Let me confess, I was a little less than inspired to get this one started. Not because of the content. Actually, I’m not sure that’s entirely true. Maybe it is the content. Because, to really unpack the 3 master-planned developments that I tie in below, would be an enormous amount of work. That is, if I want to do it right anyway. So let me start with another confession and I promise that we’ll get back to the NAIOP program that I am writing about in this Takeaways.
Here it is. The confession. I have become a podcast junkie. I love them! In fact, I talk about them every single time I get a chance to. For a list of the podcasts I listen to regularly send me an email. I’d be thrilled to share! The first podcast I really started listening to was Revisionist History by Malcom Gladwell (author of The Tipping Point and Outliers, two of my favorite books.) When I wanted to try and indoctrinate my wife into the world of podcasts, I played her Episode 7 from Season 1 – Hallelujah. The whole thing is 39 minutes. If you click on Play below, you can hear it right from the website. Well worth it!
It is titled Hallelujah after the Leonard Cohen song… made famous by Jeff Buckley’s cover… of John Cale’s cover… of the original… and only after Jeff Buckley died tragically which brought attention to his work. Well, he was actually assumed dead because he was never seen again after a “strange turn of events swimming in the Mississippi River.” But let me pause now and answer the question that just popped into your head. Where the heck is this going?!?! I’ll tell you.
In Revisionist History Malcom Gladwell “goes back and reinterprets something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood. Because sometimes the past deserves a second chance.” Episode 7 of Revisionist History isn’t just about the song Hallelujah. It is actually about genius, time and iteration, and the creative process. So here we go.