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The Myth of Well-Roundedness and Other Random Thoughts

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A few random-ish thoughts that could possibly be of use in running your business (or living your life):

  • Just about everything you learned in school about life is wrong, but the wrongest thing might very well be this: Being well-rounded is the secret to success. (Lesson: Do what you love. Hand off the rest. Or as much of the rest as possible, anyway.)
  • Dietary lesson: Guilt makes things taste worse. A feeling of virtue makes things taste better. Unless you overdo virtue — in which case, the opposite applies and guilt tastes delicious.
  • At the gym, for some reason, I excel at two machines — the abductor and the adductor. (The machine where you squeeze your legs together and the other where you push them apart.) On each machine, I can lift the whole stack 20 to 25 times. Why this machine? Why not bench presses? Why not pull-ups? This odd proficiency got me thinking that sometimes people’s talents may not be obvious or immediately classifiable. But they are there and, given time and opportunity, they will reveal themselves.
  • Quote from the late David Bowie, explaining why he hadn’t put out a record in so many years before 2013’s The Next Day. He wanted to wait until he had “something to say instead of something to sell.”
  • Wrapping up on a similarly musical note from Radiohead’s Thom Yorke: “I think what makes people ill a lot of the time is the belief that your thoughts are concrete and that you’re responsible for your thoughts. Whereas actually — the way I see it — your thoughts are what the wind blows through your mind.” Lesson: Don’t obsess about what’s banging around in your head; let the winds blow.

This article was originally published in May 2013.

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The Myth of Well-Roundedness and Other Random Thoughts

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A few random-ish thoughts that could possibly be of use in running your business (or living your life):

  • Just about everything you learned in school about life is wrong, but the wrongest thing might very well be this: Being well-rounded is the secret to success. (Lesson: Do what you love. Hand off the rest. Or as much of the rest as possible, anyway.)
  • Dietary lesson: Guilt makes things taste worse. A feeling of virtue makes things taste better. Unless you overdo virtue — in which case, the opposite applies and guilt tastes delicious.
  • At the gym, for some reason, I excel at two machines — the abductor and the adductor. (The machine where you squeeze your legs together and the other where you push them apart.) On each machine, I can lift the whole stack 20 to 25 times. Why this machine? Why not bench presses? Why not pull-ups? This odd proficiency got me thinking that sometimes people’s talents may not be obvious or immediately classifiable. But they are there and, given time and opportunity, they will reveal themselves.
  • Quote from the late David Bowie, explaining why he hadn’t put out a record in so many years before 2013’s The Next Day. He wanted to wait until he had “something to say instead of something to sell.”
  • Wrapping up on a similarly musical note from Radiohead’s Thom Yorke: “I think what makes people ill a lot of the time is the belief that your thoughts are concrete and that you’re responsible for your thoughts. Whereas actually — the way I see it — your thoughts are what the wind blows through your mind.” Lesson: Don’t obsess about what’s banging around in your head; let the winds blow.

This article was originally published in May 2013.

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Moving Up — Not Out — with Wilkerson

Trish Parks has always wanted to be in the jewelry business and that passion has fueled her success. The original Corinth Jewelers opened in the Mississippi town of the same name in 2007. This year, Parks moved her business from its original strip mall location to a 10,000-square foot standalone store. To make room for fresh, new merchandise, she asked Wilkerson to organize a moving sale. “What I remember most about the sale is the outpouring excitement and appreciation from our customers,” says Parks. Would she recommend Wilkerson to other jewelers? “I would recommend Wilkerson because they came in, did what they were supposed to and made us all comfortable. And we met our goals.”

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