Quotes of the day

“You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars.”

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“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.”

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United States: FIFA compliance official pleads guilty in U.S. bribery case
Apr 28, 2017 08:00 pm

A member of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee pleaded guilty on Thursday to U.S. charges that he took close to $1 million in bribes in exchange for using his influence within the global soccer governing organization. Richard Lai, 55, pleaded…

Japan: Olympus scandal: Former bosses to pay $529m over fraud
Apr 28, 2017 07:30 pm

Six executives sacked by Japan’s Olympus have been ordered to pay more than half a billion dollars in damages after a massive accounting fraud. The camera and medical equipment firm brought the case against ex-chairman Tsuyoshi Kikukawa and 15 others….

United States: 1MDB prosecutors said to eye ex-Goldman banker’s money moves
Apr 28, 2017 07:00 pm

US prosecutors investigating Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s role in raising almost $6 billion for Malaysia’s 1MDB investment fund are asking questions about money flowing through accounts linked to Tim Leissner, the lead banker behind the transactions, according to people familiar…

China: China reveals foreign addresses of corruption suspects living in Canada, US and beyond
Apr 28, 2017 06:30 pm

China’s anti-corruption authorities have published foreign addresses for 22 of its “most-wanted” suspects, who they believe are living around the world in plain sight. They include five graft suspects in Canada – all of them in the western province of…

Qatar: Qatar sports anti-corruption group lays off staff
Apr 28, 2017 06:00 pm

An anti-corruption sports watchdog funded by Qatar as part of its rapid rise as a destination for major sporting events is laying off about a quarter of its staff in a rare case of the Gulf monarchy scaling back. The…

India: Karnataka is most corrupt and Himachal Pradesh least corrupt state, says survey
Apr 28, 2017 05:30 pm

People in Karnataka claimed they faced the most corruption — especially when interacting with or availing government services — while residents of Himachal Pradesh said they faced the least corruption, according to a public survey conducted by a New Delhi-based think-tank…

Did you know…

… that today is International Congress of Women Day? The International Congress of Women convened on this day in 1915 at The Hague, Netherlands, with more than 1,200 delegates from 12 countries. The meeting was dedicated to the cause of peace and a resolution of the great international conflict that was World War I.


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.”

— Saint Francis de Sales

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The Bingo Method : Seth Godin

You might need help to turn an idea into a project.

Most of the time, though, project developers walk up to those that might help and say, “I have a glimmer of an idea, will you help me?”

The challenge: It’s too challenging. Open-ended. To offer to help means to take on too much. And of course people are hesitant to sign on for an unlimited obligation to help with something that’s important to you, not to them.

Consider the bingo method instead.

Build a 5 x 5 grid. 25 squares. Twenty-five elements that have to be present for your project to have a chance. If it’s a fundraising concert, one of the grids might be, “find a theater that will host us for less than $1,000.”

Here’s the key: Fill in most of the grids before you ask someone for generous help. When nine or twelve of the squares are marked, “done,” and when another six are marked, “in process,” then the ask is a lot smaller.

A glimpse at your bingo card indicates that you understand the problem, that you’ve highlighted the difficult parts and that you’ve found the resources and the knowledge necessary to complete most of it.

You’ve just asked a much easier question.

Quote of the Day

“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.”

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“I will do my best. That is all I can do. I ask for your help – and God’s.”

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“Age is not important unless you’re a cheese.”

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