Posts Tagged ‘wisdom’

Conventional Wisdom?

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Conventional wisdom often holds people back and is certainly not all that wise.

If you listen to conventional wisdom you’ve likely been told that if you reach for the stars you’ll never get there or that it’s silly to dream big dreams.

Maybe you’ve been told that your goals are unrealistic and that you need to remember who you are and where you came from. Well intentioned people may tell you you’ll disappoint yourself and you’re setting yourself up for a big let down.

But at the end of the day we must have our dreams as living would be pretty bland without them.

At the beginning of the day were excited because we’ve slept on those big dreams the night before.

I love to imagine myself getting an award and my acceptance speech after I’ve received it.
It makes me feel that it is possible and I’m not let down because I’m dreaming a dream rather than actually receiving that award. In fact, it makes me feel fantastic whether or not I ever actually get it!

The best dreams we have in our sleep are the ones where we soar. Have you had one of these?

Too bad we don’t allow ourselves more time to think of the sweet dreams that are possible for us.

We need more of these dreams.

Conventional wisdom was designed to keep us in line with the norm.
This is cautionary at best, meant to keep us grounded.

And to a degree there is wisdom in grounding BUT where would we be if we only paid attention to the norm?

Think Big.

Dream Big.

Dare to get past convention.

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Money Gets in the Way of Opportunity

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

As a business owner & employer I’ve learned a few things about the hold that money has on people.

I’ve learned that good money isn’t necessarily synonymous with a good opportunity.

In fact money may keep you locked in golden handcuffs preventing you from a great opportunity.

I’ve learned that for many people the joy of learning is dependent on the amount of money that’s in it.

If the money isn’t enough; the learning becomes less than joyful.

If the money isn’t enough more people will leave a good opportunity for a lesser opportunity just because they can make more money quicker.

Many people will choose misery in a job they hate if the money payoff is high enough.

The amount of money a person makes has more to do with how they feel about themselves than just about anything else.

A person may say that money isn’t everything but when it comes right down to it for many–it’s pretty darn close.

It takes guts to walk away from money.

It takes guts to walk toward opportunity.

It takes guts to walk toward opportunity when the payoff is unknown.

It takes guts to love what you do even though the initial payoff is low.

Peace of mind comes to those who love what they do for the pure joy of it despite the money they get for the work they do.

It takes maturity to know that the more you do something you love the less desire there is to find work that provides a better payoff.

Some of the happiest people I’ve ever met are the ones who have chosen to live with less in the way of things while being bountiful in the way of joy.

It takes wisdom to understand that opportunity trumps money every single time.

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Don’t Beg for Love!

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

I ran across this excellent post and strongly recommend it if you or someone you know is in the habit of begging for love.

Self Improvement–In a Hurry

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

I recently received a comment from a reader who was looking for information about how to improve her self–quickly.

I don’t know if it’s truly possible to quickly improve how you view yourself but I do believe it’s possible to begin the improvement immediately.

The way we view who we are largely depends on the way we think about ourselves. For example, if I want to be a great cook I can begin right away to affirm to myself and to the world that I’m a great cook. I can think it, I can write it down, and I can post little notes all over my house telling me what a great cook I am. I can also tell whoever will listen just how great I am in the kitchen and if I set my mind to it, I might start to believe it.

But most likely, the positive regards I have for my cooking won’t last if deep down, I don’t believe–truly believe I’m a great cook. I can say the words and write them down but my self- doubt will eventually override all my verbal and written messages if I don’t believe it.

So then what do I do if I want to be a great cook quickly? There’s really only one way. I’ve got to take action and lots of it. I need to study recipes and make dishes that look and taste delicious. I’ve also got to share the food I prepare with friends and family so that other people can judge for themselves how well I’m doing. (more…)


Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision.    Stevie Wonder

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Sometimes your body is smarter than you are.  Author Unknown

The First Step

Monday, August 16th, 2010

He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom.

James Hunekar

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Act Like a Lady; think like a man….

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Do not regret getting older. It is a privilege denied to many.   — Author Unknown

Aging and Relationships

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

I learn a lot working with the elderly. They teach me far more than anything I could teach them.

One big bonus in having close contact with this population is I get a glimpse of what the future holds as I get older. This doesn’t mean that I necessarily like what I see but it does force me to face the reality of aging and do my best to learn the from the lessons I’ve been taught. Through my observations and conversations with older individuals over 75 I’ve learned:

Those who still have their memories intact have much wisdom and knowledge if we take the time to listen.

Excessive worry when younger doesn’t help the aging mind.

Keeping the body strong while younger helps the aging body but excessive physical exertion seems to have the opposite effect.

A love of learning new things and an openness to learning new things throughout life is a definite plus.

Staying positive even when it takes much effort has long term benefits.

The elderly may be living longer but aren’t always happy about it. Losing independence dramatically decreases quality of life.

Meal time is often the most important time of the day and not just because of the food.

Visits from friends and relatives take on a whole new meaning.

Living life is about relationships and when you need them the most–they are often in short supply.

The telephone can be a big source of frustration as is any form of  gadgetry.

Many elderly people are great conversationalists and are also funny!

The comings and goings of children and grandchildren are very important!

If a loved one doesn’t remember that they saw you yesterday they still loved it while you were there.

The ability to problem solve will serve you well as you age.

You can have all the money in the world and it may make life more comfortable but it will never replace relationships.

If you have an elderly person in your life  you are fortunate. Tell them. Thank them. Seek them out. You do have time for them–make the time.

If you have an elderly person in your life with whom you can have a conversation–do it. Listen. Ask questions; pick their brain. They can tell you a lot–all you have to do is ask.

The quality of your relationships while younger will make or break you as you age.