September 18, 2014

SITTING IN JUDGMENT OF YOUR WIT


"Less judgment than wit is more sail than ballast."

William Penn (1644-1718) British religious leader


However you define "wit", without an appropriate amount of judgment, too much of (w)it is too much.

September 17, 2014

HE SAID TACTFULLY


"Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves."

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) President of the United States

Tact walks the line between truth and fiction, in the extreme, honesty and deceit.

Do your best not to cross the line.

September 16, 2014

I HOPE THIS FOR YOU


"The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune's spite; revive from ashes and rise."

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Spanish novelist/dramatist/poet

Relying solely on hope is every bit as bad as having no hope at all.

The sweet spot is finding balance between the two, along with having a plan to make true what you hope to happen.

September 15, 2014

PITY THE UNSATIATED


"We never reflect how pleasant it is to ask for nothing."

Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher/playwright

What if you could never be full, get enough sleep, have enough money, enjoy those you live and work with, or any number of other things you can name?

Simply never be satisfied.

How unhappy you would be.

September 12, 2014

LUCKY PREPARATION


"In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared minds."

Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) French scientist

Luck has something to do with it but those most prepared are luckier than those not.

September 11, 2014

THE MORE YOU SAY IS OFTEN THE LESS YOU SAY


"No comment is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again."

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British politician

There are many reasons for saying little, sometimes including saying nothing at all.

Maybe the best is when you have a lot to say.

September 10, 2014

NO HALF TRUTH


"The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted."

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist/satirist/anglophile

Only the biggest liars can feel comfortable attempting to justify a half-truth.

September 09, 2014

GOAL: CONSISTENT IMAGINATION


"Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative."

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet/dramatist

Taken to the extreme, which it often is, yes.

The need is for balance.

Be consistent enough to get done what must be done while being open to finding new ways to do it.

September 08, 2014

LET'S (NOT?) DO A MEETING


"Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything."

John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2007) Canadian-American economist

Meetings rightfully take a lot of heat for what they don't accomplish; many, maybe a majority, are of little to no use.

Remember this: A meeting is nothing more than two or more individuals getting together, each convinced they themselves are accomplished, worthy individuals. They may have their doubts about the others they are meeting with, but not themselves.

The "meeting" itself is not a thing, not a person, and should not be blamed for what comes of it.

If the meetings you attend are not producing results, take a moment to consider how much of that is on you.