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Peter Munk’s 34 Golden Rules

In author Donald Rumball’s 1996 biography of Canadian business legend Peter Munk, “The Making of a Modern Tycoon,” Rumball enlists Peter Munk’s 34 Golden Rules about business success and a rewarding approach to life. As we launch into implementing our Fall business plans, By George Journal offers these rules of Munk’s to not only guide you, but inspire you onward to a prosperous season. Never raise money when you need it. Raise it when financial markets are buoyant; invest it when markets are depressed. Always give away some of the upside to protect the downside. Work with people whom you respect and who have characteristics…

8 Things You Should Do After 8 P.M.

Here are some great tips on how to unplug and recharge. These suggestions are from a column written by Elle Kaplan in Thrive Global of LinkedIn:  “8 Things You Should Do After 8 P.M. If You Want to Be Happy and Successful — Wake up on the right side of the bed tomorrow.”   Elle Kaplan tells you hows you how to set yourself up to have a more productive day.   Strolls by the moonlight Adopt a routine of nighttime walks to decompress.   Unplug. Literally. Unplug everything besides your alarm clock, and watch the tension recede. Unplugging is also…

30 Behaviors That Will Make You Unstoppable

This is an excerpt from blogger and writer Benjamin Hardy’s list of suggestions for “what it takes to succeed.” It was first posted in Thrive Global on LinkedIn.   Don’t think — know and act. “Don’t think. You already know what you have to do, and you know how to do it. What’s stopping you?” — Tim Grover Rather than analyzing and thinking, act.   Always be prepared so you have the freedom to act on instinct. Become a master of your craft. Learn the left-brained rules in and out so your right brain can have limitless freedom to break the rules and create.   Don’t…

25 Funniest Puns Ever

How do you make antifreeze? Steal her blanket! eBay is so useless. I tried to look up lighters and all they had was 13,749 matches. I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest. I’ve just written a song about tortillas. Actually, it’s more of a rap. I have a few jokes about unemployed people, but it doesn’t matter; none of them work. I wasn’t originally going to get a brain transplant, but then I changed my mind. It was an emotional wedding. Even the cake was in tiers. I hate insects puns; they really bug me. Did…

Of Virtues and Vices

Writers will appreciate these listings… and, at the office, perhaps they will serve as good reference(s) for spicing up the next meeting? The 7 holy virtues: Faith – complete trust Hope – to expect with confidence Charity – goodwill and the love of humanity Prudence – control and discipline Justice – being impartial and fair Temperance – moderation in action Fortitude – strength The 7 deadly sins: Pride – excessive belief in one’s own abilities Envy – excessive desire for possession of another’s Gluttony – consuming more than one needs Lust – excessive thoughts and actions of a carnal nature Anger –…

Vonnegut’s 8 rules for writing

In his book Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction, American author Kurt Vonnegut listed eight rules for writing a short story: Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water. Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action. Start as close to the end as possible. Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent…

A sideways glance at “Rules of Life”

  By George saw this on our Twitter feed today…. excellent set of rules to get us over humpday! Chris George provides reliable PR & GR counsel and effective advocacy. Need a go-to writer and experienced communicator? Call 613-983-0801 @ CG&A COMMUNICATIONS.

Top-10 Modern Phrases Originating from a Shakespeare Play

Here are the Merriam-Webster on-line dictionary’s top-10 phrases used in our language today that have been taken from one of the masterful Bard’s works.   #1: Green-Eyed Monster #2: In a Pickle #3: Love is Blind #4: Salad Days #5: Wear My Heart on My Sleeve #6: There’s the Rub #7: Cruel to Be Kind #8: Wild Goose Chase #9: Dogs of War #10: Strange Bedfellows   To have the sayings sourced and to learn of their common usage today, we encourage you to go to the dictionary’s slide presentation.   (ED. – This is a repost that originally appeared…

20 uniquely Canadian words

Here are 20 uniquely Canadian words – a list By George found that is currently circulating on social media. Angishore. A Newfoundland insult meaning someone who’s too lazy to go fishing. The word is thought to be a variation of “hang-ashore,” hence its pejorative use, although some dictionaries define it as meaning someone who’s simply weak and sickly. Beau cave. French Quebecois slang meaning “total idiot.” If you get called this, you’ve really irked somebody. Bender. A bad hockey player — one whose skates are so badly tied that his ankles bend. Bushed. A west coast description of someone who’s been in the…

By George’s Top-Ten Love Quotes

Our cupid wordsmiths at By George Journal humbly present their “Top-Ten Love Quotes” to quench your appetite for “bon-bons mots” on St. Valentine’s Day (our apologies for the pun). “Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint Exupery “Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.” – Voltaire “In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.” – Janos Arnay “The entire sum of existence is the magic of being needed by just one person.” – Vi Putnam “Treasure the love you receive…