Wants and needs

When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth. George Bernard Shaw 1856 – 1950 I generally enjoy reading the daily comics in the newspaper. I usually find some humor, and occasionally I find a profound lesson. I’d like to share a story from The Family Circus that provided a great lesson we can all use. If you’re not familiar with The Family Circus, it’s a comic strip about a typical family: a couple with four young children, two dogs and a cat. In this particular strip, the first section showed the young boy standing next to the towel …
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Looking for solutions

Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you’ve got. Jim Rohn 1930 – 2009 Recently, I was working with a businessman who was concerned about the decline in his business. My first step was to get him to list all the reasons which, in his opinion, were responsible for the downturn. He mentioned the general economy and the local economy, a new competitor nearby, his “behind the times” supplier, and the list went on and on. When he’d finished noting all the reasons he could think of to account for the decline in business, I asked him …
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My fourth grade teacher

The human animal lives usually far within its limits; he possesses powers of various sorts which he habitually fails to use. He energizes below his maximum, and he behaves below his optimum. William James 1842 – 1910 Do you remember your fourth grade teacher? The other day I was thinking about mine. You might well wonder why, given that it’s been over fifty years since I was in that grade. My teacher was middle aged and rather bland, and she didn’t inspire me to learn new and exciting things. Here’s why she stood out: her class was the first time I …
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