NO is the new UM

Have you noticed?

The answer to too many questions or ideas has become … NO.  It has seemingly replaced “let me think about it” or “I’ll get back to you.”  Fresh ideas that don’t fit in the containers they are supposed to are received by a “speak to the hand” before the second sentence can be heard or read.

We are living in a world with tremendous change that is somehow balanced with the guard that is not wanting to accept it.  New audio and visual approaches are driven by the technology, from street art to iPhone movies the stimulation is updated daily.

 If you want to make enemies, try to change something.  ~Woodrow Wilson

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.  ~Author unknown, commonly misattributed to Charles Darwin

Yes, I grew up in a world of processing film and being ready to see failures, yet trusting that the work was done right.  Now if you can press the button and learn from mistakes immediately and grow from it.  How great is that?  The learning curve is a straight line at a degree of pitch of your own choosing.

This should be a time of yes, yes, yes.

Is the resistance is fortified by the lack of interest in change?  What is being protected?  We will not be going backwards anytime soon, grab an E ticket because creative approaches to just about every industry are here and NOw. The times are volatile.  We all understand that.  We should all agree that there is nothing incorrect about the way it was done successfully in the past, but experimentation and chance without fear of failure or blame is what fertilizes new ideas.  Don’t encourage us to find the horizon if you really don’t want us to find it.

A scholar who loves comfort is not fit to be called a scholar.  ~Confucius, Analects

no    [noh] adverb, adjective, noun, plural noes, nos, verb

–adverb     1.(a negative used to express dissent, denial, or refusal, as in response to a question or request)     Origin: before 900; Middle English; Old English nā,  equivalent to ne   (

 See… even NO has changed though time.

The five senses are more robust than they have possibly ever been.  This vote is for exploration of possibilities and approaches that have never been done, even if some claim they are all influenced by everything that has been done.

 Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.  ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

 People that find the work arounds to obstacles they face to get the task done are genius.  Roadblocks are speed bumps to those the persevere.  Cheers to them, because NO is not a part of their vocabulary.

um   [uhm, uhn, uhm, uhn]  –interjection    (used as an expression of doubt, hesitation, deliberation, interest, etc.)    (

This is not a statement of rebellion … but, if proper consideration is not given to an honest and intelligent approach, doubt and hesitation will have to do as the current status of NO is really getting old.


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