Timing is Everything

failure or success

Life can be very frustrating when we know we possess talents and gifts, but they seem to do us little good. The fact is, we may not have found the right time and place yet. A great example was Former President Ulysses S. Grant. Most of us know that Ulysses Grant was also the victorious general of the civil war. But few might know that at the outset of the civil war he was not even in the Army. General/President Grant entered the military originally only because his father enrolled him in West Point. After becoming a student, he aspired to one day be a mathematics teacher.

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Is 100% Really an Issue?

We all have given our best efforts to task at one time or another. And the effort of giving 100+% is often demanding and fatiguing. Would it be fair to settle for 99.9% on occasion? It seems like that is still a great effort. But, think of it this way, if 99.9% was an acceptable standard:

  • In the next hour 22,000 checks would be deducted from the wrong bank account!
  • And tomorrow…12 babies would be given to the wrong parents!

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Employees (and friends) Behaving Badly!

We have all experienced those situations where negative habits of employees and friends seem to never die. We try to be patient or polite, until our head begins to throb and we feel an ultimate volcano that risks either a lost friendship or human resource issue. If I might dare to suggest, be free from that volcano before you explode (or implode).

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More than A Cup of Joe

cup of coffeeThe old cliche is when life hands us a lemon, will we make lemonade. This story takes it to a new level. I found it in an archive and thought it a good read to start the week:

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it.

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