Archive | May, 2011

Everything that happens…

Everything that happens; happens as it should, and if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so. – Marcus Aurelius What does that mean? I debated taking this quote, but decided it was worth doing.  It talks of reflection, over time, and concluding that all is as it should be.  I have lost […]

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If we reserve ethical conduct…

If we reserve ethical conduct for those whom we feel close to, we may neglect our responsibilities toward those outside this circle. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, it seems a bit self evident.  If we only treat our friends nicely, we are not treating the rest of the people as well […]

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…the best you are capable of becoming.

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming. – John Wooden What does that mean? To me, it speaks to effort, and the peace of mind you get, the satisfaction you get, from doing something to […]

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Do not want others to know…

Do not want others to know what you have done?  Better not have done it anyways. – Chinese Proverb What does that mean? Translations are such fun.  This saying almost sounds like a stereotypical movie character is saying it.  To put it in (what I consider to be) cleaner English, I would rephrase it as […]

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First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.

First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win. – Mohandas Gandhi What does that mean? This is the block diagram for the path of peaceful resistance. They start by pretending you are insignificant. Then they make fun of you, trying to demean or dismiss your movement and/or objective. […]

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Compassion belongs to every…

Compassion belongs to every sphere of activity, including, of course, the workplace. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, it means that there is room for compassion in all aspects of our lives.  Our work life is no different from any other aspect of our lives.  Compassion belongs in us when we are […]

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You’re never a loser until…

You’re never a loser until you quit trying. – Mike Ditka What does that mean? To me, it says that as long as you are trying there is hope.  Once you quit, it’s over.  Said another way, “If you will not advocate for yourself, whom will?”  If you aren’t trying, working and planning to accomplish […]

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Don’t cheat the world of…

Don’t cheat the world of your contribution. Give it what you’ve got. – Steven Pressfield What does that mean? This is an admonition to do your best.  I believe that everyone is here because there is one thing that only they can do.  Many people give up before they find that special thing.  I’m still […]

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There is nothing as remarkable as…

There is nothing as remarkable as learning how to think better. – Anonymous What does that mean? When one learns how to think better, one begins to see the world in a different light.  Solutions become easier, and better.  They are more thorough, more robust and more practical.  Better thinking leads to a better quality […]

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An investment in knowledge…

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin What does that mean? The saying is pretty straight forward.  If you want to get a good return on yourself, your time, your effort and your money, invest in yourself, specifically, in your knowledge.  Remember, Ben was big on self-education.  He considered it to […]

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