August 04, 2015

RIGHT OR WRONG, CHOOSE


"In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 26th president of the U.S.

You might think Mr. Roosevelt overstated the value of action; clearly there are times when no action is preferable to the wrong action.

But notice he qualified his statement as pertaining to "any moment of decision"; the point in time where making a decision is mandatory regardless of how well prepared you might be.

Still don't see it?

Think back to school. You are taking a test and have one last question to answer. Get the right answer, you pass. Pick the wrong answer, you fail. Choose not to answer you also fail.

What would you do?

August 03, 2015

AS YOU START UP . . .


"Faith lives in honest doubt."

Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892) British poet.

You should never expect others to believe in your start-up if you don't, but that doesn't mean you can't have your own doubts.

It's healthy for you to identify the uncertainties that are part of any new venture.

Identify them, create your plan for dealing with them, and make that a part of what you share with those whose investment you seek.

July 31, 2015

FEAR NOT!


"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the conquest of it."

Unknown

There is so much in life that could be feared, too much to actually fear it all.

The trick is to identify only that small portion worth addressing, leaving the rest to take care of itself.

Don't be afraid, you can do it.

July 30, 2015

HOW YOU ARE PERCEIVED, FOR NOW


"Reputation is only a candle, of wavering and uncertain flame, easily blown out. It is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit."

James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) American poet/critic/editor.

"Finds merit?"

Well not always in all cases; one's reputation can also be bad.

And whatever your reputation today may not be what it is tomorrow.

Work to improve it if bad, to enhance it if good.

July 29, 2015

OF THIS I'M CERTAIN


"Doubt is not a pleasant mental state, but certainty is a ridiculous one."

Voltaire (1694-1778) French writer and historian.

I would have chosen an adjective other than "ridiculous"; one that doesn't leave you wondering why certainty is ridiculous.

It is because there is so little we can be certain about and being certain about uncertain things is extremely dangerous.