Lessons Learned – #7

This is the seventh most important thing I learned in 2011:

Musical Interlude – As Rudy Vallee began crooning over the new medium of radio in 1929, Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday were 14. When Elvis Presley recorded “Heartbreak Hotel,” Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Joan Baez, Paul Simon, Aretha Franklin, Carole King and Brian Wilson were 14. When the Beatles appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Gene Simmons and Billy Joel were 14. Music tastes are greatly influenced at that age. Our youngest hits 14 soon. She prefers Lady Gaga over Justin Bieber. That’s good. I think.


Plan for Success

Top 10 Things I learned in 2009:


Uncalculated Risk – Just last week I heard this statistic: only 17 percent of small- and medium- size businesses have a written plan… and that includes scribbles on a napkin. Talk about walking in the dark without a flashlight. If you haven’t paused to write down your ‘Rocks’ for 2010, at least you know 83 percent of your peers are in the same boat. Of course, some people consider buying lottery tickets as sound financial planning.