Conceit inhibits growth

If a man would pursue philosophy, his first task is to throw away conceit. For it is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he has a conceit that he already knows.





Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.

Ward, William Arthur

—William Arthur Ward

Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Half effort does not produce half results; it produces no results. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last.

Holt, Hamilton, pc see file

—Hamilton Holt (Photo courtesy of Rollins Archives and Special Collections)

…There are, I believe, a couple of critical caveats to this quote. First and foremost, it is not just any “hard work” that produces results, it is focused work designed to bring your goals to fruition! That presupposes you have already outlined your goals and objectives.

Secondly, there is a big difference between “hard work” and drudgery. I always hated it when someone would feel obliged to throw out tired old maxims about hard work using negative connotations, as if you wouldn’t get anywhere unless you despised what you were doing to get there. Who says hard work has to be distasteful to be effective?

The real trick in life is uncovering what you are passionate about and keeping that passion burning bright through the better part of your long, focused days. After all, what good is it to reach our destination if we hated the journey?!


Humor Friday

Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, it comes in real handy.

Marx, Groucho PD

—Groucho Marx (public domain)

There are good and bad times, but our mood changes more often than our fortune.

Carlyle, Thomas pc Eliott & Fry Ph

—Thomas Carlyle (By Eliott & Fry Photography)

…The importance of learning to control our states of mind, developing that wonderful ability to move from one state to another at will, cannot be overemphasized. Think of it! Being able to move from sadness to joy, or from loathing to gratitude, discounting external forces, can quite literally change the level of happiness within our lives!


The Human Connection

Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.


—Euripides, c. 480-406 BC

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.

Lao Tzu

—Lao Tzu