Stop pushing water.
“Let him that would move the world first move himself.” ~ Socrates
Bill pointed toward the ocean. “Do you see that canal that Annie has built in the sand?”
“Go see if you can push the water out of it and back into the ocean?”
“I know it sounds kind of dumb, but it’s to make a point. Come on. Let’s both try.”
Gayle, with Bill at her side, got down on her knees and tried to push the water back to the sea. But other than getting sandy and wet and feeling a little stupid, she merely created a small wave, then the water returned and remained in the canal as it had started.
“And your point was?” she laughed. He was equally wet.
“My point is simply that when you try to motivate people—to push them from the outside—it may make a temporary change, but it will eventually push back and return to its original position. True motivation is creating the right conditions for people to motivate or move themselves.”
“I think I understand.”
“Annie,” Bill beckoned to the pigtailed little girl, “You know that wooden stick we brought?”
“Mmm-hmm,” Annie nodded.
“Can you find it and bring it to me?”
Annie, in a purple bathing suit with matching purple ribbons in her hair, brought it over to Bill. He took the stick from Annie and effortlessly dragged a crevice in the wet sand directly in front of Annie’s canal. The water immediately flowed into the crevice towards the ocean. Little effort. Permanent move. Whatever direction Bill moved the stick, the water followed.
He grinned at Gayle. “See. The water values movement into the crevice. It’s a lot easier than trying to cause it to move by pushing it, right?”
“I’d say so.” Even though Gayle felt uncomfortable with Bill, she tried to follow his lesson.
“The most successful leaders don’t push. They take a different approach. It’s all about understanding change, especially people’s resistance to change.”
Gayle gave him a pensive half-smile. “I guess that includes my resistance, too.”
Random information for April
* No, Volkswagen isn’t changing its name to Voltswagen. The carmaker says that was just an early April Fool’s Day joke.
* Microdosing LSD isn’t the mind hack Silicon Valley thinks it is. Its purported boost to creativity and mental sharpness could just be the placebo effect.
* Uber drivers in the UK are now employees. Following a recent court ruling, they will be entitled to paid vacation, minimum wage, and a pension.
* Global shark populations have dropped 70% since 1970. Conservationists say fisheries need to step up to prevent species of the predator from going extinct.
* Amazon Air, the retailer’s cargo fleet, now makes an average of 140 flights per day and is expected to have 85 planes in service by the end of 2022. That’s still far fewer than FedEx (679 planes) and UPS (572), but Amazon Air has already almost doubled in size since last May.
* Scientists discovered why hummingbirds hum. Pressure changes resulting from wing movements are the primary source of the distinctive sound.
* Facebook disabled more than 1.3 billion fake accounts between October and December 2020. It’s removed more than 100 networks of fake accounts from its platforms over the past three years.
* Avatar retakes the revenue crown. A re-release in China took James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster over $2.8 billion.
* The typical U.S. driver spent 26 hours stuck in traffic in 2020, down from an average of 99 hours in 2019. Only three cities saw an increase in traffic times: Santa Rosa, Calif.; Sarasota, Fla.; and Kaneohe, Hawaii.
* Target’s sales growth of $15.5 billion last year was larger than its total sales growth over the past 11 years combined. The retailer’s overall sales: $93.6 billion in 2020.
* LeBron James became a partner in Fenway Sports Group. The basketball superstar invested in the Boston-based company, which owns the Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club.
* Amazon will pay the NFL $1 billion per year to broadcast the league’s Thursday Night Football games beginning in 2023. CBS, Fox, and NBC are each paying more than $2 billion per year for their 11-year-long packages, while Disney (which owns ESPN and ABC) will pay about $2.7 billion annually. The NFL’s rights deals add up to more than $100 billion.
* Bacteria are effectively immortal. Scientists were able to feed dormant, 100-million-year-old bacteria trapped in sub-ocean sludge and observe them reproducing.
* Thousands of bitcoin ATMs have been installed in the US. They’re popping up at gas stations, vape shops, and delis.
* A Japanese soba shop has a new robot chef. It can make 150 servings in an hour.
* One step closer to permanent night? The US is on the verge of researching how to block out the sun to combat climate change.
* China wants to teach college students about love and marriage. It’s one way to combat the country’s declining birth rate.
* Jack Dorsey is selling a tweet. The Twitter CEO’s first post is now an NFT, and bids are rolling in. And WTF is an NFT?
* The Gateway Foundation intends to open the first hotel in space, named Voyager Station, in 2027.
* Weightlessness—whether from being in space or on a transatlantic swim—makes a human heart shrink.
* Christie’s auctioned a jpeg for $69.3 million. Its creator is now among the top three most valuable living artists.
* Zoom Escaper fills your meetings with annoying noises. No one will want you on the call when they hear your echo and nonstop construction sounds—you’re welcome.
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Think about this
“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” ~ James Baldwin
“He who cannot howl will not find his pack.” ~ Charles Simic
“History is merely a list of surprises. It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut
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