Pete Hanson's Daily Blog

Extra, Extra: Ignore Change And Become Irrelevant
A while back I stopped at the store on the way home from work to grab some beer. (Which will come as a surprise to absolutely no one.) There was a table out front with a nice man sitting at it. He had a clip board and some pens on the table, and a big sign propped up behind him that read, “Sig…
The World Depends On Your Happiness (No Pressure)
I have been spending the last few days with my parents in Minneapolis. When I was growing up, my dad used to corner me (and likely my brother & sister too) and force me to have meaningful discussions. Meaning of life kind of stuff. Of course all we wanted to do was escape, and sink back in t…
There’s No Shortcut To Staying Relevant
The world is changing. Now wait a minute. Take it easy. I didn’t say the sky is falling, I said the world is changing. And that, by the way, is nothing new. It is however changing at a lightning-fast pace. It’s the digital revolution brothers and sisters. Social media, technology, traditional media,…
Happy New Year: What Are Your Goals For 2012?
I had lunch with a friend last week who recently asked her kids what their goals were. Her 12-year old son said, “What are you talking about?” Her 15-year old daughter responded, “Mom, you’re always putting so much pressure on me,” and stormed out of the room. We laughe…
Sometimes ‘No Good Reason’ Is A Good Reason
Education is good. Knowledge is good. Experience is good. Planning is good. A mentor is good. Street smarts are good. Advice is good. Common sense is good. Research is good. And yes, (drum roll) sometimes ignorance is bliss. Ok, maybe not ignorance…but faith, intuition, gut, or feeling.
Warning: Blaming Others Steals Your Power
From all accounts, Heisman Trophy winning Texas Longhorn, New Orleans Saint, on again, off again Miami Dolphin running back Ricky Williams had a tough childhood. There have been allegations of abuse among other things. His tough childhood has transformed into an unpredictable adulthood. As I was wat…
Three Months From Now What Will You Wish You Had Started Today?
I wish I had played a little less football in the yard with my friends in fifth grade, and taken piano lessons instead. Now, of course there’s no way anyone could have convinced me of that in 1974. (In fact, my inner child is on the floor right now rolling around in laughter!) Today I find myself wi…
Are You Worried That Your Worrying Is Becoming Worrisome?
I had dinner with a friend last week who likely has a secret mantle full of trophies for all kinds of competitions he has won for being the worlds biggest worrier. I mean really. Worry about work, about family, about world peace, about the weather, about the economy, about Iraq, about Iran, about ho…
Caution: ‘Just Fine’ Might Not Be Good Enough
Around the office here, we have developed a fairly deep hatred for the word fine. If I ask you how something is, and you respond, “It’s fine,” I am going to conclude that you’re also saying that it’s not great. Fine is fine, and great is great. There’s no confusin…
Are You A Giver Or A Taker?
Quick. Close your eyes and name the first five people that come to mind that you think have a great attitude. (Mary, James, Hanna, Meg, and Mike.) Ok, good. Now let’s do it again with the names of the first five people that come to mind that seem to drag the rest of the world down a little bit…

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