Releasing the Old, Attracting + Embracing the New

Monday, December 31, 2007

Letting Go of the outdated, Inviting In the untried

Old OUT, New IN

I was doing my New Year version of the Solstice Ritual described by Robert Wilkinson* – letting the Old stuff Out, and inviting, allowing, the New stuff IN.

Then a game began to unfold. Movement, dance, play. I move from Old to New.

From the bitterness of Lemon (old useless stuff I am releasing) to Lemonade (the invigorating New stuff I am attracting and bringing in).

I began to play at formulating a sequence of pairs – A (old) OUT, A’ (new) IN.

I started being fun ! So I decided to systematize - S for Systematic. P for Persistent. P for Playful. Before I knew it, I was going through the whole alphabet.

I tried to be real - to discover the words in each 'letter category' for an actual quality or item I am releasing. The same for concrete elements or traits I am intentionally attracting and nurturing. But the serious search for 'the word that touches' was accompanied by giggles.

More and more giggles. Unexpected giggles in a Serious Ritual of .... You know. E + B.

Here are the results.

On the left, the Old items or qualities I am letting go of.

On the right, the New items or qualities I am bringing In.

OLD Items – I Release /NEW Items I Attract

OUT You Go / Come IN


Awkward /Attractive

Bitterness /Bliss

Clumsy /Confident

Difficulty /Delight

Exhausted /Ecstatic

Frumpy /Feminine

Grating /Gentle

Hefty / Healthy

Heavy /Humorous

Intemperate / Inspirational

Indecisive / Intentional

Jumpy / Jubilant

Klutzy / Knock-out

Lumpy /Lithe

Mutinous / Merry

Nerdy / Neat

Ogre /Original

Ominous / Open

Pushy / Patient

Quarrelsome / Quick-witted

Rageful / Restful

Self-conscious / Self-expressed

Spiteful / Serene

Sorrowful /Svelte + Sinuous

Troubled /Tolerant

Uptight / Useful

Vain / Valued

Vehement /Vulnerable

Vengeful / Voluptuous

Weak / Warm

Withdrawn / Witty

X -- / X--

Yearning / Yummy

Yo Yo / Yogi

Zonked / Zippy


Well, my dears, there it is : my List on INs and OUTs.

I apologize for the sinuous right column - make of it what YOU will.

If you want to adopt my New Year game, and have a whole lot of fun yourself with this ritual, be my guest.

I admit, never before had I so much giggling and laughter as I marked and honored the ending of an old year, the beginning of another.

May we all generate much delight and merriment during 2008, attracting and generating Health, Wealth, and lots of Love in all its forms and varieties :-)

Dinnah Pladott


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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Greetings, everyone!

We have jingled bells last week, and are now getting our Playtime gear to celebrate New Year's Eve.

It occurred to me that we may return to an older, more ritualistic form of marking the ending of one cycle (the old year) and the beginning of a new one.

I am borrowing here the notes for the Astrological Blog of Robert Wilkinson, , "It's the Winter Solstice," 12.21.2006.

Robert, whose writing shine a beam of light as he comments on the upheavals, storms, spirals and twists of the last few years, celebrates that ritual around the Solstice.
I find, however, that such ritual has power whenever we use it - as long as we apply it to mark and honor the ending time, when we have to let old and no longer useful items go; and the beginning time, when we open to allow the new and untried element to enter.

I trust that doing this ritual will facilitate the transition from old to new, from the familiar to the unknown, and from the outdated to the experimental.

Try it, and see what happens.

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Robert Wilkinson's Solstice Ritual

This is not a very elaborate ritual, but it's very powerful in its simplicity.

First, I make a list of everything I want to leave my life in the coming year. Then I either find a disposable object associated with each thing (or person, or personal habit) I want to see leave, or I draw a picture that represents those things, people, or habits. Then I burn each individual picture in a fire, one at a time, while saying goodbye to each of those.

I also make a list of things I want to see come into my life in the coming year. I try to make it realistic, but also allow my imagination to bring forth what might be or could be, even if improbable. After all, it's supposed to be fun! I play with possibilities, and write them down, without getting hung up on specific forms. This is about content more than form. Then I draw pictures symbolizing those things, and burn them, one by one, in a fire, welcoming those things to come.

Over the years I've done this ritual, I find very often that every single thing I want to leave actually does leave. And, I usually see most if not all that I want to appear show up in the following year. Even when one or both lists falls short by a thing or two, overall I've seen great progress year after year. Dec 21 2006

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May the year 2008 be a year of Bliss and Abundance for us all!

May it also bring Peace and Prosperity to the world !

Dinnah Pladott

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Sunday, December 23, 2007


Reminder: Please forgive our appearance while we go through our


And may all your visions and dreams come true this New Year

Dinnah Pladott

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Please pardon our appearance while we are going through a reconstruction of the blog, Maximize Success.

We shall be back soon, with new features as well as new appearance.

Meantime, I want to share with you one pithy idea I took from a stimulating and scary and funny book, called Funky Business: Talent Makes Capital Dance by Kjell Nordström and Jonas Ridderstråle of the Stockholm School of Economics:

"[In this environment ] Traditional roles, jobs, skills, ways of doing things, insights, strategies, aspirations, fears, and expectations no longer count. In this environment, we cannot have business as usual. We need business as unusual. We need different business. We need innovative business. We need unpredictable business. We need surprising business. We need funky business."

Have a wonderful, funky business day!

Dinnah Pladott

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

FREE GIFT - Discipline 4 The Law of Attraction

Hello everyone,

Those of you who know me, are familiar with my belief:
to benefit from the Law of Attraction, you must develop
a number of structures, or Habits.

That requires discipline.

Some of you are already wrinkling your nose.

Well, here is another opportunity - freely provided - to
strengthen your discipline-following muscle.

It is called, not surprisingly, Blisscipline.

Check it out at

It will test your patience and persistence.

But if you persevere, the rewards are enormous.

Let me know if you try it.

Share your experience, insights and 'WINs'.

Then, I will tell you some of mine.

Blessings and Bliss be upon you !

Dinnah Pladott

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Saturday, November 3, 2007


The bottom line in Building a Healthy Financial Foundation has been all but obstructed by all the rosy cotton-candy hype surrounding the Law of Attraction.

There is really ONE (1) basic or foundational habit that you must master. That is, you must master one habit if you really want to enjoy financial health: KNOW YOUR NUMBERS!


1.Track all your expenses and income, daily.

2.Track all your assets and liabilities, weekly.

3.Track your investment portfolio, weekly.

Start this habit early – when you have little or no money, and little or zero investments and assets.

Continue practicing this habit as your wealth increases.

Making money is not difficult. Keeping your wealth from flying out of your life is the big Challenge.


A.Know and track the APR you are paying on your credit cards.

Unaware of the nature or number of APR? Learn all about it

B.Know what this APR costs you for every $100.- you borrow or charge.

C.Know what Compound Interest is, and how it works when you borrow or charge $$..

If you have no clue about Compound Interest, go here:

D.Know how much you need to pay every month (beyond the Minimum Payment) in

order to prevent your CC debt from mushrooming out of control.


1. Know how Compound Interest can work for you, when you bank your money

The more you understand these numbers and how they work, the more you will see

where your money gets a better return.

A higher APR AND a better Compound Interest can make a big $$$ difference. (Compounded weekly ? Monthly ? Quarterly?

Not All Compound Interest rates are created equal).

2.Know the strengths and the weaknesses of various ‘parking’ options for your money:

Certificate of Deposits (CDs) and Money Market Accounts (MMs).

Understand the value and the shortcoming of the liquidity of one,

the higher rates of the other,

and the way each specific offer provides its own Compound Interest formula.

Overwhelmed by all these numbers and terms? Start learning.

Step by Step.


Listen to the cautionary tale of a rock star – one that luckily ended well.

In the Sunday, October 28 2007 Business Section, Duff McKagan,

currently of the Velvet Revolver rock band,

remembers back to his Guns N’ Roses heady days in the 1980’s;

when “torrents of money streamed into his wallet from multiplatinum albums”.

He had, he says, little interest in tracking his cash,

a lack of interest that grew out of ignorance: “we knew nothing about money.”

Only after losing wads of cash, did Mr. McKagan make a wise decision:

‘he gave up partying and went back to school to study business.’

Today, the reporter, Janet Morrissey tells us, “Mr. McKagan, 43,

tightly monitors the finances of his current band, Velvet Revolver.”

Be smart; start learning all about money and numbers NOW.

Have the solid foundations ready for the Law of Attraction to fill your coffers.

Warm Regards

Dinnah Pladott

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Developing Financial Foundations 4 Success to Benefit from The Law of Attraction. I. Tracking Your Money

Hello, everyone.

Sorry, there was an html mistake in yesterday's blog, which made registration to the teleclass more difficult.

Best ways to register for the FREE teleclass are:

I. Go to go to, and search for class #9766-1.


2. Send an email to, and include in the Subject Line 'class # 9766-1.'

So, it would look like this:
SUBJECT: Class #9766-1

To recap:

Class Title: Developing Financial Foundations 4 Success to Benefit from The Law of Attraction. I. Tracking Your Money
Dates/Times: Four non-consecutive Wednesdays, September 19,26, October 10, 31, 2007,
8-9PM Eastern/NY time.

Hurry up and register. Space is limited.

I look forward to 'seeing' you all on the calls.

Dinnah G. Pladott

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

9766. Developing Financial Foundations 4 Success to Benefit from The Law of Attraction. I. Tracking Your Money (TeleClass)
Section: 1

Following my last post, I decided to Give Away a gift to those who would like to build a financial foundation, in the form of a FREE teleclass.

To see the details of this class on, search for Class #9766-1.

You can also register via email, by emailing to, with the following details:

This class is given on four non-consecutive Wednesdays, September 19,26, October 10, 31, 2007, 8-9:00 PM Eastern/NY.


So, what are you waiting for ? Register NOW.

I look forward to 'seeing' you there.

Dinnah Pladott

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Sunday, June 24, 2007


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This is the first post in a series, covering the steps and stops along the continuum 'Making money, Tracking money, Saving money.....Creating wealth'
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It is a well kept secret that basic money management skills are essential if you want to achieve any of your financial goals.

These skill must become ‘habits’ – something you use naturally, consistently and systematically. Like you brush your teeth in the morning. No exception, no excuse.

The list below may look ‘basic’ – and these skills or habits are, indeed, basic.

But in my experience as an individual person, and as a coach, they have to be re-learned and re-absorbed each time we move ‘up’ a grade.

In each successive ‘higher level’, these habits have to be newly embraced, and applied afresh to the new situation and the new challenges.

If you do not turn these skills into 'habits,' or 'second nature, ' you will NOT be able to meet your higher-level financial goals successfully.

Here are my choices for the Top Ten:

1.Develop and Keep Records of all your assets and all your liabilities (debt).

2.Balance weekly both your checkbook and your account(s)..

3.Check your Expenses/Income ratio, by tracking you daily expenses for a whole month.
Keep a record.

4.Priroritize the expenses you tracked as “HIGH”, “Medium,” and “LOW” priority. Keep a record of that list.

5.If your Expenses exceed your Income, or if you are in debt above Five Thousand Dollars ($5000.-), develop a Repayment Schedule and an Expense Budgeting Plan. The time-duration of the Budgeting Plan depends on the extent of your debt, or on the extent of the gap between your expenses and your income. For each successive Higher Level you go to, raise the sum of money by adding a 0.

6.Budgeting Plan: Reduce your expenses by cutting out lower-order priority expenses, starting with the lowest priority.

You cut out first all “low priority” expenses on a monthly basis. If necessary, you cut out “medium priority” expenses for as long as it is necessary to balance your Income/Expenses ration, and to pay your debt.

6.ALERT: One of your High Priority expenses is paying the Minimum Payment on all Credit Cards. Each Past Due payment gets reported to the credit bureaus, and damages your Credit Rating.

7.Paying down your Credit Card debt, or your other loans, is a High Priority expense. Making substantial payment to bring your debt amount down must come BEFORE any “medium” or “low” priority expenses.

8.If you have substantial credit card debt (your expenses exceed your income), carry only ONE credit card in your wallet.

All other credit cards should be placed in a locked box that you cannot access easily.

9.Do NOT cut out or cancel credit cards indiscriminately.

KEEP your two oldest credit cards, even if they are in the locked box.

The fact that you carry credit cards over a long time adds to your credit score.

10.Become informed about APR – the annual percentage interest rate. .

Check what each credit card is charging you. If you are to cancel any, the Higher interest rate cards should be canceled before the Lower interest rate ones.

Does the thought of practicing any of these habits make you groan ‘boring, b-ooo-o-ring?

Well, get over it.
Consider the fact that in order to build a strong building, a strong foundation must be put in place.

These ten habits are the foundation for your capacity to achieve financial success.
Isn’t it worth it to be bored for a while ?

Let me know how you are doing in implementing these habits!

Dinnah G. Pladott

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Friday, March 9, 2007


Part 5


You can see how excited I get just remembering these two very inventive, very UNUSUAL productions.

But you see, Gelb might not have been able to convince his board to go with the irreverent changes and inventions, had they not all been aware of the ‘dire future for operaa’ consensus.

So I am going to end where I begun – with the question ‘how will the slump in the DVD market affect the culture in the US’ ?

People from Europe often blame the Americans for being ‘all about business.’

I do not agree. I have the greatest respect for ‘Yankee ingenuity.’

I also remember that this is the land of the Melting Pot. Where immigrants from many disparate countries keep coming in, and beginning to contribute to the mix.

I am calling upon anyone and everyone who is interested first, in maintaining a robust and divers mix of cultures. And Second, in maintaining a robust business building culture. Give us your innovative, creative ideas and suggestions.

How can we provide distribution to such foreign, excellent films as those of HONG SANG SOO? How can we suggest new business models to those interested in making culture, in general, and foreign movies in particular, as attractive and as popular as pop corn ? (Well, that IS a stretch. But as popular as whole wheat bread???)


Business can learn from the arts – the examples are too numerous to mention. Whether you learn to develop new models for team work and for leadership, or you adopt new types of communication and even social ethics, to make your business and product attractive to your customers..

The arts can learn from business to ‘market’ themselves to wider audiences not by ‘dumbing down’ but by being inventive, as Mr. Gelb is demonstrating.

Above all , I would remind us all to heed Roosevelt’s famous saying:

We Have Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself.

When we are steeped in fear, creativity shrivels.


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Thursday, March 8, 2007


Part 4



I was personally in attendance both for the celebrated SEASON'S Opening, the Season Opera Madame Butterfly , directed by the film director, Anthony Minghella.

It was a feast for the eye, as well as for the ear.

It was a dance performance (with traditional Japanese dance elements, costumes and props).

It was a theatrical performance, with the singers giving time and attention to slight facial expression changes, slight movements of head and hand, to details of voice intonation in speech, as well as in the singing.

Paradoxically, the very strong use of Japanese elements – such as kabuki theatre movements and makeup, puppets, and traditional clothing - made this production much more modern and immediate. .

I also attended the performance of Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute, directed by the talented theatre director Julie Taymor. Who is famous, of course, for her direction of The Lion King on Broadway.
How ‘popular’ can you get ?

I love her work, by the way, and for me, ‘popular art’ is NOT a derogatory term.

Moreover, using these elements from the popular forms is part of the ingenius as well as Genius Marketing Vision of Gelb – reaching out in different ways to the Young Audience, in order to cultivate and build the future audience for the Metropolitan Opera in New York in particular, but also for Opera in general.

In a thoughtful and inventive attempt to make the opera more accessible to people who are not used to this art form, the Magic Flute was sung in English.

And it was cut to a shorter 100 minute length, as a special draw for kids ranging from 8 to 18 (from what I observed during that matinee performance on a Saturday afternoon) – the audience of the future.

Remember, we are talking about the people of the sound byte. The people of the instant messenger and text messaging. The people of Short is sweet.

It was also a colorful, delightful fiesta - a public celebration of music, dance, sight, sound, and more.

There was true magic in Taymor’s weaving together of old and new elements: incredibly modern and symbolic use of revolving sets, and old style Dancing bears, flying birds, and even a giant serpent.
The clowns of the circus of yore met and waltzed with the abstract art of today. And in that dance, they came into diverse combinations. They harmonized with each other; they counter-pointed one another; they clashed.

Above all, the sum was greater than the parts.

The adults as well as the children of all ages in the audience were focused and entranced during this almost 2-hour long carnival. The fact that they rarely moved around, and kept consistently silent, told me that they were all mesmerized.
You know how rambunctious kids can be - even in the most arresting movie.

But not during this Magic Flute. It was true magic, for us all.

I can easily see this production affecting young people of all social strata and backgrounds, due to the use of non-verbal , universal, archetypal symbols.

HERE IS A PERSONAL WISH: Mr. Gelb, extend the reach of this opera, in its magic production, to the diverse audience of kids and teens of all races, ethnicities and colors throughout the five boroughs.

How: by inviting the kids, or making tickets accessible financially and literally to kids, in all the five boroghs whose parents cannot pay for the tickets.

If you have your own wishlist here, let me know, OK?

After all, magic is in the air, isn't it ?

All Rights Reserved C 2007 Dinnah G. Pladott , Ph. D.


Wednesday, March 7, 2007


Part 3



Take a look at Netflicks And take a look at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Both have been following business solutions that are completely ‘counter-intuitive’, which is another term for non-linear in our highly linear- thinking western world.


The success of Netflicks, based largely on its early and consistent avoidance of the old model of ‘a store selling product,’ is illuminated when you read Beessman’s detailed discussion of how many difficulties attended the retail selling of DVDs, and of the wholesale marketing of DVDs through the large retailers.

Instead, examine the tactics Netflicks has chosen, again and again, and you discover a creative, inventive mind at work. Continuously creating alliances and partnership with Netflicks' customers (wish list), with its vendors, and with other businesses (ICF), that are involved in providing the ‘arts/films/DVDs’ to a greater and growing client base.


The Metropolitan Opera is an even more interesting example.

More interesting not because I love Opera, which I do.

But because The Metropolitan Opera has long operated as a stodgy, linear enterprise.

<>And because EVERYONE has been forecasting the Death of Opera as a viable, self sustaining

enterprise or art form
(that is, popular and salable to the masses).

The Death of Opera seemed imminent - At least as far as selling Opera to the larger public was



Enters a new General Manager, Peter Gelb , with a broad view of the whole array of arts.

And he begins to create a cross-pollination between the High Art of opera, and other, more ‘popular’ (that is, ‘lowly’) arts.

He chose to bring movie makers to direct the operas; to bring simulcasts of the opera to radio and video.

And then experimented in SIMULTANEOUSLY staging/distributing the MOVIE VERSION of the operas playing at the MET to selected movie theatres throughout the US and throughout the world.

Let me tell you, the first season is not over yet, yet the results are overwhelmingly successful.


The interesting fact I heard on the news is that not one, but two things occurred.

First, the broadcast of Opera in movie form supported a larger than usual ticket sales volume for each of the Operas produced and playing at the Met.

In addition, a second, unexpected bonus:

In cities where the movie version of an opera playing at the MET has been shown, ticket sales To the Local Oprea Houses have risen !

Which means that yoking the Celestial Opera Form and the Earthly movie form is a successful undertaking for everyone concerned.

My favorite Win/Win formula.

What does it tell you all ?

All Rights Reserved C 2007 Dinnah G. Pladott , Ph. D.


Tuesday, March 6, 2007


Part 2


To play on a famous Chinese term, which connotes both ‘crisis’ and ‘opportunity’ – what will enable a business to turn a crisis into an opportunity ?

A little bit later, I will point to two current examples that show to what extent a successful business is built first and foremost when the driving force is Creative Thinking, or Creative Problem Solving.

For now, take a look.

The buzz words, INNOVATION, INVENTIVENESS, and their terrible step sibling, Thinking Out of the Box, do have a valid point.

If you want to discover viable, successful strategies to overcoming great business obstacles, you cannot think in a simple, linear fashion. (BTW, check ‘linear thinking’ and ‘non-linear thinking’ by Googling it online. You will be enlightened…)

One of the great things that I have learned over the years - by absorbing various forms of Far Eastern thought, philosophy, arts, and religion - was to value the ‘non-linear’ approach as an important tool for the business leader’s tool kit.

Sometimes, you have to see the value of inverting the linear into the non-linear perspective: Small is Beautiful. Less is More.. Fast is Slow, Slow is Fast.


In fact, one of my clients aced his second GMAT – after getting a very low score on the first round – by repeating my slogan at the beginning of each 2-minute segment allotted to answering a single question:

‘Go Slow, you Get there Faster.’

In ALL the past trial tests, and in the actual first GMAT round, he was constantly short of time, and his score was low.

At the end of this second GMAT go- round, he raised his score by a hugely substantial number of points. But in addition, as he screamed at me jubilantly over the phone, he also had an unexpected bonus: more than ample time to complete his replies .

“ I raised the score to XYZ” he yelled , laughing and crying; “And you are not going to believe this: I had time left over in each question, at least 20, sometimes 30 seconds. I had time to review, to regroup. Unbelievable.”

In the first GMAT round, no Business School would look at his application.

After the second GMAT round, he had his pick of Business Schools.

And he chose The London School of Economics.

Who ever said that non-linear solutions do not bring good business results ?

It becomes especially handy when the odds seem very unfavorable to ‘our side.’

Want to hear how some current organizations are implementing non-linera solutions to turn

<>a crisis into an opprotunity ?

Come back for the next segment.

Have a glorious day !

All Rights Reserved C 2007 Dinnah G. Pladott , Ph. D.


Monday, March 5, 2007


Part !


I set out to write a short blog, and ended with a longer one.

I therefore decided to post it in five separate segments.

To make it easier on you to read and - hopefully - savor it.

Dr. Dinnah

The New York Times, Arts and Leisure Section, Sunday March 4, 2007. Two disparate items caught my eye, and mind, and heart.

On page 4, in FILM, A.O. Scott informed us that a new DVD will appear of the 2004 “WOMAN IS THE FUTURE OF MAN”. The Korean director of that film, HONG SANG SOO, we are told, “belongs to a fast-growing category of international filmmakers, masters at the height of their powers, who remain almost entirely unknown in the United States.”


On page 14, Bryan Reesman places a Title or Heading that does not do justice to his detailed, and thought provoking discussion of the DVD business difficulties: “For Obscure DVDs, A Precarious Future.’

He enumerates the various forms in which the DVD business has been stymied and economically hammered.

He also reminds us that in the beginning, DVDs provided renewed life to old artsy movies, and to various forms of films that do not fall into the ‘mainstream.’

He raises the business question:

who will be able to supply interested buyers with movies, old or new, that belong to those very special or specific ‘niches’ (‘obscure’ is his term ) ?

He also raises a larger question: What will happen to American Culture, already largely homogenized, when the small companies that have given DVD form to the quirky movies can no longer do so ? How will it be possible to interrupt the flattening influence of the major studios and large retail stores ?



I LOVE foreign movies, and have a special soft spot for Korean, Chinese, and Japanese movies.

I am also very interested in the dialogue between movies and culture.AND between movies and business.


There is however a central question that keeps coming up for me.

I am a Business Development and Executive Coach because I am always studying the answer to the questions: what makes a business succeed ?

In the discussion of ‘Obscure DVDs’, there seemed to be only one business option or outcome: down down down we go.

Yet my experience leads me to observe the elements relating to a second, sister question:: ‘What will enable a business to succeed in a given situation, when others do not ?’


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Friday, February 23, 2007

"The longest march begins with a small step" said Lao Tse, a venerable Chines philosopher.

My mantra, in the last eight months, has become 'small steps, persistently taken.'

Naturally, then, I begin my journey in the land of blogging by undertaking a small step.

In case you miss the tremor in my fingers, I have no idea what blogging entails, and how to overcome any technical and technological obstacles that will show up.

But isn't that true about anything we ever try for the first time?


Being a Beginner is never easy.

But I learned, from William Faulkner (you will hear me say that often) that if you want to grow and develop, professionally and in all other ways, you'd better make peace with the 'hateful' position of being a Beginner, again. and again. And again. As often as necessary.

Where you do not know what the ----- you're doing.

I therefore invite you to come along on my journey, with any HIGHs and any LOWs that may occur along the way.


True to my contrarian methodologies, I will not make this a grand, HEROIC journey.

Our western culture is built oon the heroic myths we inherited from the Greeks, and other ancient forebears.

However, much of the heroic journey involves being battered, being hammered, and winning victory, when the hero succeeds, at a great expense. Expense for both Self and Others.

In our own times, think of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, JFK, Anwar Sadat and others.

Years ago, I have learned from my greates teacher, the American 20th Century fiction innovator and Nobel Prize winner, William Faulkner, to distrust the heroic bent of Tragedy.

I have learned from him, as well, to really relish the laughter-filled pleasure of the comic anti hero(ine)., and the non-heroic comic stories that end with reconciliation and delight, not with pain and alienation.


So, following Stephen Covey's command 'begin as you intend to go on,' I place myself firmly in the land of the comedy and laughter.
Here victories are collaborative.
Here triumphs lead to the regeneration of community, not its destruction (see Shakespeare's Midsummer's Night Dream).
Here you may find the Treasure of Success in partnership building.

Be warned - I have been collecting P words. For now, you need both Partnership and Play to get Profit.

If my central contention - SUCCESS CAN BE FUN - is of interest to you, keep coming back.

In a truly interdisciplinarian manner, I will range across all imaginable fields, from management theory to the new psychological theories of Happiness. I will draw on all of the disparate fields of knowledge I have sampled during a life rich in both tears and laughter.


I will draw on both Western and Far Eastern ideas, philosophies, and tricks.
I will often suggest practical tips that seem totally irrational, too.

But always, the visionary aspect will be coupled with a very practical concern for the bottom line.

A pragmataic interest in discovering and distilling what encourages or fosters the accomplishment of simple or complex tasks around 'getting things done.'

You see, what people rarely notice is that the HERO(ine) always have their heads up in the clouds.
It is the comic anti-heroes who keep their feet on the ground, and never for a second lose sight of the 'nitti gritt' mundane and pragmatiac details and questions.


I think this post has gone on long enough for a first 'small step.'

Let me know what your thoughts are on the post or its topic.

And if you cannot yet find a way to post her, please bear with me. And try again in a few days.
It is simply because I have not yet mastered the intricate details of designing this blog.

Have a playful weekend!

Dr. Dinnah

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