Monday, December 15, 2008
My last living grandparent is a sweet old lady; Granny Ruth has given my fairly new fiance and I a new bed as a wedding present. We've been sleeping on my mattress that I bought for $20 when I was 18. I am going the miss the dip in the middle of ol' beddy that miraculously survived college, but anywho; we went to Denver Mattress to see what was available. WOW, beds can be really comfortable but I couldn't help but be overwhelmed with the paradox of choice. I wanted to leave. We ended up talking to the mattress salesman that obviously failed as a used car salesman.
"For an extra $200 we'll give you pillows specifically matched for the mattress, plus a free chiropractic exam to help determine the most correct mattress." (rolls eyes)
I notice sell-out Dr. Brian Wieder on TV nearby blabbing about, uh, whatever.
We hum-hah and blah blah for a little while with the mattress guy while lieing down on the beds again.
"Here, I've got a test that we've taken the chiropractic profession."
This will be interesting.
"Hold your arm up and resist me pushing on your arm while you lie in this bed."
"Now resist me while you lie in this other bed."
Holy Cow! Can you believe that I was able to provide more resistance on the more expensive bed because my back was more supported. Bullshit.
Little did this used car...errr..mattress saleman know is that my fiance and I already knew about his little party trick. Try this at home. Have someone hold their arm into shoulder flexion.
Push down on their wrists with a closed grip.
Do a voodoo majic dance, give a vile drop of vitamin C, or put a poor sap on a more expensive bed and push on their wrist with an open palm.
It's a neat party trick, but this little trick is often used by quacks to sell their product, and I do dare say this is unethical. Read all about how these ducks took a pseudo-scientific treatment and gave it a scientific name.
Oh well, at least we're getting a new bed. Thanks Grandma!
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
BTW, for those of you in the Denver area this weekend; support funding for PT research while getting some high-quality education from Dr. Christopher Powers regarding the 2nd most common diagnosis seen in PT clinics, knee pain. Chris Powers is graciously donating his time to benefit the student organized Pitt-Marquette Challenge lecture series at U. of CO Denver.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
The forces of mediocrity
Maybe it should be, "the forces for mediocrity"...
There's a myth that all you need to do is outline your vision and prove it's right—then, quite suddenly, people will line up and support you.
In fact, the opposite is true. Remarkable visions and genuine insight are always met with resistance. And when you start to make progress, your efforts are met with even more resistance. Products, services, career paths... whatever it is, the forces for mediocrity will align to stop you, forgiving no errors and never backing down until it's over.
If it were any other way, it would be easy. And if it were any other way, everyone would do it and your work would ultimately be devalued. The yin and yang are clear: without people pushing against your quest to do something worth talking about, it's unlikely it would be worth the journey. Persist.
Who would you like to have dinner with?