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Problem #2 with plants

Not like us Plants are strange and curious beings. They silently carry on growing about their business, wholly inscrutable. Obdurate. Aloof. To put it simply, plants are like aliens. They talk like aliens. They move like aliens. They think like aliens. Wait, didn’t we just say that plants are boring because they don’t talk, move or think? They don’t talk? …


Problem #1 with plants

Comatose Beauty What if Sleeping Beauty never woke up? Nobody would watch that film, no matter how attractive or talented the star actress might be. It would be boring. Let’s face it: plants are boring too, and in the same exact way that an eternally sleeping beauty is boring. You walk past a rose bush on your lunch break and …


Just a pretty face?

She’s been lying to you. She’s not who she appears to be. How well do you really know her? What’s the nature of your relationship? Are you lovers or just old friends? Intimate roommates or simply friendly neighbors? Well, no matter. It doesn’t change the truth. She has deceived you. Didn’t you always suspect she was hiding secrets behind that …


Pre Amble

“Think of the fierce energy concentrated in an acorn! You bury it in the ground, and it explodes into an oak! Bury a sheep, and nothing happens but decay.” — George Bernard Shaw  


A different shade of green

I was probably about seven or eight years old. My father stood at the door of a greenhouse full of Ilex. He stared straight ahead and asked me, “What color do you see?” “Green?” He nodded. “I see green, too.” He turned and looked me in the eye. “But I don’t see the same green you see. I see dollar-bill-green.” He took …


Turn it up

From the book “That Ain’t No Deal!” by Charlie Parkerson: Can you control the energy level in your business or organization? Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just dial up the passion and enthusiasm? Well, guess what? You can. Okay, maybe you don’t have direct control over every other person on your team, but you do have total control over yourself. …


Speak up

From the book “That Ain’t No Deal!” by Charlie Parkerson: “Well done is better than well said.” —Benjamin Franklin Highly upward people are more likely to DO than to TALK about doing, but they don’t ignore their responsibility to speak up when the time is right. As we have seen in the other “ups,” everything you do shows others what you value …


Study up

From the book “That Ain’t No Deal!” by Charlie Parkerson: Simply showing up may be enough to squeak by, but you don’t want to do the minimum. You need to show up ready. As the Boy Scouts say, “Be prepared.” It’s not easy to plan ahead, to prepare, to study. It’s not easy to concentrate, but anybody can do it. In college …


Look up

From the book, “That Ain’t No Deal!” by Charlie Parkerson: You can only go where your eyes lead you, so look up! All the time, I see people with their heads down. They’re looking at the floor, their feet, their iPhones. They’ve withdrawn from the world. You’ve got to pick your head up! When you do, you’ll find your physical posture …


7 Habits of Highly Upward People

From the book, “That Ain’t No Deal!” by Charlie Parkerson: Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda How’s that for a catchy name? Charles Grigg launched a new soft drink by that name in 1929, just two weeks before Wall Street’s “Black Tuesday” crash sparked the Great Depression. Sure sounds like the drink was doomed to failure, doesn’t it? But it’s where you go …


How do you respond?

From the book, “That Ain’t No Deal!” by Charlie Parkerson I’m blessed to have five [now six!] grandkids living next door, and I’ve gotten a kick out of teaching them how to do things—really important things—like how to ride a bike and how to play cards. Maybe fun and games don’t strike you as important life skills, but I see ’em …


Everything is a choice

From the book, “That Ain’t No Deal!” by Charlie Parkerson: I reckon there are two types of people: those who cry and complain about what they “have to do,” and those who simply roll up their sleeves and get busy doing what they “choose to do.” I’ve got no patience for folks who complain about their job, their boss, their customers, …