The value of lessons

After crosses and losses, men grow humbler and wiser. Benjamin Franklin 1706 – 1790 Several years ago, I worked with a young man for a few months with the goal of teaching him better methods to market his services. I became quite frustrated because he didn’t seem to appreciate the value of my lessons and wasn’t fully implementing them. So I set aside some time to consider the situation and try to understand what was going wrong. This contemplation ended up being very enlightening for me. Here’s what I came to realize. This man was listening to what I had …
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Quantity or quality?

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. Yogi Berra 1925 – 2015 Which is more important, quantity or quality? Before you answer, let me share a little story with you. On the first day of a pottery class, the instructor divided the class into two groups. The group on the left was given the following instructions: “You will be graded on the quantity of vases you make during this semester. Make over fifty pounds of vases and you get an A.” To the group on the right, he said, “You are only to make one …
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The value of experience

After crosses and losses, men grow humbler and wiser. Benjamin Franklin 1706 – 1790 We all know that experience is very valuable. But often, we mistake knowledge for experience. They are not the same. There are plenty of people dispensing advice based on knowledge they’ve acquired from others, but that advice is not founded on real world experience. Let me tell you a little story that will illustrate the point. One day, a lion decided he had a taste for rabbit, and he knew it would be much more productive if he got other hunters to join him. So he …
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