Archive for March 2005

The Best of Both Worlds

As Albert Einstein once remarked, “Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid; humans are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant; together they are powerful beyond imagination.” I read an interesting article about how the world of chess has changed after Deep Blue defeated World Chess Champion Gary Kasparov in 1997. But what’s interesting is not so…

Hard Work

Success literature going back hundreds of years espouses the benefits of hard work. But why is it that some people seem to feel that “hard work” is a dirty word nowadays? I define “hard work” as work that is challenging. Both hard work and “working hard” (i.e. putting in the time required to get the…

Security is for Cowards

Who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed? This is from a short essay called “Security” by Hunter S. Thompson: Security… what does this word mean in relation to life as we know it today? For the…

Speech Contest Update

Yesterday I competed in the 2005 Toastmasters International Speech Contest for my area (my area consists of 5 individual clubs). The contest was held at the Luxor Hotel here in Vegas. The pyramid-shaped Luxor has a giant Sphinx in front of it, and the contest was held in a room in the Sphinx’s left paw.…

Changing Perspectives

One problem-solving technique you should master is changing perspectives to redefine the problem. The way you define a problem is often the key to solving it. Take a current problem from your life that you’re having difficulty solving. Then ask yourself: How can this problem be redefined as a financial problem? A health problem? A…

Marketing From Your Conscience

Years ago I learned a simple yet powerful marketing secret: You must become so convinced of the benefits of your product or service that you feel you’d be unjustly depriving people by not doing everything in your power to get the word out. I was infected by this attitude from Jay Abraham. Jay has an…