Growing up my Dad taught me how to throw a ball. We’d play catch just about every night when he got home from work. And as a result, thankfully, I don’t understand what I saw yesterday in the dog park at Washington Square. A seemingly physically fit guy was holding a two foot blue plastic wand with a claw on the end of it. This claw was being used to pick up a ball and then throw it for this guy’s dog to fetch. I watched for a few throws to see if I was missing something. Was the wand inserting a treat into the ball? Providing a scent that made the ball irresistible to the dog? After a few throws I realized that the wand was just for convenience and made a note to look it up when I got home to see what kind of marketing genius convinced a grown man that he needed assistance throwing a ball for his dog to fetch.
“The Chuckit! Ball Launcher: Throw farther, faster, and never bend down to pick up a slimy ball again. Durable plastic wand firmly grasps a tennis ball then releases it as you swing. With practice, you can consistently throw the ball 100 to 140 feet.”
In the words of ESPN announcers everywhere: “C’Mon Man!”Tweet
Punctuality is one of the least talked about victims of our instantly connected world. The death of proper grammar has been bemoaned for years as the shorthand of tweens texting has now moved onto Twitter. The decline of face to face conversation have been documented and mourned as people now prefer to sit at a dinner table and tweet about the people they’re with instead of being with the people they’re with. But the decline and deprioritization of punctuality is the silent victim that I, and anyone else operating on Hustle Standard Time, are most acutely aware of…. read more HERETweet
Did you watch the KONY2012 video, get mad, and then share it online a few weeks ago? Did you read the reports about Trayvon Martin and then feel a similar level of outrage and share it online this week?
I woke up this morning and poured my first cup of coffee and came across two articles that gave me pause. The first a terrific read in The Atlantic about the “White Savior Industrial Complex” and how it is the fastest growing trend in the privileged communities in America. (Yes I am talking to all of us that made sure to get a picture of us with some cute kids in a third world country and use it as a Facebook Profile picture.) Taking aim at KONY2012, Nick Kristof, and Oprah, it is worth taking some time to read through this eloquent rant about the convenient approach that we take towards going good, as opposed to the inconvenient work that it takes to make real change.
There is a lot in there to chew on and think about any kind of work that we believe in and want to see done abroad. But then, as I poured my second cup of coffee, I came across a piece reminding me that the killing of the young and the innocent isn’t just something that happens “over there.” The death of Trayvon Martin at the hands of an over zealous neighborhood watchman who thought he “looked suspicious” is a tragedy on a lot of levels. What is even more tragic is that this kind of stereotyping still happens in our country. But what is the worst is that the same people that got ramped up and mobilized about innocent kids being killed across the ocean have been pretty quiet about it happening in a suburban neighborhood in Florida.
I want to say that what KONY2012 has brought to light is a bigger story because it has been going on for years and that Trayvon Martin’s murder is an isolated incident. What I want to say is that Invisible Children (an awesome organization by the way) has been building their audience for years and that is why they were able to bring such a voice to KONY2012 and there wasn’t a group rallied to roll out the call for justice in the Trayvon Martin case. But I don’t think those ideas are actually what I want to say at all.
As I pour my third cup of coffee, I’m realizing what I found myself asking this morning about these two points of view is this: is it sexier and easier to think about a problem that is half way around the world than it is to think about and doing something about a problem that we all know exists right here at home?Tweet
When asked “when did you have the ‘ah-ha’ moment that set your success in motion?” very few entrepreneurs or professionals will answer, “while checking my email at the office.” In an informal survey yesterday, I asked ‘Where do you consistently do your best big thinking?’ The responses ranged from the shower, to the beach, to 30,000 feet in the air on a cross country flight. But one thing the responses all had this in common: the location was unplugged and away from the normal… Read more HERETweet