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25 FAV quotes of William James

williamjamesHere are 25 of our favourite bons mots of William James.

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  • A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
  • Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
  • Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
  • Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state.
  • Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
  • If you care enough for a result, you will most certainly attain it.
  • In the dim background of mind we know what we ought to be doing but somehow we cannot start.
  • It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.
  • It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.
  • Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice.
  • Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.
  • Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.
  • Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.
  • The aim of a college education is to teach you to know a good man when you see one.
  • The essence of genius is to know what to overlook.
  • The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
  • The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.
  • The ideas gained by men before they are twenty-five are practically the only ideas they shall have in their lives.
  • The world is all the richer for having a devil in it, so long as we keep our foot upon his neck.
  • The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.
  • There is but one cause of human failure. And that is man’s lack of faith in his true Self.
  • To change ones life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.
  • Truth is what works.
  • We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.
  • We never fully grasp the import of any true statement until we have a clear notion of what the opposite untrue statement would be.

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(ed. – These William James quotes and more can be found in By George Treasury II – in Our E-bookshelf)

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Top-10 Words about Nonsense

Here’s another great top-10 list. Admittedly, it’s codswallop.

However, you will recognize some of the words – and you may just use a few of them.

  1. Buffoonery / foolish or playful behavior or practice
  2. Codswallop / words or language having no meaning or conveying no intelligible ideas; drivel
  3. Bosh / foolish talk or activity; nonsense – often used interjectionally
  4. Tomfoolery / playful or foolish behavior
  5. Bunkum / insincere or foolish talk; claptrap
  6. Blatherskite / voluble nonsensical or inconsequential talk or writing; blather
  7. Flapdoodle / foolish, empty, and often specious talk, writing, ideas, or opinions
  8. Balderdash / nonsense; empty talk
  9. Monkeyshines / pranks; mischievous or questionable tricks or pranks; monkey business
  10. Folderol / nonsensical talk or action; trivial nonsense

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SOURCE: The Merriam Webster Dictionary

 

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10 Lessons on Life shared by Billionaires

Forbes Magazine catalogues priceless words of wisdom and Forbes staff Keren Blankfeld has done a very great job in compiling a must-read list of life observations in her piece: Billionaires To Graduates: All-Time Best Advice From Their Commencement Speeches

The following list is the top 10 lessons successful business people have shared in commencement speeches to graduating classes:

 

  1. Life is short.

“As you graduate, can you ask yourselves to live as if you had eleven days left? I don’t mean blow everything off and party all the time— although tonight is an exception. I mean live with the understanding of how precious every single day would be. How precious every day actually is.” – Sheryl Sandberg, UC Berkeley 2016

 

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs, Stanford 2005

 

“Always remember that the moments we have with friends and family, the chances we have to do things that might make a big difference in the world, or even to make a small difference to someone you love — all those wonderful chances that life gives us, life also takes away. It can happen fast, and a whole lot sooner than you think.” – Larry Page, University of Michigan 2009

 

  1. Be present.

“Being present is smarter, funnier and undeniably more attractive. When you’re right here, right now, you notice things. You notice the nuance and expressions of the people around you. You notice the things that might make you a new friend or get you hired or even give you a chance of hooking up. You notice today and how wonderful it is. You noticed the people around you might not be as lucky as you are and the people who work their asses off to make sure you succeed.” – Chris Sacca, University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management 2011

 

  1. Be bold and take risks.

“I will hazard a prediction. When you are 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story.” – Jeff Bezos, Princeton University 2010

 

  1. Embrace failure and learn from it.

“It doesn’t matter how far you might rise…. If you’re constantly pushing yourself higher, higher the law of averages not to mention the Myth of Icarus predicts that you will at some point fall. And when you do I want you to know this, remember this: there is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.” – Oprah Winfrey, Harvard University 2013

 

“I have always believed and I have taught my children and grandchildren that great success is not built on success. It is built on failure, frustration and sometimes even calamity.” – Sumner Redstone, Northwestern University 2002

 

  1. Be of service: make the world better.

“In the course of your lives, without any plan on your part, you’ll come to see suffering that will break your heart. When it happens, and it will, don’t turn away from it; turn toward it. That is the moment when change is born.” – Melinda Gates, Stanford 2014

 

  1. Use your imagination.

“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.” – J.K. Rowling, Harvard University 2008 (former billionaire)

 

  1. When a great dream shows up, follow it.

“I dreamed of doing it and finally I achieved it and that is when I came to realize that fantasizing, projecting yourself into a successful situation is the most powerful means there is of achieving personal goals.” – Leonard Lauder, Connecticut College 1989

 

“Overall, I know it seems like the world is crumbling out there, but it is actually a great time in your life to get a little crazy, follow your curiosity, and be ambitious about it. Don’t give up on your dreams. The world needs you all!” – Larry Page, University of Michigan 2009

 

  1. Be flexible.

“You don’t need a grand plan. Whatever plan you do have is probably going to change 100 times before you’re 30. And you don’t need to be an expert in something to try it.” – Michael Bloomberg, University of North Carolina 2012

 

  1. Work hard and be irrepressible.

“Irrepressible is kind of tenacious, but with optimism. You just have it in you. You keep going and going. You could say, isn’t that the same as passion. It’s not. Passion is the ability to get excited about something. Irrepressibility and tenacity is about the ability to stay with it.” – Steve Ballmer, University of Southern California 2011

 

“It is the hard days — the times that challenge you to your very core — that will determine who you are.You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive.” – Sheryl Sandberg, UC Berkeley 2016

 

  1. Don’t let money drive you.

“The truth is, I’ve never cared for money. I realize that sounds strange coming from a billionaire, and I recognize that many people do work for money, but I would wager that those who become extremely successful are more strongly motivated by the desire to achieve, by a commitment to excellence and by an obsessive drive to win.” – Sumner Redstone, Northwestern University 2002

 

Read the full Forbes article here:  Billionaires To Graduates: All-Time Best Advice From Their Commencement Speeches

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Top-Ten Emerson Insights

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This week By George Journal posted one hundred of our favourite quotations of the provocative genius Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Here are our Top Ten Emerson Insights:

  • What is success? To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; That is to have succeeded.
  • What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matter compared to what lies within us.
  • The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.
  • Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.
  • Insist on yourself. Never imitate.
  • Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
  • Do not be too timid and squeamish. … All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.
  • Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
  • Work and acquire, and thou hast chained the wheel of Chance.
  • To fill the hour, and leave no crevice … that is happiness.

As a concluding note on the week, The Ralph Waldo Emerson Institute has created a remarkable website for the purpose of providing a digital archive of the life and works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. We highly recommend it: http://www.rwe.org/

 

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Tolstoy’s “10 Rules of Life”

In a person’s quest for success and happiness, literary giant Tolstoy wrote ten rules to follow. Interestingly, he wrote these rules when he was 18 years old. Through his life, he broke many of them. (ed. – I can’t help wondering what he would have written as rules in his later years?)

Tolstoy’s “10 Rules of Life”

  1. Get up early (five o’clock)
  2. Go to bed early (nine to ten o’clock)
  3. Eat little and avoid sweets
  4. Try to do everything by yourself
  5. Have a goal for your whole life, a goal for one section of your life, a goal for a shorter period and a goal for the year; a goal for every month, a goal for every week, a goal for every day, a goal for every hour and for every minute, and sacrifice the lesser goal to the greater
  6. Keep away from women
  7. Kill desire by work
  8. Be good, but try to let no one know it
  9. Always live less expensively than you might
  10. Change nothing in your style of living even if you become ten times richer

 

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Top-10 Modern Phrases Originating from a Shakespeare Play

William_Shakespeare_1609Here is a top-10 list of Shakespearean phrases most frequently used in our language today, as complied by the Merriam-Webster on-line dictionary.

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Yes indeed, the Bard lives!

 

#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 presentation – Merriam Webster’s Top 10 phrases from Shakespeare.

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Origins of some well-known companies’ names

Have you ever wondered where the name Google came from? Do you know the origins of Research In Motion? Well, here’s a list of some well-known company names with their name origins explained.

  • 3M – from the company’s original name, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
  • A&W Root Beer – named after founders Roy Allen and Frank Wright
  • Adidas – from the name of the founder Adolf (Adi) Dassler
  • Atari – named from the board game Go. “Atari” is a Japanese word to describe a position where an opponent’s stones are in danger of being captured. It is similar, though not identical, to “check” in chess. The original games company was American but wanted a Japanese-sounding name.
  • Bridgestone – named after founder Shojiro Ishibashi. The surname Ishibashi (石橋) means “stone bridge”, or “bridge of stone”.
  • Cisco – short for San Francisco.
  • Coca Cola – derived from the coca leaves and kola nuts used as flavoring. Coca-Cola creator John S. Pemberton changed the ‘K’ of kola to ‘C’ to make the name look better.
  • eBay – Pierre Omidyar, who had created the Auction Web trading website, had formed a web consulting concern called Echo Bay Technology Group. “Echo Bay” didn’t refer to the town in Nevada, “It just sounded cool”, Omidyar reportedly said. Echo Bay Mines Limited,  a gold mining company, had already taken EchoBay.com, so Omidyar registered what (at the time) he thought was the second best name: eBay.com.
  • Esso – the enunciation of the initials S.O. in Standard Oil of New Jersey.
  • Google – an originally accidental misspelling of the word googol and settled upon because google.com was unregistered. Googol was proposed to reflect the company’s mission to organize the immense amount of information available online.
  • HMV – from “His Master’s Voice”, which appeared in 1899 as the title of a painting of Nipper, a Jack Russell terrier, listening to a gramophone.
  • IBM – named by Tom (Thomas John) Watson Sr, an ex-employee of National Cash Register (NCR Corporation). To one-up them in all respects, he called his company International Business Machines.
  • Lego – combination of the Danish “leg godt”, which means to “play well”.  Lego also means “I put together” in Latin, but Lego Group claims this is only a coincidence and the etymology of the word is entirely Danish. Years before the little plastic brick was invented, Lego manufactured wooden toys.
  • McDonald’s – from the name of the brothers Dick McDonald and Mac McDonald, who founded the first McDonald’s restaurant in 1940.
  • Mercedes – from the first name of the daughter of Emil Jellinek, who distributed cars of the early Daimler company around 1900.
  • Microsoft – coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to microcomputer software. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the ‘-‘ disappeared on 3/2/1987 with the introduction of a new corporate identity and logo. The “slash between the ‘o’ and ‘s’ [in the Microsoft logo] emphasizes the “soft” part of the name and conveys motion and speed
  • Nike – named for the Greek goddess of victory.
  • Pepsi – named from the digestive enzyme pepsin.
  • Reebok – alternate spelling of rhebok Pelea capreolus), an African antelope.
  • Research in Motion – from the phrase “poetry in motion”, which company founder Mike Lazaridis had seen used to describe a football player.
  • Siemens – founded in 1847 by Werner von Siemens and Johann Georg Halske. The company was originally called Telegraphen-Bau-Anstalt von Siemens & Halske.
  • Toyota – from the name of the founder, Sakichi Toyoda. Initially called Toyeda, it was changed after a contest for a better-sounding name. The new name was written in katakana with eight strokes, a number that is considered lucky in Japan.
  • Wal-mart – named after founder Sam Walton
  • Xerox – named from xerography, a word derived from the Greek xeros (dry) and graphos (writing). The company was founded as The Haloid Company in 1906, launched its first XeroX copier in 1949, and changed its name to Haloid Xerox in 1958
  • Yahoo! – The word Yahoo was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book Gulliver’s Travels. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and barely human. Yahoo! founders David Filo and Jerry Yang jokingly considered themselves yahoos. It’s also an interjection sometimes associated with United States Southerners’ and Westerners’ expression of joy, as alluded to in Yahoo.com commercials that end with someone singing the word “yahoo”. It is also sometime jokingly referred to by its backronym, Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.

 

SOURCE: Wikipedia

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Inspirational Quotes

In By George’s endless search for the most remarkable thoughts and moving quotes, we came across the “Top 10 Inspirational Quotes” from the About.com Guide. Here are a great “top 10” bons mots.

 

  1. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain
  2. In bed my real love has always been the sleep that rescued me by allowing me to dream. – Luigi Pirandello
  3. Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  4. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. – Zig Ziglar
  5. Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. – T. S. Elliot
  6. All that we are is the result of what we have thought. – Buddha
  7. Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  8. We know nothing about motivation. All we can do is write books about it. – Peter F. Drucker
  9. If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place. – Nora Roberts
  10. Begin with the end in mind. – Stephen Covey

 

SOURCE: About.com

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Top-10 Unanswerable Questions

The Internet search engine Ask Jeeves specializes in answering the toughest, most obscure questions Web surfers can throw at it. But even Jeeves can get stumped sometimes and it has now compiled what it calls the top 10 unanswerable questions. The list is based on more than 1 billion queries to the site since it began in 2000 through to 2010. As you will read, it includes both the weighty and the trivial.

 

Jeeves’ Unanswerables

 

  1. What is the meaning of life?
  2. Is there a God?
  3. Do blondes have more fun?
  4. What is the best diet?
  5. Is there anybody out there?
  6. Who is the most famous person in the world?
  7. What is love?
  8. What is the secret to happiness?
  9. Did Tony Soprano die?
  10. How long will I live?

 

The list of “unanswerables” is from a BBC report on the Ask Jeeves site.

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25 Remarkable Quotes to Motivate

Brian Vaszily, founder and editor in chief of IntenseExperiences.com, has provided us with his 25 greatest motivational quotes. Here they are (counted down to Vaszily’s #1 selection):

25) Many of the things you can count, don’t count. Many of the things you can’t count, really count. – Albert Einstein

24) Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. – Carl Jung

23) It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich. – Henry Ward Beecher

22) He who cannot forgive others destroys a bridge over which he himself must pass. – George Herbert

21) It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are. – e.e. cummings

20) In order to be effective truth must penetrate like an arrow — and that is likely to hurt. – Wei Wu Wei

19) It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. – Harry Truman

18) The longer you stay in one place, the greater your chance of disillusionment. – Art Spander

17) The dreamers are the saviors of the world. – James Allen

16) I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am in. – The Bible, Phillipians 4:11

15) Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. – Howard Thurman

14) It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot

13) Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

12) What may be done at any time will be done at no time. – Scottish Proverb

11) The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. – – John E. Southard

10) How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar. – Trina Paulus

9) In times like these it helps to recall there have always been times like these. – Paul Harvey

8  Say what you want to say when you have the feeling and the chance. My greatest regrets are the things I did not do, the opportunities missed and the things unsaid. – Jim Keller

7) We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us. – Rabindranth Tagore

6) You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it. – Robert Anthony

5) If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be too cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down. – Annie Dillard

4) The true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good. – Ann Landers

3) Pain is inevitable, but misery is optional. We cannot avoid pain, but we can avoid joy. – Tim Hansel

2) The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

1) The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. – Henry David Thoreau

 

SOURCE:  http://www.intenseexperiences.com/brian-vaszily.html

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Marcus Aurelius’ 10 Rules for an Exceptional Leader

MarcusAureliusThe Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius ruled from 161 to 180 A.D. Aurelius is renown for being the ideal wise leader whom Plato called the “philosopher king.” His book, Meditations (from which By George has often quoted), has inspired leaders for centuries because of its timeless wisdom about human behavior.

Here are 10 rules, as prescribed by Marcus Aurelius, that every great leader should know and practice.

1. Understand that people exist to help one another. Mankind was meant to live in harmony, “That we came into the world for the sake of one another.”

2. Be mindful of others’ humanity. Every person has dignity and pride.

3. Realize that many mistakes, even egregious ones, are the result of ignorance.
Punishment or chastisement should thus be done in an educational way.

4. Do not overly exalt yourself. “You’re just like them.”

5. Avoid quick judgments of others’ actions. “A lot of things are means to some other end. You have to know an awful lot before you can judge other people’s actions with real understanding.”

6. Maintain self-control. You can choose to spend your time and energy languishing over things that have already happened, or you can choose to be calm and address any problems that arise.

7. Recognize that others can hurt you only if you let them. The only actions that should truly hurt you are things you do that are shameful, since you are in control of your own self-worth and values.

8. Know that pessimism can easily overtake you. “How much more damage anger and grief do than the things that cause them.”

9. Practice kindness. Sincere kindness is “invincible” and more powerful than any negative transgression.

10. Do not expect bad people to exempt you from their destructive ways. It is “the act of a tyrant” to think that you can try to change these kinds of people or persuade them to treat you differently.

To read more on these rules click here.

Read more in the By George Journal of this great leader and sage here:  Marcus Aurelius

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45 Life Lessons (written by a 90 year old)

Regina Brett is not 90, but actually 54 years old. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, she wrote down a list of life lessons the very night before her 45th birthday. Over that past decade, these lessons have gone viral on the Internet amid claims that she is 90 years old. Regardless of her age, this is a remarkable list and By George is passing along these universal lessons, which should be relatable to anyone who needs a little reminder of what’s important in life.

 

  1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  3. Life is too short not to enjoy it.
  4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
  5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.
  6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
  7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
  8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
  9. Save for things that matter.
  10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
  12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
  13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
  15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye… But don’t worry; God never blinks.
  16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
  17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful.  Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
  18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
  19. It’s never too late to be happy.  But it’s all up to you and no one else.
  20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
  21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
  22. Over-prepare, then go with the flow.
  23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
  24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
  25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
  26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, ‘In five years, will this matter?’
  27. Always choose Life.
  28. Forgive but don’t forget.
  29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  30. Time heals almost everything. Give Time time.
  31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  33. Believe in miracles.
  34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
  35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
  36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
  37. Your children get only one childhood.
  38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
  39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
  40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d
    grab ours back.
  41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you think you need.
  42. The best is yet to come…
  43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  44. Yield.
  45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

 

(ed. – Source: http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/smart-living/45-life-lessons-written-by-a-90-year-old-woman/ar-BBhwKAN )

 

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Diversion: a list of paraprosdokians

We received a number of paraprosdokians in our e-mail today from our friend Dick Inwood. It was great to see a few new ones to add to our growing list:

  • Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.
  • I’m supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently used in a humorous situation. Here is the original list that Dick sent to us a few years ago. Enjoy!

  • Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
  • The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list.
  • Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
  • If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.
  • We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.
  • War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
  • Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Evening news is where they begin with ‘Good Evening,’ and then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.
  • To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
  • A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.
  • I thought I wanted a career. Turns out I just wanted paychecks.
  • Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says, ‘In case of emergency, notify:’ I put ‘DOCTOR.’
  • I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
  • Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.
  • Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.
  • A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.
  • I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.
  • You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
  • Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.
  • There’s a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can’t get away.
  • I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not so sure.
  • You’re never too old to learn something stupid.
  • To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.
  • Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.
  • Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
  • Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.
  • A diplomat is someone who tells you to go to hell in such a way that you look forward to the trip.
  • Hospitality is making your guests feel at home even when you wish they were.
  • I always take life with a grain of salt. Plus a slice of lemon, and a shot of tequila.
  • When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.

(ed. – This list first appeared in By George Journal in June 2011. Thank you again to Dick Inwood, our favourite Ottawa jokester.)

 

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Top-10 most commonly confused words

The Merriam – Webster on-line dictionary has put together a very useful top-10 list of the most commonly confused words. Here they are:

Flaunt / Flout
Affect / Effect
Deserts / Desserts
Stationary / Stationery
Flak / Flack
It’s / Its
Pore / Pour
Fewer / Less
Flounder / Founder
Principal / Principle

Here’s the link to the Merriam-Webster presentation.

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Writers Pick Top-10 Books of All Time

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The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books is a readers’ collection of dream lists.

It is the ultimate guide to the world’s greatest books – as picked by writers such as Norman Mailer, Annie Proulx, Stephen King, Jonathan Franzen, Claire Messud, Margaret Drabble, Michael Chabon and Peter Carey. The Top Ten includes summaries of 544 books-each of which is considered to be among the ten greatest books ever written by at least one leading writer. You can get this treasure from Amazon (where else?!)

Here are three intriguing lists from that book.

 

TOP TEN WORKS OF THE 20TH CENTURY

  1. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
  4. Ulysses by James Joyce
  5. Dubliners by James Joyce
  6. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  7. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  8. To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  9. The complete stories of Flannery O’Connor
  10. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

 

TOP TEN WORKS OF THE 19th CENTURY

  1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  2. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  3. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  5. The stories of Anton Chekhov
  6. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  7. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
  8. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  9. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  10. Emma by Jane Austen

 

TOP TEN AUTHORS BY NUMBER OF BOOKS SELECTED

  1. William Shakespeare — 11
  2. William Faulkner — 6
  3. Henry James — 6
  4. Jane Austen — 5
  5. Charles Dickens — 5
  6. Fyodor Dostoevsky — 5
  7. Ernest Hemingway — 5
  8. Franz Kafka — 5
  9. (tie) James Joyce, Thomas Mann, Vladimir Nabokov, Mark Twain, Virginia Woolf — 4

 

Read more about this book at Brian Pickings.

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On Being Late

The Bard once observed, “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.”

It is too bad more people didn’t subscribe to Shakespeare’s sense of courtesy when it comes to arriving on time for a meeting. Can you think of anything more bothersome in a workday. It’s really disrespectful of someone’s time.

Brent Beshore, entrepreneur and Founder/CEO of adventur.es, recently wrote about people being tardy in an excellent Forbes.com article: 5 Minutes Early Is On Time; On Time Is Late; Late Is Unacceptable

Beshore lists a number of reasons why being late is unacceptable. Here is that list.

Disrespectful: Being on time is about respect. It signals that you value and appreciate the other person. If you don’t respect the meeting’s participants, why are you meeting with them in the first place?

Inconsiderate: Unintentionally being late demonstrates an overall lack of consideration for the lives of others. You just don’t care.

Big-Timing: Intentionally being late is about power. It’s showing the other person, or people that you’re a “big deal” and have the upper-hand in the relationship. It’s also called being a dick.

Incredible: No, not in the good way. When you miss meeting times or deadlines, your credibility takes the trajectory of a lead balloon. If you can’t be counted on to be on time, how could you possibly have credibility around far tougher tasks?

Unprofitable: Let’s consider a scenario where five people are holding a meeting at 2 p.m. Your sauntering in ten minutes late just wasted 40 minutes of other peoples’ time. Let’s say the organization bills $200/hour. Are you paying the $133 bill? Someone certainly is.

Disorganized: If you can’t keep your calendar, what other parts of your life are teetering on the edge of complete disaster? Being late signals at best that you’re barely hanging on and probably not someone I want to associate with.

Overly-Busy: Everyone likes to equate busyness with importance, but the truly successful know that’s BS. Having a perpetually hectic schedule just signals that you can’t prioritize, or say “no,” neither of which is an endearing trait.

Flaky: Apparently some people just “flake out,” which seems to mean that they arbitrarily decided not to do the thing they committed to at the very last minute. Seriously? That’s ridiculous.

Megalomaniacal: While most grow out of this by the age of eight, some genuinely believe they are the center of the universe. It’s not attractive. Note, this is also called Donald Trump Syndrome. Do you want to be compared to Donald Trump?

So, “Don’t be late for your next meeting!” It’s not that you have to follow Shakespeare’s suggestion to show up three hours beforehand, but you may wish to set your watch 10 minutes fast and enjoy the walk into the meeting.

31 traits of great leaders

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Industrialist Andrew Carnegie was the wealthiest man on the planet in the early 20th century and was a student of what it takes to achieve greatness. In 1908, he met with the journalist Napoleon Hill who collected and edited notes from initial conversations with Carnegie. In 1948, Hill published “Think Your Way to Wealth” which was based on Carnegie’s beliefs that successful leaders exemplify a set of specific traits.

Here is a summary of the 31 traits Carnegie identified with great leaders.

 

1. They have a definite purpose and a definite plan for attaining it. Great leaders are always working toward an overarching goal.
2. They have a motive that continuously drives them. “Nothing great is ever achieved without a definitive motive.”
3. They surround themselves with talented people who share their vision.
4. They are able to be self-reliant.
5. They have intense self-discipline.
6. They are persistent.
7. They are creative. “Able leaders must be eternally seeking new and better ways of doing things. They must be on the lookout for new ideas and new opportunities to attain the object of their labors.”
8. They are decisive. It’s dangerous to be impulsive, but it is better to make an imperfect decision than none at all.
9. They collect all possible facts before making judgments.
10. They are enthusiastic.
11. They are fair.
12. They have an open mind. “The man with a closed mind does not inspire the confidence of his associates. Without confidence great leadership is an impossibility.”
13. They go beyond what is required of them.
14. They are tactful.
15. They listen more than they speak.
16. They pay attention to detail.
17. They are determined.
18. They can take criticism. “Bigness overlooks the smallness of criticism and carries on.”
19. They know when to restrain themselves.
20. They are loyal.
21. They know when to speak frankly.
22. They understand others’ motivations.
23. They are exceptionally likable.
24. They are focused. “Concentrated effort gives one power that can be attained in no other way.”
25. They learn from mistakes.
26. They assume responsibility for the mistakes of their subordinates.
27. They recognize the achievements of others.
28. They treat others the way they would like to be treated.
29. They are optimistic.
30. They assume responsibility for the actions of their entire team.
31. They are able to act without being guided by emotion.

 

To read more on this list, click to the full article in the Financial Post Business.

Also, here is another post regarding Andrew Carnegie’s wisdom in the By George Journal: “Carnegie’s 10 Rules of Success

14 Habits of Exceptionally Likable People

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Napoleon Hill (1883 – 1970) was an American author, one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature. His most famous work, Think and Grow Rich (1937), is one of the best-selling books of all time (at the time of Hill’s death in 1970, it had sold 20 million copies). Hill’s works examined the power of personal beliefs, and the role they play in personal success.

In his works, Hill denoted 14 habits of people who are so likable that others go out of their way to help them. Here are those habits of exceptionally likeable people:

1. They develop a positive mental attitude and let it be seen and felt by others. Those who choose to be positive set themselves up for success and have better reputations.

2. They always speak in a carefully disciplined, friendly tone. The best communicators speak deliberately and confidently, which gives their voice a pleasing sound.

3. They pay close attention to someone speaking to them.

4. They are able to maintain their composure in all circumstances. “Remember that silence may be much more effective than your angry words.”

5. They are patient. “Remember that proper timing of your words and acts may give you a big advantage over impatient people.”

6. They keep an open mind. Those who close themselves off from certain ideas and associate only with like-minded people are missing out on not only personal growth but also opportunities for advancing their careers.

7. They smile when speaking with others.

8. They know that not all their thoughts need to be expressed. The most likable people know that it’s not worth offending people by expressing all their thoughts, even if they happen to be true.

9. They don’t procrastinate.

10. They engage in at least one good deed a day. The best networkers help other people out without expecting anything in return.

11. They find a lesson in failure rather than brood over it. “Express your gratitude for having gained a measure of wisdom, which would not have come without defeat.”

12. They act as if the person they are speaking to is the most important person in the world.

13. They praise others in a genuine way without being excessive.

14. They have someone they trust point out their flaws.
Read more in the Business Insider:
http://www.businessinsider.com/habits-of-exceptionally-likable-people-2014-5#ixzz3LKYgkpMw

Alinsky’s Rules

There have been a few reports in the American media recently that have described the clandestine tactics of Saul Alinsky – how they have served the campaigns of President Barack Obama and are present in the current presidential runs: “At this very moment Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals are being employed by the Left, again, with great efficacy.”  Forbes magazine points to Donald Trump’s campaign as an example “to push their own proposed societal changes and the political platforms designed to make them a reality.”

By way of background, in 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote an entertaining classic on grassroots organizing titled Rules for Radicals. Above and beyond Machiavelli’s tome The Prince, this book provides some of the best advice on confrontational tactics for campaign teams and candidates. Many have documented how President Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have taken pages from Alinsky’s playbook. It is interesting to think now right-wing standard bearer Trump is using Alinsky tactics…

And, though the link has never been directly made, there are no doubt Alinsky disciples in our Canadian circles of politicos. If you read through the rules, you can see hints of Alinsky’s instruction in the campaign maneuvering of the Canadian federal Parties – particularly the Liberal effort.

By George provides you with the list of rules from Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. Refer to them in the months ahead when you are attempting to see the rationale or motivation for the federal Parties’ campaign thrusts.

Rules for Radicals

Rule 1: Power is not only what you have, but what an opponent thinks you have. If your organization is small, hide your numbers in the dark and raise a din that will make everyone think you have many more people than you do.

Rule 2: Never go outside the experience of your people. The result is confusion, fear, and retreat. Feeling secure adds to the backbone of anyone.

Rule 3: Whenever possible, go outside the experience of an opponent. Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.

Rule 4: Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. “You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”

Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack as there is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions.

Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. “If your people aren’t having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.”

Rule 7: A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag. Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues.

Rule 8: Keep the pressure on. Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period for your purpose. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this that will cause the opposition to react to your advantage.”

Rule 9: The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself. Imagination and ego can dream up many more consequences than any activist. (For example, when Alinsky leaked word that large numbers of poor people were going to tie up the washrooms of O’Hare Airport, Chicago city authorities quickly agreed to act on a longstanding commitment to a ghetto organization. They imagined the mayhem as thousands of passengers poured off airplanes to discover every washroom occupied. Then they imagined the international embarrassment and the damage to the city’s reputation.)

Rule 10: “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.” It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign. Additionally, the main job of the organizer is to bait an opponent into reacting. “The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength.”

Rule 11: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.” Violence from the other side can win the public to your side because the public sympathizes with the underdog.

Rule 12: “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.” Never let the enemy score points because you’re caught without a solution to the problem. Avoid being trapped by an opponent or an interviewer who says, “Okay, what would you do?”

Rule 13: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.

 

Our Canada Day Quiz

This quiz is different in that there will not be any wrong answers… your goal is to get the most Canadian of answers to the question “What best defines Canada?”

We have taken the responses from a national poll of Canadians conducted by the Dominion Institute within the past few years. We have then weighted those findings with two other Top-Ten Canadiana Lists (of askmen.ca and By George Journal). Our final list of symbols/icons is graded and a point system will be used to score your top ten mentions.  (So, you will want to mention as many of the most popular Canadian symbols as other Canadians have in the survey and found on the top ten lists.)

The Canada Day quiz question is, “Name 10 symbols of Canada that best define this country?”

Your list of ten Canadiana can include symbols, icons, people, places, events, accomplishments and/or inventions. What best defines our country and being Canadian…

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Once you (and your family and friends) have completed the list(s) of ten Canadiana, mark the answers with our point system and compare how you have done in capturing the best symbols that define our country. (The top possible score is 56.)

The point system is found in comments below. (When printing this off for your Canada Day party, be sure not to include the answers below).