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One of the most important tricks for maximizing your productivity involves matching your mental state to the task.

One of the most important tricks for maximizing your productivity involves matching your mental state to the task. – Scott Adams What does that mean? This is an interesting quote, as I realize I do this sometimes. On the days when everything goes well, I was using this technique. Think about it. If you’ve got a lot […]

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Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.

Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat. – Jean-Paul Sartre What does that mean? If you have ever rowed a boat, you know it’s a pretty intense job. Even something as simple as paddling a canoe keeps you busy most of the time. To ‘rock the boat’ is both a literal […]

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There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure. – Colin Powell What does that mean? Well, this one pretty much says it on the level. People are always looking for the magic bullet, the easy way, or the short cut. And for some reason, they think you cheated […]

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That is never too often repeated, which is never sufficiently learned.

That is never too often repeated, which is never sufficiently learned. – Seneca What does that mean? Let’s start by unwinding the negatives and reversing the halves. That brings us to “That which hasn’t been learned, hasn’t been repeated often enough.” In short, I believe this quote is the basis of the phrase “repetition is […]

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Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.

Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired. – Robert Frost What does that mean? Well, irresistible is defined as “Impossible to resist.” or “Having an overpowering appeal” and desire is defined as “A wish or longing.”, “The object of longing” and “Passion or appetite.” That about covers it, doesn’t it? “Love is the overpowering […]

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When I wake in the morning, I make a wish to be useful to others.

When I wake in the morning, I make a wish to be useful to others. – Dalai Lama What does that mean? To me, this is a desire to be helpful, to assist others. I don’t think it means to be at the mercy of the whims of others. I don’t think the activities should be degrading, […]

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Who asks whether the enemy was defeated by strategy or valor?

Who asks whether the enemy was defeated by strategy or valor? – Virgil What does that mean? I have seen this quote translated a number of different ways, but basic thrust is the same. They all ask the same question “who cares?” about how the enemy was defeated. Were they defeated by a clever strategy? […]

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Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason.

Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason. – Samuel Adams What does that mean? This quote is from the guy that the beer is named after. This quote is interesting to me, as an engineer, because it reminds me that I am the exception within the ranks of humanity. Sometimes I forget. Most […]

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The victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won.

The victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won. – Sun Tzu What does that mean? This is another Twitter friendly quote, which at full length is as follows: “Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined […]

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When neither their property nor their honor is touched the marjority of men live content.

When neither their property nor their honor is touched the majority of men live content. – Niccolò Machiavelli What does that mean? This is another Twitter-friendly quote excerpt : “It makes him hated above all things, as I have said, to be rapacious, and to be a violator of the property and women of his subjects, from both of […]

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I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people’s accomplishments.The front page has nothing but man’s failures

I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people’s accomplishments.The front page has nothing but man’s failures. –Earl Warren What does that mean? For those of us who aren’t big fans of newspapers, this quote is the embodiment of one of our biggest complaints. The newspapers seem to always focus on the worst […]

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However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results. – Winston Churchill What does that mean? It means that you need to check your results regularly! Even the best laid plans, with all probable contingencies accounted for, can go pear-shaped in the blink of an eye. In fact, it’s been that way for […]

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When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. – Confucius What does that mean? To me, this says when the going gets tough, don’t give up. The toughness is a clue that you need to adjust your approach. This is important, as many people will […]

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The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.

The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are. – C.S. Lewis What does that mean? This is a slightly abbreviated version of a longer quote:  The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are: that good fortune I […]

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The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. – Stephen Covey What does that mean? Let’s see if we can dissect the quote, shall we? If I’m reading this right, there are three “main thing” repetitions. Let’s color code them to make this easier.      The main thing is to keep […]

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