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What color is your parachute?

May 17, 2006

I found a 1999 article by Daniel Pink at fastcompany.com that tells the story behind the book. I especially like the explanation of the title:

What Happened to Your Parachute?

What color is your parachute? Answer that riddle, and you’ve unlocked some fundamental secret about your work and your life.

Well, not quite, says Bolles.

"The question was just a joke," explains Bolles. "I had no idea that it would take on all this additional meaning." He first posed the question at a meeting in 1968. Somebody told him that several people in his organization were "bailing out." So to remind himself that he needed to discuss the topic, he scribbled "What color is your parachute?" on the blackboard. His colleagues chuckled. And that might have been the end of it — another one-liner forgotten before the laughter subsided.

I honestly got more out of Chris Sells’ MS interview page, but I think the book is definitely worth a look. 🙂 I think it’s interesting that when I read through the article, I thought it was recent. (It was linked to from my Live home page.)

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