Quote of the Day
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Genius and Mediocrity
21.10.2011 § 1 Comment
Merriam Webster listed a new trend word after Oct 6, 2011: “Mercurial” it says:
Many reports on the death of Steve Jobs – a man known for exceptionally high standards and an unconventional approach to business – described him as mercurial.
Mercurial means “characterized by rapid and unpredictable changes of mood.” It can be used to mean “temperamental” or “volatile,” but also suggests versatility.
It must not have been easy to keep up with Steve Jobs. He was a genius. « Read the rest of this entry »
20.10.2011 § 2 Comments
Stanford Commencement Address
The recent outpouring of grief dedicated to a business leader demonstrates that the admiration of celebrities has diversified over time. Say 50 years ago, weren’t singers and movie stars the ones who had fans? Later, there were sports figures, and now anyone can have fans: a princess, a politician or a businessman. It is all about publicity. Jobs appeared frequently in front of the press, developers and the public in general to introduce new products and expound upon his vision for the future. He became a public personality who followed his dream, the combination of whose talent and story became an icon to many people worldwide.
The commencement speech Steve Jobs gave at Stanford in 2005 is worth publishing in many places to inspire all of us. I will just quote some of it here: « Read the rest of this entry »
The Last Samurai
29.09.2011 § Leave a comment
The movie The Last Samurai staring Tom Cruise in 2003 was an idealistic, epic style portrayal of the samurai movie, though it did not touch me much. A Japanese film critic thought The Last Samurai gave a “storybook” portrayal of the samurai, saying, “Our image of samurai are that they were more corrupt.” To me, the epic was depicted in such a Hollywood style naiveté, such a glamorous way that it felt like a fairytale. I suppose neither the director nor the producer were interested in what really happened to the last samurai; it was just good material for them to use to develop an epic style movie. « Read the rest of this entry »
Why Not Have Fun?
10.06.2011 § Leave a comment
Our shipping clerk invited me to see his work station as soon as I came back from a long trip on Monday. I was busy getting caught up, and he invited me again the second day. Funny that his station is only 15 steps away from my office but I did not get a chance to take a look at it until this morning, Friday. He used our pattern Caress to cover his table top and carved out the Puma logo on the lower right side. He upholstered his drawer also. How fun. He likes fashion. « Read the rest of this entry »
24.05.2011 § Leave a comment
I sometimes compare notes with a friend of mine who is a successful business man. He told me about one of his employees one day. He said:
I was talking to a newly hired employee who has great skill in what he does. I told him that he can be groomed to advance himself in his work and that I would like to present him with more challenges as a part of the training process. « Read the rest of this entry »
Maple and Koi
28.04.2011 § Leave a comment
Remembering “Maple Fall”
Last autumn was long. Usually Chicago has about two weeks of spring or fall before summer or winter starts. Last autumn was long enough for the maple leaves to turn brilliantly red. I planted a few maple trees in my yard years ago but failed; they turn yellow instead of red. Luckily, there are some beautiful maple trees in my neighborhood to enjoy. I used to stop and stare at the luminous orange leaves for a long time in the alley on my way home. « Read the rest of this entry »
Love and Business
21.11.2010 § 1 Comment
The Law of Impermanence
Sometimes I hear people say that a business is “established”, and somehow this implies that the main work is done and the business owner can now relax and enjoy the fruit of his or her labor. « Read the rest of this entry »