I found this letter by Tom Barrack, the big shot real estate deal maker behind Colony Capital LLC, inspiring – and it’s about more than a man’s point of view on the “Twilight” series (though that is really interesting too).
Here’s his point, what he encouraged his staff to do:
It is time for all of us to become more creative, spend more time outside of the strict arithmetic cadence of our business, and understand foreign points of view.
To boil it down, he came to this conclusion one night when he had nothing to do and decided to read “Twilight,” something he mocked. In the end, he was captivated and read the series. He realized he needed to step outside his own interests to stay vital.
I think I’ll do the same. There are loads of things I don’t get that others really love. I think I’ll give a few a try and see what I learn.
To start, I’m going to listen to an entire Justin Bieber CD. Maybe, like Barrack, I can tap into what makes so many people — even adults –love this kid so much. That fact has illuded me to this point. I’m also going to read the Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” the start of a book series that is dominating the bestseller list and creating all kinds of buzz about which actress will nab the coveted lead role in a new version of the movie. What is it about this series that has people flocking to it?
I’m sure I will come up with some more ideas for new things to try out. What about you? Feel like taking the challenge?