The (Multi) Million Dollar Hammer

I remember growing up the most heard

Phrase in my house was  mama bear

Telling me to “do it right, or do it again”

 

It mostly was in reference to me not

Making my bed properly.

I’ve tucked and retucked perfect 90 degree angles

So much so that I remember having the

Neatest bed in college.

 

I kinda cheat now, because most of the time

I end up falling asleep at the dining room table

Or on the couch because I’m so exhausted from my day

So my bed pretty much just stays made

But the lesson is not lost on me. 

 

Especially since I’ve been working on helping

People like you grow and master the good life.

 

Let me tell you a quick story about 

A 10 million dollar hammer and how it changed

A company’s direction for the better. 

 

It wasn’t too long ago when a group of American car

Executives took a trip to Japan to see an assembly line

They were searching for differences in how the 2 countries

Manufacture cars.

 

Especially because at the time all U.S. Car companies

Were losing market share and Japan was setting itself

Up to be the industry leader in sales for the first time ever.

 

They didn’t really see a difference maybe a few things here

And there, but nothing that would be drastically different

Until they came to the end.

 

Where are the guys with mallets?” one person asks.

The assembly workers look around puzzled and then he adds

We normally check to see if our doors fit properly at the end

By tapping the doors, do you do that?”

 

One of the workers smiled and said.

 

We make sure it fits when we design it”

 

Oh snap!!!

 

But you see that is the issue with many people these days

Many pride themselves on innovating out of bad

Situations, only to find themselves innovating themselves

Into a possibly worse situation when all they had to do

Was make sure they had a proper design.

 

Think about how much money and time was dedicated

To buying mallets

Employing people to swing those mallets

And replacing both mallets and people.

 

The problem many people find down the road

Is that they didn’t actually plan for the results

They had hoped for.

So when something goes wrong, it’s the norm

For them to pull something off the “fix-it” chart

And find a “valid” solution.

 

Truly effective people have the capability to

Understand the value of things we cannot see.

To the Americans, checking those doors was a

Part of the manufacturing process, but

To the Japanese, it was part of the design process.

 

That is the equivalent of walking outside naked

With a suitcase to determine what you’re gonna

Wear for the day, when all you had to do was

Check the weather before you went out!

 

Let me try to hammer home a point

(See what I did there?) before we part ways

 

Sometimes success is easier than we

Make it out to be. All it takes is the ability

Envision your goals and use an effective

Strategy, rather than tactics to get your

Desired goal.

 

Jerry “no hammers” Washington

 

P.S. It’s hard to develop a strategy for success

Without some help, so if there is something that

You’ve been trying to achieve and you somehow

Keep having to start over or fix something

Then I would like you to consider some help from

Friends.

 

My crew over at Project SELFFY have been helping

People to change the way they think about planning

To succeed rather than planning to change. Talk soon…

How’d You Get So Thin?!

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How’d You Get So Thin?!

 
 
That’s what I heard today as someone fumbled to grab my attention.
 
I was working out so I was in the zone then I see this guy give me the
Pull out your earphones, I want to interrupt your workout gesture.
 
 
He says, dude how’d you get so thin?
 
I laugh and tell him I’m not thin, I’m lean ha!
 
But honestly, it wasn’t easy (at first), but I think I figured out the easiest
 
Way to get thin and stay thin.
 

It’s actually easier than you think. 

 
You see, for awhile I was working out hard, eating all the 
 
Things that you were supposed to eat and I just couldn’t lose weight
 
Then I experimented.
 
 
I thought to myself, if the average American eats about 2,000 calories a day
 
And if more than the average of the population is overweight, then why am I
 
Doing what everyone else is doing?
 
 
I thought about it and decided to reduce my calories….A LOT 
 
I’m not gonna tell you how much, but let’s just say that the guy who started
 
This conversation asked me “Is that even healthy?”
 
 
I responded back, with one of my greatest hits
About the resilience of the human body and how it survives many other
Worse things that we inflict upon it. (Cheers mate)
 
 
So in short, it wasn’t anything special that I did to lose weight and get lean.
 
In fact, it was all in what I didn’t do
…stuff my face full of chicken sandwhiches… (nom)
 
 
But the moral of the story here is this. 
 
You may have goals and aspirations, but to achieve them, you can’t expect to
 
Do what you’ve always done or what other people are doing for that matter.
 
 
If you want something to work for you, then you have to experiment and
 
Be somewhat fearless in accepting the results, good or bad.
 
Because at the end of the day, if you want something bad enough
 
You’ll figure out a way to make it happen.
 
 
Jerry “making it happen” Washington
 
 
P.S. I write this not to brag about my weight loss, but as an evident truth
 
That experiments are what help us grow and find out more about ourselves
 
And how the world works around us. If there was an ultimate truth that 
 
We all could find, I would imagine someone would have found it by now.
 
But until then, keep experimenting. If you’ve got something that you’ve
 
Experimented with recently that you’d like to share, join me in my private
 
Facebook group Project SELFFY. Talk soon…

The “Real” News

So I got wind of something very significant today.

Everything in America is fake.

Let me ‘splaineth broseph. One of my buddies told me today that she found out that everything in our beloved Independence Hall (home of the liberty bell) is a replica.

When I heard that, I just about fainted. No way, not in the good ‘ole U.S. of A. Birthplace of freedom, can something so sacred like the liberty bell in be fake.

I mean it’s in Philadelphia for Christ’s sake! You don’t get more real than the home of Rocky, William Penn, and Will Smith.

You’ve got castles built hundreds of years ago still standing and you’ve got pyramids from thousands of years ago that look almost the same as the day they were built.

And you can’t even keep a building up for less than 250 years without having to restore it several times?

What’s going on here?

I’ll answer my own question here if you don’t mind.

It’s called planned obsolescence. It’s the reason why you have to buy new light bulbs every few years. Actually, that’s a semi truth. Gonna go off topic for a sec and drop some knowledge on you.

GE is actually the reason why we have to buy light bulbs every few years. Long historical story short, GE bought up all the patents for these long lasting light bulbs back in the day in favor of using these far less effective bulbs we use today. In fact, one of those original bulbs still shines today in California. You can actually see it here: http://www.centennialbulb.org/facts.htm

Any who, as I was saying earlier,  planned obsolescence pretty much means that manufacturers makes stuff that you have to buy again and again.

Think of all those batteries and cell phones you have in your junk drawer (you know you have one) that’s a prime example of planned obsolescence.

It reminds me of what I see in the fitness world nowadays.

Seems like there is a new fitness craze every six months and none of them seems to last.

It’s like we’re in the days of junk drawer fitness.

Here’s the thing, what if I told you there was a program that is anti-junk drawer?

One that has been around for almost a decade,

One that guarantees results or your money back,

And has even won awards for being best outdoor fitness program in Philly.

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If you’re tired of throwing away money on programs that kinda work owr worse, make you spend money on extra products that don’t even work.

Then you might want to strongly consider actually investing in your own fitness rather than in these junk drawer fitness companies.

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Jerry “cleaning my junk drawer as we speak” Washington

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