Food For Thought For Monday, October 17th, 2011

Here are my favorite excerpts from recent posts.

You can’t make choices for other people.  Don’t let other people make choices for you.

  • There are an unlimited number of ‘Dr. No’ folks that you will encounter in this life.  If you have a personal inspiration, idea or goal, don’t let a ‘Dr. No’ deter you!  Trust your gut, do the planning and then DO IT!
  • Opportunities are often disguised as work, so most people don’t recognize them.
  • The Chinese character for the word ‘crisis’ literally means ‘danger and opportunity.’
  • Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small pieces. -Henry Ford –  Same concept configured as a question:  How do you eat an elephant?  Answer: One bite at a time. 
  • Learn from the past, but don’t dwell in the past.  In other words, don’t abuse the precious ‘now’ by not being in it.
  • Worry is a misuse of the imagination.
  • Perfect is the enemy of good.
  • Education and knowledge are invaluable.  But do we need to know everything?  Is it possible in a specialized world to know everything?  For instance, do you need to have a comprehensive understanding of dentistry to go to a dentist to have a cavity filled?  In many instances, ‘not knowing’ is a wise approach – it’s like cleaning out a crowded closet to make space for something useful.
  • Big results come when you narrow your focus.  Concentrate your efforts on smaller and smaller areas.  When your efforts are diffused over a wide area they won’t have much of an impact.  So focus on smaller areas and your efforts will be felt more fully.  It could take time for change to happen, but keep that focus narrow.
  • You can’t do it all yourself.  We live in a multi-specialized world.  For example, in building a house, plumbers specialize, electricians specialize, heating and air conditioning technicians specialize, roofers specialize, masons specialize – get it? These guys are consultant contractors who have mastered that component.  For any large project, find the right consultant or mentor.
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