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Humor Friday

I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.

— Phyllis Diller (Public Domain)

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The key question isn’t ‘What fosters creativity?’ But it is why in God’s name isn’t everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might be not why do people create? But why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything.

— Abraham Maslow (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

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It is amazing what ordinary people can do if they set out without preconceived notions.

— Charles Kettering (American inventor and engineer; Image Licensed)

Although it may seem counterintuitive, the most successful people in life—by and large—avoid the daily news, and they disdain the conventional wisdom of the day. Crazy, right? That doesn’t seem logical. After all, how can you get ahead without an understanding of what’s going on around you? That’s my point. 

So much of what we read in the news is tainted, negative, doom and gloom, or just downright petulant and sophomoric. I’m not sure that I ever asked for the daily “must see” headlines to pop up on my browsers or on the screen when I swipe right on my iPhone, but I can feel the deep undercurrent of negativity in nearly all of them. It’s as if they are designed to suck the creative energy from our bodies before we can get our day started!

Working in finance, I tend to stick to the business news each day, so one might think the stories would revolve more around numbers than people, but that is not the case. Let someone come along with a creative new product or service that dares to challenge old paradigms and then watch the “expert analysts” march in lockstep to explain why that new product or service is doomed to fail. Elon Musk is certainly one of the pioneers who has been impugned by the old guard from day one. Steve Jobs was another. But there are literally millions of people in America with the same mindset; you might even know one…intimately.  

Creative genius is not reserved for the elite. In fact, the elitists are generally the ones making fun of those who dare to think differently. These creative individuals come from all walks of life and all backgrounds, but they share one thing in common: they refuse to allow their imaginations to be reined in by the preconceived notions of the arrogant and the simpleminded. So, while the anointed ones tell us what cannot be done, this dynamic group of individuals forges ahead, doing what cannot be done. 

—Mike Hazell

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Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.

— Josh Billings (by Sarony; Public Domain)

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Having imagination, it takes you an hour to write a paragraph that if you were unimaginative would take you only a minute.

— Franklin Pierce Adams (Public Domain)

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Evils in the journey of life are like the hills which alarm travelers on the road. Both appear great at a distance, but when we approach them we find they are far less insurmountable than we had conceived.

— Charles Caleb Colton (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

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No one ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not knock those who work with him. Don’t knock your friends. Don’t knock your enemies. Don’t knock yourself.

— Alfred Lord Tennyson (by George Frederic Watts; Public Domain)

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Wise men never sit and wail their loss, but cheerily seek how to redress their harms.

— William Shakespeare (1610, by John Taylor; Public Domain)

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I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.

— Franklin Pierce Adams (Public Domain)

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I’d rather have 1% of the effort of 100 men than 100% of my own effort.

Godafoss waterfall in Iceland

— J. Paul Getty (Image Licensed)

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