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If you want to be a leader in your industry sector, return phone calls and respond to e-mail.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 6, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Successful people seem to have more time. Also, with the current trend of slackening business etiquette, returning phone calls and responding to e-mail will be a differential advantage.

Why not take the lead...in a return to common courtesy, improved communication, and real relationships.

Success happens when we do a lot of little things right...after learning from a lot of little things done wrong.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 5, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

On the road to success, we make mistakes. When we make mistakes we have the opportunity to learn from them.

We have the opportunity to not make the same mistake. And we also have the opportunity to not make similar mistakes.

We can take a solution for one mistake and use it, in the future, to troubleshoot other situations so we don't make other mistakes. In other words we can both institutionalize solutions and generalize solutions by applying them to foreseeable situations that lend themselves to similar solutions.

With this approach we can learn from our errors.

We can learn how to avoid repeating errors.

We can also learn how to troubleshoot and remove the amount of errors we face in the future.


Problems are inevitable, goals are not. Plan accordingly.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 4, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

As we do our work, we will always encounter problems.

As we do our work, we will not always achieve goals. 

Throughout our business careers, problems will outnumber achieved goals.

We need to keep that fact in perspective.

If we expend too much energy anticipating [worrying about, planning for] and addressing problems then we will not have enough energy left to achieve goals.

As we plan how our energy will be used we must make sure we allocate enough energy for focusing on goals.

The best solutions wear simple clothes.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 3, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Fancy clothes do not ensure value within.

The greater the need for fancy clothing for solutions the less the value within.

Some ancient wisdom....Ockham's Razor



Seeking Simple! | Solutions & Opportunities | Thought Tweets | Wisdom: Surviving the Test of Time

Anxiety is in our genes...it is the legacy of fight or flight, which allowed our ancestors to bring us us.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 2, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Anxiety: be present, don't fret over it, observe it in real time, & learn what it takes to control it if it gets out of hand.

In right-sized doses, anxiety energizes and hones focus.

In too-large doses, anxiety becomes a demon and destroys quality of life.

Embrace the realities of life...and do not be too disappointed in results.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 1, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Paraphrasing one of the messages Charles Haanel placed in 'The Master Key' (1917). 

My take-aways...

When we focus too much on results we lose the connection between 'causes' and 'effects'. Best to focus and concentrate on 'causes' and when results are undesirable accept them as lessons.

The realities of life run deep...beyond the range of human understanding.

Avoid victim-think.


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