Unconventional Thinking

August, 2008

The Land Of No Second Chances

Thursday, August 28th, 2008 by Mark

Conventional wisdom advises that everyone is entitled to a second chance. Make a mistake, make a bad choice, and the second chance is waiting in the wind.
“Entitled to,” are the key words. Perhaps you are, but in many cases you aren’t getting it. So often there are no second chances. None. Call the police. Pray [...]

The Case For Accidental Companies…..And The People Who Run Them

Thursday, August 21st, 2008 by Mark

When I was a young man, I met ice cream impresario Tom Carvel: widely credited as the entrepreneur who created big league franchising.
What struck me most about our conversation was that Tom’s first store was an accident: when his truck broke down on a road in Westchester, NY, and he lacked the funds to repair [...]

The Importance Of Being A Verb…..And The Curse Of Being A Noun

Thursday, August 14th, 2008 by Mark

In life, it appears we have a myriad of choices as to what we are or will be.
But there are really only two choices : you can be a noun or a verb.
Let’s look at some of the nouns:
* Middle Manager
* Control Freak
* Nice Person
* Smoker
* Boyfriend
* Girlfriend
Do any appeal to you? Describe you? I [...]

Bob Dylan Doesn’t Vote For President

Thursday, August 7th, 2008 by Mark

From our earliest days, we are all taught to conform.
To play well with others. To refrain from rocking the boat. To know our place. To avoid uncomfortable situations. To be a team player. To blend in.
I have never bought this. And I would like to suggest that you toss it back in the [...]

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