March 20, 2018
The world needs more writers like Rafi Kohan – explorers who, out of sheer passionate curiosity, set aside all else and plunge themselves into some mysterious realm armed only with pen, notebook, and an open mind. Recently, Rafi became intrigued with the American sports stadium phenomenon. He set aside that year to make ardent pilgrimage to scores of the stadia. From Green Bay’s Lambeau Field and Houston’s Astrodome to Atlanta’s Mercedes Benz arena and the sports’ homes in the Big Apple. Rafi tunneled into every facet, unearthing the secrets of scalpers, vendors, half-time showmen, and of course the amazing variety of fanatics.
Rafi’s resulting book is appropriately titled Arena – the Latin word for sand, which covered the floor of the Roman empires’ gladiatorial circuses. (Sand is an excellent material for soaking up blood.)
At today’s monthly breakfast meeting of the Association for Corporate Growth, (ACG-NJ.com), Rafi Kohan enthralled us all with an insightful talk about his discoveries into the depths of America’s stadia. (Did you know that stadium grass is grown on top of plastic sheets to achieve the necessary durability and consistency?)
During his talk, it became evident that Rafi was presenting the American sports stadium as both a temple of commerce and a temple of community. Chatting with him afterwards, I asked if he felt the weight of the proliferating commerce would crush the fans’ sense of community. His answer was cogent and marvelously hopeful. In essence, Rafi Kohan feels that while the commercial pressuring does lay a heavy mantle on those seeking the haven of the stadium sports experience, fans are necessary, resilient and their desires cannot be ignored.
To learn more about what treasures lurk in the tunnels of America’s sports stadia, you may buy a copy of Rafi’s entertaining book, Arena, and also keep your eye on The Art of the CEO radio show’s upcoming episode list (www.theartoftheceo.com) – where Rafi will be sharing his amazing experiences soon.
Wishing you every success,
– Bart Jackson
He saw himself as the people’s lion. In 1829 Andrew Jackson mantled the immense responsibility of seventh President of these United States. And under his powerful leadership, the Presidency was reshaped forever. Tough and battle-scared from defending this nation, Old Hickory stepped into office devotedly believing that the President, as the sole individual elected by all the people, was mandated to ferociously protect their lives and interests above all else.
He battled avaricious bankers, self-serving and special interest congressmen, and secessionists who would rend our democratic republic apart. Andrew Jackson stood as the prowling, fiercesome lion ever ready to claw the greedy few seeking to enrich themselves by oppressing the many. In this moral quest, Jackson engaged his blunt personal force and every political trick in the book. He established the presidential veto as political tool, employing it more than all his predecessors combined. He expanded the lawmaking role of the nation’s chief executive. He launched the tradition of the presidential road-trip as a tool to gather public consensus. In short, Jackson believed in democracy and the American people – a belief that won him the title of “King Mob” from many a wholly-owned congressman.
It is a marvelous thing to witness any person motivated by firm moral conviction. And Andrew Jackson opened the doors for all future United States’ presidents – opened them to build roads, clean our air and water, expand pubic education, preserve our parks, protect the drugs sold to our people and make secure the investments made by them. Such is how many of Andrew Jackson’s succeeding Presidents have used their expanded role.
Promulgated by the self-serving within this nation, there currently grows the myth that all government is bad government. True freedom, they assure us, may only be achieved by doing away with all government – the less the better. Alas, Jackson knew, and we have seen, that the destruction of our protective government affords freedom only to those greedy few, ever waiting to enslave and grow rich from the citizen many.
So on this Presidents’ Day may we all pause to honor those American Presidents who have defended the people of this nation. We applaud these leaders who have struggled to preserve our “democratic experiment” and place the interest of the people as their foremost driving conviction. May the women and men who hold this presidential office in the future mantle on Old Hickory’s legacy and his resolve.
Wishing you Every Success,
– Bart Jackson
While out skiing this morning to check the vines in their vineyard and brush the snow off their solar panels, we sighted this photo of what we claim to be an over-bundled Yeti crossing our property. Lorraine thinks he may have stowed away in our packs when they came back from Tibet. Bart says Lorraine is always complaining about how heavy her pack is.
Have fun and stay warm
Enliven your Self – your Career – and your Business (& have more fun.)
Yes, you are already a marvelous person. And with that wisdom you carry comes the knowledge that within your grasp is the power to make your self – your career – and your business even better. Thus, in the spirit of growth and carving out new opportunities, host Bart Jackson offers his 2018 New Years Resolutions list guaranteed to launch you into the coming year in a greater state of readiness. Tune in and take to heart some simple attitudes and disciplines that will bring you a lot more fun and make “Luck” find its way more frequently to your doorstep.
June 2 – NJ Senator Chris Bateman thanks Bart for his continued volunteer services and donations to the South Brunswick Public Library. Bart’s wife Lorraine ably directed the library and saw it through three major expansions throughout her career. Later, at the Library’s celebratory Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, Bart presented the Director’s Choice Award to that employee whom Library Director Chris Carbone judges to have contributed the most to the Library over the past year. The award, which Bart and Lorraine Jackson founded and sponsor, provides the winner and her/his best beloved a getaway weekend to the paradisal spot of their choosing – all expenses paid. Proof that hard work and dedication pay off.