Archive for January 6th, 2013

"Effort without results is MEANINGLESS."

Watching one of the last launches

Have you ever worked with or watched someone, earn a great living but were always explaining why it didn’t happen? I have and it appears to me to be quite common. Slick CEO’s, politicians, all good talkers, all smart and all failures in disguise.

I was facinated to watch one of the last shuttle launches…….. slick talk wont’ help here!

I have had serious problems mid-ocean, I’ve got a gift of gab but  slick talk was useless there.                                      

Mid-Atlantic sunset
Sail set to cross the Atlantic                                     
Towing for take off

Won’t work in the cockpit!

Plan to do cart wheels

Won’t work when stunt flying.

In reality it dosent work in business either, it’s just not obvious as crashing or sinking.

 We all will arrive at the door of the great equalizer, who wants to be ‘meaningless’.

Now a word from our sponsor

 Why are you writing this book? What is it about? Why now? How could you leave your enviable life style?

We have relocated our home base, for the boat, to San Francisco to be a part of the America’s Cup excitement. With our home in Reno it is convenient to enjoy both.

Upon return,inescapably, I became more aware of not only the U.S.’s business condition but the world at large. The answer of course is creating wealth through productivity. I know ‘wealth’ is sometime used negatively but creating value is what feeds the poor and pays the taxes.

Upon closer examination I found ‘common sense’ was rapidly on the decline. Big words, computer driven charts & graphs and excuses served in place of results. Education is too often serving as a hindrance instead of a boost up and we won’t even speak of the student loan debt situation. The principles and practices that made Friday’s great in the beginning worked, still work and needed resurrecting. The approach is all about principle driven actions and decision making not ‘lists’ and ‘rules’. I use analogies, graphics, metaphors and universal common sense. I cite and use examples all around us but sadly they are the exception. Finally, Rush Bowman (a Friday’s colleague) in an email to his brother, (more about him later), described the book this way, “It’s a History of Friday’s, the culture it spawned and the business philosophy that drove it. ( Dan’s ) Plus a liberal dose of nonsense and tall tales.”

As for the lifestyle, the book is hopefully a brief pause. I plan to put together a boys trip to Hawaii with our women waiting on a sunny beach for the sailor boys!

BC Sex Offenders

I am a lucky man, I have a wonderful wife. Problem is, she is smart, a former CFO. She figured me out right away. Everyone that knows me, knows I am a prankster. It is very hard for me to get one over on Sandy. For this particular prank I had a perfect accomplice. We have spent a couple of two year stints based in Vancouver, BC. We have made some fantastic friends over the years. One of our close friends, a young man named Wes Swanson, had the boat rental at the marina. He loved to visit Boomer and we loved to have afternoon coffee with him. Now to the prank. The marina was downtown by the sea walk that goes all the way around Vancouver. Sandy and I walked at least five miles daily. Everyday, I mean everyday, we saw this man walking in a shirt that looked like checker board square, you know the red and white checked pattern. While Sandy was up getting our coffee, I convinced Wes to tell Sandy that the red and white checked shirt was required wear for all sex offenders. Wes is such a boy scout I knew Sandy would never suspect. Well, she bit, even said, “OMG, he was in line in front of me at the coffee stand!” Paybacks are hell! After a good deal of research she found the man’s shirt was Croatian soccer shirt. As a big surprise the shirt was required  wear for Wes and me at my big 70 birthday party a couple of months later!