October 31, 2014

WHAT AS MUCH AS HOW IT IS SAID


"There is no greater mistake than the hasty conclusion that opinions are worthless because they are badly argued."

Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895) English biologist

Not clear? Maybe this will help.

The opinion of a man pointing a gun at you, stuttering "Haaaaaaaannnnndsss  Upppp!", should be every bit as important to you as the same scenario minus the stutter.

Well presented ideas deserve to be thoughtfully considered, but don't be too quick to dismiss those that are not.

October 30, 2014

ISN'T THAT GREAT?


"No truly great person ever thought themselves so."

William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist

Taken literally, few, if any, could ever be great.

It's human nature for our egos to occasionally to frequently stop to admire what a great person it thinks we are.

But once more the problem is not with the basic idea but rather the all inclusiveness of it.

You can recognize your greatness, just not to the point that you expect/assume others will as well.

October 29, 2014

NOT ALL THINGS, JUST YOUR THINGS


"Things without remedy should be without regard; what is done is done."

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet/playwright

You know this. This is what you advise others to do.

What about when it's you?



October 28, 2014

FEAR THE ACCIDENTAL CAREER


"The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain."

Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet

Obviously about life in general but think about this relative to your career.

You don't want to only "exist" in whatever job you do, which you will if you don't consciously, with much thought, determine your life's work.

October 27, 2014

IF ONLY HOPES WERE RESULTS


"We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears."

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writer

Which often isn't good enough.

While fear may motive us to perform, our lack of preparedness often results in subpar performance.

October 24, 2014

MAKE DO


"Arrange whatever pieces come your way."

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) British novelist/essayist

She's talking about opportunity and the need to do the best with what you have.

October 23, 2014

BE OVER IT


"To mourn a mischief that is past and gone is the next way to draw new mischief on."

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet/playwright

Particularly if the "mischief" you suffered was done purposely.

Don't give whomever harmed you the added satisfaction of knowing you continue to dwell on their act.

Move on.

October 22, 2014

UNCONSCIOUSLY BUSY?


"If work and leisure are soon to be subordinated to this one utopian principle -- absolute busyness -- then utopia and melancholy will come to coincide: an age without conflict will dawn, perpetually busy -- and without consciousness."

Günter Grass (1927-?) German author

Absolute busyness . . . can you relate?

Think about what you are busy doing.

If too much has become automated, things you do without questioning why you do them, you are unconsciously busy.

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?