Quote of the Day

Seth Godin“People who blame others for failure will never be good at failing, because they’ve never done it.” — Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog: How to fail

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It’s Not What He Says, It’s Who He Is

I have not seen or heard any of the Charlie Sheen interviews. I have only read about them and I have seen a lot of quotes.

I was struck by the thought that for a lot of the quotes, it was the person saying them that made them sound crazy. If a popular and charismatic person had said these things, they would be considered motivational or inspirational:

“That’s how I roll. And if it’s too gnarly for people, then buh-bye.”

“I have one speed, I have one gear: Go.”

“It’s perfect. It’s awesome. Every day is just filled with just wins. All we do is put wins in the record books. We win so radically in our underwear before our first cup of coffee, it’s scary. People say it’s lonely at the top, but I sure like the view.”

“I think the honesty not only shines through in my work, but also my personal life. And I get in trouble for being honest. I’m extremely old-fashioned. I’m a nobleman. I’m chivalrous.”

“I’m tired of pretending I’m not a total bitchin’ rock star from Mars, and people can’t figure me out; they can’t process me. I don’t expect them to.”

“They could have fleeced the sheep a thousand times, but they chose to skin it once.”

“I don’t live in the middle anymore. That’s where you get embarrassed in front of the prom queen.”

“I’m not taking it. I had to pay for it.”

“I am grandiose. Because I live a grandiose life.”

“Shut up. Stop. Move forward.”

Even the tiger’s blood analogy would be taken differently if it had been said by someone influenced by eastern philosophies.

More Admire The Most Admired Company

It is official. My Fortune Magazine (European Edition) announced it in their April 25th, 2011 edition.

Fortune did an on-line poll comparing the Most Admired Company (Apple) with the second ranked company (Google) and the results show that more people admire Apple. This is really big news. I know because this news is featured in the section with the highlights of the Fortune.com site.

The Truth Is In The Middle

I love the cynicism in the San Jose Mercury Newscoverage of the FCC decision that AT&T and Verizon must allow smaller carriers to use their data networks.

It labeled the reactions the two carriers and consumer activist groups as predictable. As expected, the big telecoms said that it was a defeat for consumers and true competition while the consumer activist groups claimed a victory for consumers and competition. If the truth lies somewhere in the middle, consumers have not gained or lost anything, competition remains unchanged and the FCC has succeeded in adjusting the legislative landscape to account for the increasing importance of data.