July 18, 2014

REQUEST DENIED


"Although they posses enough, and more than enough, still they yearn for more."

Ovid (BC 43-AD 18) Roman poet

Sounds like Ovid might have been a CFO, reacting to his company's budget requests.

There's only so much, it's never enough; the trick is to allocate what are always limited resources.

How do you do that?

July 17, 2014

DIGGING DOWN DEEP


"Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant."

Horace (BC 65-8) Latin lyric poet

Your "silver lining" the next time you face difficult circumstances.

July 16, 2014

ARE WE WHERE YET?


"Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind."

Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher/playwright

True as well if he purposely heads for the wrong harbor.

If you have absolutely no idea where you should go, or are going, you will certainly get there.

July 15, 2014

CERTAINLY OTHER PEOPLE, NOT ME


"Some people would rather be wrong than quiet for a minute."

Unknown

Not intentionally but many of us too often, to the point that you could substitute "most" for "some".

Just think how much much more right you could be if you just waited that one extra minute it takes not to be wrong.

July 14, 2014

YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK


"Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts."

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Danish philosopher/writer

What we think can and often does become our reality.

If we perpetually think "down" we will be "down".

Don't underestimate the ability of your thoughts to make you something you may not want to be.

July 11, 2014

v2.0 YOU


"One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea."

Walter Bagehot (1826-1877) British economist

And not just when it comes to innovation leading to new things.

This applies equally well to personal innovation, and lack thereof.

When was the last time you did something to improve you?

July 10, 2014

PROMISE NOT TO TELL?


"Three can keep a secret if two are dead."

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

Not all of your secrets need be kept, however the ones that do, do.

Those are the ones you share with no one.

No one!

July 09, 2014

IT WASN'T ME


"No one should be ashamed to admit they are wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that they are wiser today than they were yesterday."

Alexander Pope (1688-1744) English poet and satirist

Good to remember if you are one who has trouble accepting responsibility when you are wrong.

As Mr. Pope says it simply means today was not your day but tomorrow could be.


July 08, 2014

I WORRY ABOUT THAT


"When we have nothing to worry about we are not doing much, and not doing much may supply us with plenty of future worries."

Chinese proverb

For most of us, most of the time, the problem is not having nothing to worry about but rather too much.

Or at least so we think.

Take away that not worth worrying about and the list grows considerably shorter.