Newsletter #86 – Insurance, Hurricanes, and Water in the Basement

Water in the Basement

Quick notes to help you get more done in less time. . . next week.

In this issue:

– Techniques for FIT
– Being Human
– Random Stuff

Techniques for FIT

  • Insure your outlying events because it gives you confidence. Those edges of the bell curve represent someone. It may not be you, but then again, it might.
  • We humans are great at looking backwards, but not the best at forecasting the future. Next week is the future and it’s the beginning of the month. The perfect time to set up a preventative action. If you’re going out of town this weekend (Labor Day in the USA), make a list of 2 things you must get done to feel successful before Tuesday ends. Make that list before you leave work today.
  • Speaking of the holiday, if you’re reading this within a minute of it arriving in your inbox, it’s time to go. You’re checked out. Consider this email your permission slip.
  • Have I mentioned my love of whodunnits/thrillers? They’re like mental water piks. This week I discovered John Le Carré via his The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, and all I have to say is, dang. Plaque cleared.


Being Human – Houston and the surrounding area

Local Community Foundations

My consulting community referred me to an article in Forbes by Kris Putnam Weekly, a philanthropy advisor, and she brought up a group of organizations that have been piquing my interest lately. Community Foundations.

A community foundation is a grant making public charity dedicated to improving the lives of people in a defined geographic area. I learned about them in a fundraising seminar, specifically, how they pool resources from smaller organizations and add efficiency to the distribution of capital in communities.

In two to three weeks, the flooding in Houston is going to drift to the bottom of the news but that community is going to be in recovery mode for years. We were in the New Orleans area two years ago and it was still rebuilding from Katrina the decade before.

Consider creating a reminder for yourself to donate to Houston’s community foundations in October and setting a separate reminder for October 2018. The tragedy will be long forgotten, but neediest in their community will thank you for it.


Random Stuff

Near misses

Thanks for the funny home improvement stories. It’s nice to know that I’m not alone and everyone should outsource the work to competent professionals.

This is my first draft of The Human Being’s Guide to Business Growth:

Water in the Basement.

Last weekend I moved my senior in college into his apartment. When leaving town, I note my big pile of unfinished projects (BAPUP) and figure out which ones can’t be left alone while I’m gone. The list is short: keep my new grass seed wet and empty a bucket in the basement that fills with water as I chip away at a clogged drain.

Needless to say, as I arrive home I can almost smell the fresh shoots of grass growing by our new patio, but I have a funny feeling about the basement. I head down and it’s all clear, dry as a desert.

Not really, I just put that there in case my family is reading. In reality, there is water all over the back of the basement. It’s a big mess and I’m tired. Plus I’m late to a bar crawl. So I get grouchy, stomp around a little, and let loose with a few expletives before remembering we have an exchange student in the house.

I force a smile and note that things aren’t all bad. I mumble something about life being ten percent what happens and ninety percent how I react. I feel a light mood come over my body and head upstairs. The exchange student will never know angry Greg.

As I get to the kitchem, I turn to see everyone giving me hound dog eyes, like “if you’re going to kick us, that’s okay. We deserve it.” Including the exchange student.

Excellent. Now he has something to remember me by.


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