Meaning to Be More Meaningful

Meaning to Be More Meaningful

Interesting TED talk about making medical data more meaningful. If you can help extract meaning out of data it can have a very, pardon the phrase, meaningful impact on outcomes.

It kind of reminds me of the Papa John's ad slogan, Better Ingredients. Better Pizza.

Medical Data: Better Data. More Meaning. Better Outcomes. 

In fact, if you apply better data to battling chronic disease it can have a significant impact. It goes back to the adage of data turns to knowledge turns into action.

If people could only figure out that action requires incentive....

Regardless, I think that we're finally on the edge of the mHealth boom. It's been a long time coming, but the combination of smartphone proliferation, accessibility and development of tools finally brings us to a point where it can get some traction with the end user. I still think there is a long way to go on the function and value of many of the health apps out there today, but it will Darwinism at its finest to see who can adapt and survive.

Image via: Cambridge Consultants

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It's a game of inches.

It's a game of inches.

Even Jesus Loves Football
I have always thought that life is never a big decision, but it is a series of small, seemingly insignificant decisions that lead you down the path. Life is a game of inches.

Here is Al Pacino, in 4 minutes of his best work.

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Everthing I Know I Learned Moving Furniture

Everthing I Know I Learned Moving Furniture

I moved furniture for a summer back in college because at the time it was paying top dollar for a summer job--$7.00. I learned a lot that summer besides a more colorful vocabulary and in hindsight a lot of it applies to life and work today as it did to moving furniture on those hot summer days.

If I heard it once I heard a half dozen times that summer from honest, hard working guys that cut a living from moving stuff from place to place and it was, "stay in school."

I did stay in school and I look back some 15 plus years ago and think about some of the lessons learned that summer hauling furniture around Northern Indiana.

1) Respect those in front of you.
There is a pecking order and you are at the bottom.

2) Show up, shut up and hold your end up
Simply, be on time, don't complain and carry your weight.

3) You don't stop until the job is done
It may be 5 o'clock somewhere but you don't finish working until the job is done and there isn't a dinner break.

4) Leadership is everywhere.
There were crew leaders and guys I now think in hindsight were very good leaders. They kept it light, kept you laughing, worked you hard when they needed to, showed up well to the lady of the house and were the first one to hand you a beer after a long day.

5) Have a strategy before you start
Big house jobs would have a lead guy who surveyed the house and made the calls on when and how the furniture would go on the truck. Sometimes these were cross-country moves and you would have to get an entire house into half of an 18 wheeler. I had never seen spatial reasoning to this degree it really is something to behold and it wouldn't work unless there was a strategy before bringing the first dresser on to the truck.

6) Build a solid foundation
You don't fit an entire house of contents on a foundation of book boxes. Always start with a good foundation and you can always build on top of it.

7) If it doesn't fit, try it from a different angle.
If something doesn't seem like a good fit, try looking at it from a new or different perspective and see if that helps clarify the situation. It helps every time.

8) Always, I mean always, hold up your end.
It was a cardinal sin of sins to drop a piece. If you are carrying a heavy load like a loaded dresser you cannot under circumstances drop your end I don't care how tired you are.

9) Sometimes the easiest looking jobs are the hardest.
Usually the crew leader was responsible for the loading the truck. He didn't necessarily carry all of the furniture but he had to make sure it got on the truck safe, sound and arrived at the destination in the same condition. Not the hardest looking job, but it was the hardest.

10) It's easier to pull than push.
Work smarter not harder. These guys had all kinds of tricks to save their backs, time and effort.

All-in-all a good summer, I made some money for school and in hindsight learned a whole lot more.

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Fate, Luck and Chance...

Fate, Luck and Chance...

I am a little random today, but playing catch-up on some reading.

I like Gary Vaynerchuk not because I am a wine guy, like my brother, who is the proprietor of, but because this guy talks such a good game and really has made a name for himself. He could sell ice to Eskimos. I pick something up from him every time I see a video. He is absolute living proof that charisma and hustle can take you pretty far in life. Or a favorite quote of mine is, "fate, luck and chance favors action over inaction."

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