Roy H. Williams · Invisible Heros · December 19, 2016
Pendulum in Action, invisible heroes, The Impossible Dream, business goals life goals

Man of La Mancha rocked Broadway in 1965 with its thundering theme song, The Impossible Dream.

You remember that song, don’t you? It opens in soft reflection, “To dream the impossible dream… To fight the unbeatable foe…” but then it defies mortal gravity to rise heavenward on a column of fury like an old Apollo rocket from Cape Canaveral:

This is my Quest: to follow that star!
No matter how hopeless, no matter how far!
To fight for the […]

Bob Hughes · Creativity in Business · October 05, 2016
Pendulum in Action, express yourself, creativity in business, engage with audience

“Man’s most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe,” writes Euripides in his play, Alcestis.

Although the play was first performed in 438 BC, Euripides’s thought has held true for millennia. But one might also say that, today, this trait is even more than valuable, it’s a necessity in an age when people believe what they want to believe, regardless of facts. We’re less judicious than we are judgmental.

Why is it that we choose to give credit to something, even if […]

Michael Drew · Business · October 03, 2016
Pendulum in Action, pendulum book, Amelia Earhart

We’re in danger of losing the courage of discovery and the poetry of curiosity, as we think only in terms of economics, inequality or of getting back at the other person for whatever the other person believes that isn’t in line with what we think the other person should believe.

The essayist Walter Lippmann wrote beautifully about heroes, specifically people who let curiosity take them to new places. In a

Bob Hughes · Small Actions · September 30, 2016
Pendulum in Action, write stuff, writing by hand, small actions

Cursive may be fading as a course in school, but people still do a lot of writing by hand. And when they do they’re likely to use something they give little thought to but that changed how people communicate: the ballpoint pen.

This week marked the 117th birthday of László József Bíró, who invented of the first commercially successful modern ballpoint pen, and patented it in 1938 (in some countries and certain languages, Biro’s name has become the term for a ballpoint pen: the word […]

Bob Hughes · Technology · September 29, 2016
Pendulum in Action, hacking accounts, Yaho and Google

We live in a digital world, and we’re digitally vulnerable. This is not news. But the recent news about how Yahoo Mail was pirated – with hackers breaking acquiring the account info of half a billion people – makes you realize just how prevalent and how easy such things have become.

We’ve all been hacked. It’s no longer even a necessity to apologize to all of one’s friends when they start receiving bizarre emails from someone using our email address. Now, we simply post on Facebook […]