Leslie Ungar

THE INNER BRILLIANCE THAT IS LESLIE G. UNGAR
President of Electric Impulse Communications, Inc.
Akron, Ohio

George Burns

You may remember George Burns. The cigar-gumming circular-bespectacled comedian. He was known for many things from his acting parts in Oh, God and The Sunshine Boys from his earlier vaudeville fame to the fact that he lived to be 100.

You may not know that he was born Nathan Birnbaum. He was one of 12 children born in New York City. He had a brother who ended up in Akron Ohio in the “schmata” business. In the 1950’s he opened a high end women’s dress store named Birnbaum’s. The store remained open until the early 1980’s.

Are you still making excuses to use a paper calendar?  You don’t have a flip phone anywhere on you, do you? I don’t know about you, but I loved my Daytimer. Perhaps you loved your Franklin planner. I was more efficient with my beloved Day-timer than I am with my Smart phone, smart as it is. Even though I could take out my Day-Timer and make an appointment faster than those at the table with a phone, the day came when I had to stop using pen and paper. It was dated, old school, so last century.

You can live your life by one of two philosophes. You can choose to be the exception to any rule or you can choose to be the rule. There are always exceptions: JFK was the first-and last-Catholic in the White House and Chrissie Evert had a winning unorthodox backhand. But both of these are the exception not the rule. 

The rule about the Internet is that you have to offer substance. There is so much information available at the touch of finger that flashy technology is not enough to win friends or customers. You have to have substance.

Except for the exceptions.

I love the presidential primary season. Most Americans say they hate it, but I love it for  Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and even Bernie Sanders and his 90% tax proposal. The Donald is used to saying whatever he wants, whenever he wants to say it. So in his speech to announce his “candidacy” he called immigrants from Mexico rapists and basically sex offenders and drug lords.

Congrats on your child’s recent graduation. You were probably fortunate enough to hear a great commencement speaker at a college graduation. Robert De Niro, Maya Rudolph, Jon Bon Jovi, the Obama’s, and Flo from the Progressive Insurance Commercials were all commencement speakers this graduation season. They probably told their young audiences that opportunities were limitless, the world was your oyster, and to follow your passion. But did they tell them how?

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