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Friday Food For Thought Blog
Hi everyone, Vijay asked what was on my mind this week and my answer was “finding a fresh perspective”. Being a good friend, he suggested that I take the pen this week thinking that writing this would help me find that perspective! That’s one way to look at how I ended up here.
The Chinese certainly have a sense of humor and are very good at hidden meanings. I recently came across the 3 Chinese Blessings that are actually meant to be curses. After reading them I realized that like most things, there is wisdom behind these sayings, and in some respects, it’s all about your perspective!
I recently learned that winning a bronze medal in the Olympics is better than winning a silver medal. I’m competitive; this makes no sense to me. How is placing 3rd in a competition better than placing 2nd? These are elite athletes that are top in their sport; why wouldn’t they want the center stand on the podium after all the sacrifices made to compete? The answer is in a 1995 study completed by psychologists Victoria Medvec, S.F. Madey, and Thomas Gilovich. The study explores “counterfactual” thinking or alternative outcomes and explains this phenomenon. And when you hear why, it makes sense.
We are in the technology staffing business, which also means that we are in business of building relationships. And, whether we realize it or not, all relationships start with dating. On the surface, that may not make sense since the definition of dating is to “go out with someone with whom you have a romantic interest”. Although the interests and reasons for building relationships in the business world are different from those we build in our personal lives, the concept and how we approach meeting new people is the same!
There is a new movie about to be released, and the storyline has caught my imagination. It sounded like a dumb story at first, but then I learned it’s a true story. Now, just because its true doesn’t mean it can’t also be a terrible plot line for a movie. This one is about John “Chickie” Donohue and his beer run. See what I mean?! But, when you get into the story, it’s good. “Chickie” is a Marine veteran working as a merchant seaman in 1967 during the Vietnam war. During a conversation with friends at a bar (always leads to trouble!), they talk about going to Vietnam and delivering a case of beer to their buddies fighting the war as a show of support. Terrible idea. Imagine traveling from the United States to Vietnam to deliver beer in the middle of a war to six friends in active duty, and you don’t even know where they are….Impossible!!!