When stuck looking for a new solution to a persistent problem, look for a novel approach. Here’s an example of collegiate ingenuity.
BEER INDUCED CREATIVITY
The fraternity poker game participants were locked in mortal combat as Tom staggered into the dining room (a.k.a. the poker emporium). Tom was fresh from his self-described part-time job (6 hours of sitting at a nearby tavern letting patrons buy him drinks while he scooped loose change off the bar). He made a few boisterous comments and then disappeared as quickly as he came in. The poker game renewed its heated intensity. Everyone assumed Boston Tom was in dreamland hitting home runs over the Green Monster at his beloved Fenway Park. (more…)
We mentioned the research about contagious smiles a few weeks ago. Smiles, yawns, chuckles and laughs all seem to have a life of their own, moving like a virus among us. This little guy is great. We hope he doesn’t lose his sense of humor as an adult.
I bet you can’t watch this without at least cracking a smile.
Have you watched the hippo and dog singing and dancing to “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”? More from the grandkids. This one starts to please them from age 2 on, while the folks who grew up with the song start singing along too.
Have you had the pleasure of meeting Bernard the polar bear from BRB International yet? This is a favorite slapstick humor series of 5-year olds everywhere – and a lot of 50 year-olds. Probably especially my friend Greg.
I love stories when big risks garner big rewards. They brighten the spirit, inspire others and dramatize the “possibilities” of life. Some stories like Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak creating Apple in their garage are dramatic and impact society in significant ways. Others may be less significant but are still fun to share.
I am blessed with some colorful friends and fraternity brothers. One of them is Larry whom I’ll soon be sailing with in St. Lucia along with three other mighty sailing men. Besides being the single best story teller I’ve ever met, Larry lives life large and has an easy going philosophy of life.
Here’s a short tale that will give you some idea why he’s simply a joy to be around. If you like this one, don’t worry there are more.
You define the moment or the moment defines you. – Kevin Costner in Tin Cup
We all admire and respect the dreamers we run in to. Sometimes we can run into them in unusual ways and in unusual places. Sometimes their impact is profound and sometimes it is more subtle, but almost always it makes us pause and reflect about how a different perspective or vision can alter our world view.
I have a story from my college days that takes a lighthearted look at optimism in action. I hope you enjoy it.
STRETCH YOUR LIMITS
The real voyage of discovery consists not in making new landscapes but in having new eyes. -Marcel Proust
Have you watched Bremner, Bird & Fortune, the satirical British television program? [Wikipedia] Here is John Bird and John Fortune’s totally believable take on the investment banking community mindset and the subprime crisis.