"I do not know what I appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me."
- Isaac Newton
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,
Wouldn't that solve just about all the worlds problems, such a simple little sentence, but its meaning is earth shattering.Its the the way i live my life by and i walk this earth with many friends and very few who i would call a 'non' friend.
It's what you learn after you think you know it all, that counts...........
Surviving in business,.....
is like being in shark infested waters, if your cut, don't bleed it makes the sharks angry....... know when a politician or an attorney is lying to you, see if their lips move.........
The only thing that matters is the earth in which we are surrounded by
The only thing that matters is the life in which we live
The only thing that matters is the things that matters most
The only thing that matters is life itself.......
A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a Naval conference that included admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies.
At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a group of half dozen or so officers that included personnel from most of the countries.
Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, where as Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked: "Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French? "
Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied: "Maybe it's because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German."
? My apologies to those who cherish their sneakers, but my point is that even if you polish a hollow shell, it's still nothing more than a hollow shell. When I was growing up, we used white Kiwi polish to make our sneakers look new, but no matter how hard we tried, an ugly sneaker remained an ugly sneaker. Now when I see a briefing that's heavy on style but short on substance or focus, I say, "You're not gonna be able to polish that sneaker." It's a polite way of saying you haven't started out with anything meaningful. Trying to polish a sneaker can actually be dangerous, because it may inadvertently convince others that the sneaker has a value that it doesn't really possess. This can lead organizations down unproductive dead ends.
Learn to say "I don't know." If used when appropriate, it will be used often.
? How many times have you been in a meeting with someone who felt compelled to contribute, even though he obviously had no idea what he was talking about? In those circumstances, silence is golden. As a CEO, you know that everyone wants to impress you, so I sometimes ask a question to which I already know the answer as a way to test someone's character. Confident people know their strengths and weaknesses, and they don't try to b.s. you. You are not expected to know the answer to everything. Smart people simply say "I don't know" -- and go get an answer.
from the CEO's handbook.
from the web:
The tiny handbook has become an underground hit among senior executives and management thinkers. Written by Bill Swanson, CEO of aerospace contractor Raytheon (RTN), Swanson's Unwritten Rules of Management is part Ben Franklin and part Yogi Berra, with a dash of Confucius thrown in. Former General Electric (GE) CEO Jack Welch says there's something about both the man and his management style that makes the gray book a worthwhile read for any CEO. "It's a neat little manual, and each of these rules makes sense," Welch says. "It covers almost everything, and I like Swanson's feet-on-the-ground approach." Bruce Whitman, president of FlightSafety International, a Berkshire Hathaway (BRK) company that's one of the world's largest aviation training firms, goes even further: "The book is something you can carry around with you like a Bible and live by every day
Heaven is eternal, the Earth everlasting
They can be eternal and everlasting
because they do not exist for themselves
for that reason they can exist.
Therefore Evolved Individuals
put themselves last
and yet they are first
Put themselves outside
and yet they remain.
Is it not because they are without self-interest that their interests succeed?
FU HSI (2953-2838 BC)
first legendary emperor credited for the invention of the calendar, marriage contract and creator of string instrument. Taught his people to fish, hunt, cook and raise domestic animals for food. INventor of the I ching trigrams while observing the shell of the tortoise..recognising the roles of constancy and change in nature and applied them to the affairs of society, creating one of history's first management systems.
For the evolved individual who acts selflessly , their desires are transformed and they developed priorities that are aligned intelligently with both current situation and with larger influences in the world. For this reason as their aims are fulfilled , their environment evolves.
Cub39 write: Hmmmmm. This might imply that Tao and Bush are opposites.
CUB, about time some of the world leaders read the TAo of Power, recording observations of ancient emperors of China and the origins of one of the oldest philosophical thoughts...of the oldest civilisation in the world..how did they survive this long thru so much natural and man-made disasters? Perhaps they hold secrets that we have only begun to understand?
he understood clearly the importance of leadership and believed that strong social order was based on universal patterns which he did his best to record. He kept a record of astronomical observations -the cycles of the moon and planetary revolutions-compiled a calendar consisting of 360 days and 4 seasons. Thus he is credited with teaching his people to regulate agriculture by sowing seeds at the proper season.
Evolved individuals are those who are always in harmony with the deeper trends in the evolution of society. They exert the force of their convictions through a state of focused inner awareness, while externally they practise strategic noninterference. Those who follow Tao are reluctant to push things to the extreme,including extremes of complacency , for they know that this can lead to undesirable consequences. Instead they strive to maintain their intellectual balance by experiencing the rhythms of natural events with emotional independence.
"I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way."
"Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing."
"It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.
"Whiskey is for drinking. Water is for fighting over."
Money and Finance Mark Twain
"October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks in. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February." "Pudd'nhead Wilson" (1894)
"A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain."
Courage Mark Twain
"Courage is to resist fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear."
Education Mark Twain
"Do not let school interfere with your education."
Facts Mark Twain
"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please."