Monthly Archives: May 2011

#223 – “The only way to fix anything is one step at a time.” PMF Johnson, longtime computer programmer

Start with the most likely possibility and work your way down.  Don’t forget that more than one thing can be wrong at a time.  We recently solved a plumbing problem this way ourselves, after spending a small fortune twice to get someone … Continue reading

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#222 – Trust but verify – Ronald Reagan

Assume the best until proven otherwise.  But don’t rely solely on someone’s word.  It takes time to build trust on both sides.  There are some things that can’t be hurried.  Also, as Oprah has said many times, “If someone tells you who they are, believe them … Continue reading

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#221 – “Part of being a leader requires that you speak up and take a chance.” Robert Gates – Secretary of Defense

“To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing,” he also said. This was his sharp reply to  Katy Couric’s question on Sixty Minutes — “You’ve ruffled a few feathers. What do you say when people criticize  you?” It might help to ask yourself … Continue reading

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#220 – “Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness.” August Wilson

If you can name your flaws, you can manage them. For instance, if you have a spending problem, knowing that it’s worse when you are tired will help you to avoid stores at that time. Naming my flaws and the triggers that cause me to … Continue reading

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#219 – “When in doubt, do the positive.” Joy Laskas A.S.

When you possibly can, choose the positive.   It’s a way of saying yes to life.    Plus I think you’ll like yourself better, others will like you better and you will be happier in general.  Continuously negative people are difficult to be around.

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