May You Stay Forever Young

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Any time I can find a way to work Bob Dylan into a business blog post, I’m going to jump at the chance.  My adoration for the Bard of Hibbing, Minnesota has never been in question, and my appreciation for how he has continued to stay relevant amazes me.  Okay…I admit that I’m still scratching my head over how he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for literature, but one can never deny the man is a master wordsmith.

While I will admit to being old enough to have been around when the “Dylan Goes Electric” controversy was one of the biggest crimes against humanity ever foisted upon a folk music audience, it didn’t really have much significance to my grammar school sensibilities.  The Byrds’ covers of his works made him more accessible to my AM-radio ears, so I learned to have an appreciation for his writing (although my mother could never handle hearing his voice).  As I matured, so did he, and his lyrics became more moving and personal.

And relevant.  Dylan kept (and keeps) evolving and remaining current.  I write this, despite his album of Sinatra covers being painful to me.

And that’s the beauty of Bobby Z.  Relevance and reinvention.  This article relates how Bob Dylan has kept reinventing himself…and how you can follow his methods for your own success in business.

Funny…when I left a job several years ago, I had “Maggie’s Farm” playing in my head, as that family business was painfully similar to the working conditions Dylan described.

Safe to say, he’s played a big part in the soundtrack of my life.

Mike Schenker, MAS
Mike Schenker, MAS, is an award-winning promotional products industry professional and All That at Mike Schenker, Consulting. He’s been a distributor and a supplier, and has a view of our industry which can best be described as “unique”.  He takes the promotional products business very seriously, but not himself, and his reflections on all things imprinted can be found in his monthly column for PromoCorner.  He is one of the admins of the popular Promotional Products Professionals group on Facebook, a two-time candidate for the PPAI Board of Directors (but he’s not bitter), a member of the SAAGNY Hall of Fame, and the recipient of the 2014 PPAI Distinguished Service Award.
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