Wisdom, The True Solution

I was asked this question by a C Suite professional friend of mine: “Why are we, as a society, making fewer wise decisions than ever before?” After pondering this inquiry for a day or two this was my reply.

Picture a field scattered with large bundles of hay each surrounded by crowds of people. Each bundle represents a problem that society grapples with. The crowds are those people intimately effected by the problem. The hay pile is made up of countless “straws”; pieces of information specific to that problem, opinions from those only slightly effected by the problem, and larger “twigs” representing the symptoms that the problem emits.  

The symptoms or “twigs” are more noticeable because they are bigger than the individual pieces of information that surrounds it.  What ultimately happens is, many problem-solvers sort through the pile of information in search of the straws of truth but they are sidetracked by the larger branches of the symptoms and the emotional pleas of the crowd.  Symptoms associated with a problem can be just as painful as the problem that created it.  The difference is, a symptom can never be solved, it can only be ignored, masked or evaluated to determine its source.  As a people, we are constantly and easily distracted from the actual problem by the pain of the symptoms.  Just as a medical symptom such as a fever can become life-threatening, while the problem that causes the fever remains untreated; a symptom of a problem does the very same thing.  Over the years, we have become a society who avoids solving problems by focusing our attention on the symptoms we can never solve. 

Here are a few reasons that support this truth:  

  • Too much false information is being distributed like never before.
  • Trustworthy people are being swayed to support relativistic views so as not to be socially rejected.
  • Too many people in government with agendas that benefit from the problems of others. 

If you are among those who benefit from having a problem remain in society; it is too easy today to disseminate false content that will lead intelligent people into becoming emotionally bonded to the lies.  Even those who may not agree with the falsehoods will struggle to be able to discern the truth needed to solve the problem because it is hidden deep beneath the reams of emotion-driven content addressing the pains of the symptoms.  

Consider, when I was young the public had fewer sources of information.  We had maybe five television news channels which aired only three times a day for one hour.  When a societal problem was reported, regardless of which channel you listened to, the message was almost identical.  We were not told what to think, we were all given the same information and we decided what was true or false from an unbiased presentation of facts.  Not surprisingly, most people could identify the truth.  That is no longer the case.  We now have over a dozen news channels, an ever-growing pool of social media sources and access to countless internet sites, all at our fingertips every minute of every day.  As a result, there is no shortage of opinions while very few trustworthy sources of unquestionable information exist. 

The good news is all of this can be fixed. We need to begin holding our civic authorities accountable when they ignore the true societal problems.  Consequently, the people have to take full responsibility for their own problems.  Most of societal problems are truly just the self-inflicted symptoms that are pushed onto the backs of others.  The problem must be solved by the individuals, with society supporting correct behavior through commonly held laws and values associated with the truth. 

The public has to demand an unbiased news stream.  Journalist should not be allowed to pontificate their beliefs; we will do enough of that on our own through opt eds and social media.  They should be held to a level of only reporting honest facts; relying on the public to use those facts to form their own decisions.    

Finally, we have to quit whining and start winning.  Emotions do not solve problems.  Today, like never before, people emotionally lock down the doors that open their mind to new views.  People are being manipulated by emotion to the point of being closed minded to the truth.  The truth is more important than how we feel.  Whether we are happy or sad, peaceful or angry does not change the truth.  This is why people seek out therapist; some of us need an unbiased mediator to get past the emotions that fuel our bad thoughts, words and actions. 

We can do this, because once upon a time we proved we could!  Are we willing to do it again?

If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others. 

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”

“We Come As We Are, But Shouldn’t Leave As We Were”

Coal to Diamond

I recently had the opportunity to listen to a speaker that shared this unique perspective on the dynamics of leadership in regards to how the follower is affected by the leader’s messages. To better understand this concept I would like you to think about your own life, the messages you received from people that you followed, and how the decisions made from those messages changed your life. Recall that special teacher or coach, your parent or guardian, a close friend, or a trusted mentor; whomever it was, go back in your mind’s eye, while you read over this material.

The speaker told a story about a respected man who was a student of a renowned teacher. One day the student approached the teacher and asked him a philosophical question. “Teacher, what do I have to do to find eternal peace?” The teacher knew the student as a successful businessman who was also a good and respected man. He built his business the right way; he did not lie, cheat, or steal from others, and had never committed a crime of any kind. He was a pillar of the community, a kind man.

The teacher looked deep into his smiling eyes and gave him the answer to his question. “To find eternal peace, you must sell all your possession and give the proceeds to the poor, and then you must follow me, teaching others what I have taught you. Only then will you find eternal peace.”  

The student’s face went pale and his smile completely disappeared from his face. Shaking the teacher’s hand in silence, he left feeling sad.

Needless to say, the answer was not the one the student expected because whenever we come to our leaders; we do so from “our” perspective at that time and place. “We come as we are.” We possess certain talents, skills, and abilities up to that moment. Our past will have been laced with difficulties and earned accomplishments. All of which forms our self-image. We cannot change the history of our past; after all, it is what brought us to where we are. However, no matter how good we think we are, there will always be room for improvements and the better we are; the more accomplished; the harder future improvements will be. Our personal growth, by its very nature, must continue throughout our lives.

What I personally found extremely compelling in the answer that the teacher gave, was the area of focus that the teacher was guiding the student toward. The student probably assumed; because he had lived what he believed to be the best life possible; the teacher would tell him he could finally coast the rest of the way to what he considered “eternal peace”.   He thought he had reached, or at least was close to, what he believed was the ultimate life destination. He was content and was looking for accolades; yet deep down; he knew there was something more to the eternal peace that he was seeking, or he would not have posed the question in the first place. Another “given” to this scenario is that the student fully believed that the teacher possessed the answer to his question about reaching this Nirvana. The teacher completely surprised him by directing the student toward the deepest and most difficult area for all of mankind to master, our selfish nature. To grow his eternal peace the student would need to create a selfless vocation; a call of total service to those less fortunate; those to whom a quid pro quo relationship would be impossible to achieve. This transition is what many life coaches refer to as shifting from a successful life to one of significance.

Answers from our leaders should always create positive change. That is what good leaders do. Let’s consider the choices the student is presented with and how these choices could affect his emotions. From the wording of the last sentence of the story, it seems that the student was not emotionally prepared for the bombshell the teacher dropped on him. “Go sell all that you have worked so hard to achieve and give the profits of your life work to people who have much less.” As with any decision, he only has three choices; do as the trusted teacher advised, ignore the direction of his mentor, or do some of what the leader requested. With the first choice, if you believe the teacher knows the right answer, then the only right solution is to go all in and follow his directions completely. In the case of the second choice, if you think the professor is totally off-base the student should completely dismiss the guidance of the teacher but this is an unlikely option because of the relationship the two shares. The third solution and the one that most people would probably make were they in his shoes, is to consider an acceptable concession. He could sell some of his wealth and give that to the poor. This third solution would definitely be more palatable to the student and would surely bring the teacher and the student’s definition of “eternal peace” closer in line to one another. Or would it? The concession would probably not build the selfless character trait that the wise teacher knew was required in order for anyone to find that eternal peace.  

Another component to this scenario is whether or not the student accepted the request made of him in the correct manner it was given. Did the student take offense to the request made by the teacher? Possibly. Some things said or done can be perceived as offensive to others but still should be said or done because the words or actions are right, just and moral for the betterment of the parties involved. In today’s society, it is said that we are raising children with thin skins. Should not people be taught to gauge intent before jumping to conclusions? I believe that is why the relationship between the messenger and the receiver of the message is so important. Guidance from someone to whom you share a relationship of love, trust, and respect will usually be viewed from a more caring perspective and with positive consequences. As long as the intent is not to offend but rather to assist in growth and understanding for the greater good then the person will take a more accepting posture in the consideration of future choices.

For years I have shared a special lesson with everyone I had the privilege to work with. This lesson was quite simple. “We change everyone that we interact with, either positively or negatively. Lives are forever changed and neither will be the same again. It is our job to work hard to make it a positive change.”

If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.

Anthony “Tony” Boquet is a published author on the topic of wise decision making.  Through the creation of the word “Solutionary” he is turning problem solving in a whole new direction.  

Experience; Aging’s Gift to the Human Race

“We live in a circular world.”  This saying speaks to us on multiple levels but for this article, it means that what goes around comes around.  On a business level, if we experience a problem once, we will more than likely experience it again in the future and, when we do, we should be better equipped to handle the problem the second time around.  In addition, we will have also lived through the ethical / moral consequences of the decisions we chose to make. 

When we are young and are just beginning our professional journey, it is likely we might not know what to do with these important gems of wisdom.  We must learn to rely on the natural truths that have led man-kind since the very beginning.  As with all our problems, there is a natural law for experience and like most natural laws, it follows the Power of the Wisdom of Three.  Once attained there are only Three Uses of Experience and these are taught to us through the School of Hard Knocks. 

First, we must reflect on what we learned.  It is said, “We do not fail; we either succeed or learn.”  This is the basic truth as to why we get wiser with age.  Sadly, if we pay no heed to this lesson, we will be doomed to repeat the past errors over and over again.  This is where having an experienced mentor, who is also a Solutionary, can spring board your career ahead of your colleagues who have none.  When you do not have your own experiences to reflect upon; the next best experiences can come from a trusted guide who has walked on the same path.

The second way we use experience is for us to adapt those past teachings to our current problems or to situations which might become a problem.  Not every problem we encounter will be identical to the ones faced before.  There will be subtle shades of difference but luckily the truths that we pick up through the ages will never change.  Remember, all truths are eternal; the problems come in all shapes and sizes.

Finally, we must apply the lessons of life, along with the combination of our education and the morals/ethics we possess, as knowledge toward the solution to our problems or before they arise; to ward off future mistakes.  No matter your level of education, you will face bad outcomes that will better prepare you for the future. Those experiences cannot be acquired solely by studying simulations, no matter how well they are crafted, established or delivered.  Some unconceived consequences have a way of lingering under the surface for months or years after the decision was made.  An excellent class professor teaching us the learning objectives of the course, has no way of knowing the depth of the knowledge that can only be uncovered by living the experiences.  This is why knowledge applied without experience leaves the student naive.  Many college students are quickly shocked into the reality when they try to solve the problems of their job using only their education.  It becomes clear they have more to learn.  It is also true that knowledge applied without education leaves you foolish and knowledge applied without ethics / morals leaves you gullible.  It is only when we selflessly apply all three that we can be assured of a wise decision.

Many years ago, I coined this saying and it has proved to be very true.  “I have been up; I have been down and I will be both again.” 

Even knowing this in advance, we will each ask three important questions:

What controls the frequency between the peaks and valleys?          

How do we affect the variance between the highs and lows?           

What can elevate one’s trajectory over a lifetime?

The single answer to each is the same; make more wise decisions.

If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”

Baby Boomers; The Massive Voice of Wisdom

“Each new generation exists solely through the wisdom of every previous generation.”

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, A Modern Solutionary

I am one of the many who were classified as a Baby Boomer; a moniker given to the generation of babies born after World War II in a unprecedented BOOM.  It is estimated that over 4 million babies were born each year between 1946 and 1964.  This generation had the privilege of beginning to learn leadership skills at home from an early age.  With families being the size of small sports teams, we were tested in fire.  Now, with Boomers aging, as a group, we have amassed the most education, a broad array of experiences and built deep ethical and moral values compliments of our parents, The Greatest Generation. These three-character traits are the requirements needed to make wise decisions.  The Boomers have become the mature purveyors of wisdom for our country; which can be good or bad, depending on the how many of us, are willing to apply this knowledge. The knowledge that our parents deemed, common sense.      

Reflecting on this great pool of knowledge, as we prepare for a pivotal election, our Country should be in the best leadership position imaginable.  I have said many times, leadership is where everything starts and ends but the leader’s success is marked by what’s in the middle.  Any successful leader requires the support of those impacted by the ramifications of the leader’s thoughts, words and actions.  Without their acceptance the leader will fail; without a leader the group becomes splintered.  

This statement infers that, at least in today’s America, every follower has the freedom to act on their own; in accordance with or against the wishes of the leader.  America was founded on Judeo-Christian values and beliefs; evident by the writings of the framers of our Constitution. These main beliefs are highlighted in the three rights of this living document; Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.  These rights ensure our freedom bestowed by our Creator and protected by our Constitution.  This is why our Republic has survived the test of time; we remain a faith bounded free people who has the authority to control the powers of our elected representatives and, in most cases, the other leaders we report to as well.    

As with all authority comes the weight of responsibility.  It is my belief that this is the shared price of freedom because this responsibility rests solely on each voting age citizen and should be borne proudly but with much thought and purpose.  Consider if every citizen who chooses not to vote were required to relinquish their liberties, would they do so?  Sadly, too many times whether they acknowledge it or not, that is exactly what happens and not only do they lose precious freedoms; so, do we all. 

Unlike in previous elections, the people of these United States have clear evidence that one party is being controlled by a socialist agenda.  This is a death knell to our Constitution, our authority over government and the freedoms we enjoy.  When the day comes that we turn over our authority to our elected officials, we cease to be free.  This is the fundamental difference between our Republic and that of a Socialistic society.  When any elected representatives can set the standards for the people; there will be no incentive to go beyond that standard.  We will finally all be equal to suffer in mediocrity.  As a matter of fact, if you do excel it will be at your detriment; you will be viewed as evil for merely having more than others; regardless of the price you paid to earn it.  The question then becomes; “How and why do free people chose to relinquish their freedoms?”  

It is done over time with the use of fear through the control of the public messaging.  People all naturally react in much the same way as all other creatures when faced with an immediate and conceived threat. To avoid pain and more so to preserve life, man will choose the solution they believe to be best at the time. The socialist politicians always will paint government as your only reasonable solution to the threat.  During the most recent circumstances, we were not given much time to think through our choices but as time passes, the wise began to see the other choices.  The truth seekers know; there are always more and better choices than turning over your authority.   

As older people who have experience many trials, we know that when we make a less than wise decision there will always be those waiting to pray on our misfortune.  The carrion is always waiting even when we make the wisest of choices but their opportunities multiple when we are weakened by bad decisions, a discouraged heart, or weariness from the fight brought on by uncontrolled emotions.  That is why we should ask each citizen to vote not with emotion but with their values at the heart of their decision.  The people we view emotionally as the most favorable do not always have our best interest at heart and those who the socialist hate the most, will always be our most valuable ally.        

If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”

Constitutions Are Not All Created Equal

I love history because it can teach us so much about what we are going through today.  It can also be our guide to the truth.  Take our Constitution as an example. During each and every election year, we will hear the words of how certain politicians support our Constitution but it is only words.  If you follow their actions you will quickly discover, their true beliefs, are not even close to what the document actually stands for.  

Since 1789, our Constitution has been amended twenty-seven times but the original drafted document has remained untouched throughout our history.   Isn’t it amazing that even with a steady flow of ever-changing leadership, the original document continues to stand the test of time and the Republic continues to be the example that other countries aspire to emulate?

The most recent attempt to follow our lead was the country of Brazil, in 1988.  They drafted and passed the Federal Constitution of 1988.  This document was meant to structure a democracy from their long-standing military rule.  The country’s economy improved and quickly became the envy of the southern hemisphere.  The citizens of Brazil were thriving even better than they ever thought possible.  Oh…but there is always a price and it became obvious in short order what that price was.  They assumed that the government could be the ever-generous provider.

The Brazilian Constitution is 77,000 words long and is literally packed with social, economic and political mandates.  It goes so far as to dictate a forty-four-hour work week for all businesses and mandatory retirement ages; 65 years of age for men and 60 for women.  Since the passage of this Constitution, the federal spending has nearly doubled.  Inflation has slowly but continuously crept up mainly because the document stipulates that the purchasing power of their federal benefits (health care and pensions) shall forever be preserved.  In other words, the legal document that should have provided the citizens lasting freedom and prosperity is choking the life out of the very system they have come to depend on; primarily due to too much government reliance.   

Now let’s contrast their document to ours.  Our Constitution is only 4,400 words and that is after two hundred and thirty-one years of existence and twenty-seven revisions.  Already we can see that less is more.  In addition, our Constitution does not mandate or call for the enforcement of economic demands.  As a matter of fact, it pushes those social, economic and political pressures into local and state governments so that those nearest to the issue can solve the problems.  As to model the national document, each State has their own constitution which allows for an interesting addition found in all 50 state constitutions; the mention of a divine power.  The U.S. Constitution never explicitly mentions God, but the same cannot be said of the 50 state constitutions.  In fact, God or the divine is mentioned at least once in each state constitution and nearly 200 times overall, according to a Pew Research Center analysis.  We are indeed, “One Nation Under God!”

Quoting our Founding Fathers in the opening words of this great document, “We the People” make the difference and we the people have the power to control our government not the other way around.  Our early leaders were not lifelong politicians, they were hardworking men of high moral character who understood that the government didn’t exist to benefit anyone; only a foundation to rest each society upon.  These brave pioneers did not agree on everything, they did not all like one another and some of them were uneducated; making bad decisions.  But they all had one thing in common, as should the citizens of today, being of one mind; the belief that we are creating a Country that allows for every citizen to have Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.  

What adds to today’s confusion is that for a Country founded on Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness; each political party no longer demonstrates these three rights in all that they do. I find it extremely odd that certain parties support the death of the innocent, unwanted and unborn solely on the auspices of purging a past mistake of the parents.  These same parties also rebuke the monuments of our ancestors, in the hope of wiping away their mistake as well.  Both actions testify to the selfishness of the parties and their reproach to the rights we should unitedly hold dear. As our Constitution illustrates, through the lack of an abundance of words; it is not the words the people say that hold them guilty but the actions they take.

May God continue to bless these United States of America!    

If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others. 

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”

The Death of America’s Common Sense

We are gathered here today to remember an old and faithful servant of the people of the United States of America.  For years people have been saying “Common Sense is not very common anymore.” but I am not sure if everyone fully realizes how true that statement really is.  

Common Sense has been with America since its founding.  Most, if not all, of the drafters of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the United States signed these documents only after the words had the approval of Common Sense.  For centuries Common Sense was the voice of the people.  Leaders from all walks of life understood that for this Country to grow, prosper and last; it would require the unifying power of Common Sense. 

Today, the number of community heads, government officials and even church organizers (in honor of Common Sense, I refrain from calling them leaders) have chosen to shun this leader’s friend in numbers never before seen.  Not because of anything Common Sense has done, but instead as a way to distance the citizens from what Common Sense stands for.  The recent decline in Common Sense’s health can be attributed to the introduction of a third gender, the moral decline evident in public programming, crazy ideas “made true” on social media such as the defunding of our local police and most recently the idea that looting and rioting against innocent people is a citizen’s right if they are angry enough. 

The facts are that the endurance of Common Sense is no longer possible with the mindset of the vast majority of this country.  People no longer want to be inconvenienced by the truth spoken by Common Sense.  We have too many people with varying agendas, biases and beliefs who no longer wish to come together under a single value system provided by Common Sense.  Suffering a senseless death by neglect because too many people rely on their own shaded “truths” with no willingness to even consider bringing Common Sense to the table.

For those citizens who have shared a relationship with Common Sense and has been caring for Common Sense through the years, we have analyzed the various forms of human communication and observed the public interaction only to admit that the time has come for us to formally declare; Common Sense is officially dead in the United States of America.   

With the death of this “truthful servant”, this Country is literally at an intersection of crossroads; we will either take the path that divide us further as a Nation or we will, together, journey down the road that brings us back to unity and the birth of a new herald of truth.

I pray that this idolization of off the wall views has not endured for so long that our reversal back toward our historic single national value is still possible.  Once more our thoughts, words and deeds as a Country; must each loudly proclaim our common shared belief that we are still, “One Nation under God”.

If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”

Societal Restrictions Never Change the Truths

In today’s workforce, a high percentage of people have been forced to work from home or not work at all.  At the same time our elementary schools and day care facilities are closed creating a more demanding situation for those workers with young children.  Six months ago, we would have never thought this work-from-home model’s success possible.  Still, many companies have been able to maintain a close to normal revenue stream with little if any terminations of staff due to productivity issues. A few of these companies are now considering maintaining this work structure into the future.  Without a doubt, some companies will conceive that this “new normal” as better than before and it might be for some workers.  What the company leaders might not be considering is that without the society-imposed restrictions, this company-wide model would not have been considered and for good reasons. 

As individuals, our society has always affected us; just without us realizing it.  Even the ultra-successful among us believe that their limits are solely personal but they really are not.  This has never been more evident than today.  Without a doubt, when it comes to temporary change due to outside forces, the American people will always believe that the sky is the limit.  We have a remarkable “can do spirit”.  At least, as long as everyone has to operate under the same parameters.  We are an adapting people but temporarily acclimating our professional life to societal restraints imposed upon everyone may not be a good long-term business model.  Especially, when it comes to the need for balancing all three of our personas; our professional, personal and spiritual lives.  We have to take into consideration that all decisions have consequences; some of which do not show up until years later.  As a society, any “new normal” must positively affect all three areas of human life and do so for a lifetime.  Behavioral science clearly teaches us that behavioral change manifested from being forced to do anything, is not the same as changes occurring from a personal choice.  This three to six month “behavioral change experiment” being caused by the pandemic will not provide adequate data to warrant replacing centuries of workplace design and management.  It will however, reveal more possibilities for integrated changes into the future.   

In order for long-term positive change to be predicted the study would depend heavily on the value of the truths.  A caveat to any short-term problem is that the truth can be difficult to discern.  In an effort to weed out the falsehoods in the solution process, one only needs to turn to history and the ever-present Natural Laws of our planet.  Natural laws are the eternal truths not effected by temporary abnormalities.  They never change so they are always dependable.  They never lie so they can always be relied upon in every situation.  We have already covered one, our three personas.

Under the most routine of conditions, when confronting challenging issues; humans naturally try to make positive changes in their life.  Even when doing so, when our normal practices are interrupted by an unforeseen event, we all struggle with change because we are creatures of habit.  This is no different for business leaders or the rank and file.  Our routines take hold of our life because of another natural law; The Law of Action.  This law says that we only do things for three reasons; to increase pleasure, avoid pain or for the love of another. This truth controls every decision we make.  Whenever we find an area in our life that needs to be changed the Law of Action automatically comes into play as well.  We used this law to form our previous habits so we have to use this same law to form the new and, in this case, required changes.  When this disruption moves on and our life rhythms return, some of the less disciplined people will begin to fail in a work from home environment.  Not because they are bad people but because they need the structure of direct supervision to guide their actions.  People can be forced to do anything for short periods of time but given increased choices the above law will guide their decisions.  This shutdown worked because society used the law; the love for our neighbors as the compelling reason.  The law worked the way it always does.  Think of this law as the “why” behind the “what” I want to change.

There is another law whose power cannot be reduced or ignored when changes want to be made permanent.  The Law of Positive Change creates the blueprint for successful change.  This truth lays out three requirements needed to affect any changes we seek.  First, we must have a burning desire to act.  A burning desire to change; to reach the pleasure, avoid the pain or the need to protect the ones we love.  Second, the willingness to apply daily effort.  Again, as during this pandemic, no choices are given and for a short period of time, the effort required can work but once options return, other pleasures will compete for the efforts required to change.  All change requires constant repetitious actions which will become the foundation of the new habit.  When people have an abundance of choice, we can easily be drawn off track; thus, the need for close supervision.  Many people need that high touch supervision to function at their peak performance.  And third, we must be patient and allow time for the habits to take hold.  Good leaders recognize, that prior to this forced workflow model, close supervision was required for some people and that for others it can be a hinderance.  Today, this is not happening and people are not being terminated because supervisors understand we are forcing them to operate differently.  In the current short-term environment this is acceptable but it cannot continue long-term. This law is the “how” behind the “why” people are able to change.

Finally, we must contend with another law; The Law of the Stages of Time. There are only three stages of time; Past, Present and Future.  No more, no less.  Understanding where we are makes a difference in the use of the prior laws.  The requirements of the Law of Positive Change unite with the Stages of Time. 

Requirements of Positive Change                                          Stages of Time                       

A Burning Desire                                                                   Future

Daily Effort                                                                            Present

Passage of Time                                                                      Past

Even with the support and guidance of the natural laws, we still will struggle to make positive changes in our lives but with these laws, change is always possible.  Without them, change is impossible.  Both scenarios depend heavily on the power that choices bring to the table.  If any company tries to use this temporary choice-less situation as the basis for a new model of workforce design, they will have to deal with the negative outcomes these laws will present to them.  For those of us who understands these truths, the return to a successful normal will be quick and painless.  In addition, the lessons we learn through this tumultuous experience can be applied to all future change.     

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”

If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.

Shouldn’t Higher Education Lead to Wisdom?

There are three sources of knowledge for a reason.

  • Knowledge applied without education leaves you foolish.
  • Knowledge applied without experience leaves you naive.
  • Knowledge applied without ethics / morals leaves you gullible.

It is only when we selflessly apply all three sources that we can be assured of a wise decision.

Anthony “Tony” Boquet

The sole purpose of every business ever created has been based on one central premise; to offer a product or service at a profit for a reasonable price that will solve a problem that the consumer could not solve on their own.  The same should be said for our colleges and universities when it comes to their ability to transfer the knowledge needed to solve future problems in the specific field of education.  Wisdom is the application of the three sources of knowledge toward the best solution to a problem.  It is up to the schools to affirm that their education is first true so that it can be transferred as knowledge applied as wisdom.  

 After all, wouldn’t a school be the perfect place to explore, understand and apply the truths that answer the questions raised by the unknowing?

The early universities were established around the understanding that knowledge is made up of three sources of development; Education, Experience and Ethical / Moral values.  The Solutionaries who led these great institutions understood that wise decisions cannot be assured without all three being applied as a solution to a problem.  For years institutions of higher learning were solely and totally focused on providing all three areas of development.  This required that the school hire professors who were well educated but also had to have experience in their field of study and be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to ethical and moral values.  In other words, professors were not only “educators” but experienced ethical practitioners.  Sadly, in todays hallowed halls of academia, this is not always the case.  Most schools are satisfied with turning out students who have an education instead of being Solutionaries with the knowledge required to make wise decisions.      

We live in a circular world.  This means that what goes around comes around.  In other words, if you experience something in your business of choice, you will more than likely experience it again in the future and you should be better equipped to handle the problem the second time around.  You will also have lived through the ethical / moral consequences of the decisions you chose to make.  That cannot be done solely by studying simulations, no matter how well established or delivered.  Some consequences may not surface until months or years after the decision is made.  A professor who never actually experienced this phenomenon has no way of teaching the lessons that only experiences can uncover.  

Every wise decision you or your business associates make must be based on the truth; identifying the true problem, understanding the true motivating factors impacting those affected by the problem and committing to the truly selfless solution as well as the consequences that will impact each of the three parties involved.  Education alone will fall short because it is almost impossible to do without experience yet some academic leaders believe that wise decision making is not important, not their responsibility or that education alone is adequate to deliver a solid graduate. 

My personal experiences taught me that each source of knowledge does matter; as a practitioner, as a business leader and now as someone who in works in academia.  I am proud to say that the institution I work for still delivers on all three components of wisdom.  Our professors are well educated and came out of the profession of which they now teach, each course we teach has an ethics component built into it and the educational material taught is based on well established truths. In addition, we have an experience requirement tied to the use of our college level designations.     

Regardless what is believed, the fact does not change; experience along with education and ethics are the three factors required in order to make wise decisions.  Sure, anyone can luck out and make a wise decision without any of the three but tuitions are paid and the value associated with holding a degree of higher learning demands more than just luck.  The business that hire the graduates do so because of the perceived value.  They do not just want to survive, they want to thrive, and that takes more than just luck.  If given a choice between two highly educated candidates; one with the knowledge to solve problems verses the other just a well-educated student, the corporate leaders would likely select wisdom over education every time.  One can buy an education but wisdom is only obtained through a lifetime of selfless dedication to solving problems with the truth.  

If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”, Vice President, Business Development at The American College of Financial Services

Three Crosses on a Hill

It is a chilly afternoon in early April.  The wind is briskly blowing over the rocky hillside.  A small squad of soldiers, having just completed their assigned tasks, huddle around a small fire to rest. The gruesome duties which they fulfilled, though cruel in the eyes of many, are just routine actions for this experienced team of men.  Even as their three prisoners moan and scream in agony and the bystanders gather to jeer or cry all around them; the soldiers can casually joke and enjoy the company of one another because this is just like every other day in their everyday lives.

As for the three men that they had just nailed and suspended onto three blood stained crosses, the day was anything but routine.  It was a day unlike any other.  A single day filled with so much unimaginable pain and humiliation that it seemed to last for an eternity.  Only to culminate into  one final massive physical trauma of being impaled onto a wooden beam, lifted and secured to another in the shape of a cross displayed in a public place so that each man was forced to suffer mental anguish as well.  They were left to their own mental torture as to ponder their unique existence while excruciatingly balancing their spiritual future on the remainder of the last day of their earthly existence.   

One of them was not satisfied to suffer alone.  He joined in the torment of one the three.

One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying,

“Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!”

But the other answered, and rebuking him saying,

“Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? We indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”

“Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!”

Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

This passage fully describes the life embodiment of the three solutions to every problem.  The criminal who taunted Jesus represents those of us who intentionally make the wrong choices.  Jesus, on the other hand, validates the exact opposite by setting the example that it is always possible to make the right choices in life.  And finally, the repentant thief, is the person who goes through life choosing the acceptable concessions.

Criminal one, is portrayed as some one who lacks empathy and has no fear of retribution; even as he suffers the ultimate penalty for utter selfishness.  It is clear that he and the other criminal were partners in crime.  They were caught stealing, likely from the Roman government or from a high-ranking Roman official, evidenced by their death sentence.  Theft from a regular citizen would have resulted in the loss of a hand not the loss of life.  This case is what became known as a Capital Crime. 

As we analyze the comments that the second criminal makes to his buddy, we can assume that he lived a life filled with regret from the decisions he made.  He was likely someone who would be referred to as a follower.  He knew the decisions he made were wrong but he did them anyway and probably without total commitment to his actions.  If left to his own accord in the decision-making process, he would spend a little more time in deciding his actions, weighing the right choice from the wrong and would probably land on the choice of an acceptable concession; always closer to the wrong choice.  In other words, he probably was a good man who followed the wrong people.

The example of Jesus, from a Christian’s perspective, is clearly a man who made the right choices and was willing to endure the consequences of his decision.  If you believe that he was true man, then he experiences hurt, suffering and pain like all of us.  If you also believe He is true God, then you believe He could have avoided all this pain just by willing it so.  This is what make the story of Good Friday so remarkable. 

The story of an innocent man standing for the truth even when that single decision will get him killed.  For three years, the Jewish leaders squabbled over the truths Jesus was sharing with their followers. Many of them secretly believed these truths but their livelihoods and social status required that they rebuke the truth.  It was their selfish reasons that ultimately cost him his life.  When he was directly asked if he was the Son of God, he told the court the complete truth.  “I am!”  These two words were told to Moses two thousand years before; when kneeling in the presence of God asked, “What should I call you? God replied, “I am who I am.”  In three days, their selfish lies would be exposed to the world.  

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”

If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.

The Annunciation; the Feast of Free Will

If you are a Christian of any denomination, the ancestors of your faith followed the belief that a virgin girl of twelve to thirteen years of age, was asked by an angel if she would allow herself to become the mother of the son of God.  A pretty hefty ask of anyone; much less from someone who would be considered a child today but two thousand years ago she would have been viewed as a woman, since she reached what was considered then the age of reason; twelve years of age.

Today Christians worldwide celebrate that special day because her miraculous offspring, by historical accounts, ended up changing the path of mankind forever.  From a solely human perspective, this single decision laid the first stone for man’s relationship to family tree of God.  Without Mary’s consent, Jesus would have not been born and countless prophecies would never have been fulfilled.  That single, yes answer was unquestionably the single most impactful answer ever given by any one person in all of history.  

Think about the ramifications of your person decisions. 

When you make big decisions, do you spend time procrastinating? 

If you make a mistake; you say no when you should have said yes.  Do the negative outcomes haunt you? 

Mary was just a poor girl who lived a righteous life.  She was faithful and tried to live a life reflective of her Jewish beliefs but that can be said us many people, then or today.  What sets her apart from others was the depth of her faith and the belief that by doing God’s will everything would be fine.  

From God’s perspective, He shows us that we are not forced to do anything.  Mary could have said no to the angel.  At the time, she was engaged to be married; she was planning her life, minding her own business.  You could say that God shared His will with her and she accepted His path over her own. 

Do we have enough faith to do that? 

God nudges us many times in our life, showing us the direction that He wants us to go, but we don’t always accept His nudge.  We have our own plans. 

What miracles could we be apart of, if we followed Mary’s example?  

We all have free will, and God respects it completely…He understands; created us to use it.

The rest of this article is compliments of the website, http://www.churchyear.net/.  If you enjoy history, check this out.  

The Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary dates back to at least the 6th century, and is mentioned between AD 530 and 533 in a sermon by Abraham of Ephesus.  It was adopted worldwide through the Trullan Synod (AD 692) that speaks of the Annunciation feast as universally celebrated in the Catholic Church.  

The oldest observance of the day is on March 25, although in Spain the feast was at times celebrated on December 19 to avoid any chance of the date falling during the Lenten season. March 25 is obviously 9 months before Christmas, the birth of Jesus. Scholars are not completely sure whether the date of the Annunciation influenced the date of Christmas, or vice-versa. Before the Church adopted fixed days of celebration, early Christians speculated on the dates of major events in Jesus’ life. Second-century Latin Christians in Rome and North Africa tried to find the day in which Jesus died. By the time of Tertullian (d. AD 225) they had concluded that he died on Friday, March 25, AD 29 (incidentally, this is an impossibility, since March 25 in the year AD 29 was not a Friday). How does the day of Jesus’ death relate to the day of his conception? It comes from the Jewish concept of the “integral age” of the great Jewish prophets. This is the notion that the prophets of Israel died on the same dates as their birth or conception. Therefore, if Jesus died on March 25, he was also conceived that day. The pseudo-(John)Chrysostomic work de solstitia et aequinoctia conceptionis et nativitatis nostri Iesu Christi et Iohannis Baptistae accepts the same calculation. St. Augustine mentions it as well. Other ancient Christians believed Jesus was conceived on March 25th for another reason: they believed (based on Jewish calculations of the period) that the creation of the world occurred that day. Thus, it was fitting that the one who makes us new creations was conceived on the day the world was created.

Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”

If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.