This week I'm featuring a photo mash-up of two unlikely related souls from the past....One inspired others through his words and conviction, and the other was the recipient of those words, and used those words as their own conviction to channel their own successes.
First up is our 26th President of the United States, Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt (October 27, 1858 - January 6, 1919). He was known for many inspirational speeches and quotes, but only one of those quotes deeply resonated with our persona to follow.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Robert Craig Knievel, better known as the daredevil Evel Knievel (October 17, 1938 – November 30, 2007), paraphrased Teddy's original quote when talking about his own ambitions. He also acknowledged Teddy as the source of his quote, which is admirable in a world filled with plagiarism and people who try to take credit for something they did not create. Evel Knievel used the words to solidify his own personal convictions, inspire his fans (and future daredevils) and to quiet the critics who questioned his crazy death-defying stunts.
"It is better to take a chance in life to win a victory or suffer defeat even though scarred by failure ... than to live in the shadow of life as some do never knowing a victory or defeat because they have not the guts to try either!"
They both grew up with adversity in life but obviously needed a determined and inspired spirit to achieve their great accomplishments. Who are you inspired by? What gives you inspiration to tackle problems that may have high risk of failure?
Do you strive to inspire others from your own accomplishments and the failures received along the way to get there? Or are you a naysayer...one who questions others for what they try to do..and never attempt a significant or seemingly unobtainable achievement that may result in glorious victory or bitter defeat?
"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."
Wal-Mart is running a progressive and innovative campaign
called "Get On The Shelf".
They have contestants
submitting new products
that get reviewed by Wal-Mart lead buyers
and if lucky enough, move on to become finalists
. Those finalists get the chance to be voted
by the American, Wal-Mart public, online to "Get On the Shelf".
They are running 5 webisodes, where the individual or business entrants products are broken down into the following categories 1) Living Better 2) Around the House 3) Kid Stuff 4) Great Gadgets and lastly 5) Made in America.
Right now, you can cast your vote for the first webisode "Living Better" finalists (watch below)
...next week is 2) Around the House and so on.
On a closer look, Wal-mart
seems to have gently, or not so gently, borrowed an early Everyday Edison (E.E.) casting call premise
that put inventors
in front of large retail buyers
to pitch their product. In the E. E. model, attending big box buyers would let the honchos at E. E. know which new product pitches they had interest in possibly selling. This interest
triggered Everyday Edison's to make a licensing deal
with the inventor to further develop the product and to hopefully get market ready to sell to the retailer.
This was basically Darwinism
for new product ideas, where only the strongest new product ideas w
ould survive by buyer interest
and the shunned weaker ones
would be left to wither on the vine (no interest for development). With the buyer liking the product
and a licensing company to help develop it, the product was being pushed farther down the road to hopeful retail life.
But there was still a question
if consumers actually liked the product
and would buy it or not
in the past have typically shied away from wanting to deal directly with inventors
and new product innovators
and sometimes have relied on licensing companies
to do the job of weaning out the weak, weird and undesirable
new product ideas. But with Wal-Mart experimenting with direct requests for consumer innovations, it could eventually cut out Licensing companies such as Everyday Edison's. We now have the retailer dealing directly with the innovator. And now the burden shifts mainly on the individual or small business innovator to get their product market ready so it can be sold in the store. Wally World
, an admitted low price leader, aims to sell the least expensive product
for their consumers...and wholesale prices on these newly brought in products would not reflect any royalty add-on
(commonly a split between the licensing company and inventor). They're effectively bringing in non-licensed product
and keeping their vendor's wholesale prices
as low as possible
, which keeps their retail prices
as low as possible
. So, I can understand their reasoning
for this innovation experiment. Then, for this campaign, they let the buying public
decide which product they deem best, thereby reducing the unknown consumer purchase risk
to help it have the best chance of an extended life
on store shelves.
There is one huge upside
for winning this"Get On The Shelf"
contest. Many a company have become overnight successes
through the opportunity to sell product
into a store with such high consumer buying power
. For those of you looking to capitalize on this, sorry, but it is too late to submit your products for consideration. But you can be an armchair consumer and cast your vote for your favorite finalists, and possibly help get their products to "Get On The Shelf"!Check it our for yourself at: https://getontheshelf.walmart.com/
is running a weak
marketing ploy called "30 Days Of Change"
...They are going to be unveiling
a new Yahoo logo
at the end of this miserable branding mistake
. They'll be showcasing 29 weak logos
that their designers
worked on. But instead of these 29 logos ending up
on the cutting room floor
(where they should remain), they each get to shine
for one unglorious day
in front of the unimpressed world
. And because they are technically rejects
, it will create confusion
and alienate users
even more. Instead of going with a clean cut-the-cord
style plan (out with the old, in with the new), they are extremely diluting
their original brand
during this slow and painful process
of logo change.If you click on this link, you can see the progression of their logo "throw aways" up until this point
The so called "big reveal" of the 30th and final new logo comes on September 5th...Mark this on your Google Calender to not check it out, so you won't be disappointed!
With it being the 4th of July
, it seems somewhat patriotic
to be blogging about past Secretary of Defenses
or the funniest member of Three Stooges
...not the greatest segueway
, but it's gonna have to do... Donald Rumsfeld
, a two-time Secretary of Defense, has led a particularly polarizing life
.. with his involvement in pushing the United States of A into war with Iraq, along with his running of G.D. Searle and Co
, as their CEO
...The latter was the company that politically and questionably shoehorned
getting the artificial sweetener Aspartame approved by the F.D.A
. back in the 70's. We can thank him for indirectly allowing the syrupy
and chemically tasting
drink known as Diet Coke
, to become a staple now for millions and millions
of people worldwide.
He's now making the rounds
on the media circuit (circus)
to promote his new book
entitled: Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life
. It's a book chock full
of quotes that he's been accumulating in his strategic head over his iron-fisted
and no holds barred
A few of his rules sound
kind of like something Frank Caliendo
the comedian would have said while impersonating George W. Bush
or quite possibly, even Curly Howard
of The Three Stooges
Try saying the following quotes
in your head using either the late Curly Howard's voice
, Frank Caliendo's voice doing George W.
or the actual Donald Rumsfeld
one and try to figure out
who actually said it:
A) "A penny saved, is one cent. Or in spanish...cent-a-vo"
B) "‘I stand by what I meant"
C) "I must bring-if-icate"
D) "I'm trying to think but nothing happens!"
E) “I’m not into this detail stuff. I’m more concept-y.”
F) "I knew it was coming, but I didn't expect it"
(see answers below)
Back to Rumsfeld's book: Love him
or hate him
, hate him
or love him
, but one of his rules in the book
is great to live by if you're in any form of business: “If you are working from your inbox, you are working on other people’s priorities". A successful business person creates tasks, requests help or information
, partners with others
by creating and sending e-mails that stimulate action
from the person they are sending it to. But successful business communication
needs to be a good flowing
two-way street, like patriotic red blood
coursing back and forth through ones' bluish veins
... You can't just ignore the e-mails coming back to your inbox...just focus more of your time on creating and sending e-mails that stimulate action! Quiz Quote Answers: A, C, F) Frank Caliendo doing George W.
B, E) Donald Rumsfeld
D) Curly Howard (hear the sound byte - http://www.hark.com/clips/pbqrsvclsj-im-trying-to-think-but-nothing-happens)
is the first office supply retailer
to start offering 3D printers
for sale to consumers
...the model offered is a 2nd gen Cube 3D printer,
available in iPod like colors (see pic). It sells
for a George Washington under $1300
, and right now has free shipping. Some cool features include ability to print in a choices of 16 self-proclaimed "vibrant" colors, it comes with 25 designs and allows you to print plastic models in recyclable ABS or compostable PLA (
polylactic acid type that is biodegradable) in sizes up to 5.5" x 5.5" x 5.5"
(hence the Cube name).
It works right out of the box.
..and the Staples website
offers a handful of accessories
to fuel your new printing addiction
, once you get started. Check out the Cube 3D Printer more at: http://www.staples.com/Cube-3D-Printers/product_SS2044291
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
Here's a couple Boise State University related business links
Here's the First Half:
Today, Dr. Vincent Kituku of Kituku and Associates, gives a motivational business seminar called "Overcoming Buffaloes at Work and In Life". Dr. Kituku is known here locally for using his upbringing in Kenya and applying his learnings from his native culture to help people and businesses better themselves. There are two sessions, a morning one and an afternoon one.
Dr. Kituku has commissioned two former Bronco football players to speak at his uplifting event. Kellen Moore, now a quarterback on the Detroit LIons roster, is the keynote speaker and Doug Martin (a.k.a locally "The Muscle Hamster") of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is the guest speaker. But ya gotta be in Boise today to catch it!
For Moore ;) info, click on the link below:
For the Second Half:
Most people know Chris Petersen as "Coach Pete". As the current head coach of Boise State's football team, he has made a career out of winning (his 84-8 overall coaching record and 5-2 bowl record speaks for themself). He is the co-author of a new book entitled "Wise Beyond Your Field: How Creative Leaders Out Innovate to Out Perform." The other author is Nancy K. Napier "& The Gang"...Napier is a professor at the same college Coach Pete works.
From a newspaper book review, it sounds like Coach Pete and BSU is using innovative ways to help their players focus and to decrease boredom when educating and training the players. Expect to read about some principles that coach Pete drums into BSU's players in order to achieve excellence on a weekly and yearly basis!
Amazon's digital K (Kindle) version is only $2.99, less than the price of a polish dog at a chilly fall home opener...hardbacks run about $15 and can be bought at Amazon, Bronco stores or the BSU campus bookstore...
Here's a shout out to J.D. who turned 18 today! We love you and God Speed!
For you swimsuit edition fans, I'm an SLA Model, not a Sports Illustrated Model!
Savor this link below, a robotic challenge for inventors
Nabisco challenges inventors to come up with the best way to separate the cookie from the cream on a, what else, Oreo cookie...Jeanne Moos from CNN reports:
I'm partial to the one using an exacto blade extension arm to slice off the cream from the cookie, which is held on the mini-Ferris Wheel...it just kind of looks cooler and not over engineered like the others!