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Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 03/04/19

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 03/04/19


I’m writing this on March 3 (yesterday as you read this), my 73rd birthday.

I’ve led a life that I would never have imagined, never studied for, never majored in. What I have focused on is experimentation, innovation, education, and fearlessness. The last isn’t in the sense of my father, who jumped into the jungles facing enemy guns in World War II, but rather the knowledge that failure is never fatal if you don’t allow it to be and success is transitory—you have to continue climbing. I’ve never heard of anyone who merely enjoys hanging on the side of a mountain.

Thank God, I’m in fine health. I have a great family, a 50+-year marriage, two kids, and two grandchildren, dogs, nice cars, and a lot of hobbies. I’ve visited over 60 countries.

I’m about to go for a 7-pound lobster in Newport, my wife’s birthday present (along with some very high-end cigars). My wife’s birthday card:

COVER: 1. Lots of money. 2. Cool cars. 3. Touch a boob.

INSIDE: Your wish list really hasn’t changed since you were 12.

That’s probably true, but consistency is one of my strong suits. I’m among the eldest of the Baby Boomers and the government is forcing me to accept social security and withdraw from my retirement accounts. I work out three times a week. I drink good vodka and fine wine.

Forgive my introspection this morning, but this is an existential moment. Because I realize, and perhaps you do as well, I embody the American Dream. Thank you for your attention today, and every Monday morning.

To quote Sinatra: May you all live to be 150, and may the last voice you hear be mine!

Age is just a number. Life and aging are the greatest gifts that we could possibly ever have. —Cicely Tyson

Men don’t stop playing games because they grow old, they grow old because they stop playing games. —George Bernard Shaw

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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