Friday, July 16, 2010


"Adults are just obsolete children, & the hell with them."

~ Dr Seuss;


What follows is supposedly a chain letter in my email box today, but I thought it offers an interesting lesson on anger management.

"There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he loses his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence.

Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all.

He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.. He said, 'You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same..

When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. But It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound will still be there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one... "

Thursday, July 15, 2010


What would cause me to do the enormous work necessary i.e. deliberate practice - "hurts, but it works" -, to be a top-performer or anything else? Would anything?

According to the book, 'Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else', by distinguished journalist at Fortune magazine, Geoff Colvin, the answers to the foregoing questions depend on my answers to two basic questions:

What do I really want?

And what do I really believe?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


"Conscience is a man's compass, and though the needle sometimes deviates, though one often perceives irregularities when directing one's course by it, one must still try to follow its direction."

- Vincent van Gogh, painter (1853-1890);

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


There is a classic negotiation drill that places two persons in a room together, with a line down the middle of the floor.

Their assignment is to convince the other person to step to their side of the line.

Those educated in the west will spend hours trying to get the other person to cross the line, but almost everyone stubbornly refuses.

The Japanese, with a different educational and cultural background, almost always solve the problem immediately.

"I will cross to your side of the line, if you will cross to mine."

Both win.

[Source: A belated 1997 article about "thinking strategically" by Larry Webster]


"Behind me is infinite power.
Before me is endless possibilities.
Around me is boundless opportunities.
Why should I fear?"

~ Mac Anderson, founder of Successories Inc., & author of 'The Nature of Success',


How do I know if I am a comprehensivist & not a mere generalist or harried multi-tasker?

[The term "comprehensivist" has its apparent origins from R Buckminster Fuller, who called himself a "comprehensive, anticipatory design scientist." Fuller was an American architect, engineer, inventor & visionary, who died in 1985.

To me, it denotes one who has the broad-based knowledge & extensive experience to be able to notice similar patterns & dynamics - connect all the dots, so to speak - across disparate as well as diverse fields of activity, & see the entire world as a complex inter-dependent system.

Bucky is truly a "comprehensivist". Today, his comprehensive thinking, his brilliant work & his many inventions, including the geodesic dome, continue to inspire builders, designers, artists, chemists, & cartographers.

Monday, July 12, 2010


"Your brain never stops developing & changing. It's been doing it from the time you were an embryo & will keep doing it all your life, & this ability, perhaps, represents its greatest strength."

~ Dr James Trefil, physicist & writer of more than thirty books, with a focus on science for the general audience, including 'Are We Unique?';


It is certainly very comforting to read the following findings from the book, 'The Matured Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain', by Dr Gene Cohen, founder of the National Institute on Aging & Director of the Centre of Aging @ George Washington University:

- the years after 65 are everything but retiring, & that creativity, intellectual growth & more satisfying relationships can blossom at any age;

- growing new brain cells is a lifelong phenomenon;

- the brain & mental capacity continue to grow throughout life;

- the brain is continually resculpting itself in respond to new experience & learning;

- the brain's emotional circuitry matures & becomes more balanced with age;

- the brain's two hemispheres are used more equally by older adults;

Sunday, July 11, 2010


“Opportunities are all around us; we only need to have a watchful eye & a steady mind. Don't just look, but see... There are times when our minds can see more than our eyes; It is when you have thought of something great that your eyes failed to see.”

~ SimplexBasic (Basics Simplified) series of books, including 'The Blindfold-Artist: The SECRET Art of Spotting Hidden Opportunities', by Tristen Wealth;


Is my current system of habits consciously engaged to replicate behaviours that bring me success? If not, what should I do immediately to rectify it?