February 27, 2015

MOST LIKELY TO . . . ?


"Popularity? It's glory's small change."

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French poet/dramatist/novelist.

Given a choice I think most of us would choose to be popular.

Just don't let that be the only thing you choose to be.

February 26, 2015

WIN THE LOTTERY OR PLAN


"Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal."

Unknown

Not always; most people who buy winning lottery tickets do so without planning.

But for the rest of us having a plan is a good thing.

February 25, 2015

EVOLVING FROM ONE TO THE OTHER


"Sad people dislike the happy, and the happy the sad; the quick thinking the sedate, and the careless the busy and industrious."

Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poet.

So if true, and I believe it is, the question is can you become one if you are already the other?

With effort, often great effort, yes.

Change for the good is never easy but always worth doing.

February 24, 2015

BEWARE PRE JUDGEMENT


"Always have your hook baited in the pool you least think there will be a fish."

Ovid (BC 43-AD 18) Roman poet.

This reminds me how often the business I thought my company would win didn't happen, while we frequently got that I was fairly certain we wouldn't.

I guess the moral is, if you're going to fish be ready to catch.

February 23, 2015

INEVITABLE SOONER RATHER THAN LATER


"That which is escaped now is pain to come."

Proverb

Everyone occasionally puts off unpleasantness.

But you cannot avoid the unavoidable forever and attempting to do so only makes bad worse.

February 20, 2015

CAPTIVE TO OPINIONS YOU INSIST ARE TRUE


"An obstinate person does not hold opinions; they hold him."

Alexander Pope (1688-1744) English poet and satirist.

It's not so much a matter of your opinions being true as it is your insistence they are. 

Once you reject alternative views you give up your own right of choice.

February 19, 2015

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE OLD


"The new organization is edgeless, permeable, amorphous . . . constantly reforming according to need."

Unknown

This sounds like something an organizational consultant would say to their client.

As if all "new" organizations are this.

Not so.

Because resistance to change is as strong as it is, new or old, this does not happen way more often than it does.



February 18, 2015

NOT JUST ANY OPPORTUNITY, THE RIGHT OPPORTUNITY


"Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat."

Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) American speaker and motivational writer.

Remember this while looking for a job.

The one you don't get, the one you really wanted, leaves the way clear to the one you were destined to have.

February 17, 2015

NOW THAT'S REALLY STUPID!


"Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo."

H. G. Wells (1866-1946) British-born American author.

This applies equally well in our personal and professional lives, but for the moment, just think about how it relates to work.

Being honest, how many of your co-worker's ideas do you oppose because you didn't think of them first?