Reverse The Curse – Dominican Republic Update

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Over the last several years we’ve been laying the foundation. Doing the work. Going over, under, around and through barriers. Today… We had a great call with our giving partners about finishing up the mini documentary that will tell story of why goats are good for battling poverty and how the goats tie into baseball in the Dominican Republic. We have some exciting plans for getting goats into the hands of families who need them. The goat is not a curse. It’s a blessing. And you can help give goats to families in need. The time is now. #reversethecurse #donateagoat #goat #goatsofinstagram #greatestofalltime #gocubs #gogoats

The Year of the Goat: Screaming Edition

The Year of the Goat has begun! Celebrate the beginning of the Chinese New Year with prosperity and abundance.

We’ve wrangled up the our favorite 15 screaming goats to celebrate.

1. Screaming baby goat 

2. Screaming Sheep Goat  

3.  Bit the Goat

4.  Terrifying!

6. Billy Goat goes Bananas

7. …

8. Lovey! (A staff favorite)

9. Whaaaat?

10.  The Spitting Goat

11.  What about Bob?

12.  Poor guy

13. Let it out, Goat

14. This cute Pumpkin

15. Goat Zeppelin

 

 

Thanks for stopping by!  We hope you enjoyed watching this half as much as we enjoyed making it.

The Fainting Goat Technique

Yes, fainting goats do exist. But they don’t actually faint: it’s a medical condition known as myotonia congenita. Basically, when startled, the goat’s muscles tense up and it keels over appearing as though the poor animal has suffered a heart attack, although the goat experiences no known pain in the matter.

We’ve been able to see fainting goats in person at several farms, where they were being used as decoys for predators such as wolves and coyotes; the fainting goat becomes easy prey while more valuable livestock (mostly herds of sheep) escape safely. It doesn’t take much to startle the little fellas, either; a loud clap or holler and “down goes Frazier!”

What we had never seen before, however, is a fainting goat on the gridiron. Arkansas State wide receiver Booker T. Mays III., albeit not a goat, changed that when he pulled the “fainting goat technique” during a recent game.

Chip Patterson details the story of how Mays’ fainting goat play came to be. Below’s a Youtube video of a fainting goat in action. If you’re interested in learning more about fainting goats, click here or risk fainting.

It’s Leadership, Not Magic

I’ve read countless articles on how to build a “winning culture” in the workplace. You’d think magic was a critical ingredient of the recipe. But I’m here to tell you, as someone fortunate enough to have been a member of several winning cultures, it doesn’t take magic.

Winning culture at the workplace, if I may say so, is merely good leadership. Good leaders set good examples, they motivate, they inspire, they hold people accountable for their actions. Most of all, good leaders instill a workplace mentality of togetherness, one where caring about your co-workers is on equal, if not greater, footing than caring about numero uno. And that, essentially, is the cryptic message from in the numerous articles I was referring to at the beginning of this post.

Expecting to build a winning culture with poor leadership is the same as expecting Lake Michigan to freeze over in mid July, which is also spoken from personal experience (dare I mention I’ve also been a member of several losing cultures!). As a side note, there is a silver lining to experiencing a losing culture, which is the beginning of a burning desire to find and contribute to a winning culture, not to mention, a deep appreciation to be a part of it. 

Nevertheless, for entrepreneurs leadership starts by looking in the mirror and setting the right example for your own support group /work force. Your company’s growth will eventually bring leaders to the surface among your rank and file, following the examples you sent trickling down from top to bottom. That, friends, is when winning culture blossoms, and only then is when the magic can begin…