It’s incredible how often I use this phrase. I can’t decide if it’s an excuse or if it’s something that speaks to a deeper principle or approach. There are so many facets to this little idea that I thought it would be fun to unpack them a little bit, and muse awhile on which meaning I am using most often.
…said everybody who has ever worn a suit and tie. It’s one of those ubiquitous phrases that gets thrown around to reference some hidden standard of “dealings” that we have all inadvertently ascribed to.
As a kid I used to avidly build model airplanes. I had this euphoric moment when I would open the box, all it’s aerodynamic pieces in perfect order, connected in a shapely grid by tiny, invisible joinery. Layered in perfect component parts.
Nothing is more contrary to the modern notion of success than “Ordinary”.
BE SOMEONE! DO SOMETHING! ACHIEVE!
Are phrases screamed in our ears every second from all directions. Ads, the shows we watch, the self-help books we read. They all make the grand claim that we can do better.
Someone needs to be fired for imagining that this statement ever deserves to be used, or written, or printed.
Ok, so maybe it’s the VP level of the company, but regardless there are so many completely counterintuitive things to take note of in this totally-worth-it 14 minute video on Balvenie Distillery. Here are some pretty radical things that I noticed about leadership and company culture in this business.
That’s a pretty popular and powerful word in the 21st century. It got a president or 2 elected, it inspired the Civil Rights movement, and it’s something I get way too much of at the Farmer’s Market (seriously, make those peas an even $2, I don’t need the 2 cents back for $1.98 peas).
Everything is about More. More is better. Even more, even better. It expands exponentially like we all wish our investment accounts would do. When we make the claim that we know more about “More” today than we ever have, this graph seems to perfectly capture it.