The Value Proposition – Highlights of the 2/20 Rock and Roll Revisited

Up Front:

The Value Proposition – A former coach at my alma mater shared some wisdom I’ve been thinking about lately. “You’re only valuable as long as you are adding value.” In athletics the bottom line is winning. In whatever game we play, the customer holds the scorecard. They come with the expectation that they will leave in a better place.

It sounds oxymoronic, but it can only be about you is if it’s NOT about you. As Keith Ferrazzi is fond of saying, give without the expectation of return and your payback can be exponential.

But, as Warren Buffet might say, be careful where you invest. He aligns his brand with people who share his values. In these relationships one and one can be greater than 100. Think of your priority Rolodex like a stock portfolio. Discard under-performing investments. You’ll still take a few chances on “growth stocks”, relationships that take longer to mature. Time is the ultimate currency. invest the bulk of it where you think you’ll get the best return.

Quick Takes:

My goal with this morning show feed: To leave you in a better place than I found you. Today’s Jacobs Media blog post talks about why this is important. Thanks for taking these AM sojourns with me!

Screen time has doubled for today’s kids, compared to our generation. The surprising datapoint: It’s primarily old fashioned TV. Via Axios

Who tried this first? Did you know that grapes turn into fireballs in a microwave? Wired and a physicist explain why.

Why your brain needs downtime. And how much is enough? (Hint: It isn’t much.) via Medium

Heart attacks are on the rise among younger women. Here are some of the contributing factors. Via CNN.

Great messages can be distilled to 15 words.… that fit over the intro to an appropriate rock and roll hit record :). Via HBR

Today In History:

1944, The Batman & Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers.

1958, Billed as ‘The Big Gold Record Stars‘ Bill Haley and his Comets, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmie Rodgers all appeared on the first date of a six day tour of Florida.

1959, 16 year old Jimi Hendrix made his stage debut when he played a show at the Temple De Hirsch Sinai synagogue in Seattle.

1962, John Glenn becomes the 1st American to orbit the Earth, aboard Friendship 7

1971, “Mr. Hockey,” Gordie Howe scores a goal and adds 3 assists, including his 1,800th career NHL point, in 6-5 Red Wings’ win over Buffalo in Detroit; Howe’s 1,670th game.

1987 David Hartman quits ABC’s “Good Morning America” after 11 years.

1992 Ross Perot says he’ll run for President on Larry King Show

Happy Birthday to: Buffy Sainte-Marie, 1941; J Geils, 1946 (d. 2017); Walter Becker, 1950 (d. 2017); Randy California, 1951 (d. 1997); Kurt Cobain, 1967 (d. 1994); Rihanna, 1988

Much More Music:

1966 – “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” is number one for Nancy Sinatra. Written by Lee Hazlewood the recording featured Wrecking Crew  members, Hal Blaine on drums, Al CaseyTommy Tedesco, and Billy Strange on guitars, Ollie MitchellRoy Caton and Lew McCreary on horns, Carol Kaye on electric bass and Chuck Berghofer on double bass, providing the notable bass line. (Video)

1971, Marvin Gaye‘s “What’s Going On” is released. Originally inspired by a police brutality incident witnessed by  Four Tops member, Renaldo “Obie” Benson, the song marked Gaye’s departure from the Motown Sound towards more personal material. Later topping the Hot Soul Singles chart for five weeks and crossing over to number two on the Billboard Hot 100, it would sell over two million copies, becoming Gaye’s second-most successful Motown song to date. (Video)

1988 – Nearly seventeen years after his death, Louis Armstrong has Billboard’s highest debuting single of the week when “What a Wonderful World” comes in at #67. One legend has it that the song was first offered to Tony Bennett, who turned it down. It was a “stiff” when first released in 1967. The tune’s appearance in Good Morning, Vietnam did the trick and Satchmo was back on the charts. (Video)

Today’s Quote Worth Re-quoting:There is no such thing as ‘on the way out’ as long as you are still doing something interesting and good; you’re in the business because you’re breathing.” ~Louis Armstrong

We leave you with Elton John’s classic, “Tiny Dancer”. It was climbing the charts this week in 1972.  Bernie Taupin wrote the lyrics for side one, track one of the Madman Across the Water LP. They were inspired by his first visit to the US in 1970, and were intended to capture the spirit of California, where he found the women he met highly contrasted with those who he had known in England. Elton’s record company initially was cool to its release as a single because they said it didn’t have a “hook”, a catchy melodic phrase that was easy to sing. His fans knew better.  (Video)

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