The languages we speak

The languages of the world.
The languages of the world.



Years ago I was invited by King Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia to review their oil reserves.  After a whirlwind tour of the country we met back at the main offices of the Armco facility that controlled production for the entire country.  There we met the oil minister (Ahmed Zaki Yamani and a number of other people.

Our goal was to better understand the oil reserves and how they would be drawn down over the years to come.  The meeting began early in the a.m. and went on past lunch.  Whereupon the oil minister asked that we all take a break.  Not that kind of break.  Instead, he asked that everyone around this very large conference table to: restate their name, their title, the company they were with, where they went to school, the degrees they held and finally the number of languages they spoke.

I was the invited guest sitting immediately to the left of the oil minister.  Conversation worked its way around the table.  There were people from all over the world and most held multiple degrees including Ph.Ds and spoke many languages.

I knew I was going to be embarrassed, I just didn’t know to what extreme.  When it was my turn I answered all of the questions and when it came to the languages I spoke I answered, “I speak English.”

Almost immediately, a chap from England (the U.K.) said, “Excuse me Sir, you do not speak English, you speak American!” [Read more…]

Traditional Barber

MikeEvery so often I need a haircut (actually all of them (that is the few I have left).  The man for the job is “Mike.”  I’m well aware that by blogging about this fantastic experience may make my wait for him a bit longer but he deserves your attention.

My first business (besides two paper routes) was as a shoeshine boy inside my local (La Mirada, CA) barbershop.  I went there every Friday night and Saturday.  In exchange for sweeping all the hair up, they let me shine shoes for $.25 cents a pair.  I usually received a 5 or 10 cent tip.

It was here (and later another barbershop in San Diego, CA) that I learned the difference between a barber and a really great barber.  Mike falls into the latter category.  Why?

First, Mike will ask you what you want and not try to make the decision for you.  Next, he asks about me rather than me having to start a conversation or listening to everything about him.  However, I wanted to learn more about him.  I’ll give you the 411 I have in a bit.  Finally, when the experience is almost done, Mike does something that you rarely (if ever) see anymore.  Mike lathers up the back of your neck and shaves you there to insure you have a crisp clean haircut and leave with a great feeling.  He’s an expert at this and especially the “art” of barbering.

Who is he?  Well, he’s not really from around here.  He moved down here from near the Sacramento, CA area.  In addition to “real” barbering (a tradition in his family) he’s also a musician.  He plays a number of instruments and is a big fan of all types of music including opera.  Confused yet?

As a young man starting out in business a lesson I learned was NEVER judge a book by its cover . . . ever.  Never judge someone by the way they look (today).  Does Mike look like nearly everyone from my generation?  NO.  Mike is . . . well . . . Mike.

If you’re in need of the best haircut at a very reasonable haircut, give Good Fellas Barber Shop a try.  Pope (a wonderful barber herself) and others are barbers you’ll appreciate and like.  You’ll come back, again and again.

If you see Mike, tell him “DR says, HELLO.”


Quality of life, Zig Ziglar

Beginning with Mom and Dad, then a big brother or sister or even a great friend, most of us have people that influence our lives.  Besides family, Zig Ziglar was my first.  He’s the first person that I ever paid real (hard earned) money to see in person.  It was life changing for me.  He had written a book back in the mid ’70s called, “See you at the top.”  Click here to get this book.

The quote in the picture above is something I’ve said to others and to my children for as long as I can remember.  The other is, “How can I be helpful?” Both of these quotes are from men I admire and each, in their own way, have influenced some aspect of my life.

This morning, I found an advertisement for yet another publication from Zig.  He’s the author of 26 books.  Life changing books.  In an age where sound bites are what most people use to convey a message, perhaps we could restart the tradition of using quotes.  They can illustrate principles, values, emotions and certainly motivate others.  Here’s Zig’s newest effort.  Click here to see it.

My purpose here is NOT to sell books.  My purpose is to let you know that DR Rawson is the result of learning many things in life.  A life dedicated to helping others.

Thanks Zig.

R U Positive?


Today, we received a news link that details the number of jobs that have been reported as lost in each state.  We don’t have a way to prove or disprove the numbers given.  However, we do know how people are reacting.

There was a time when great news people like Paul Harvey made sure they counterbalanced the bad news with even a small bit of good news.  It seems to me that globally, we’re all looking for good news.

We know that even in times like these, new businesses are being formed and started.  New products emerge and new fortunes are being made every day.  Just because it didn’t happen to you or me or anyone we know, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.

Everyday someone’s life is changed for the good.  They become more aware, more thankful, more understanding and more humbled by what they see that others ARE accomplishing.

Many of my friends and I subscribe to Tut.  Thoughts become things . . . choose the good ones!® Here’s one of the more recent daily email:

What if, DR, you first got to decide how you’d like to feel – happy or sad, hurt or mad, approving or jealous – and then I had to go out and rearrange all the people and circumstances of your life to make it so?

You’d like that, huh?

You’d choose happy, eh?

more . . .

DR, your feelings are your choice, what manifests thereafter may not be – if you know what I mean.

Each day I receive something like this.  They’re titled “TUT . . . A Note from the Universe.  I subscribe because it simply makes me stop and think about each day.  What do you think about as you start each day?

Writing for an eMail or Blog

solutionsIsn’t the point of any method of communication to be understood?  Let me begin by saying I’m not an expert and I don’t hold myself out as one either.  I’m the receiver of more than 100 pieces of business email per day.  To some, that’s nothing.  Even when you add more than 75 junk or spam email to the mix, I’m not a heavy email receiver as are some people I know.

Everyday, I see what should be commonsense completely ignored in the email from companies that want our business.  The graphic at the left is good because it reminds us all, or should that the solution is within our own hands.

So, it occurred to me today that perhaps I could be helpful.  If others comment, they may be helpful as well.  We’ll see.  Anyway, here goes. [Read more…]