Something to Think About


Once in a great while, experience teaches us a lesson that that can only be described as an axiom or a truism. It just is. You can try to understand its origins or debate its basis in theory, but if you ask me, that’s just a waste of time. You’re better off just taking it for what it is – an empirical observation – and benefiting from its implications.

Now, I know some of this stuff straddles philosophy and psychology, but there’s a good reason for that. While they are indeed “real world” observations, they were perceived through a subjective filter which, for better or worse, includes all kinds of strange and diverse influences.

So, while you will find elements of TaoismFreudian theory, Ayn Rand, and What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School, make no mistake: they’re all practical lessons that can help your career … or even change your life:

  1. If you don’t know, say so. If you don’t know what you’re talking about, stop talking.
  2. Whether negotiation is strong or weak depends entirely on your goals.
  3. Don’t jump ship before you hit the iceberg.
  4. Anger is never about what you think you’re angry about.
  5. Confidence comes from success, knowledge comes from failure.
  6. A**hole is a subjective noun.
  7. If you’re miserable, quit and do something else. If you’re still miserable, it’s you.
  8. Success is based on current behavior, not past performance.
  9. If you protect your domain or CYA, that’s all you’ll accomplish.
  10. Thin-skinned people are actually thick-headed.
  11. People won’t perform for those they don’t respect.
  12. If you’re not passionate about what you’re doing, you won’t be successful at it.
  13. When you have problems with others, look inside yourself for answers.
  14. The workplace is about business, not you.
  15. Conflict is healthy; anger is not. Get some help for that.
  16. No matter how smart you are, wisdom only comes from experience.
  17. Whine and complain all you want; nobody gives a crap.
  18. You can BS others but you really can’t BS yourself.
  19. The boss isn’t always right, but she’s still the boss.
  20. The customer isn’t always right, but he’s still the customer.

If any of this comes across as sort of preachy, just so you know, that’s not my intent. I’m not interested in indoctrinating anyone, just helping you to navigate a complex and challenging working world.

Come to think of it, while I think their meanings should be self-evident – at least after some reflection – I’m probably not the best judge of that. So if you don’t get it, ask and I’ll provide additional color in the comment section.

Quotes from the Archives

“Blessed are those who can give without remembering, and take without forgetting.”
– seen on a whiteboard at Allen Hospital, Waterloo, IA

“Half the leaders I have met don’t need to learn what to do. They need to learn what to stop.”
– Peter Drucker

“Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.”
Elie Wiesel (1928 – )

“To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it; to know its pleasures, we must go to those who are seeking it.”
Charles Caleb Colton (1780 – 1832), Lacon, 1825

“Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked.”
Lord Chesterfield (1694 – 1773)

“The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy.”
Florence Shinn

“Consult your friend on all things, especially on those which respect yourself. His counsel may then be useful where your own self-love might impair your judgment.”
Seneca (5 BC – 65 AD)

“Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.”
Christine Bovee

“To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.”
Chinese Proverb

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”
e e cummings (1894 – 1962)

“The truth is the kindest thing we can give folks in the end.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811 – 1896)

“We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh.”
Agnes Repplier (1855 – 1950)

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948)

“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”

“Have no friends not equal to yourself.”

“When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.”
Japanese Proverb

“It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.”
Judith Martin

“What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.”
Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784)

“It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.”
Abraham Lincoln

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”
Abraham Lincoln

What are your favorite Quotes?

Post your favorite Quote in the comments section and I will add them to the list.  Please make sure you include the author and keep them tasteful.


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One Response to Something to Think About

  1. E. White says:

    Share your favorite Quotes and I will add them to the list.

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