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One day I said to my father, “Dad, this guy is nuts. He’s always
yelling!” And my father said to me, “David, he’s a good businessman.”
dad was right: Dad could see American TV’s business growing quickly.
Mattioli did more than yell. Crazy TV Lenny found a way to draw people
into his business. In fact, Mattioli took the original store and turned
it into a chain of 15 electronics superstores in the Midwest.
met Bill Zito when I was in high school, the summer before we both left
Milwaukee for Yale University. One day we were sitting in the upper
grandstand at the old County Stadium watching the Milwaukee Brewers
play. I was asking him about all the players. Bill knew them: He had
been the Brewers’ official batboy. So, I asked him: “What’s Cecil Cooper
Bill said: “Excellent guy.”
“How about Paul Molitor?”
“And what about Robin Yount?”
And this is how the conversation went as I talked to Bill about half the
roster. I was surprised that everyone was an “excellent” guy. We have
all heard so much in the news about professional ballplayers. I thought
at least someone would not be so great. But in Bill’s eyes, everyone I
asked about was an excellent or a super-excellent guy. Bill knew
something about talent: He is now a sports agent with 40 professional
hockey players on his roster.
Twenty years ago in New York City, I was with my good friend Preston
Kevin Lewis. We were looking for music in a record store when a song
began to play. I leaned over the record bin and said, “I don’t like this
music.” And Preston quietly said, “It doesn’t do a lot for me,” and kept
looking through the stack of records. While the song I pointed out
wasn’t his favorite, Preston didn’t spend any time focusing on the music
he didn’t like; instead he searched for the music he did like. Preston
now works for Warner Brothers, after stints with HBO Home Video, MTV and
A lesson learned: Find
remember these stories because they are woven together in a lesson that
has stuck with me over the past two decades: When you look for the good,
and when you expect the good, you find the good. When you want to learn
something new, there’s a treasure to be found.
learned that it’s easy to be a critic. You can find fault with anything.
The challenge is to sift through life looking for brilliance,
opportunities and lessons to be learned.
So, this week observe yourself assessing the day-to-day events of your
life and the people you encounter. What do you say to yourself about
them? What do you say to others?
Then, here’s the big question: When you make these comments publicly or
privately, ask yourself: “What am I learning right now?” Do my comments
and observations help me understand why someone is successful, why a
business grows and how a product sells?”
You will likely discover that your quick criticisms seldom lead you
anywhere; they close the doors of your curiosity and creativity. Your
life will remain as it is.
But when you tune your mind to look for the hidden treasures in life,
you will discover lessons that you can apply to your own goals and
dreams. You will advance your life.
a treasure hunter in life; the rewards are great.
David J. Pollay’s book,
Beware of Garbage Trucks!™, and his
CD program, Gratitude Is Everything!™, are due out this Fall. Mr. Pollay
is the creator of The Law of the
Garbage Truck™ (www.bewareofgarbagetrucks.com).
He is a syndicated columnist with the
North Star Writers Group,
creator and host of The
Happiness Answer™ DVD, and an
internationally sought after speaker. Mr. Pollay is the
founder and president of the personal coaching and seminar organization,
The Momentum Project (www.themomentumproject.com).
David J. Pollay. Distributed by North Star Writers Group. May not be
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