Good morning.
Things that really matterIn the wild west wagons would circle to provide protection from attackers.  If there is one thing that’s been very obvious is that big companies are circling the wagons amidst a recession to maintain their position.
Apple’s deletion of the game “Fortnite” from their app store is another example of this as they may be a suitor for TikTok.  Epic Games is filing suit but today, the small guy doesn’t come out ahead. In a silver lining to this story, weekly unemployment claims did come out with the first print less than 1 million since all of the insanity began.  It’s coming at a crossroads as the S&P tries for the second day in a row to reach a new all-time high.

Here’s the rest of the story: Thinking Outside the Box

Surely you’ve heard the phrase “think outside the box”; perhaps you’ve even said it yourself a time or two.  After all, it’s one of the most well-worn phrases not just in the business world but throughout the realm of real life.

Speaking generally, it means to think differently, unconventionally or from a fresh, different perspective.  The saying is an attempt to inspire (and accept) free, creative thinking.  While we rely heavily on computers, algorithms and neural networks for so much, those very tools would only be a figment of our imagination had there been no “outside-the-box” thinking.

The origin of “thinking outside the box”, according to many, traces back to the 1960s and the use of the “9 dots” puzzle, which was originally published in 1914 in a book called the Cyclopedia of Puzzles by Sam Lloyd.  The puzzle consisted of the following diagram and the instructions: Link all 9 dots using four straight lines or fewer, without lifting the pen and without tracing the same line more than once.

Go ahead and print that out — probably a few times — and give it a try.  We’ll wait right here for you.  What you’ll eventually find (one common solution is found below) is that you’re going to have to think “outside the box” to come up with a solution.

Even though there’s no instruction to stay within the box, most minds immediately tend to build a box, which instantly puts a constraint in place.  Thinking outside the box, meanwhile, removes as many constraints as possible — leading to the most original and innovative solutions.

Thinking outside the box is an incredibly powerful and useful tool; however, it can be a bit scary.  After all, it tends to be a bit safer to err on the side of conventional wisdom.  The reality, however, is that outside-the-box thinking is a powerful key that can open countless doors:

    • It allows you to generate more possibilities.
    • It forces you to ask questions (i.e., question the status quo)
    • It helps you step outside your comfort zone.
    • It inspires others, helping them step out of their comfort zone.
    • It creates tremendous learning opportunities.
    • It opens doors to unforeseen results.
    • It allows you to stand out from the crowd.
    • It inspires critical thinking skills.

If you tend to struggle with outside-the-box thinking, the next time you’re faced with a problem, approach it from a different perspective.  There’s more than one way from point A to point B.  Think wide, think differently, or maybe, don’t think at all.

To You!!!

August 14, 2019

Kenny Santos lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Both Kenny and I are storytellers, Kenny admittedly, much better!  This story is about Kenny’s son, and told by Kenny.

Be-you-tiful

There is an old saying.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  The saying teaches us so much about fun, talent and success.  Allow me to explain.

Happy

My son is a goofball.  He takes pride in being the weird one.  He isn’t too shy about showing a new dance move or singing a song that he has been working on.  He doesn’t seem to feel the need to impress others or worry what other people think.  As a result, he seems to have a lot of friends.

Lately, he has been singing a parody of a hit 80s song.  The song is called Take On Me by Aha and the parody is called Mine Diamonds.  If you recognize the song you’ll know that it’s not easy to sing.  There are a lot of high parts and most people can’t pull it off.  My son is among those and he happily lets his voice crack when  sings the parody.  He expressed to me that he would like to make a video of him singing the song.  I was a little bit reluctant at first but I eventually let him do it.

He sang the song outside so the neighbours could hear.  Truthfully, I was a little bit embarrassed and I hoped that the neighbours couldn’t hear and that it would be over soon.  When my son sang, he didn’t hold back.  He belted out the lyrics as loud as he could so any hopes that my son’s singing would go unnoticed were crushed.

When he was done, my next door neighbour complimented my son and my son smiled proudly.  My son was so proud of the video and was so happy to show it to others.  He showed it to his uncles and his grandparents.  He even asked me to upload the video on to Facebook and YouTube so he could share the video with others.  It was fascinating to see how happy a simple video made my son feel.

Be You

This taught me a lot.  In making this video my son reminded me that your true happiness is defined by you.  If you think something is fun, then do it!  Don’t worry what others may think.  The same goes for talent and success.  My son didn’t worry what others thought.  He was just happy to do what he loves and he didn’t worry if others thought he was foolish.

If you let someone else define what happiness is for you then you will never be truly happy.  If you try to get through life by fitting into someone else’s definition of success then you will never be truly successful.

Happiness and success starts with how you define them.  Not anyone else.

Did this help you?  …it brought happiness to me… 🙂

August 14, 2017

The Purpose of Your Business [A Reminder]

Always keep the purpose of your business in mind.  Never forget why you’re doing this.  Surprisingly, many business owners forget this [or never accept it in the first place].  But here’s the secret:

At the end of the day, you’re in business to create financial freedom.

I hear business gurus espousing their flowery “feel good” advice about the purpose of starting a business, and I just roll my eyes.  Some will even say how they are only in business to “help people.”

So, do you focus on making money, or helping people?  It doesn’t have to be one or the other; it can be both.  You can make money through helping people.  As Zig Ziglar says; “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”

REW

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