The problem with problems

What if all your problems actually were gifts? What if that nasty co-worker is here to teach you something? What if being overwhelmed and getting too many requests inherits a valuable lesson?

What a fool I sometimes am to think I’m not supposed to have problems!

Not thinking we’re supposed to have problems, that’s the only problem we have with problems. Problems call us to a higher level – face and solve them now!

When tragedy occurs

we should ask why. Why – from the perspective of meaning, order and purpose. We don’t ask why long enough, not deeply enough, and that’s why we suffer.

And as long as you cannot come up with a reason that gives you strength instead of one that makes you weak, it’s a test of faith. Faith, so tangible that it’s a part of the real – the courage to believe that the experiences will connect down the road, even if you cannot see that far ahead right now.

Life at it’s longest…

…is short. And for some of us, it’s extra short.

Florian – my greatest argument for the existence of God passed away. It was him where I got my optimism from. In his honour, smiling under tears, I am going to express one thought every day on this site, for the rest of my life until I see him again.

You will be missed, Florian.

Disarming blamers

What harm is not done by blaming! Relationships are being destroyed, progress is hindered, and most violently people’s ambitions are being belittled.

That man knows what it’s about, who doesn’t find it easy to ignore the blamers because their eloquence hits him in the head with a brick.

What better way is there than to battle with blamers?

In short, take responsibility.

Put blame to its knees by saying, “I don’t know what happened exactly or who did it but I take full responsibility for it. Now, how can we turn this around?”

Leadership means putting yourself on the line.

I am tempted to believe that this kind of an act is the only way of transforming an environment of blame to something where important work can be done.

Bear Bryant the American college football coach once said that it was impossible for any of his players to make a mistake during a football game. And and all mistakes were his, because as a coach, he was solely and completely responsible for preparing his athletes to play error-free football.

Maybe this seems like a harsh standard to live up to, but that’s just the way it is.

They killed Socrates. Market like a poet..

…all ways and always.

Marketing is irrational.

There is a science to it but it’s mostly irrational. It’s storytelling. It’s not about being right. It’s about stirring men’s blood.

Poor indeed is the response the marketer gets who markets like a philosopher.

He tries to be right. He tries to appeal to reason. He can prove that his system works. He shows how his innovation is more effective.

But he forgets the irrational part. He forgets that his most rational customer is making irrational decisions, decisions that are driven by totally unreasonable stories he is telling himself.

A customer, who’s appetite for rationality must submit to his desire to calming the screaming voice inside his head. The voice that screams about his boss, the risk, the hassle of making a change, and what other people will think when he tells them what he’s done after he bought from you.

Appeal to irrationality. Appeal to feelings. Market like a poet.