November 30, 2012

The Price Of Winning

"There are some defeats more triumphant than victories."

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
16th century French philosopher

Ever not get a job or contract you felt you really wanted or needed?

If so you know what this means.

If not you likely one day will.

November 29, 2012

Stagnant Thinking

"The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind."

William Blake
18th century British poet/painter

Notice there is no qualification regarding which opinion.

All opinion.

If you don't believe that to be true, it's time to alter your opinion.

November 28, 2012

Neither Bad Nor Good

"Every moment of light and dark is a miracle."

Walt Whitman
19th century American poet

Yes, if you let them be so.

If you learn as much from the bad times as you enjoy the good.

November 27, 2012

Wicked Osmosis

"To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness."

5th century BC Chinese philosopher

If at the beginning of your career you willingly work with people who compromise their ethics, chances are good you will as well in the future.

Be careful not to become what you didn't set out to be.

November 26, 2012

Rather Be Lucky Than Good?

"Substance is not enough, accident is also required."

Italian proverb

What role does luck play in your career?

November 23, 2012

Because This Is The Way We've Always Done It

"It is the very nature of things human that every act that has once made its appearance and has been recorded in the history of mankind, stays with mankind as a potentiality long after its actuality has become a thing of the past."

Hannah Arendt
20th century German born American political philosopher

That's just the way things are.

Six words that do more to impede progress than anything else.

November 21, 2012

As I See Things

"If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is.  For man has closed himself up till he sees things thru chinks in his cavern."

William Blake
18th century British poet/painter

How much of what you see would you guess is as it is as opposed to how you choose or would like to see it?

November 20, 2012

Temperamental Losses

"A person's fate is their own temper."

Benjamin Disraeli
19th century British politician/author

And how much, how often you lose it will determine how much else you lose.

November 19, 2012

What Else You Got?

"With coarse rice to eat, water to drink, and my bent arm for a pillow--I have still joy in the midst of all these things."

5th century BC Chinese philosopher

I have to believe that positive attitude is a decided advantage when dealing with severe business problems.

What do you think?

November 16, 2012

The Ticking Clock

"I am what you will be, I was what you now are."


For all our differences this does describe us all.

Time is the great leveler.

Use yours wisely.

November 15, 2012

Which Path Will You Take?

"The path is smooth that leadeth on to danger."

William Shakespeare
16th century British poet/playwright

There are two reasons this could be true.

One, because what's at the end of the path is not all that dangerous.

Two, because what's at the end of the path is dangerous and because it is few take that path.

Which do you think it is?

November 14, 2012

I Didn't Know That

"In the end knowledge is based on acknowledgment."

Ludwig Wittgenstein
20th century Austrian-British philosopher

Acknowledgement of what?

That there is much you don't know.

That's very hard for some to do.


November 13, 2012

Being Up When You're Down

"The test of success is not what you do when you are on top.  It's how high you bounce when you hit bottom."

General George S. Patton
20th century US Army General
Suggested by Business Wisdom reader Ron Hixon

There are many variations of this all saying essentially the same thing.

It's easy to be positive when things are going well, tough when they're not.

How are you in both situations?

November 12, 2012

This Hobby Is Killing Me

"A hobby is hard work you wouldn't do for a living."


I've been fortunate to (mostly) enjoy doing what makes me money, a lot of which is "hard work".

I'm also fortunate that I no longer have to do anything just to make money.

A hobby?

November 09, 2012

Let's Ask Bill

"Consult.  To seek another's approval of a course already decided on."

Ambrose Bierce
19th century American newspaperman

As a strategy/planning/"change" consultant, I can attest to this.

How much opinion do you ask for where the real intent is just to support what you've already decided to to do?

November 08, 2012

You Must Move On To Get To The Future

"Finite to fail but infinite to venture."

Emily Dickinson
19th century American poet

What didn't work no longer matters.

Only what might does.

November 07, 2012

Seeing Through You

"Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth."

6th century Greek fabulist

And sooner rather than later everyone will know which you are predominately.

November 06, 2012

Looking Beyond

"What you see, but can't see over, is as good as infinite."

Thomas Carlyle
19th century British historian

Is it?

What if believing you see what is beyond, causes you to stop looking?

November 05, 2012

That Worries Me!

"I am an old man and have known many troubles, most of which never happened."

Mark Twain
19th century American humorist/author

Talk about business wisdom.

He's telling us that most of what we worry about never amounts to much.

Now I'm worried about what I'm not worried about.

November 02, 2012

I'll Tell You What I Think

"Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance."

3rd century BC Greek philosopher

How appropriate towards the end of this political season where once again there is far too much of two of these, not nearly enough of the third.

And don't think this is just confined to politics.  It's not.

Every aspect of our lives is based more on opinion and ignorance than knowledge.

We just don't act as though that were true.

November 01, 2012

Enjoyable Misfortune

"It is remarkable how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion.  Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men."

Eric Hoffer
20th century American philosopher

Is it easier to believe bad as opposed to good?

Do we more enjoy hearing or imagining the worst than we do the best?