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February 6th, 2013

Sports, Buoyancy, and Dynamic Balance

By Ron Nakamoto

During the Super Bowl power outage, I read the blog post below.  I had grown tired of the seemingly unending chatter of the announcers and commentators trying to fill the unexpected non-playing time while the power was being restored.  Having spent 30 years in the Bay Area, I expected to be decidedly pro-San Francisco 49ers for this game.  I surprised myself, however, with my reaction to the event:  I really didn't care who won, I just wanted to see an exciting game (which it ultimately turned out to be).

 The Super Bowl is an American "cultural" event that has the potential to lift people's buoyancy.  I use the word "buoyancy" intentionally because it's a trait described in Daniel Pink's new book "To Sell is Human".  According to Pink we're all in sales because we all have to influence others and promote our ideas.  Thus, buoyancy – in essence, a positive outlook on life – is one of the key qualities that Pink posits are necessary for sales success ("attunement" and "resilience" are the others).

 The author of this blog post advocates "balance" rather than dismissing sports as a distraction.  I would suggest the #empoweredwealth concept of "dynamic balance", applied in this instance in the context of sports "experiences" amongst core, financial, and contribution assets.  And I would add buoyancy as a desireable trait related to the tool "positive focus".

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Are Sports Just a Distraction?
Noam Chomsky argues that sports are a form of propaganda for the masses, designed to breed unwarranted regional loyalty and distract from more important matters.

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