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Some things are urgent; some things are important: very few things are both urgent and important.

by Rick Baker
On Oct 4, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

The vast majority of important things are not urgent and so they can be postponed. And, quite a bit of the time, that's exactly what we do.

When important things are postpones their true priority can be obscured and forgotten. And, quite a bit of the time, that's exactly what happens.

  • Napoleon Hill taught "Plan the Work and Work the Plan". 
  • Stephen R. Covey taught the way to sort out tasks/timing into Importance/Urgency quadrants.
  • Pareto taught the "80/20 Rule". 

With these three tools, we have what we need.

Now, it's up to us to use them.

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Hero Worship | I'm too busy! - I don't have time! | Thought Tweets

Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.

by Rick Baker
On Sep 26, 2018

The Thinking Behind the Tweet

I read that somewhere, many years ago. An interesting mind-picture.

A metaphor true to our anxieties.

We should avoid the darkrooms and the dark places where anxiety breeds; we should seek brilliance and concentrate on the brightest of lights.

 

Franklin D. Roosevelt

"...the only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

[Perhaps inspired by, or even coined by, Napoleon Hill.]

 

 

 

 

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Attitude: Creating Positive Attitude | Emotions & Feelings @ Work | Hero Worship | Thought Tweets

...the parasites live where the great have little secret sores."

by Rick Baker
On Sep 11, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

According to history or legend, when the great Henry Ford was caught in a very compromising situation he said, "Never complain, never explain". We cannot believe everything we read, so - perhaps Henry Ford was never in that compromising situation and even if he was perhaps he never said that never-never quip. And, perhaps Henry Ford was simply making timely use of the wisdom expressed earlier by the great British statesman, Benjamin Disraeli?

Regardless, Disraeli or Ford or both, "Never complain, never explain" makes for an interesting story-example of what makes great men great.

 

PS: "...the parasites live where the great have little secret sores."

Many people have a negative impression of Friedrich Nietzsche. I'm not one of them. Just after Disraeli's death, when Ford was a young man, Nietzsche wrote those words. ['Thus Spoke Zarathustra'...written in 4 parts, during the 1880's]

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Criticism: Constructive Criticism is an Oxymoron | Hero Worship | Thought Tweets

Plan to repeat, repeat, repeat...that's one key to teaching, inspiring, & influencing people.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 11, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."

Benjamin Franklin

When we observe repetition, we learn.

When we repeat, others have the opportunity to learn.

Seek out people who will encourage you to achieve what they alone know you can.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 10, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

We benefit when someone or something makes us do what we can.

Sometimes, observant & wise people know our potential for achievement better than we know it ourselves.

Even the great Ralph Waldo Emerson needed that sort of help. Emerson said, "What I most need is somebody to make me do what I can." 

People Only Do 3 Things: Good HabitsBad Habits, & New Things

When we want to develop better habits we need an injection of accountability; we benefit when someone or something makes us do what we can.

Dreams of a better future light the path to that better future.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 21, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

"Past and future are dreams; now is a reality. All things are now; all power, all possibility, all action, is now."

British author/philosopher James Allen said that in 1903. It seems to me Allen's advice is a key to what most people refer to as 'time management'. I mean, if people pay more attention to the present and less attention to agonizing over the past and worrying about the future then they will feel less stressed...and they will feel like they have more time.

On the other hand, we should not be too harsh on dreamsonly dreams of a better future generate that future. As 2 examples, Marconi proved this...so did Martin Luther King Jr.

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