Monday, November 23, 2009

Success in Pieces of Eight

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody"

You live in an age of abundance.

Information abundance.

According to some estimates, you are being bombarded with as many as 6,000 messages daily.

As victims of a disease called overchoice, you are increasingly challenged how to:

1. Find
2. Evaluate
3. Sort
4. Organize
5. Prioritize
6. Synthesize
7. Reconfigure
and ...
8. Re-purpose information in order to understand and solve increasingly complex problems.

What if there were a simpler way to re-arrange these complexities in pieces of eight?

Perhaps coincidentally, "Pieces of Eight", which refers to a Spanish dollar, was also the title of the 8th studio album released by some Chicago-based rockers that know something about success. According to Styx keyboardist and vocalist Dennis DeYoung, "Pieces of Eight" was a concept album, driven by a central theme about "not giving up your dreams just for the pursuit of money and material possessions".

Here is a selection from that album, from a band that never pretended to be out to please everyone.

"To laugh often and much;To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;To appreciate beauty,To find the best in others,To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.This is to have succeeded"

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