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Responding to yesterday’s “Eye Opener” piece, which concerned the importance of being open to the possibility that the future could look very different from the present, MNB user Paul Durrenberger wrote:

This is just an aside from one of “the little people.” Albert Einstein wrote; “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

That’s like my mantra, since I’ve never been confident about the depth of my knowledge.

MNB user Bill Kesl wrote:

I know it is difficult to believe, but I have been to the future and back.  There is no Styrofoam, Starbucks or programmed/scheduled television programs in the future.  Oh, and wines are not sold in glass bottles (or boxes) but rather in coupes – you don’t know what that is yet.

I’d better register the name.

And another MNB user wrote:

Wow. From psychology to taxes you’ve eloquently linked two superficially unrelated stories to make very valid point.  You also commented on the need for and duties of a “thought leader” which, sad to say is a dying art in the presence of ”what have you done for me lately” investors.

The-chiefexecutive.com estimates that the average life expectancy of the average CEO is now somewhere between 30 and 40 months.  That’s not much time to formulate, much less carry out even a 5-year plan.  10-year plans must look like a pipe dreams to the average CEO who’s performance is most likely tied to wall street as much as anything.  I think the reality is that CEOs and even managers have a mindset of I gotta make my number.  My own company is like that, circumstances be damned we gotta make the number.  And at some point, usually a turning point, people start to manipulate to make the number and begin sacrifice the future to get there.  And I’m certain that they have all the justification in the world, namely if I don’t do it they hire someone else who will.  My fear is that thought leaders get thought of as day dreamers who don’t have their eye on the ball.


A legitimate fear, but you gotta have hope. We are not alone.

Or, to quote John Lennon:

You may say I’m a dreamer,
But I’m not the only one.
I hope someday you will join us.
And the world will be as one.





We had a piece yesterday about how the Great Lakes Brewing company in Cleveland has re-released a bitter beer that it makes under a new name - “Quitness,” to mark the decision by LeBron James to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers to play with the Miami Heat.

According to the original AP story, “30 gallons of ‘Quitness’ ale sold out in three hours Wednesday at the company’s downtown brewpub. The beer will return Saturday on a first-come, first-served basis.”

MNB user Jeff Folloder responded:

With regard to the bitter beer availability in Cleveland, I'm told that it is available in Miami... for less money.

MNB user Alan L. Perlman chimed in:

In your story about the “Bitter Beer”, AP would have been more appropriate in saying “30 gallons of ‘Quitness’ ale sold out in three hours Wednesday at the company’s downtown brewpub. The beer will return Saturday on a first-come, SELF-served basis!”

Good lines, both.

Wish I’d thought of them.
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