October 23, 2014

BE OVER IT


"To mourn a mischief that is past and gone is the next way to draw new mischief on."

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet/playwright

Particularly if the "mischief" you suffered was done purposely.

Don't give whomever harmed you the added satisfaction of knowing you continue to dwell on their act.

Move on.

October 22, 2014

UNCONSCIOUSLY BUSY?


"If work and leisure are soon to be subordinated to this one utopian principle -- absolute busyness -- then utopia and melancholy will come to coincide: an age without conflict will dawn, perpetually busy -- and without consciousness."

Günter Grass (1927-?) German author

Absolute busyness . . . can you relate?

Think about what you are busy doing.

If too much has become automated, things you do without questioning why you do them, you are unconsciously busy.

October 21, 2014

THE UNIMAGINABLE IMAGINED


"Moralities, ethics, laws, customs, beliefs, doctrines --these are of trifling import. All that matters is that the miraculous become the norm."

Henry Miller (1891-1980) American author

That last sentence would make a pretty good mission statement wouldn't it?

But how?

Left only to a mission statement hanging on the wall, useless.

Could (would) you even attempt to create a work culture where miraculous results was the expected norm?

October 20, 2014

YOUR LIFE'S CLOCK IS TICKING


"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet/dramatist

We all need to just "exist" some to much of the time; we can't always be "living" in the way implied by Mr. Wilde.

But for most "living" too much is not the problem.

I generally know when I'm doing one versus the other and I do my best to swing the pendulum toward purposely living.

What about you?

October 17, 2014

THERE IS A DEADLINE, DON'T MISS IT



"By the time a person has achieved years adequate for choosing a direction, the die is cast and the moment has long since passed which determined the future."

Unknown

Most of us over 40 know this.

If you're not, ideally you'll either spend enough time finding what's best for you, or will be fortunate enough to simply luck into it.

I'd recommend you work for the former rather than expect the latter.

October 16, 2014

THE MORE YOU KNOW THE MORE YOU KNOW YOU DON'T KNOW


"Who knows most believes least."

Proverb

You know (or should know) this if you've invested in start-ups for which you did not do sufficient due diligence prior to making your investment. 

But this applies to every aspect of business.

October 15, 2014

THE NEED TO BE NEW AND THE DANGER OF "TOTALLY"


"To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic."

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish painter

The trouble with this quote is it is absolute, implying that copying others is always necessary and acceptable whereas copying ourselves is not.

I don't like absolutes and this is an example of why.

Excluding very few things, very little I know of is "always" or "never" "everything" or "nothing".

All that said there is value in the concept although I would not draw distinction between copying myself or someone else.

Sooner or later we all have to change so best to make that part of your life from day 1.

October 14, 2014

I KNOW I MAYBE DON'T KNOW, BUT NOT MUCH ELSE


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

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) British author

Interesting.

I wonder if we ever know we don't want to know?

Hmmm, I don't know.

October 13, 2014

FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE


"Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it."

Horace Mann (1796-1859) U.S. educator

As true for the bad habits as it is the good ones.

Be careful what you weave.