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“I absolutely believe that people, unless coached, never reach their maximum capabilities”

Bob Nardelli, CEO Home Depot - Fortune Magazine, 07/01/2002

Don’t Be A Weiner!

It’s mind-blowing how a man with a 20-year political career with ambitions to run for NYC mayor can be such a Weiner. Anthony Weiner has crippled his career with a little help from Twitter.

The business lessons here are amazing. Business lessons? I thought he was just a sexting-psycho? Yeah, that’s the personal side. The business side shows how social media can be a danger to your business. Weiner’s business was politics, and he destroyed a lot more than just his business. I often see business owners posting stuff that can only hurt their business. Broadcasting your personal viewpoints on politics, religion and other touchy subjects is sometimes just as offensive to potential clients as lewd photos. Isn’t that just the opposite reason so much time is spent on social media – to connect, network and maybe make a few friends?

The other lesson he taught us is that when you do something wrong, just fess up. The penalty will be painful, but not as painful as when you act arrogant, take people for fools and lie. That’s the kind of behavior, friends, colleagues and clients will never forget.

Don’t be a social media Weiner!

A Bit About Quitting

This is pretty inspirational. I don’t subscribe to never quitting but I do feel most people quit prematurely.

1816 – His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
1818 – His mother died.
1831 – Failed in business.
1832 – Ran for state legislature – lost.
1832 – Also lost his job – wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
1833 – Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.
1834 – Ran for state legislature again – won.
1835 – Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
1836 – Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
1838 – Sought to become speaker of the state legislature – defeated.
1840 – Sought to become elector – defeated.
1843 – Ran for Congress – lost.
1846 – Ran for Congress again – this time he won.
1848 – Ran for re-election to Congress – lost.
1849 – Sought the job of land officer in his home state – rejected.
1854 – Ran for Senate of the United States – lost.
1856 – Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention – get less than 100 votes.
1858 – Ran for U.S. Senate again – again he lost.
1860 – Elected President of the United States.
Abraham Lincoln never quit.

Note: The Abraham Lincoln didn’t quit list has been printed countless times.

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Go Small Business!

National Small Business Week 2011

May 16-20 Washington, DC

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has proclaimed National Small Business Week to recognize the contributions of small businesses to the economic well-being of America. As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes this special impact made by outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners. In 2011, National Small Business Week will honor the estimated 27.2 million small businesses in America. Small businesses are major contributors to the strength of the American economy. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business. They also create 60-80 percent of new jobs in the country. Small businesses drive innovation, create 21st century jobs and increase U.S. competitiveness.

I Love Lucy

I love Lucy
Tuesday, May 17 2011
Did you ever just click with someone? I did with Lucy. It was love at first recipe. An outsider would think our friendship odd; we were born decades apart, and she was beautiful and smart, and I am, well… I can cook. Lucy is my friend’s mom and recently, she passed away.

By Larry Vivola

Lucy and I spent hours sharing food-related memories, swapping cooking tips and reminiscing about meals shared with family and friends. Our strongest bond was our common belief that shared meals sustain cherished relationships.

I love writing for In&Out, and Lucy fed that love. As soon as Lucy read my article, she followed up with an email to me. She had me trained like a Pavlovian dog; I would wait for her email, which always included praise for my article. I loved Lucy’s seal-of-approval. She was president of my fan club, a fancy title for a club with two members: the other is my mom, (and sometimes my wife). If she felt my article didn’t run frequently enough— Oh boy, my publisher would receive an email, too. No stamp-of-approval, just a list of 22 reasons why I should get more ink.

Lucy’s most flattering gesture was the ‘Larry File’ she maintained of my columns. It doesn’t get any better than that, folks.
One Christmas, Lucy told me I reminded her of the roly-poly, gregarious Dom DeLuise. A Clooney comparison may have boosted my ego a bit more but, baby, where I come from, a compliment is a compliment. She gave me Dom’s cookbook, “Eat This…It’ll Make You Feel Better.” His book, like my articles, is chock-full of loving anecdotes inspired by food. Shared meals feed more than the body; they feed our souls. This is the philosophy that Lucy and I will always share.

I hope you enjoy this recipe from Dom’s cookbook. We miss you, Lucy.

Ciao, Lucy!

Chicken Dominick
(or Chicken Lucy)

4 boneless chicken breasts, split
1 clove of garlic
2 tbsp. butter
1 green pepper, sliced
1 red pepper, sliced
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
3 oz. white wine
Place chicken breasts between 2 pieces of wax paper; pound them so they look like cutlets. Dredge in flour. Sauté garlic in butter, remove when brown. Add chicken breasts and sauté 1 minute on each side. Add green and red peppers, mushrooms, and wine. Shake the pan. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste. Serves 4.

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