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Words Mean Different Things To Different People. What Does This Mean To You?

Monday, February 4th, 2008

I was In New York last month and was on my way to dinner. Since I had some extra time and it was beautiful out, I thought I would walk the twenty-five blocks and five avenues needed to get there. As I was walking down the street, I was trying to take in all the sights from the cool decorated windows that some of the stores had to some of the people walking around. I also love to check out the advertising in New York — to me it is some of the most creative in the world.

I came across a billboard with a picture of Albert Einstein that read – As a student he was no Einstein. Confidence. Pass it on.

The billboard made me stop and think. I looked at it for a few minutes and then kept walking. As I got to the other side of the street I couldn’t get the billboard out of my mind. It made me think further and then I decided to cross the street again and go back for another look at the billboard.

The question is…what does it mean?

To me, it meant that he never stopped learning. You can work hard and become smarter. People aren’t necessarily born brilliant — you have to work at it. The question then was what does the word confidence mean here? I think it was saying that people need more confidence and if they have self-confidence, that can help them become smarter.

Words mean different things to different people.

  • What does this mean to you?
  • What do you think of what it means to me?

I look forward to hearing your comments.

Attention Cabdrivers: You Don’t Want To Pick Me Up!

Friday, February 1st, 2008

As most of you know, I travel a fair amount of time. When you travel, there are lots of people who help you–from the porter at the airport, getting a shoe shine, taxi driver, car rental, checking into the hotel or the server at a restaurant.

When people help you in a service business, they expect and should receive a few things: a "thank you" and a tip. This is where it gets a little fuzzy for me. Not sure I am consistent, not sure there is ANY logic in my tipping. Not sure I even know what I am doing in some situations.

  • A server in a restaurant is easy: I start at 20% and go up/down depending on service
  • Porter at the airport: $1 a bag and then usually round up.
  • Shoeshine: I always tip $3.00 and possibly $5.00
  • Doorman who hails me a cab: $2.00

And then there is the cabdriver!!!! Not sure you want me in your cab!! I have no idea what I am doing. First of all I must admit I hate cabs. Just haven’t had alot of good experiences. The fare could be $10.00, $20.00 or $30.00 and unfortunately I may only tip a dollar or two! I am sure the cabbie is saying to himself, "What a cheap SOB!"

So there is my dilemma. I will without hesitation leave a bad server at a restaurant a 15% tip or get my shoes shined and leave 100% tip and seem to never, never reward the cabbie.

  • How much do you usually tip a cabdriver?
  • Do you vary it depending on the service?
  • Do you give more around the holiday season?

I think my distaste for cabs in general is clouding my judgment.

Please help me!

I look forward to your comments.