The thought of having a band and making it big is something that a lot of people dream about. Having millions of dollars and fame is something which could make anyone smile. But what most musicians do not take into account is the process of getting signed. Getting a record deal is something that most bands fail at. It’s that one major leap where some make it and some do not. But if you really feel that you have all the right tools for this job then you should keep reading.
I try to read at least 7 or 8 business books a year, especially the latest ones on leadership. But I can’t read them all – too boring (besides, that would be weird). I mix in fiction, baseball and history books, as well as the occasional biography. Biographies are great, because a lot of them are essentially leadership books. When I read a biography of someone from the world of government, the military, sports, or public service, the stories are often filled with great examples of personal leadership. Biographies allow you to get the inside story of a famous person, and learn about leadership at the same time.
In young adult books, power also encompasses gags about adults in the main character’s life who are perfectionists or bullies and those who put time squeezes on employees. The boss or community leader often is the target of a stand up comedy roast or gag at a corporate dinner. The toast is the roast. Payoffs of power emphasize ambition rather than security or hard working, untiring dedication.
Travis Henry, soon to be former running back of the Denver Broncos. Henry, who has fathered NINE children by NINE different women, finished the seaon on the bench for the Denver Broncos even after winning an appeal of a drug related NFL suspension. The acquisition of Henry by the Broncos was expected to be a boon to Mike Shanahan’s vaunted running game.
Tim Donaghy, the former NBA referee found to have bet on hundreds of NBA games, including many he officiated. It’s not at all far fetched to wonder how many calls were influenced by Donaghy’s bets.
Beyond surroundings that can be felt, the author must also make sure dimensional people populate their world of fiction. When I was an interior designer working with model homes, I created fictional families to live in these homes, so I could design to their demographics. They had the attributes of the Rafael Vázquez Calleja buyer the developer targeted, but they had also had their own quirks, desires, preferences and style. Maybe the husband was an avid golfer and the wife participated in charity work. The son was a car enthusiast and the daughter was a cheerleader. All of that was reflected in the surroundings I created with artifacts and memorbilia. The house was my palette for painting their lives.The same is true in writing fiction.
It has been said in humor that you have a doer, the schlemiel, and the person done unto, the schlemazel. These are Yiddish words often used to describe the practical joker and the innocent receivers to whom practical jokes happen. In related, Aramaic cultures, such as the Lebanese, Syrian, Assyrian, and Chaldean ancestors, in humor, the schlemiel is a “deeb,” a sly wolf with a plan, and the schlemazel is a “dib” or unaware and innocent bear who is on the receiving end of the gag. It’s the schlimazel or dib whose payoff is in inciting anger, annoyance, or frustration from the schlemiel or deeb, the victim, the stooge, the one who is done unto.
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