We should not emulate Pontius Pilate […]
January 11, 2016

Now, and at The Hour of Our Death

The only two moments in life that matter. Now. And at the Hour of our Death. At the Hour of our Death, the author of our life’s story closes the manuscript. Now is the moment when we write that story. Will Now be an ordinary moment? Will Now be spent […]
January 4, 2016

Human capital

The Little League baseball coach who tells a young boy he has a bad arm does a terrible thing- that boy will likely believe he has a bad arm the rest of his life. Labels matter. The same coach who tells a kid, after making an error, that all is […]