Big Gold: A Close Look… (Book Review #0003)

Ric Flair is most commonly associated with the Big Gold belt. First introduced in 1986, the belt has been active and retired multiple times. It was used until 2014.

You may have noticed that I’m a big fan of professional wrestling. The spectacle that goes behind a professional wrestling event peaks my interest because it takes a lot of thought to execute a live event. For an event to be successful, the attendees have to be invested in the participants. Last year, I finished a book that provided the history of one of the most recognizable prizes in professional wrestling, Big Gold. The book writes about the belt’s adventure:

  • History (its significance in professional wrestling)
  • Origin
  • leather strap change
  • NWO abuse
  • lack of vendor support (vendor existed but relationship did not due to the changing of ownership of the promotion)
  • restoration process (what did it take to get back its original luster)

As a fan of pro wrestling, I enjoyed learning the history about the belt. As a process management professional, I appreciated learning what was done or not done to preserve the original prize.

So what can be taken from this? If it matters to you, keeping a system could avoid plenty of misfortunes such as losing vendor relationships, destroyed items, and not knowing what to do when things go wrong. The book is truly an example of when there isn’t a system in place it becomes very expensive to maintain a legacy. It will take a relevant professional to take care of the belt.

I would highly recommend the book for any professional wrestling fan. If you’re a professional consultant, I would cite it as an example of not establishing a system.

Thoughts? Comments? I’m an open book, holler @ me and let’s talk story.

How to Fail at Almost Everything… (Book Review #0002)

One of the first pictures that shows up when you google “failure”. (photo credit: http://cfocounsel.asia/avoiding-business-failure/)

It’s been a long time since I posted a book review. A couple months ago I finished reading How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life by Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert. It was a pretty easy read and it helped identify patterns I noticed with people I admire. In Scott Adams case, he went through plenty of hardships but continued to push through. Here’s a shortlist of his hardships:

  • failed ventures in restaurants and food
  • vocal incapacity
  • not being able to draw well

Key takeaway from the book: create a system for yourself. There’s no magic pill to get yourself successful however creating a system helps elevate your luck in getting there. A clear example is if you want to be healthy, it’s disheartening to think how far away you are from that goal but if you lay out your workout clothes and plan your meals, there’s a higher chance you can build a habit that can lead to getting to your goals.

If you’re interested in looking into the mind of a quirky cartoonist and see how he went from getting a job in an office to creating one of the most well known pop culture icons that represented a generation of programmers, I highly recommend reading the book. It’s always interesting to read what was going through someone’s head when he/she is met with a challenge.

Do you have any book recommendations? I’d love to hear them, especially since the new year is coming soon. Feel free to holler @ me so we can talk story.