October 21, 2014

THE UNIMAGINABLE IMAGINED


"Moralities, ethics, laws, customs, beliefs, doctrines --these are of trifling import. All that matters is that the miraculous become the norm."

Henry Miller (1891-1980) American author

That last sentence would make a pretty good mission statement wouldn't it?

But how?

Left only to a mission statement hanging on the wall, useless.

Could (would) you even attempt to create a work culture where miraculous results was the expected norm?

October 20, 2014

YOUR LIFE'S CLOCK IS TICKING


"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet/dramatist

We all need to just "exist" some to much of the time; we can't always be "living" in the way implied by Mr. Wilde.

But for most "living" too much is not the problem.

I generally know when I'm doing one versus the other and I do my best to swing the pendulum toward purposely living.

What about you?

October 17, 2014

THERE IS A DEADLINE, DON'T MISS IT



"By the time a person has achieved years adequate for choosing a direction, the die is cast and the moment has long since passed which determined the future."

Unknown

Most of us over 40 know this.

If you're not, ideally you'll either spend enough time finding what's best for you, or will be fortunate enough to simply luck into it.

I'd recommend you work for the former rather than expect the latter.

October 16, 2014

THE MORE YOU KNOW THE MORE YOU KNOW YOU DON'T KNOW


"Who knows most believes least."

Proverb

You know (or should know) this if you've invested in start-ups for which you did not do sufficient due diligence prior to making your investment. 

But this applies to every aspect of business.

October 15, 2014

THE NEED TO BE NEW AND THE DANGER OF "TOTALLY"


"To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic."

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter

The trouble with this quote is it is absolute, implying that copying others is always necessary and acceptable whereas copying ourselves is not.

I don't like absolutes and this is an example of why.

Excluding very few things, very little I know of is "always" or "never" "everything" or "nothing".

All that said there is value in the concept although I would not draw distinction between copying myself or someone else.

Sooner or later we all have to change so best to make that part of your life from day 1.

October 14, 2014

I KNOW I MAYBE DON'T KNOW, BUT NOT MUCH ELSE


"Most ignorance is invincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know."

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) British author

Interesting.

I wonder if we ever know we don't want to know?

Hmmm, I don't know.

October 13, 2014

FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE


"Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it."

Horace Mann (1796-1859) U.S. educator

As true for the bad habits as it is the good ones.

Be careful what you weave.

October 10, 2014

WHAT DO YOU THINK?


"He never chooses an opinion, he just wears whatever happens to be in style."

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) Russian writer

"Never", which means "he" is always following the flavor of the day opinions of others.

We should all be influenced by a multitude of opinions, including our own, always changing.

October 09, 2014

WHO'S IN CHARGE HERE? WE ARE!


"That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part."

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) third president of the United States

Just as true in business where it's called "employee engagement."

Your employees may acknowledge you as being in charge but it would be much better if all felt as though they were.