Don’t Waste Time Trying to be Something You’re Not

I heard Dave Matthews Band’s complex and powerful song Drunken Soldier the other day and was reminded yet again of the meaning we can find in great songs. Dave bills this song as a letter from a father to his children, and like most parental advice, it can be widely applied and practiced. The song plaintively begs “Don’t waste time trying to be something you’re not.” This could be the best advice given to both children and businesses. In order to successfully apply this wisdom, the first thing one must do is actually have some self-awareness. This in itself is…

Equanimity & Politics

Equanimity My dad died early this morning. Having to fight my normal urge to use sarcasm, humor, optimism and light-heartedness is almost as tough as sitting beside him, holding his hand and watching him slowly withdraw and diminish. Death is the great leveler: everyone eventually succumbs to the indignity of mortality. While it seems like all year long we’ve been immersed in discussions and considerations of death in a broad and impersonal way because of the pandemic, the dying of one particular individual blows all those vague and hypothetical conversations out of the water. Relationships are complex and people are…

It IS a Wonderful Life After All

Have you ever seen the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life? Set in the 1930s, the film is about protagonist George Bailey, who operates a small business when the Great Depression hits. And while all of the working class, small business owners, and ordinary folk panic and attempt to pull all their funds from banks, the antagonistic “Corporate Giant” Henry Potter keeps his cool, increases his spend, and effectively buys the town. Ouch. Still incredibly relevant today. Did you know that almost half of U.S. adults believe that reduced or no advertising from retail stores, banks or auto dealerships during a…