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Dangerfield Friday

What a dog I got, his favorite bone is in my arm.

Dangerfield, Rodney, 1972, public domain

—Rodney Dangerfield (Public domain)

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Every block of stone has a statue inside of it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.

Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564)

—Michelangelo (Public domain)

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Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.

plutarch

—Plutarch

…Way too often, as we are listening to others speak, we are so focused on how we will respond that we miss the message being sent; and quite often, that message is something very different than what was actually said.

Intuitive listening is a skill, and developing that skill can reap great rewards. As part of my profession, I have one of the three major financial networks on for ten straight hours each business day. One side benefit of this has been the ability to gauge what “experts” say against what really happens six months or a year down the road, and how these same speakers respond after the fact. Sadly, so much of what they say is tainted by their own belief system, either subconsciously or, in some instances, purposefully.

Develop the ability to listen critically to others with an open mind. Don’t accept what you hear as fact; rather, try to understand their motives and the belief system behind their words. Once you develop this ability, you will actually be able to predict what someone is going to say before the words leave their mouth. And that keen insight can be a powerful tool for you to have as you move forward towards your own objectives in life.

MSH, Penn Wealth

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Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.

Kant, Immanuel, by Johann Gottlieb Becker, 1768, pd

—Immanuel Kant (by Johann Gottlieb Becker, 1768)

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Frankl on Goals

Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives.

Frankl, Viktor see attrib

—Viktor Frankl (Attribution: Dr. Franz Vesely)

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Humor Friday

I made my money the old-fashioned way. I was very nice to a wealthy relative right before he died.

Beaming Man

—Malcolm Forbes

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Most of life is routine—dull and grubby, but routine is the momentum that keeps a man going. If you wait for inspiration, you’ll be standing on the corner after the parade is a mile down the street.

Field of freshly bales of hay with beautiful sunset

—Ben Nicholson

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Where is Our Path Taking Us?

Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.

nietzsche-friedrich

—Friedrich Nietzsche (Public domain)

…Every one of us gets up each day and takes a set course of actions until nightfall. We do it, more often than not, through simple rote. We have forged a channel in the ground which has become our life, and the more we repeat that path, day in and day out, the deeper the channel becomes, and the more difficult it will be to escape.

That is fine, as long as the trench we have formed leads us to where we want to go! We were put here with Divine Purpose. No matter what our age or abilities, we should be in pursuit of a grand goal, and we need to keep the vision of that goal burning bright within our minds.

By keeping our thoughts disciplined and focused on the achievement of what we pursue, it becomes quite clear whether or not we are on the right path. If we are, let’s proceed with energy and passion. If we are not, let’s undertake the task of digging ourselves out and charting a new course.

MSH, Penn Wealth

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Success or failure depends more upon attitude than upon capacity. Successful souls act as though they have accomplished or are enjoying something. Soon it becomes a reality. Act, look, feel successful, conduct yourself accordingly, and you will be amazed at the positive results.

James, William, Father of Am Psychology

—William James (Public domain)

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The Power of Perception

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

Lubbock, John pd see file

—John Lubbock (by Lock & Whitfield, public domain)

…Perception. Perhaps the most underrated word in the English language. I’m sure I have used my bumper sticker guy in a story before, but the story bears repeating. I was driving along a St. Louis interstate one year, probably around the mid ’90s, when I happened across an angry-looking driver in an old beater. As I was stopped behind him on the off-ramp, I noticed his bumper sticker. It read: “IF YOU’RE NOT OUTRAGED THEN YOU’RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION.” He was obviously taking his own advice.

Wow. Why would anyone willingly go through life in a mental state of outrage? What a life-sapping, energy-sucking drag. Ironically, the very things which “outraged” this poor fella probably elicited a very different reaction in other people. Perhaps it was a cause, or maybe a certain politician, that led him to put the sticker on his car, but he was not showing any strength of character by his position, he was showing his weakness.

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” Our state of mind belong uniquely to us. No matter what is happening in the external world around us, we control how we perceive what we see! Don’t be one of those poor souls who looks for ugliness and negativity. Instead, constantly be looking around for the tools needed for personal and spiritual growth; the items which will help you achieve your goals and objectives. Begin looking for the right things, and that is what you will see!

MSH, Penn Wealth

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