Humor Friday

Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience?

— Thomas J. Watson, IBM CEO 1914-1962 (1920; Creative Commons

On Personal Excellence

If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.

— Thomas J. Watson, IBM CEO between 1914 and 1962 (Image licensed by Penn Wealth Pub.) 

Live in the Moment

If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.

— Lao Tzu (Image licensed by Penn Wealth Pub.) 


Whether one has succeeded, failed, or just muddled along…life begins each morning! Each night is a wall between today and the past; each morning is the open door to a new world—new vistas, new aims, new tryings. 

— Leigh Mitchell Hodges, American author (Image licensed by Penn Wealth Pub.) 

The learner always begins by finding fault, but the scholar sees the positive merit in everything.

— Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1831, by Jakob Schlesinger; Public Domain

Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.

— G.K.Chesterton, English author, philosopher, and lay theologian (Public Domain

Merchants of Division

Be leery of any person or movement which tries to separate us into groups by pointing out our differences rather than trying to bring us together based our common threads. Odds are strong that their goal is to deceive, to fool, to sow discord.

— Mike Hazell (Image licensed by Penn Wealth Pub.) 

Without promotion, something terrible happens…nothing!

— P.T. Barnum (Image licensed by Penn Wealth Pub.) 

People are always open to good ideas, new solutions, applications which can improve the quality of their lives. As a professional investor, I see companies come along on a weekly basis offering a unique product or service designed to motivate others to act—either by buying the new product or subscribing to the new service. I often think of all the others out there with similar—or even better—offerings but without the promotion needed to get them noticed. That is the simple difference between wild success and…nothing.

—Mike Hazell

The Eye of the Beholder

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is, in the eyes of others, only a green thing that stands in the way. Some…scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of one with imagination, nature is imagination itself.

— William Blake (Image licensed by Penn Wealth Pub.) 

We shall never have more time. We have, and have always had, all the time there is. No object is served in waiting until next week or even until tomorrow. Keep going day-in and day-out. Concentrate on something useful. Having decided to achieve a task, achieve it at all costs.

— Arnold Bennett, Prolific British author and playwright (Image licensed by Penn Wealth Pub.)