January 27, 2015

THE MANAGER'S CREED?



"It is a pleasure to give advice, humiliating to need it, normal to ignore it."

Unknown

Were I to be cynical I'd say this applies to a lot of managers, possibly a small majority.

Were I to be.

January 26, 2015

DID YOU KNOW . . . ?


"Most ignorance is invincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know."

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) British author

And I'll bet we usually don't know when we knowingly or otherwise choose not to know.

You know?

January 23, 2015

LEARN FROM MISTAKES YOU NEED NOT REPEAT


"People will not look forward to posterity who will not look backward to their ancestors."

Edmund Burke (1729-1797) British political writer

And to their own histories.

Paraphrasing philosopher George Santayana, those who do not know their own past are condemned to repeat it.

January 22, 2015

IT MUST BE TRUE; HE'S EINSTEIN, HE KNOWS STUFF


"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity and I'm not sure about the universe."

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-Swiss-U.S. scientist

Mr. Einstein casts a pretty big net when he refers to infinite human stupidity.

However he did so for good reason and we all have to occasionally if not often acknowledge how this applies to us.

We'd be stupid not to.

January 21, 2015

OVERLY RETIRED


"Idleness is many gathered miseries in one name."

Jean Paul (1763-1825) German novelist/humorist

True under any circumstance, even more so when self-imposed in idle retirement.

Think carefully what that will mean to you.

January 20, 2015

OPPORTUNITY WHERE YOU LEAST EXPECT IT


"Let your hook always be cast. In the pool where you least expect it, will be a fish."

Ovid (BC 43-AD 18) Roman poet

How much opportunity have you missed because you decided it wouldn't be where it actually was?

Big "wins" come infrequently, never if you aren't looking for them.

January 19, 2015

I HATE TO TELL YOU


"Hatred. The anger of the weak."

Alphonse Daudet (1840-1897) French short-story writer/novelist

Some things, and people, need to be hated.

Just not most.

Be careful selecting what and who you choose to hate.

January 16, 2015

THIS IS GENERALLY THE WAY THINGS WORK


"Any general statement is like a check drawn on a bank. Its value depends on what is there to meet it."


Ezra Pound (1885-1972) American poet/critic/intellectual

We generalize more than specify and ultimately are paid for the latter not the former.

Succeeding beats generally succeeding every time.

January 15, 2015

WHAT PRICE EVERYTHING?


"If your desires be endless, your cares and fears will be so too."

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) British clergyman/author

The key to understanding this is the word "endless".

If only everything, or at the very least, much, much more, will satisfy you, you will never be satisfied.