What to do with the end of an endless Summer: Smile, study me and thrive!

Driven-sociability. It’s not just worth reading about: It’s how we survive.

The curse of long holiday weekends is that time can hang heavy on your hands. Still worse, every source of new online content goes off for it’s own bar-be-que. Apparently, the true purpose of the internet is wasting your time at work – not engaging you when you actually have time free to invest.

I have the cure for all of that. I’ll give you two Netflixable benedies first, since the best benefit of having time off is spending it with the people you love.

So for a date-night movie, I like Begin Again. And for the whole family, Chef rocks – especially on the kind of Ds virtues we saw so beautifully in the Houston floods.

Meanwhile, I had a Splendorous Summer. I always do well this time of year – Nine empathies was born on Labor Day weekend three years ago – but this year has been especially good for me.

Accordingly, if you want to spend some time improving your mind this weekend, I commend you to me. That’s a vanity, I know, but I have no idea what to do about it. I repay effort, but you can only find that out for yourself by making one.

DISC-my-way is the place to start, since the notation system will show up everywhere else. The big work this Summer was ThriversEd – the DISC of educational philosophy – but I’m also worth reading on leadership and marriage.

Humanity is Ds. We saw that this week in Houston: When every wealth of every other DISC strategy has been stripped away, the only wealth that endures is the Ds frame of mind – the drive to survive for me and mine.

Why should you be studying me? Because I have the map for getting our civilization back to it’s best expression: Driven-sociability.

It’s not just worth reading about: It’s how we survive.

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  • Brian Brady

    Good idea with Begin Again. Chef just rocks

    • I like how strong Begin Again is about marriage.

      That’s my Ds plot right there, in that film: Act I: Despair. Act II: Working it out. Act III: Better.

      Just that one story, told seven billion different ways, or at least enough for everyone to get it: Working it out works.

      • Brian Brady

        I watched Begin Again last night. Ruffalo plays a sympathetic character who let a few bumps in the road ruin him–you want to cheer for him to get his life back.

        One mistake Hollywood makes is what I call the “Hail Mary Pass” (life gets better with that stroke of genius, one break, etc etc). Redemption usually comes in small corrections when, strung together, make wins when, strung together, make up streaks which become trend or habit.

        The Hail Mary Pass is better theater though and it’s good for goodness’ sake.

        Ruffalo’s character’s real victory in that movie? His rescued his daughter from a life of bed-hopping, perpetual despair, and a few abortions

        • > “Hail Mary Pass”

          Deus ex machina. Drives me crazy, too. There has to be enough work in the second act to make the transition plausible. Carney does most of it with the two headphone montages, but he’s assuming people watch movies like directors watch movies, where everything you see is actively moving the story, even when you think it’s just scenery. He telegraphs the splitter in the establishing shots, so he thinks you know how much it matters to resolving the plot. That splitter is the thing that makes two solitary worlds social again; they’re remarried by it.

          Now I have to watch it again… 😉