On a biting, dreary Detroit afternoon, my brother and I made our way downtown for the Brit Floyd concert. I didn’t know it yet, but I was about to learn (again) a very important lesson. There are only two ways to judge talent: a) measure it, or b) see it in action. In short, we must not judge any book by its stiff, hard cover.
Stupid is not a nice word. However, after reading about an Olympic athlete who refused to shake hands with a competitor and was sent home for poor sportsmanship, and some intriguing new information about the robbery in Rio, I was transported back to January 2, 2016 when sports analyst Trevor Matich shared his theory on the Rule of Stupids. Matich said, “Don’t do stupid things, in stupid places, at stupid times, around stupid people.” Consider the number of careers, companies and relationships that might have been saved by the Rule of Stupids!
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we recorded every conversation so that we could go back and listen to ourselves? Thanks to the remarkable efforts of my communications partner, TannerFriedman, I have been interviewed for radio six times in the past month, including on the great show Opportunity Detroit. Have you ever listened to yourself talk on the radio? OH MY.
There is an enormous sense of relief when a large project comes to an end: a dissertation, a graduation, or a marathon. That is where I am today. I am writing to share good news. Yesterday, I published my new book, Destination Unstoppable. It has received glowing reviews from some remarkable athletes, executives, and leadership experts.
On Elton John’s magnificent album, “Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road”, there lies an 11 minute masterpiece called Funeral for a Friend. The mesmerizing opening marches the mourner along the pathway of grief. It cries in dismay, roars with denial, wails with anger, whimpers with loneliness, and quickens the heart with hope. It is on auto play in my head because I am crushed by the recent loss of two immensely talented friends. Let’s examine how these amazing men used their strengths to impact tens of thousands of lives.