April 17, 2015

NOT SO SURE ABOUT "LUST", HOWEVER . . .


"Curiosity is the lust of the mind."

Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) British philosopher.

Lust may be going a bit too far but the underlying point is still valid.

Curiosity is generally a good thing of which you can't have too much.

April 16, 2015

WE'LL FIND OUT


"Circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him."

James Allen (1864-1912) British-born American essayist.

It is very difficult, often impossible, to forever hide what we really are, particularly during adversity.

Once tested our true selves become known.

April 15, 2015

NOT WHO, WHAT


"Examine what is said, not him who speaks."

Arabian proverb

If only this were done in every single aspect of our lives.

April 14, 2015

FAIL ONLY WHEN SUCCESS IS NO LONGER AN OPTION


"Beauty is a short-lived tyranny."

Socrates (BC 469-BC 399) Greek philosopher of Athens

A better description of how most initially feel about their start-up I can't imagine.

We wouldn't be doing it if we didn't think it worthy.

But then reality sets in at which point many efforts stop.

Balance.

The fact that what you're attempting is probably not as good as you think doesn't mean it isn't worth the effort.

April 13, 2015

YOU ARE THE COMPANY YOU KEEP


"Most men are individuals no longer so far as their business, its activities, or its moralities are concerned. They are not units but fractions.

Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924) Twenty-eighth President of the USA.

When wrongdoing is discovered very few employees can truthfully say they didn't know what their company was doing.

Indications of dishonesty will be plentiful and obvious.

Being quiet about it is being a part of it.

April 10, 2015

I'M CERTAIN OF THIS


"To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous."

Chinese proverb

And at no time is this more true than when doing a start-up.

Most everything you believe to be true is in reality an assumption.

One by one prove or discard them.

April 09, 2015

IT'S YOUR TIME; HOW YOU SPEND IT IS LARGELY UP TO YOU


"To do the same thing over and over again is not only boredom: it is to be controlled by rather than to control what you do."

Heraclitus (c. 535 BCE-c. 475 BCE) Greek philosopher.

We all must endure a certain amount of boredom and how much that will be is largely up to us.

If what you're doing bores you devise a plan that will lead to something else.

Easier said than done?

No more than also being worth the effort.

April 08, 2015

ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY


"There can be no doubt that the average man blames much more than he praises."

Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) English novelist.

Increasingly more so today.

People, if you did it and you shouldn't have, if you didn't and you should have, say so.

April 07, 2015

BETTER TO BE COLOR BLIND


"Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance."

Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695) French poet.

How many times must we be reminded of this, particularly when the outward appearance used to judge is not one of choice.

Such as skin color.

Black, white, brown, yellow, red and all in between; none of it tells you anything about the person who wears that skin.