Keeping things in perspective

There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so. William Shakespeare 1564 – 1616 In his book, Influence: Science and Practice, Robert Cialdini tells a story about a young girl away at college. She writes a letter to her parents, first apologizing for not having written sooner. She then goes on to say that the skull fracture and concussion she got when she jumped from her dorm window to escape the fire is healing nicely. Fortunately, a service station attendant witnessed her jump, rescued her and took her to the hospital. Since she had no place to stay, …
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Two simple questions to predict success or failure

It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. Mahatma Gandhi 1869 – 1948 Do you believe it’s possible to accurately predict success or failure by asking two simple questions? Before you answer, let me tell you the questions. Do you ever make mistakes? If so, what is the worst mistake you have ever made? In a research study, these questions were asked to students preparing to be neurosurgeons. The researchers found that the students who flunked out either claimed that they …
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What will be your legacy?

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. Pericles c. 495 – 429 B.C. I’m going to pose a few questions. Take a minute or two to look them over and see how many you can answer. (For those readers who don’t live in the United States, you can substitute a similar event from your country for the ones I’ve named.) What team won the Super Bowl in 2007? Who was the MVP (most valuable player)? What team won the World Series in 2006? Who was the …
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