Featured All Regions All Government Levels Federal and Central Local and Municipal Social and Regulatory Policy State and Regional Government I have been interested in the question of getting successful commercial companies, especially tech companies, to sell to the government from the time I was in government myself as administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, now almost 25 years ago. Even at the time, I was worried about a government market too dominated by companies that sold only or mostly to government.
The message is this: My attitude remains this: I can just do this? No one is going to stop me? How crazy is that? My dream when I set out on this adventure was simply to have written a book in my lifetime.
Someone commented on Facebook today that it was weird to see me enthused about these things. Keeping this mindset — that publication itself is a miracle — ensures that every single sale, review, and email are a treasure. The other way to look at the world is to compare up and be disappointed.
A publicist once told me about an author she was touring with in Spain. This author found out that his novel debuted at 2 on the New York Times list. He fell into an inconsolable funk for the rest of the book tour. How many of us would go bonkers to even be on that list?
I assume this author had been on the list before. That was no longer a goal, just placing. Now it was to be 1. There is always yet another goal, accomplishment, or reward taunting us over the horizon.
How we look at the world dictates which. Numerous psychological studies suggest that our innate base level of happiness is fixed. Winning the lottery results in only a temporary high.
Losing a limb results in only a temporary low.
Our desire for and belief in free will makes us think we choose this reaction. Those same beliefs make us doubt study after study that tells us otherwise. Even though these studies have been replicated over and over. I would counter, however, that knowing this about ourselves gives us the ability to make a concerted effort to see the world differently.
That is, the more we are aware of our lack of free will, the more free will we exercise. Learning that our attitudes are mostly reflex gives us impetus to change them.
Understanding how limited our responses are makes us aware of those responses and also of possible alternatives. This is a powerful muscle, once exercised. The positives in our lives can be drops of nectar, each one unique and delicious. And the negative can be responded to with honest positivity.Websites and apps are designed for compulsion, even addiction.
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Educators are experiencing almost relentless pressure to show their effectiveness. Unfortunately, the chief indicator by which most communities judge a school staff's success is student performance on standardized achievement tests.
Teacher: I saw all these parents from India and Africa, and they have such a rich culture. I feel bad that I don’t have anything to pass on to my kids. Me: You’re an American. Don’t we have a culture?
Teacher: Not really. I guess we have Thanksgiving. Me: What part of Europe did your family come from? Teacher: Germany. Me: Don’t Germans have a culture?
Why not, “Most books don’t sell many copies, but very few books don’t sell a single copy.” And then look at it from that prospective. At this point in the printing/publishing game, if a writer jumps into this quagmire expecting to hit it big, then let’s hope the water is deep, because they haven’t .
What if we let philanthropies operate like businesses? Let them pay for talent, advertise aggressively to build market share—even build a stock market for charity. Maybe then capitalism could.