Fake Busy

November 10, 2005

I could get into a deep philosophical rant about how our achievement oriented society has people brainwashed into believing that they need to appear busy at work if they want to be successful. Instead, I will let this entertaining television advertisement say it all. Click here to enjoy the video

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Whose Goal is it Anyway?

September 14, 2005

One of the problems with goals is that they are often not your own. According to our Goalaholic survey, nearly 50% of the population believes that they are living their lives in a way that satisfies others (friends, family, co-workers) more than it satisfies them.

And sometimes parents are to blame. Most parents only want the best for their children. They want them to have what they didn’t. And they believe that they know what is best for their them. But sometimes striving for your children to have the best only stops them from achieving greatness in their own way.

A powerful illustration of this point is a video clip from the award wining film “Who the Hell is Bobby Roos?.” This movie is based on the life of Roger Kabler who is an actor, leading celebrity impressionist, and former star of NBC’s “Rhythm and Blues”. This is the story of a man who could be anything…but himself. In this scene, Bobby Roos (played by Roger Kabler) confronts his father (played by his real father) about the pressures of achieving his goals. This interaction is completely improvised…and real.

Click here to view the PG version (2 minutes)

Click here to view the R-rated version (3 minutes — very strong language)

P.S. Although this in the “fun” blog category, I find this to be anything but…

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What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

September 7, 2005

Paula Poundstone, the great comedian, has a hilarious perspective on adults trying to figure out what they want to be when they grow up. This fits nicely with the Goal-Free Living concept

Click here to view the 45 second video from her HBO special.

Be sure to check out Paula’s website, PaulaPoundstone.com

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A Fishy Tale

July 25, 2005

Here is a well-known story that humorously illustrates why goal-chasing can stop you from enjoying the life you want…now.

An American businessman was at a pier in a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow-fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied only a little while.

The American then asked why didn’t he stay out longer and catch more fish?

The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.

The American then asked the Mexican how he spent the rest of his time.

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos. I have a full and busy life, senor.”

The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and, with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat. With the proceeds from the bigger boat, you could buy several boats, eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution.

“You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But senor, how long will this all take?”

To which the American replied, “15-20 years.”

“But what then, senor?” asked the Mexican.

The American laughed, and said, “That’s the best part! When the time is right, you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public. You’ll become very rich, you
would make millions!”

“Millions, senor?” replied the Mexican. “Then what?”

The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”

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