Archive for July, 2009

Big Russ and Me

Monday, July 27th, 2009

I have been reading the book “Big Russ and Me” by the late journalist Tim Russert. The book is told in a heart warming, home spun and laid back style you would expect from Tim Russert. The book reminds you a little of “Tuesdays with Morrie.”

The book makes you appreciate your father if you have a good one and it makes you appreciate what Tom Brokaw called in his book the “The Greatest Generation.” I am speaking of the WWII generation. I am sad to say that I don’t think future generations have lived up to the standards of work ethic, sacrifice and ideals of that generation.

Mark Tewart, author of “How To Be A Sales Superstar”

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Monday, July 27th, 2009

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Use “The Miracle In The Andes” To Face A Bad Economy”

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

I had the honor of meeting Nando Parrado and hearing his speech titled “Miracle In the Andes.” In case you have never heard of Nando Parrado or the “Miracle In The Andes”, let me explain. Nando Parrado and his teen age rugby team, some family members and supporters were flying to a match in Chile when their plane crashed deep in the Andes. Many of the passengers including his sister and mother died in the crash.

The surviving passengers were stranded deep in the Andes 12,000 feet up in the mountains without food, water, clothing or supplies. They endured thirty below zero temperatures, an avalanche and conditions that would seem unthinkable to survive. By listening to a radio that made it through the crash they heard that the search for them had been called off and they would be left for dead. With no other means of survival the crash survivors eventually turned to the their only option. The survivors used the bodies of the dead passengers for food and survival.

The entire story is an unimaginable tale of courage, strength, teamwork and instinct for survival. I certainly can’t do the story justice so I would invite everyone to read the book and watch the movie “Miracle In the Andes.” Watching Nando and listening to his incredible story while revisiting the painful experience made me think of things we all take for granted. I thought of the many people suffering in the economy but how those pains pale in comparison to what Nando and his friends went through. Nando said it best in his speech, “Since that day I may have had issues, but I have not had problems.” I guess everything is a matter of perspective. Everything you face in life is determined by how you handle those issues. I like Nando’s choice of words to describe the perspective. Issues? Maybe, but no problems.

Mark Tewart, the author of “How To Be A Sales Superstar” /

Rude, Fat People Rant

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Okay, you can see already that I am not politically correct. Last week I flew on a business trip and as I approached my seat, an obese woman sitting in the seat next to what was supposed to be mine, looked down at the approximately three inches of my seat she left for me and then looked out the window.

I paid for my seat. She paid for hers. She got here seat and most of mine. Her right to be fat should end at her seat. The seat she paid for did not include the right for her fat ass to take up my seat as well. It’s rude and theivery at the same time.

Lo and behold, on my return flight the man sitting next to me was about 400 pounds and approximately 6’4.” Once again I paid for a seat I did not get to use. My back and hip still hurt from leaning away for over two hours each way. Airline seats may be too small for comfort for anyone but they do fit the large majority of people.

If you are a large person or obese you need to buy an extra seat. If you are obese you may not feel it’s right to have to buy two seats but it sure is not right for you to take your seat and mine. I am not responsible for your double-wide ass and I don’t want to be penalized for it. Attention airlines, please do your job without fear of the ACLU and require fat people to buy two seats. If these fat people show up for a flight and have not paid for the second seat, please do the right thing and make them pay for a second seat if available or if there is no seat available then don’t let them fly.

I am done tolerating this unacceptable and rude behavior. Be forewarned airlines and rude fat people, the next time a rude fat person tries to break my back by taking up my seat with their fat ass, I am going to raise hell with you and the airlines and I will be in the right in doing so. Enough already!

Mark Tewart, the politically incorrect author of “How To Be A Sales Superstar” /

Michael Jackson vs. Billy Mays

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

It’s been non stop media coverage of Michael Jackson. People seem to have elevated Michael Jackson to a God-like status. On the other hand when the media has mentioned Billy Mays the famous TV ptichman, the reports often portray him in a loud carnival barker type manner. As usual, our society has things backward.

It’s true Michael Jackson was a great entertainer and contirubuted some wonderful things to our society but as a human being Mr. Jackson had some serious flaws. I never like to judge one persons flaws versus another but come on. Enough already with the idolization of someone who should never be considered an idol.

Billy Mays on the other hand rose from selling products on the Atlantic City boardwalk to becoming a rich, famous and very effective pitchman for products. In our society anyone who is associated with marketing or selling is looked on in a less than truthful or favorable light. One thing you can say about Michael Jackson is that for most of his life he was a masterful marketer and salesperson.

The difference is that we revere the marketing and sales techniques of entertainers such as Michael Jackson or Madonna and scorn a person such as Billy Mays. What a shame. I’ll take Billy Mays and his life and contributions any day over Michael Jackson’s. I have a ten year old son and I would not hold Michael Jackson up as an example to aspire to but in a heartbeat would use Billy Mays as an example to model.

Selling and marketing is noble. Blindly Idolizing ball players and entertainers is not.

Mark Tewart, author of “How To Be A Sales Superstar” /