Personal & Professional Growth

Personal GrowthA good friend and I reminisced yesterday about a gentleman that changed our lives through one of his most powerful beliefs. As I now try to positively impact the lives of others, Charlie “Tremendous” Jones’ inspired character caused me to adapt that saying to include a third component; high moral and ethical character, to the statement.

I am positive he will give me a big hug when we meet again in Heaven. “What can I say Charlie, I love the Wisdom of Three!”

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.

Un-Common Sense

TruthRecently, our Department of Justice, gave us another wild example of un-common sense in action. They decided to file suit against one of the States because the State legislature passed a law contradicting a Federal mandate that addressed who should be allowed to use which restroom in a public place.  Now, as much as I travel and use public restrooms, I am amazed that I didn’t know that this was such a pressing matter.  Since public restrooms have existed for some time and from the beginning we have used the only two biological sexes known to the human species in order to determine which room we should use for our most private of needs; I thought that system was working rather well.  Then again, “What were our ancestors thinking?”  Continue reading “Un-Common Sense”

Is Legal Theft a Requirement To Do Business?

Theft WordsAmerica is and has remained for over 200 years the “Land of Opportunity”.  Thanks in large part to the three cornerstones of our society; our capitalistic economy, our republic form of government, and our religious acceptance.  Even with this moniker and our systems being firmly in place to benefit all citizens, we still have people who work tirelessly to disrupt the bedrock of our existence, in most cases not out of spite or malice; instead out of unrealistic compassion or ignorant authority.  Add into this mix a very small percentage of people who spend their days in occupations or activities viewed as illegal and you begin to form the basis of this discussion.   Continue reading “Is Legal Theft a Requirement To Do Business?”

Child’s Play or Lessons in the Art of Wise Decision Making?

dr_seuss Brain and Feet-quoteIf you ever read “Cat in a Hat” or “Green Eggs and Ham”, don’t think this bad or even spam, please thank this host and share this post. For all choices which are eclectic must also be favorably ethic.

Many of you who are reading this article work in a very complex and possibly mentally demanding occupation. You might be responsible for millions of dollars of assets or may supervise countless associates.  In environments such as those, bad decisions and poor choices can spell doom to your company and more likely your personal success.  How many choices are we presented with or do we consider before making the final decision?  How many critical decisions do you have to make in a day, a month, or a year?  Where do we begin to learn the skills necessary for wise decision making?  You may be surprised! Continue reading “Child’s Play or Lessons in the Art of Wise Decision Making?”

Funny Joke or Cruel Reality

A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, “This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you.”  The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, “Which do you want, son?” The boy takes the quarters and leaves.  “What did I tell you?” said the barber. “That kid never learns!”  Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store. “Hey, son! May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?”  The boy licked his cone and replied, “Because the day I take the dollar, the game is over!”

bad financialThe “joke” above is funny and cute but it also vividly represents how our entitlement programs hooks people into continuing to “play the game”.  Instead of the barber, picture Uncle Sam holding the dollar in one hand and the quarters in the other; the child in the “joke” could be viewed as those who wrongly seek entitlements from the corrupt and broken system we continue to support. Continue reading “Funny Joke or Cruel Reality”

One City, Two Strangers, Two Perceptions

Two Strangers One City Two PerceptionsOnce more we can experience the power of the Wisdom of Three as presented through the eyes of Wise King Solomon. He was a Master at the art of understanding the human condition long before psychology was a science.  This is one example of why.

“This is a tale of two strangers visiting the same city on the same day and the account of their perception of the people they encountered while there.

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Words Do Matter; and So Does Responsibility

Lincoln PrinciplesWe are living in unprecedented economic times. News that occurs across the world at this moment is measured and processed by all financial markets within minutes. Globally, financial changes happen so fast that it has become difficult to keep up with them. This environment of constant change creates a fast paced lifestyle that brings anxiety and unease to even the most stable of lives. Speaking as someone who likes peace and stability I seek comfort by taking the time to focus on those things that should not change much. Things like words.  Words do matter and their definitions create a firm foundation in our lives. Though it has become increasingly more difficult to find this Oasis of Tranquility through words; today I chose the concept of fiscal responsibility. Continue reading “Words Do Matter; and So Does Responsibility”

The Unspoken Fix

Wisdom of Sophocles

I enjoy watching the Sunday morning shows like “Meet the Press”. It usually gives me an opportunity to relax with a cup of coffee while hearing the opinions on issues that are in the news.  Though normally heavily political; I enjoy staying on top of how our country’s leadership is dealing with topics that affect the entire world.  It is more a study of leadership that draws me in, not the rambling of people whom I do not know and so cannot trust.  This morning it was like Sophocles was sitting right beside me. Continue reading “The Unspoken Fix”

Happy New Year…New Me…New You!

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As we bravely face a new year, we commonly indulge in the custom of being drawn to the image of the annual occasion to create a fresh start.   We seem to view this as a magical opportunity to transform those troublesome elements of our lives into the existence of our dreams.  Once a year, we feel empowered by the mystical rotation of the calendar at the stroke of midnight on January first; this key stimulant that we must have in order to hold fast to those future changes we desire at that precious moment in time.  No one can say that we are not a well trained people in the mastery of the art of monitoring progress through chronological tracking of good intentions.  So where do we fall short and why then do so many of us struggle each year with the same resolutions?    Continue reading “Happy New Year…New Me…New You!”

Cicero was proven right…but was it too late?

4490394_origAs a student of history, I was drawn by current events to the words of a famous Roman orator and philosopher Marcus Tulluis Cicero. I would like to share some of my thoughts on a couple of mistakes highlighted below and pose questions for your consideration. In one of his many papers on the decline of the Roman Empire, Cicero wrote:

Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:

  • Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others.
  • Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected.
  • Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it.
  • Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.
  • Neglecting development and refinement of mind.
  • Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.

Marcus Tullius Cicero; 63 BC
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