Monday Morning Momentum™
When I was growing up in Milwaukee
One day I said to my father, “Dad this guy is nuts. He’s always yelling!” And my father said to me, “David, he’s a good businessman.”
My dad was right: Dad
could see American TV’s business growing quickly. Mattioli did more than yell. Crazy TV Lenny found a way to draw people into
his business. In fact, Mattioli took the
original store and turned it into a chain of fifteen electronics superstores in
I met Bill Zito when I was in high school, the summer before
we both left Milwaukee for Yale University.
So, I asked him: “What’s Cecil Cooper like?”
Bill said: “Excellent guy.”
“How about Paul Molitor?”
“And what about Robin Yount?”
And this is how the conversation went as I talked to Bill about half the roster. I was surprised that everyone was an “excellent” guy. We have all heard so much in the news about professional ballplayers; I thought at least someone would not be so great. But in Bill’s eyes, everyone I asked about was an excellent or a super-excellent guy. Bill knew something about talent: He is now a sports agent with forty professional hockey players on his roster.
Twenty years ago in New York City Preston is now a Managing Director for Warner Brothers Consumer Products in Australia and New Zealand, after stints with HBO Home Video, MTV, and Disney.
Preston is now a Managing Director for Warner Brothers Consumer Products in Australia and New Zealand, after stints with HBO Home Video, MTV, and Disney.
A lesson learned: Find the treasures
I remember these stories because they are woven together in a lesson that has stuck with me over the past two decades: When you look for the good, and when you expect the good, you find the good. When you want to learn something new, there’s a treasure to be found.
I learned that it’s easy to be a critic. You can find fault with anything. The challenge is to sift through life looking for brilliance, opportunities, and lessons to be learned.
So, this week observe yourself assessing the day-to-day events of your life, and the people you encounter. What do you say to yourself about them? What do you say to others?
Then, here’s the big question. When you make these comments publicly or privately, ask yourself: “What am I learning right now?” Do my comments and observations help me understand why someone is successful, why a business grows, and how a product sells?”
You will likely discover that your quick criticisms seldom lead you anywhere; they close the doors of your curiosity and creativity. Your life will remain as it is.
But when you tune your mind to look for the hidden treasures in life, you will discover lessons that you can apply to your own goals and dreams. You will advance your life.
Be a treasure hunter in life; the rewards are great.
2009 David J. Pollay
2009 David J. Pollay
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David J. Pollay is the creator of The Law of the Garbage Truck™. He is a syndicated columnist with the North Star Writers Group, creator and host of The Happiness Answer™ television program, and an internationally sought after speaker. David’s book, The Law of the Garbage Truck™, is due out this summer. You can find out about the No Garbage Trucks! mission at www.bewareofgarbagetrucks.com.
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