August 22, 2014

THE REAL PROBLEM WITH MONEY


"Money without brains is always dangerous."

Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) American speaker/motivational writer

Kinda cold; I'll take a softer tact.

Without a well thought out plan to spend it, there almost can't be too much money to do what must be done.

August 21, 2014

HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULDA' DONE


"After the ship has sunk, everyone knows how she might have been saved."

Italian proverb

The big bucks go to those who know how to keep it from sinking.

August 20, 2014

MAYBE NOT


"Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet/essayist/lecturer

The fact that your instinct tells you to do/not do, say/not say something, may be reason enough to do the opposite.

Look to the past.

If your instinct guided decision making has too often led you down the wrong path, you may want to rethink what you initially think is the right course of action.

August 19, 2014

TRUST BUT VERIFY


"Denial ain't just a river in Egypt."

Mark Twain 19th century American writer/humorist

And accepting something as true without any consideration for whether or not it is, is a form of denial.

That can get you in trouble.

August 18, 2014

THE KEY TO SALES SUCCESS


"One joy scatters a hundred grieves."

Chinese proverb

Any real salesperson knows this.

Sales is a numbers game and for most sales attempts most of the time, making a sale is the least likely outcome.

Don't focus on the rejections; that's just part of the job.

Celebrate the wins!

August 15, 2014

I THOUGHT I HAD SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT THIS


"Far more numerous are those as such; who think too little and talk too much."

John Dryden (1631-1700) British poet/dramatist/critic

A nice thing to say to someone who has much to say while not saying very much.

August 14, 2014

I'VE GOT THIS IDEA


"It is always brave to say what everyone thinks."

Georges Duhamel (1884-1966) French writer

And with the reverse being true, much more challenging to say what no one thinks.

But that is the burden of innovation.

August 13, 2014

LESSON ONE: LEARN ALL THE OTHER LESSONS


"Genius without education is like silver in the mine."

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman/scientist/philosopher

To all those with great ideas now contemplating leaving school to pursue them, without an education, succeed or fail, you fail.


August 12, 2014

GEORGE AND BOB KNOW WHAT THEY'RE TALKIN' ABOUT


"I tell you that as long as I can conceive something better than myself I cannot be easy unless I am striving to bring it into existence or clearing the way for it."

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer

About as good a description of the path to self improvement as I can imagine.

Strive to become, or make way for, what will be better.

And if you can't do either, as Bob Dylan suggested, take heed: 

"Your old road is rapidly agin', please get out of the new one if you can't lend your hand for the times they are a-changin'."