Self-promotion, value and other social media DOHs

August 22, 2013

Self-promotion, value and other social media DOHs

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

4MIN News August 22, 2013

Etta James, At Last

Papilio glaucus Eatern Tiger Swallowtail and Buddleia butterfly bush Faryna

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Winning Takes Care of Everything

March 27, 2013

Winning Takes Care of Everything

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna
Michael Jackson, Man in the Mirror
There is a small, outspoken minority that are offended by Nike’s celebratory ad of Tiger Wood’s recent PGA triumph as he climbs to No. 1 in Golf.
Nike’s position on the message,”winning takes care of everything,” is that it’s about Tiger’s game – it is not a tongue in cheek reply to the scandals that dethroned the golfer in 2009. But no one is buying Nike’s official statement. Any controversy actually feeds the hype. And, honestly, who is going to passionately argue that winning doesn’t take care of everything?
Winning Takes Care of Everything
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Zombies, Self Defeat and Consequence. And other social media DOHs.

November 3, 2012

Zombies, Defeat and Consequence.

And other social media DOHs.

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Moby, Natural Blues

Self Defeat

Something is not going where you want it to go. Not fast enough.

It’s not taking you where you expected to get.

Social Media. Blogging. Your job. Your relationships. Whatever.

You have dreams and vision, but the long road of hope smells like fingers – as Bill Dorman has said.

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Sustainable failure. And other social media DOHs.

October 2, 2012

Sustainable failure. And other social media DOHs.

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Have you ever thought about how people are more comfortable rejecting proposals than advocating, refining, and supporting a proposal in hand?

But if every solution that is proposed is found to be flawed in one aspect or another, none shall be adopted and executed upon. Actually, don’t most people stop thinking about solving the problem once the proposal is defeated?

The defeat of a proposal, however, is neither a milestone nor an accomplishment. That’s not a step forward.

Yet people will treat the proposal as the problem – and once the proposal is defeated, they feel like they’ve solved a problem and it’s back to business – the business of sustainable failure.

Sounds like gridlock, doesn’t it? But it happens all the time. I do it. You do it. We all do it. Again and again.

How do we get beyond sustainable failure?

That’s a question for you and me to think about. Right now. I’d like to know your thoughts on this. The comment section is below.

Stan Faryna
02 October 2012
Bucharest, Romania


What William Faulkner can teach you about blogging, writing, and being human

April 30, 2012

The Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech of William Faulkner

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

William Faulkner

American writer and Nobel Prize laureate  William Faulkner received the Nobel Prize in Literature (1950). It was awarded to Faulkner “for his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel.” Among Faulkner’s books, The Sound and Fury (1929) should be known to you. The book tells the tumultuous and tragic story of the once privileged, Mississippi Compson family. At the center of the story is Caddy – the obsession of her brothers. Among the devices William Faulkner uses to tell this story is the technique known as stream of consciousness where ideas and images flow and swirl, interrupt each other, consume us, and – if we are lucky – reveal the conflicts that weigh upon the human heart.

Metric, Help I’m Alive

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Harvard Biz Professor Michael Norton Says Money Makes Us Happy

April 26, 2012

Harvard Biz Professor Michael Norton Says Money Makes Us Happy 

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Can money buy you happiness? At TEDX Cambridge, Michael Norton argued that money can buy you happiness – when you spend it on other people.

Enrique Iglesias, I Just Wanna Be With You
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Run Forrest Run! And other important lessons about service.

April 18, 2012

Run Forrest Run! And other important lessons about service.

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Michael Brenner writes, “focus on customers and run like never before.”

I pondered what this should mean. It could mean many things as Michael himself suggests. But what should it mean – if it is addressed by greatness. I pondered this across the day and into the evening. In the middle of the night, I awoke. It came to me just then. Forrest Gump.

A clip from the movie, Forrest Gump

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Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

April 6, 2012

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Today is Good Friday for Roman Catholics and most protestant Christians. It is a day that commemorates the crucifixion and death of Christ. Mel Gibson’s 2004 movie, The Passion of the Christ vividly portrays the agony and glory of Christ. I highly recommend Gibson’s movie for those who want to honestly reflect upon what it means to follow Christ.

Christianity is a religion, as I (imperfectly) understand it, that calls out to the believer to be a hero and to live greatness – the greatness of God. As my undergrad philosophy professor, Dallas Willard, once explained to me, the Christian life is nothing more and nothing less than nakedly following the naked Christ.

Nudi Nudum Christum Sequi. 

Tennessee Ernie Ford, Were You There

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Q: What one thing do you think defines the successful entrepreneur?

April 4, 2012

Q: What do you think makes an entrepreneur an entrepreneur?

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

For those who know me by my blog here, my answer will surprise you. Because I’m not going to tell you that entrepreneurship is driven, foremost, by love, hope, and faith. Virtues, natural or supernatural, may fuel the mission and the vision, but love can not adequately describe the economic function of the entrepreneur. Nor shall leadership.

Great entrepreneurs are not born. They are made in hell.

Prodigy, Breathe

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Dr. Evil asks #Launch VCs and entrepreneurs to make a Terminator

March 8, 2012

Dr. Evil asks #Launch VCs and entrepreneurs to make a Terminator

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Dr. Evil and Mini Me, Hard Knock Life

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