Thursday, June 21, 2012

Don't Rock The Boat, baby!

In my economic development days someone once told me that the key to success is "Don't Rock the Boat."  I found this odd, but now I know why...

You've got five apes in a cage. You've got a banana hanging by a string in the middle of the cage. You've got some stairs going to the banana. Now pretty soon one of those apes is going to go for the banana and as soon as he hits the stairs you take a hose and you spray all five apes with freezing cold water for five minutes. Now, some time passes and pretty soon another one of the apes is going to make the same attempt with the same result. All five apes get sprayed with a cold water. Now you turn off the cold water. You never use it again. One of the apes is going to go for the banana. He hits the stairs, the other four apes pounce on him and beat the shit out of him. Right? Okay, understandable. Now you replace one of those original apes with a new ape. After a while that new ape is going to spy that banana and when he goes for the stairs, the other four apes are going to jump on him and beat the shit out of him. Right? Now, time passes, you replace another one of the original apes with a new ape. That new ape is going to go for the banana. The other four apes beat the shit out of him. Right? Including the first new ape who has no idea why he's so enthusiastically beating the shit out of this poor guy nor why he himself had the shit beat out of him. Okay? Now you keep replacing these original apes with new apes until finally you've got a cage filled with fives apes who have never had the freezing cold water sprayed on them and never the less not one of those apes will never attempt to climb those stairs again. Why not? Because that's the way it's always been done around here.-- Jackson Evans, The Contender

Special thanks to DW for passing this along.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Advice from Seth Godin

My daily read of Seth Godin's blog, the guru of marketing.  The clip below is from his recent MSNBC appearance giving some simple advice...

"Humility, empathy, generosity, patience and kindness, combined with the arrogance of the brilliant inventor, are a potent alternative." SG

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Shining Eyes

"...It really makes a difference what we say, the words that come from our mouth" Benjamin Zander

This TED Talk is by far one of my favorites.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Red Snapper Season

Being on the water is truly my therapy, wether its fishing or just boating.  This weekend a few friends and I took an early morning trip to Venice, La ... what i consider to be the Fishing Capital of the Gulf to participate in the opening of Red Snapper season.   As to be expected we had a blast and caught our limit.   The seas were fairly calm and allowed us to run due south out of Southwest Pass to reach about 300 foot of water. The big snapper action came just a few feet off the bottom, which was pretty hard to reach when I was unprepared to fish at that depth.  It seems using 6 oz. weights take the bait about 10 minutes to reach the bottom in 360 foot of water.  Although the time spent waiting on the bait to reach the floor was well worth it... every time equaled a strike!

As for bait we tried everything from froze pin fish, pogies, hard tails, cigar minnows but the most action came on squid.  The frozen fish mostly attracted sharks, which is quite aggravating.  Overall the day was wildly successful and I can't wait to do it all over again!   I now have my sights set on the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo coming up next month.