What do you value?

The things that matter most must never be at the mercy of the things that matter least. Johann Goethe 1749 – 1832 How well do you know what you value? I want to give you a little test: write down the top ten things you value. I’m totally serious; if you want to gain some insight into your life, take time for this task. Get a blank sheet of paper and write down the ten most valuable things in your life. (Leave some room next to each item to add comments as we work through the exercise.) If you’re like …
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Praise or criticism

Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Proverbs 9:8 At a networking function a few years ago, the developer of a product related an incident where he was offered feedback. The person giving the feedback asked the developer if he wanted praise or the truth. The implication was both daunting and clear:┬ádo you want me to tell you how great the product is, or do you want me to be honest? The developer of the product responded that he wanted the truth. Then, he said, he braced himself for the …
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Snakes, wasps and mosquitoes

A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies. Oscar Wilde 1854 – 1900 If I asked you whether you’d prefer to be in a room with a snake, a wasp or a mosquito, which would you choose? If you’re like most people, you don’t want to be anywhere near a snake, and wasps would likely come in┬ásecond. You’d probably say, “Bring on the mosquito; it’s easy to swat.” We know snakes can be deadly. Wasps can be deadly too, if you’re allergic to them — and even if you aren’t, their bites can be pretty painful. …
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