Two Sides of the Same Coin

The idiom “two sides of the same coin” is a very meaningful phase that hold multiple applications in our world. With that said, on the surface it also falls short in the understanding of the three dimensional world in which we live.

Look at any coin held off from a side angle. You will quickly notice that the coin has three sides, not two. The edge of the coin brings in the third dimension; one that holds the true meaning of the statement itself. The coin is much more than the sum of the two images on the two prominent sides. What lies in the middle is the reason the side images can even exist. Once more, The Power of the Wisdom of Three can be held in the palm of your hand.

This saying is usually “coined”, pun intended, as a reference to the opposites of any one’s true nature. Meaning that we cannot determine the coin’s value just by considering a single engraved image found on either one of the two opposite sides. The same can be said about people. Whether we show the world the good that we do or the mistakes that we make; our value is the sum of both sides and the often ignored middle.  After all it is the middle that allows the two side images to exist. This is why that I believe it is the important middle that should not be overlooked.

Consider how our whole is made up of all three sides, not just the two that we intentionally showcase to the world. The images we project through our actions will either be good, bad or neutral. We make choices every day that will either benefit, harm or have no effect on the three entities of every solution. Even though our true value to society comes through the good that we do, as with the example of a coin, our conceived value doesn’t vary immediately when we do bad. The intrinsic value of a coin is found in the metal in the middle and our intrinsic value rests in the whole of our being; mind, body and soul.

Cannot a coin be used to fund good as well as evil and at the same value?

The tri-images that we present to the world are created through the tri-nature of our body, mind and soul which in turn will be featured in the tri-personas of our personal, professional or spiritual lives. No one person can always be bad or good nor a success or a failure; we are all flawed just like every coin is less than pure and somewhat tarnished. As with the coin, it takes both imperfect impressions and the less than distinguishable middle to make us whole.   

Even though we are flawed, it should not hinder us from doing all that we can to increase our value by doing more good than bad. As I mentioned before, the coins value does not decline immediately when used to fund inappropriate endeavors but over time, when the society that produces the coin begin to collapse, the value of the coin will decline. This down turn always occurs because of the accumulation of an abundance of poor decisions made by the majority of its citizens. The same can be said about a prosperous society or business; it only rises in value when the majority of individuals contributes to the growth and well being of whole. It is this well-being, funded by the selfless giving of ourselves, that supports and enhances the value of the coin through positive actions of the many. When more members of the team does well by their fellow members, the stronger the whole will be and the higher the net worth of the greater good.  

Next time you hold a coin in your hand, toss it around, notice the three sides and think about your personal growth.  Your growth will effect that of your family, your work and your spiritual life. The worth of that coin is made up of three sides as is yours.

If this is my last post, I want all to know that 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, Vice President / Adjunct Instructor at The American College of Financial Services and author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”

Equality or Fairness; Which Do You Prefer?

We are born male or female, healthy or ill and our race or culture doesn’t matter at all.  At that special moment of our birth we are all equal in the eyes of our Creator, the world and our parents.  However, from that point on our values toward equality begins to change in the eyes of all who pay attention.  As we age we each begin to develop different talents, pursue different goals and strive for different aspirations.  It is because of these changes that we can never again be viewed, treated or even perceived as equal.

So, should we be treated equally?

Why would anyone seek to be treated as equal?

Instead, should we not strive for fairness?

It is through fairness that we show an individual respect earned for those differences that make each of us unique.  If gold was not an unique metal it would not be valued as precious.  This is why not all people will choose to limit themselves to the standards of those who wish to go through life doing just enough to skate by.  It is my belief that the majority are not satisfied with equality but rather demands, expects and wishes to receive fairness.

Speaking as a leader of various teams, I always strived to surround myself with people who wished to be better than all the rest.   Just think, if we applied the rules of equality to games, businesses or organizations then there would be no reason for competition.  If we were to treat every person as an equal to one another we would be working diligently at being mediocre.  The difference in being mediocre verses being outstanding is exactly what makes each of us unequal.

Picture the most spectacular painting you have ever saw; then ask yourself if you could have painted it.  If the answer is no, then you are not alone and you are definitely not an equal to the artist whose work you are admiring; nor should you be.  That difference is exactly what makes the work you’re admiring spectacular and I, for one, do not want to ever give up the spectacular for the mediocre.

So next time you hear of a school, business or organization’s leadership crying that we should not keep score, whining that everyone should be a winner or that everyone must be treated the same; think of that spectacular work of art, the gold medal athlete or the hardworking successful business owner who started their business with one hundred dollars and a dream. These remarkable people would not exist in the world of equality.  Instead, the world of art would be full of ugly painting because everyone would paint like the rest of us.  We would lose way more than we win because everyone would stop practicing too soon but worst of all we would all stop dreaming.

 It is for these reasons that I believe we were created equal to give us all a fair start but we are destined to be unequal and to accomplish extraordinary things through the use of our unique talents, skills and abilities.  By definition, nothing can be considered greater than without first surpassing equal and to make that leap all we need is a fair chance and the belief that we are special and unequal.

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

The Unacceptable Price of Better

This week a pharmaceutical giant learned a valuable lesson; better has its value and it is not always at a premium.

The company’s stock price turned drastically lower; reflecting the same direction the buying customers are saying their latest improvement drug’s price should be going. For years the leader in diabetes drug production has used the successful business model that new and better could be sold at a premium with the end users always being willing to pay an inflated price for this novel combination.  To leadership’s amazement, this model seems to have failed miserably on their latest endeavor.

Bad Good Better Best Meter

In the clinical trials, it was determined that the new drug showed slight yet consistent improvement in the treatment of the majority of patients; however the price of the drug is not being accepted by the patients/insurance carrier or their doctors.  Instead, the end users are finding that with a little more monitoring, the patient’s existing drug treatments can achieve the same results and at a substantially reduced cost. Continue reading “The Unacceptable Price of Better”

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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United States, Healthcare Repair, Part II

The first part of this article was written September 30, 2014.  Sadly, very little has changed in the nearly three years that have past and if you compare the two articles you will see that I intentionally left much of the original article alone because so little has changed.

Today, Obamacare is dead but its death has not been pronounced.  Some would say it is a good law and that we have to give it more time.  Others say its failure is due to the insurance companies not wanting to participate in the Exchanges.  Still others would say it was just an overall bad law; too complicated, too obtrusive, and too socialistic for the American Republic.  And of course, each political party is quick to blame the other for the laws failures.  Regardless of which school of thought you personally fall into, it is clear that our national healthcare system is still in the need of repair.

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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 Seed; A Lesson in Business

The Wisdom of Three Character Traits of a LeaderA successful businessman was growing old and he knew that it was time to choose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of his directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together.

He said, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you.” The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. “I am going to give each one of you a seed today – one very special seed. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO.” Continue reading “The Seed; A Lesson in Business”

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”