Some Thoughts for the Day



Years ago there was a survey of life’s greatest fears.   The apprehension of speaking before an audience ranked first (death was 7th).   Many successful people will tell you that speaking to the right groups made them so….after they overcame their stage fright.  Life’s a first impression business, so  Check out this fun  8 minute TED video by a country music singer/songwriter who shares how he confronted life’s biggest fear.


Few would hold that confidence artists and entrepreneurs are morally equivalent; but one writer thinks that there are several qualities that both require to achieve their goals. In many ways, with one important exception, both are “doing the hustle.”


So many books on success claim to have the secret thereto.   One writer doesn’t think it’s a secret; it’s just that winners do things others don’t.   Check out this one page Business Insider article on the 19 Hard  (but easy to understand) Things that can get you there. 


It’s hard to believe that it’s been THIRTY YEARS since the introduction of the Apple Macintosh….a machine that weighed 17 pounds!   This article from the Smithsonian revisits that launch and shares some of the critics’ comments at the time.   It’s worth reading to appreciate how revolutionary this machine was and how far we’ve come in a generation.


Right thinking on Unemployment Rate: We’re constantly focused on the unemployment rate as the most important economic indicator because it’s about people.  Vistage Staff Economist and ITR Principal Alan Beaulieu offers a quick primer on what’s important and what’s not when you get this number thrown at you ….and he has some thoughts on exuberance” as well. 

Q4 Looking Good:  Economist Brian Wesbury looks ahead to the announcement of Q4 GDP and thinks the conventional wisdom is understating how well things will turn out.  Check out why he thinks Q4 will be stronger than predicted.

Reprinted with permission from Allen Hauge

About budjohnson

Mr. Johnson is a Vistage Chair in the Houston Metropolitan area for CE Group 3502, and HR Key Group 9139. In addition Mr. Johnson is the Co-Founder of the Accelerated Professional's program designed to help young professionals become "Business Savvy.....Presentation Capable. Mr. Johnson also works with private equity investors to evaluate corporate opportunities.
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