Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 12/14/2020
All right, I’m coming clean: I build military models. I have a Lionel train layout. I collect stamps. When I read a book on my iPad, the hard copy version goes into my library. I have rocks in my office from all over the world, labeled and dated. Sometimes I point out that without me they never would have met. I love good cigars, fine wine, and great food. I’m crazy about fast, classy cars. I could listen to Sinatra all day. I find all dogs fascinating, and I learn from them.
I’m sure some of you are ready to unsubscribe, and you can do that below. But if you hang around for one more minute, let me explain that I “work” about a 20-hour week. I believe real wealth is discretionary time, not money. I’ve always wanted to get the hell home, so even in my younger, struggling days I would leave a client as soon as I could, and I prefer a 7 pm flight instead of staying another day. I routinely commuted to one of my best clients in Pittsburgh on a 6 am outbound and 4 pm return. I beat a lot of normal “commuters.”
I’m convinced that my strength comes from being absorbed in the world around me. I’m not ashamed to have hobbies (no, the rocks don’t talk back, no intervention is needed yet). My “work” is really my calling, and I’m pretty good at it. I have four books coming out next year, and already wrote part of the last chapter of the last book this morning, because I had a Frisbee appointment with Bentley, which we needed to get in before football.
My hobbies just sort of gradually became my vocation—Al Yankovic
Hobbies take place in the cellar and smell of airplane glue.—John Updike
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MacKay CEO Forums: My long-time client and colleague, Nancy MacKay, is seeking additional chairs for her vast network which provides virtual meetings for business owners and executives. The chairs, while continuing to run their own businesses, also facilitate these meetings periodically, and gain exposure to potential clients by also addressing the groups and becoming known within the network. Here’s a video conversation with me and Nancy with more information: https://vimeo.com/451547172/b19e467e3e. You can reach Nancy for further discussions here: firstname.lastname@example.org. Just mention that I sent you to receive a quick response.
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If not now, when?