The Friction of Memories

"It's not the work which kills people, it's the worry. It's not the revolution that destroys machinery it's the friction." - Henry Ward Beecher Memory is a double-edged sword. It affords us the ability to learn from our mistakes, so that when we fail, we can then fail better. Conversely, it holds us back, causing …

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Energy, Discipline, Spirit

Managing people, like training horses or parenting, is all about harnessing energy and teaching discipline, while preserving spirit. The best managers, like the best trainers, possess a remarkable capacity for empathy and their high expectations are never lowered by sympathy. I have no doubt that there is a marvelous spirit resident within each and every …

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Big Decisions

My sons, aged 5 and 6, had an interesting conversation at breakfast the other day. They got on the topic of thinking and feeling somehow (I came in part way through) and my youngest made the declaration "Daddy, feeling is definitely more important than thinking!" My oldest, who is as siblings often are wired completely …

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The Value of Decision

Lexi, my Red-tailed Hawk hunting partner, has taught me a great many things over the last two-and-a-half years. I have a deep respect for her hunting style, which centers around an uncluttered capacity for decision. Human beings have it relatively easy. We don't, generally speaking, have to risk life and limb every time we eat. …

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Living in an Air Castle III

"The secret of true living—mental, physical and moral, material and spiritual,—may be expressed in five words: Live up to your portion. This is the magic formula that transforms air-castles into fortresses." ~ William George Jordan There are, generally speaking two types of people: those who live up to their portion and those who don't. Those …

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Living in an Air Castle II

"Living in the future is living in an air-castle. Tomorrow is the grave where the dreams of the dreamer, the toiler who toils not, are buried. The man who says he will lead a newer and better life tomorrow, who promises great things for the future, and yet does nothing the present to make that …

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