May 22, 2015

WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY ARE YOU?


"The mould of a man's fortune is in his own hands."

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British statesman/philosopher.

You may not have had the best opportunities in life or what you see as luck enjoyed by others.

Too bad.

You have what you have, which includes whatever is left of your life; are you really willing to cast that aside, in effect to quit, because you believe you weren't given enough?

If so, really too bad.

May 21, 2015

FOR FAR TOO MANY, THE NEVER-BEGINNING TASK


"The never-ending task of self improvement."

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

None of us are anything close to perfect, a goal we will never achieve.

However that doesn't mean we can't or shouldn't work to become so.

Create your self improvement plan and get on with it.

May 20, 2015

DO YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT YOU THINK YOU REALLY KNOW?


"A speculator is a man who observes the future, and acts before it occurs."

Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965) American financier/political consultant.

I don't have a problem with this when it comes to investing.

It's when the speculation is about another person that things can get out of hand.

Make sure your facts are facts before you pass judgement on others.

May 19, 2015

THE TRUE YOU


"Our lives teach us who we are."

Salman Rushdie (1948-?) Anglo-Indian novelist.

We do our best to project the person we want others to believe we are but it's what we do and say that decides that.

And I'm not so sure it does teach us regardless; the power of self deception is great.

May 18, 2015

MORE THAN WANT IT, YOU GOTTA EARN IT


"Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness."

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

If there is anything worth doing that does not require sacrifice, I don't know what it would be. 

As a result I'm not sure the word "usually" is necessary.

If you find something you'd like to do, have, create, achieve, etc., which doesn't require hard work and sacrifice, it likely isn't worth what you think it is.

May 15, 2015

IS THIS YOU IN THE CHAIR?


"The worst form of tyranny the world has ever known is the tyranny of the weak over the strong. It is the only tyranny that lasts."

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

Good to remember if this is the tyranny you impose on others.

May 14, 2015

SUSPICIOUS WORRY


"Suspicion is most often useless pain."

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

Being suspicious, even confirming our suspicions, is not enough.

There must be a plan to make something good come from having addressed whatever they are, which includes, simply not being suspicious any longer.


May 13, 2015

ARE YOU YOUNGER THAN YOU THINK?


"No man knows he is young while he is young."

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) British journalist/novelist/poet.

Most young men and women feel they are knowledgeable and mature beyond their years.

Only when they (hopefully) become so much later are they are able to look back and see how lacking in knowledge and maturity they were.

Unfortunately some never do.

May 12, 2015

NOT WHAT YOU KNOW TO BE TRUE, WHAT YOU PROVE TO BE TRUE


"In thinking, if a person begins with certainties, they shall end in doubts, but if they can begin with doubts, they will end in certainties."

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) British statesman/philosopher.

Excellent basis for planning.

In the beginning, accept nothing as truth, test all assumptions moving to rather than starting at conclusions.

Do that and your plan will be more based on truth than not.