This week I wasn’t going to post a blog because I have been at Las Vegas Market since Saturday and as a result have a mountain of work piled up. Instead, I was going to wait and write something this weekend to recap Market. That is until a close friend of mine, Tom Wells, called to tell me this story.
When a snowstorm hit Birmingham, Alabama, this week, it sent the city into lockdown. Motorists were stranded for hours, trapped in their cars without any food or water. Just to move a mile or two was taking up to three hours, so people just had to hunker down and make the best of it. Some employees from Chick-fil-A were also caught in the storm after they had closed up shop and were headed home. They soon realized they were going nowhere fast and went back to the restaurant for shelter, leaving their cars on the side of the road.
It would have been easy to stay inside and enjoy the heat away from the storm, but they left that comfort zone to serve people in their community. Continue reading
The following is a guest post by Mark Kinsley
Have you ever read an inspiring article where the author references Apple or Amazon as an example of how to be amazing? Our modern business culture is hyper-focused on big-name trailblazers. Understandably. However, I find myself questioning the applicable usefulness of these lessons. How many people work in those types of environments? And even if you are employed in a comparable company, are you in a position that allows you to implement Apple-esque changes that will take your organization from mediocre to amazing?
It made me think – what can normal, every day people do when their company isn’t that amazing?
“What if instead of trying to be amazing you just focused on being useful.” That’s what Jay Baer wrote in his book Youtulity. There’s the answer. If your company’s not inspiring the next Wired article, or producing products that make techies want to pitch a tent outside your store, you should focus on being useful. No matter what position you’re in, there are always ways to be helpful. It’s about finding what needs attention and devoting yourself to it. Continue reading
“Daddy, you mean to tell me you grew up at a time when you had to use a phone that was tied to the wall? You had to actually get in your car and visit a store to buy something, and your bed didn’t tell you anything about your body while you slept? Were there dinosaurs when you were little, Daddy?”
This conversation is going to replace the one I had with my parents. You know the one… “When I was a kid we didn’t have television and if we wanted to roll down the windows of the car, we had to reach over and crank the handle. Now go outside and dig a hole.”
Sleep Number launched their new mattress called the x12 bed. Billed as the smartest bed ever created, it can alleviate snoring, track your sleep patterns and provide reports, as well as give you advice on how to improve your sleep. It will also adjust to your position, comfort level, and temperature preference, massage you, and more. In January of 2008, Leggett & Platt brought a concept bed called the Starry Night to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Our system measured the sleeper’s biometrics, reported back with suggestions on how to improve sleep, massaged you, and let you dial in the perfect position and temperature, much like the x12 – plus it added a killer home theater experience to the master suite. So what is the biggest difference between the two? Sleep Number commercialized the idea!
It’s fourth down and Florida State has it on its own 40-yard line in the BCS Championship game in Pasadena, California. The Seminoles are trailing 21-3 and they look horrible. Auburn came out hungry and they are railing Florida State. The Seminoles need four yards for a first down and Jimbo Fisher dials up a fake punt, handing the ball off to Karlos Williams, who takes it seven yards for the first down. (See for yourself HERE). What a call by Fisher! Think about it, this could have been a disaster. Things are already not going well, you’re down by 18 points, and if this play doesn’t work, every fan, wannabe coach, cheerleader, mascot, and alumnus is going to hang you for being so aggressive; but it did work.
Jimbo knew that if they didn’t do SOMETHING, they were not going to have a shot of pulling this one out, so he rolled the dice and hit big. Why was it so pivotal in the game? It completely shifted the momentum in their favor. Is it possible that just one play can have that kind of impact on the outcome? Jimbo sure thinks so. “We lost the momentum of the game. We had to get it back. We had to do something to make a change. And our kids are relaxed now and they’re playing ball again.” Continue reading
It’s that time again. Get out your pencil or that brand-new tablet Santa brought you over the holiday and start drafting your New Year’s resolutions. I know, I know, once again you did not stick to last year’s promises, right? If that is the case, you will be happy to know that according to the University of Scranton in this Forbes article, only 8% of people out there actually accomplish their goal, so you are in good company.
I am feeling good about my approach this year, so I wanted to share it with you just in case you were in search of a better way. This year I am going to focus on things that I know will help me achieve some higher level of happiness in my life. Not that I am unhappy – I feel like the luckiest guy in the world, actually – but I know that if we don’t stay focused on BEING happy, then it could all change.
So here is a list of five things I plan to do with all of this in mind. See if it inspires you! Continue reading