Trust. Gen Z. Broadcast Talent. Thoughts. Women v. Men. Challenge Met.

Judgement, Commitment, Sincerity. Bruh. Ask The Dog A Question! Top Of Mind. “Park The Car.” Heartwarming Inspiration.

  • Quote of the Day: “It’s not the honors and prizes of life which ultimately nourish our souls. It’s the knowing that we can be trusted, that we never have to fear the truth, that the bedrock of our very being is good stuff.” – Mister Rogers

Fred Rogers, a.k.a. Mr. Rogers, was a television host, author, producer, and minister best known for his long-running preschool television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1999, he received more than forty honorary degrees and several awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 1997 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002. I did not watch his show, but I am sure it was entertaining for children of all ages.

With all due respect to Fred Rogers, I wonder what his basis and foundation was when quoted? Did he have foresight into the world of money grabbing, the name, image, and likeness (NIL) debacle turning college sports upside down or was Fred Rogers fraught with disgust with people who ‘live up to the Joneses.’ Or was he just fed up with people that he simply did not trust?

Everyone defines trust in different ways. Obviously different on the personal and professional level, trust can be a fluid word depending on the circumstance. I have always put ‘trust’ into three buckets of equal weight, though the weight can be altered based on the circumstance.

  • Keeping the relationship sincere and positive.
  • Having solid communication and judgement.
  • Walking your talk/ Keeping commitments.

I doubt that Mr. Rogers tied these buckets to his quote, but one would think that he put a great deal of emphasis on positivity, judgement, and commitment. Simon Sinek is an author and inspirational speaker on leadership. This short video provides us with a different view and emphasis on trust. Do you agree?

An Interesting Way to Measure Performance and Trust.

  • Generation Z (Gen Z) is the name given to the group of people born between 1997 and 2012. This group gets a bad rap from some people -unwarranted criticism as every generational group is different. For the most part we are different from our parents, and our parents were way different than our grandparents. Gen Z, good, bad, or ugly, are the future and will lead us for years to come. authored this Gen Z survey and some of the findings will make you cringe…but remember, we did many things that our parents could not understand as well.
  • 40% have made a career decision based on advice from TikTok.
  • 53% advocated for themselves in the workplace.
  • 50% put in less time and effort at work.
  • 23% quit their jobs in the last two years, based on advice from TikTok.
  • 10% say they trust TikTok more than their parents for career advice.
  • 33% have pursued a side hustle to help cover expenses.

We can eyeroll at Gen Zs all we want, but this group is growing up in a technology-based world, which helps them provide and cope with constant change. They have also grown up relatively pragmatic, have a strong sense of mental health, and most of them emphasize some level of sustainability, including environmental issues and climate change. There is also the lighter side of Gen Z.

“Where Do You Live?”

  • Speaking of bad raps. Television broadcast talent sometimes gets a bad rap. Their jobs are challenging, especially with the advent of high-definition broadcasting and digital and streaming platforms. The ‘talent,’ are over-scrutinized by their producers and viewers alike. It is always great to see that broadcast talent, no matter the market they work in, are just plain people who sometimes just lose it live, on-air. The dog was the star of this segment, just awaiting the news anchor to ask another question.

Things I Am Thinking

  • The possible outcomes to the real estate commission ruling are numerous. My take: not every real estate transaction needs an ‘A+’ agent. With that said, an A+ real estate agent, for many transactions, are very much worth what they are paid in commissions. Will the flat fee commission scenario be the go-forward? I do not think so.
  • I went to a small performance theatre the other night to take in the band, War. Another reminder that many bands of yesteryear consist of real musicians. Seven members playing a variety of percussion, strings, and keyboard. What a concept.
  • Female entrepreneurs secured a record-high 27.8% of the total venture capital deal value in 2023. This is definitely a transformative period for female business founders and investors…and a welcomed one.
  • Months ago, Los Angeles Dodger superstar Shohei Ohtani signed a 10-year, $700 million contract. Last week, his interpreter and long-time friend Ippei Mizuhara was fired by the Dodgers for illegally wiring Ohtani’s funds, in the amount of $4.5 million dollars, to an illegal bookmaking operation. Did Ohtani not have a stopgap in place where he or his CPA had to authorize wire transfers?
  • McDonald’s is the world’s largest restaurant chain. Guess what chain is #2? (It is not Subway).
  • I mention leadership in my first take above. I do enjoy strong leadership, especially leaders who in no uncertain terms, can look at their audience or into a camera and provide a clear and concise message. The movie is Any Given Sunday and this coach, played by Al Pacino, offers up passion and leadership to his team. Yes, only a movie but the message of trust and team delivered by a strong leader can be motivating in all walks of life. Warning: foul language in the video.
“Either we heal now as a team, or we will die as individuals.”

  • Most of us have been involved with this situation. I am not slamming women – I am just pointing out that there are different reactions between men and women when it comes to driving directions and parking. I have been barked at as I sometimes passed by an open parking spot looking for ‘rockstar parking’…or questioned why I drive a certain route to a destination, and more importantly, when I have made the wrong turn. Sinbad cuts to the chase explaining this dilemma. Ladies: is Sinbad wrong? 🙂
“Just Take Me Home”

  • Autism is clinically regarded as a spectrum disorder, affecting people in many different ways. Some are non-speaking, some have difficulties with social interactions, and many others are hypersensitive or hyperactive. While many people and their families are dealing with the downside of autism, there are many stories of autistic people progressing through life at some level of normalcy. This is one story, from a few years back, that exemplifies the abilities of autistic people. A feel-good story, yes, and another example of achievement and what I call Pure Talent. Kudos to the coach for giving his team manager the opportunity to play in a game. You better have a tissue on hand.
20 Points from (6) 3-Pointers in Four Minutes. Wow!!

Adios, pay it forward, be safe, and have a Sunday Funday!

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