How the Internet began

There are many stories or how the Internet began.   And sometimes people take things a bit too seriously. Recently, we received this version which is as good a story as any!  Enjoy!

In ancient Israel , it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot. And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.

And she said unto Abraham, her husband, "Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?  And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, "How, dear?"  And Dot replied, "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price. And the sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."

Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent. To prevent neighbouring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was known as Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures - Hebrew To The People (HTTP).


Best definition of Entrepreneurship

A couple of years ago, I was digging around on the Internet and stumbled across the following definition of entrepreneurship from Harvard Professor, Howard Stevenson as written in 1983:

Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled.

I found it again just a few days ago in an article on WWW.INC.COM. It really home this time. I realized that every successful entrepreneur, business person, and individual I've ever met instictively follows Stevenson's definition. And it's not just in the business world. Think about the successful not-for-profits in our area. Think about the creators, directors, and managers of those organizations. Each embraces this definition of entrepreneurship in their own way.

This is one of those definitions that takes reading a few times to begin to ferret out its full meaning.


Regaining American Exceptionalism

The following piece caught my eye while reading Forbes Online.  We’ve always been a believer in the principal that anyone in this country is able to accomplish anything they put their mind to and work towards.   With the author’s and Forbes’ permission, we reprint it here.  To read the complete BLOG entry on, the link is:

  It is sad, but the persevering, winning attitude that has made Americans what we are is on the decline in our society.  The earlier generations of Americans from the Revolutionary War, to the Civil War times, to WWII Era Americans had a sense of pride, a sense of winning—at all costs.  That may be why, especially in the case of the latter, that they have been called the “Greatest Generation.” It may be no coincidence that as that generation has begun to fade from our society, the sense of winning and pride, has faded as well…

What has replaced it and is becoming more prevalent are a sense of entitlement, mediocrity and an extreme fear of failure.  This is evidenced by the fact that more and more we see instances of not awarding grades in school, not keeping score in athletic contests, celebrating finishing 4th and lower, and not even deciding winners (and losers) at all.

While this may say sound like a clever way to help boost self-esteem and many times boosting self-esteem has been used as the excuse for the rewarding mediocrity, it may in fact be contributing to and conditioning us to strive for lower standards, mediocre results and find still more excuses for why people cannot—or more importantly—will not, work to reach their true potential.


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