Attitude and Character

"Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character." ~ Albert Einstein Character flaws don't just happen. They are formed over time like stalactites in a cave. They are rigid, yet ultimately fragile and they invariably complicate the passage from this moment to the next. Character flaws are not a necessity, only an unfortunate side-effect of careless …

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Goals, Strategy and Tactics

I remember being somewhat daunted in my early flying days at the prospect of taking a long cross-country flight. When I first began doing solo cross-country flights as a student anything longer than 50 miles from my home airport was a long way. Nowadays, I regularly fly to locations up and down the East Coast, …

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The Cult of the Individual

"In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up or else all go down as one people." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt The world economy has shifted significantly over the last few hundred years, particularly in the West. As feudalism gave way …

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Problem Solving 101

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." ~ Albert Einstein My riding lessons are a constant source of inspiration and realization for me and I've found that lesson learned in the ring translate into valuable principles for more effective living. The most recent realization came as a …

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Authority and Critical Analysis

"The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis." ~ Dalai Lama We considered in a previous post that you are the master of your fate and the captain of your soul. Humanity, in this sense, is a collection of agents who navigate their lives within a framework of culture, custom …

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Truth and Goodness

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." ~ Albert Einstein I've often marveled at the ingenuity of those standouts in history who dedicated their lives to the restoration of goodness and truth to their rightful place at the apex human understanding and function. It hasn't been easy. Human beings …

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Imagination, Purpose and Change

“All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its way out. Imagination is more important than knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein It’s a little ironic to me that my company’s product line is based in part on a manufacturing method developed in the Middle Ages while at the same time we …

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Dress for Success

"Great men are seldom over-scrupulous in the arrangement of their attire." - Charles Dickens One thing should be clear: clothes do not make a man a gentleman or a woman a lady; and, by the same token, a real gentleman or a true lady is always a gentleman or a lady, no matter what he …

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