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Self-knowledge is an essential ingredient of success...it's the 1st ingredient. Spend some time on that. You're worth the effort.

by Rick Baker
On Mar 3, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

People who have a thorough understanding of themselves do better as business leaders. They understand their strengths and weaknesses; they understand their desires and goals, they understand their internal drivers and their behaviour; they understand their attitude toward and their reactions to situations and other people. 

And, according to Wikipedia...

The Ancient Greek aphorism "Know thyself" (Greekγνῶθι σεαυτόν, transliterated: gnōthi seauton; also ... σαυτόν ... sauton with the ε contracted), is one of the Delphic maxims and was inscribed in the pronaos (forecourt) of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi according to the Greek periegetic (travelogue) writer Pausanias(10.24.1).[1]

The maxim, or aphorism, "know thyself" has had a variety of meanings attributed to it in literature. The Suda, a 10th-century encyclopedia of Greek knowledge, says: "the proverb is applied to those whose boasts exceed what they are,"[2] and that "know thyself" is a warning to pay no attention to the opinion of the multitude.[3]

In Latin, the aphorism is generally given as nosce te ipsum[4] or temet nosce.[5]

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So you have a mind like a steel trap do you…then you will know intelligent life forms choose to avoid traps.

by Rick Baker
On Jan 13, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Illustrations of mental prowess can put people off....especially when performed by braggarts and wiseacres.

Be comfortable allowing what people do to overrule what they say.

by Rick Baker
On Jan 10, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Confucius said, "There was a time when I merely listened attentively to what people said, and took for granted that they would carry out their words. Now I am obliged not only to give ear to what they say, but also to keep an eye on what they do."

Believe what they do, not what they say...remember you are biased...and don't gauge them too harshly...after all, they are only human.

 

"Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future." [a quote, far from Yogi Berra and Mark Twain]

by Rick Baker
On Dec 17, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

While those words could have come from the lips of Yogi Berra or Mark Twain, they did not.

It is a quote from the Danish Physicist, Niels Bohr (1885-1962). Bohr had a terrific personality and [it seems] sense of humour.

And, of course, he was a deep thinker. Here is another example: The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth.

When tempted by worries...think of this Niels Bohr quote.

 

An ounce of problem-finding is worth a pound of problem-solving.

by Rick Baker
On Dec 3, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. [an old saying, containing wisdom of the ages]

Q: But how?

A: Thinking ahead, as in planning & risk management. Seek out problems in advance...as a matter of good habit.

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The 21st Century - never has risk management been such a vital planning function and [with small-to-big data] never has risk management been such an intriguing planning function.

 

 

 

If you do not know your limitations then your willpower won't.

by Rick Baker
On Nov 23, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

"A man's got to know his limitations." Clint Eastwood said that when he played Dirty Harry in 'Magnum Force', (1973).

If you know yourself and you know your limitations then you have a fighting chance to know when you will need willpower. If you do not know your limitations then your willpower won't.

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