Life Insurance is for the Living

When you work in a service profession, you are called to do much more than the duties outlined in your job description. 

The year was 1988.  The place; a little town named Houma, Louisiana.  The event, though transformative, would not make the national news or likely even be known by more than a dozen people over the thirty years that followed.  However, for the four adults and three children in that little shotgun house; their lives would be forever changed. Continue reading “Life Insurance is for the Living”

Millenniums of Storytelling

We live in a time when campfire stories, legends and myths are no longer the common method of detailing remarkable persons, places or events. For millenniums, leaders have been memorialized through the retelling of their outstanding character traits.  In some ways we seem to have outgrown those ancient forms of communication for something better; something more progressive. As a storyteller, I am personally torn in my acceptance of the various forms of modern communications. Continue reading “Millenniums of Storytelling”

Clamping down on Leadership

History is so important to the human race because it provides us with the experience component of wisdom.  It is wisdom that solves our troubles and without history we have no chance of overcoming our future dilemmas before they cause harm. It is through the lessons of history that we come to understand; how the eternal laws can solve these quandaries, create tools that leverage the power of the laws and master the application of the laws through the tools that we create so as to benefit all mankind.

For instance, the first clamps are said to have been developed by the Egyptian around 600 BC.  They were made by wedging two boards between large rocks.  The wedging force tightly pressed the two boards together so the glue could set, binding the boards as one.  This created stronger boards and for ship building, made a leak proof seal between boards.

Much has changed since 600 BC but the uses of modern clamps still solve the exact same problems they were originally intended to solve using the same laws of nature.  The Egyptians understood the Law of the Lever; force leveraged by a fulcrum will increase power, creating extra strength.

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So That’s Your Baby!

Boudreaux and his wife, Mabel was having dinner together.

“Boudreaux, I have some news about Thibodeaux’s new baby.  It was born today and it is a healthy little boy.”

“May, dat sure is some good news!  After dinner we are goin to go over dare to introduce ourselves to their new baby. The Thibodeaux’s must be so proud.”

“Yeah, they are.  But before we go I want you to know that unfortunately, the baby was born with no ears so I don’t want you to say something stupid when you see the baby for the first time.  You know how you are…sometimes you can say things without thinking first.  I don’t want you to say anything about that poor baby’s ears.  Do you understand?!”

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Goldilocks; Innocent Child, Juvenile Delinquent or Ethically Challenged Individual?

Which child living among us, regardless of their age, has not read the story “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”?  This story was first recorded in narrative form by British writer and poet Robert Southey, and was first published anonymously as “The Story of the Three Bears” in 1837.  It was a time when society still valued right over wrong.  Parents looked for every opportunity to teach their children that poor moral character always came at a price.

Are these still important values in 2017?

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Positive Change Always Requires a Price Paid in Advance

After many years of research and countless interviews on the topic of wise decision making, this picture sums up my findings nicely.

In the study of the lives of people who openly admit that they had tremendous struggles in their life and through deep personal reflection, we can usually pinpoint the single initial choice that started much of the discord.  The pivotal questions that I routinely ask are,

“What other choices did you consider at that moment in time?”

“Did you consider at the time, that one of the other choices would have been the right or even a better choice?”

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Experience on the Balance Sheet

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

Soren Kierkegaard

Look at any company’s website, mission statement or recruiting material; one of the first messages you will receive is that they value their people. This is a great sentiment for them to portray because we all desire to be valued…but do they?  If they truly do, it will be evident by the experience level of their workforce.  Current statistics paint a different picture however.  Tenure is down and long term employees are starting to build tenure later in life so maybe, just maybe, our business leaders don’t really get it; despite what they are trying to make us believe.

What’s the big deal?      

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Do No Harm!

What a novel idea and a worthy ideal to live by.  Upon hearing these words, one probably immediate thinks of our health care professionals but shouldn’t these words apply to each and every one of us, regardless of our profession?

Though written over two thousand years ago, The Hippocratic Oath was born as a vow from a dedicated professional to those whom he served.  It is a timeless creation because it speaks to the heart of an ethical truth.  It is a fact that when you have the knowledge, skills and abilities to be of help to someone, by proxy you also possess the means to commit unspeakable harm.

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The Power of the Wisdom of Three as it Relates to Christian Holy Week

It is a well known fact that the Jewish Torah and the Christian Bible are both filled with obvious and some not so obvious references to the power behind the number three.  As we prepare for the holiest week in the Christian calendar, I thought it would be interesting to share some of these examples found during the historic week leading up to the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of our Christian Lord.

Feel free to share comments of your favorites, as well as any that I might have overlooked.

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Riots, Rallies, and Rebellions

The three “R”s of discontent; riots, rallies, and rebellions is not just another example behind the power of the wisdom of three.  No, it also represents the societies’ manifestations of their constant quest for the truth.  Not what each individual conceives to be the truth, rather the real truth.

Recently the United States witnessed a very divisive national election cycle filled with rally after rally followed immediately by nationwide demonstrations both peaceful and not so peaceful.  These assemblies were promoted to and by assorted factions either in support of, opposition to, or in search of the truth.  The funny thing is that each of these groups swore that they were supporting the truth and what they believed was right, just, and true.

How can this be?

Is it possible that some of these various factions do not care about the truth but rather have their own agenda?  It has been documented that depending upon who they are addressing; whether it is their membership, their opposition, or the public at large the message they espouse can be much different allowing for a glimmer of truth to stay embedded while still championing their unique cause or stance.  Regardless if their messaging is a hundred percent true or even remotely supports the truth, it will always be portrayed as the truth because every just person wants to believe that their thoughts, words and deeds are on the side of truth.  And for there lays the problem; a truth can never be a lie and a lie can never be a truth, for both are constant.  This problem was solved almost three thousand years ago by Aristotle in the Law of Non-Contradiction yet still today we, as a people, fail to grasp the meaning of this simple law.

Take as an example the women’s right movement.  The single and undeniable truth is that women deserve the exact same human rights as men.  All people should be treated equally under the laws of the land.  No rational person should dispute this truth.

Now, as example, there are literally thousands of association, groups and organizations that support this truth; Planned Parenthood, Catholic Charities, National Organization for Women, just to name a few.  The above mentioned women groups cannot be more fundamentally different yet they each were founded for the betterment of women’s rights.  When a women rally is held there is likely to be women from many different organization, companies or associations in attendance all believing the above truth but their definition of rights might vary greatly.  Some of these organizations believe that it is a right of a woman to be able to have an abortion while others do not see this as a right.  Those that don’t condone abortion believe another truth; that it is not just to kill an innocent life in the absence of a crime or danger to the mother.

Does one truth over ride the other?

Another truth that always gets lost in these discussions is the fact that men and women are different.  After years of scientific and psychological research the experts all agree that male and female genders pose physical, mental and emotional differences in our species.  These truths are indisputable yet seem to not matter to some of these groups.  Even with these differences the truth remains that as a human we share the need for equality under the laws of the land.

Without a doubt, we are a unique and interesting species. Humans will always fine bad reasons for good ideas and good reasons for bad ideas.  This is the sole reason why ethically minded people as well as morally supportive organizations struggle to find common ground on ideological differences. The individuals associated with a group usually find just enough information to either agree or disagree with the cause yet they do not necessarily care or wish to dig deep enough to learn about the truth in question.

The Truth gets lost in the mix of individual’s thoughts, words and deeds.

When we, as a society, can finally figure out how to accept that an individual’s reality may or may not reflect the truth and thus when false should have no weight to sway others; only then will we be able to live in world wide peace.  When we acknowledge that the Truth remains constant regardless of our individual Thoughts, Reasons, or Ideals then we will have no need for these divisive plagues of disagreement.

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.

To learn more about the Power of Wisdom of Three contact:

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