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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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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Teaching penguins to fly

You possess strengths you might not realize you have. Find the right one. Use it. Epictetus 55 – 135 A.D. There’s an interesting story about penguins that illustrates a profound lesson. As the story goes, a group of penguins got wind of the fact that inspirational and motivational speakers were achieving amazing results with their followers. And the penguins wondered if a motivational speaker could help them learn to fly. After all, the penguins reasoned, they were birds, and birds fly. What was stopping them from achieving their potential? So the penguins formed a committee to find a motivational speaker …
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