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Beware the Stampede!

By: Equity National Title   April 8, 2020   No Tags   Uncategorized

Beware the Stampede!

Stampede is a noun and a verb which is our first sign that it is unusual and we should take note of it. As a noun, it means: ‘a wild headlong rush or flight of frightened animals’; as well as ‘a mass movement of people at a common impulse.’ As a verb, it means: ‘to cause to run away in a headlong panic’; as well as ‘to cause (a group or mass of people) to act on sudden or rash impulse.’ Either way, we should take care to avoid ...
My Lines: February 2020

By: Equity National Title   February 11, 2020   No Tags   Uncategorized

My Lines: February 2020

I was in a men’s clothing store this weekend and politely declined a salesman’s pressure to buy something then, mentioning that the store frequently advertised sales and that I would consider a return on the next sale. He quickly pointed out that their next sale would be President’s Day. As I left, I wondered why I don’t note President’s Day much at all anymore. We do not observe it in our business, considering is a ‘minor’ holid...
My Lines: The Magic of Christmas

By: Equity National Title   December 18, 2019   No Tags   Uncategorized

My Lines: The Magic of Christmas

Jenny had circled the beading station multiple times, checking on the progress Kenny was making with the necklace he was making for his girlfriend, Lily, and hoping to get a chance at making something herself. So she finally sat down, next to a stranger, and began the process of threading colorful beads into a bracelet. She had noticed how the stranger helped everyone who came to the station get their start, and shared encouraging and comforting ...
My Lines: The Mourning After

By: Equity National Title   October 14, 2019   No Tags   Uncategorized

My Lines: The Mourning After

A month ago, the 18th anniversary of 9/11 came and went, and like most old enough to remember, I remembered exactly where I was when a report of the first plane hitting a tower came. And, the second. And then the third (Pentagon). And the collapses of the towers. They are moments seared in my mind, brought alive once again by televised remembrances, documentaries and conversations in the days before and after the anniversary. And as vivid...
Story Lines: “Mickey Mouse to the Magic Kingdo...

By: Equity National Title   October 14, 2019   No Tags   Uncategorized

Story Lines: “Mickey Mouse to the Magic Kingdo...

Walt Disney was an animator, a voice-over actor, and a world class entrepreneur. Born in Chicago on December 5, 1901, Disney took art classes as a boy with plans of becoming a commercial illustrator. His interest in animation took him and his brother Roy to Hollywood in 1923 where they opened Disney Brother Studios. Disney introduced Mickey Mouse to the world in one of his very first “shorts” called “Steamboat Willie.” Created with Dis...
My Lines: July 2019

By: Jim O'Donnell   July 8, 2019   No Tags   Uncategorized

My Lines: July 2019

Around the fire-pit with my kids and their friends, I’m known for asking a conversation-starter question to get conversations rolling. My favorite is the following: ‘if you could go back in time as an observer, to what date or period would you go back, and why.’ My go-to answer is the weeks before, during and after the 4th of July, 1776. Last week, on the 4th, I confirmed it as my favorite as I re-read the Declaration of Independenc...
The Big Box Store

By: Equity National Title   July 1, 2019   No Tags   Uncategorized

The Big Box Store

Sam Walton transformed the retail grocery business making Wal-Mart the largest corporation based on revenue and the biggest private employer in the world. Walton’s retail career began in Des Moines, Iowa where he worked at J. C. Penney for $75 per month. He resigned in 1942 and went to work at the DuPont munitions factory in, Tulsa Oklahoma while waiting to be inducted into the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps. After the war Walton took over man...
What if you got 1% better every day?

By: Equity National Title   April 8, 2019   No Tags   Uncategorized

What if you got 1% better every day?

Lucille (my wife) thought I was having a mid-life crisis by signing up for two 5k races one week apart. For the first one she threatened my son Ryan into running with me. His job: make sure I did not croak during the race. I still don’t understand how he’d have helped if that happened other than for her to know sooner. It felt great to get started and as I jogged I thought about my times in the Downtown 5k over the years and gave mild thou...
A Computer in Your Pocket - Steve Jobs

By: Equity National Title   April 2, 2019   No Tags   Uncategorized

A Computer in Your Pocket - Steve Jobs

When Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, people around the world paid tribute to his vision and achievement. The Macintosh, the iPod, iTunes, the Apple Store, Pixar, iPhone and iPad, have transformed publishing, music and film creation and distribution, retail, computer animation, and mobile access to the internet. Job’s contributions revolutionized industries and reshaped popular culture. Steven Paul Jobs, adopted son ...
Self-Driven Success - Elon Musk

By: Equity National Title   March 11, 2019   No Tags   Uncategorized

Self-Driven Success - Elon Musk

Before new technologies or business models can be transformed, there is a period of instability. Change is difficult and most people don’t like it. But, as the old saying goes, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” This means things are always changing and that past transformation have consequences. Elon Musk was born in Pretoria, South Africa on June 28, 1971. By the age of 10 he’d taught himself computer programming ...

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