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The gym I go to has stationary bikes with TV screens build in them and handle bars that you actually use to steer. You can ride around a boring track or play the dragon coin game, the future of stationary biking. The bike has gears like a normal bike and it steers like a normal bike but you peddle around a small village collecting coins and dragons, unlike a normal bike. This is the closest I have ever come to having fun while exercising. I hate exercising.
Someone out there understood that biking can be rather boring so why not throw in a little game to pass the time, albeit not a sophisticated game but enough to peek my interest. It got me thinking, why do I dread going to this insufferable place to sweat my heart out day in, day out with no end in sight? Why can’t exercising be fun? And don’t just tell me Pilates is fun or that class my Mom goes to is “fun” exercise, no its not, not to me anyway.
The first computerized exercise bike was developed in the late 1960′s and since then all we’ve done is make the seats a Continue Reading
There is a man who lives in my city, I’ve seen him around for quite some time now but anytime I say hello or talk to him it’s like he doesn’t have the time of day and saying hello to me is a burden. He’s an asshole. I questioned my friend that knows him much better than I do and he said the same thing, “Yup, definitely an asshole.” So it’s confirmed, he is in fact an asshole. Maybe he doesn’t mean to (highly unlikely), maybe I come off the same way to him (I’m a smiler so highly unlikely) so why does he do it? I think some people are just not happy people, they don’t want to meet anyone else, they’re satisfied with their friend circle and yes maybe saying a cheery HI, HOW ARE YA!?!? to me is a burden.
But wait, there is a silver lining to my cloudy relationship with this asshole. Recently I heard he started his own company. HIS OWN COMPANY? An asshole trying to make it as a business owner? I had to see for myself and low and behold when I checked online he did start a company. Personally Continue Reading
Want your company to look good? Want people to look up to your brand? Want people to say, “Wow, what a sexy brand!” Unless you are Richard Branson, you’re company’s brand isn’t that sexy. Don’t fret there is a solution.
At a recent Chamber of Commerce presentation I was attending, there was a small committee waiting to greet me immediately as I walked in. This wasn’t your regular Wal-mart greeter, far from it. Later I found out it was the DirectWest Street team, four great looking individuals begging to show me something on my phone, how could I resist? I learned how to do a local search on my phones browser, useful for a person like me or anyone that doesn’t carry a phone book on their hip. The interesting part is I’ve seen this service offered on a billboard before but never tried it out, until that day.
Involving your brand with young, beautiful people is a great way to better the brands perception, you can’t help but smile when talking to these folks. In Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink he talks about how good looking people are easier to talk to and much easier remembered, our first impression of Continue Reading
Sasktel, one of our local telecommunication companies introduced a new feature they called ebill. I’m sure you already took a stab at what “ebill” is, an online way to look at your monthly statements thus saving postage, paper and the company money in the long term. Great idea right?
It was a great idea until two months down the road my ebill account had been deactivated. Deactivated? Why? What reasoning did they go through to come to the conclusion that after 35 days of access to this online account they would need to deactivate it?
The first time I gave them the benefit of the doubt, maybe it was a security issue. I called and asked for them to reactivate my ebill account, they did and when I checked, it said “Expires in 35 days”. WHY? This defies all logic. Researching further I found that I need an “activation” code to activate my account, an activation code? I just got off the phone with the help desk guy and he didn’t think to tip me off about this activation code I’m going to need? I know it’s not his fault, someone has made a process that defies all Continue Reading
Just because no ones done it before doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Our world loves to conform to what is proper and what is right. I say standout, don’t conform, try something new, be different, challenge the impossible. Why? Because everything was impossible at one point before someone challenged it and prove it to be possible.
It can be very discouraging on the impossible path; it isn’t the norm so those that choose to challenge mediocrity are bound to face much ridicule. Trying something new is always scary but to those who dare to push the limits await a substantial reward. They are the trend setters, the leaders, the people that aren’t afraid to be wrong and without them our world would never progress.
If you’re one of these people good for you and good luck, if you’re not, maybe think twice about putting someone down for trying something new next time.