LeBron James is six foot nine and a superior athlete.  He’s also a good pitchman, an interesting celebrity, and from what we hear just sank an amazing buzzer-beater last night.  In addition, he earns a ton of dollars, gets feted at awards banquets, and is lavished with the trappings of a King (which happens to be his nickname).

Meanwhile, you get the stink eye for showing up to your latest appointment 10 minutes late, due to commuting on a rail service that is two cars short yet again due to your state’s budget crisis.

Society may want to rob you of your superiority to Mr. James by placing him on a pedestal. And yet, the fact is, you are better than LeBron James. Even if his balance is so good he could carry a tea cup on his head through a hurricane.

But you’re the only you that exists on this planet, which counts for a lot. LeBron knows that size and athletic talent is not the secret of his success. It’s motivation. As James himself notes, “Greatness is defined by how much you want to put into what you do.”  So while you might not be able to jump as high as LeBron, your motivation and desire have no physical limitations. The sky’s the limit.

Besides, right now LeBron James may have already come down from last night’s victory and is dealing with some petty legal matter or pesky interview request, while you’re able to wander outside and enjoy a plate of crinkle cut french fries. Who’s got it better now?

So up your game, today. The sooner you look yourself in the mirror and say, “Damnit, LeBron James has nothing on me,” the sooner you’ll start receiving compliments on your improved posture and confident demeanor. You may even school LeBron in your particular field of endeavor and show him what real success looks like.  And you can share your fries with him, if you are the magnanimous sort.

In the midst of all the tributes to the former First Lady and mother of “W.”, we couldn’t help but wonder how this woman survived in the midst of two Georges and a Jeb.  So we did a little research and found this quote from her:

“The darn trouble with cleaning the house is it gets dirty the next day anyway. So skip a week if you have to.”

It seems that Babs overcame society’s push towards having everything neat and tidy (which, as we all know, life never is). One could also extrapolate this to include work, eating vegetables, and returning phone calls from the IRS.  We applaud her for turning her back on such small-minded thinking in favor of letting her freak flag fly — as well as not dying her hair or getting any botox (that we know of.)*

*As for her politics, well…as Babs also said, “I don’t like attacking.” So we’ll leave it at that.


 The ritual of playing a joke or spreading a hoax on April Fool’s Day is all well and good. But the merriest of pranksters know that returning to the narrow confines of “good behavior” for the other 364 days of the year completely misses the point.

The wise among us realize that our foolish nature is something to be embraced — and as often as possible. Apple pioneer Steve Jobs urged on the graduates of Stanford with the mantra “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” The queen of show business reinvention, Cher, says, “Unless you’re ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great.” Both agree that you must free the wild child inside you rather than timidly hide beneath a veneer of “respectability.”

So the question is, how will you embrace foolishness today? What pranks are you planning to shake up the status quo? What could you do tomorrow, next week, or next month that will have the office, locker room, or family den buzzing with laughter and conversation (after the shock wears off)?

Shouting “April Fool’s!” once a year is really not the best way to practice the art of foolishness, unless you do it on April 3rd. Or December 15th. Here’s to acting like Cher, or Steve Jobs, or your Uncle Dave, 24 hours a day…starting…now!

Even today, Cher is unafraid to act foolishly.