Category Archives: Quotes

Independence Day 2015

Mount Rushmore (c) Ralf Broskvar
Mount Rushmore (c) Ralf Broskvar

“Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. I knew that age well; I belonged to it, and labored with it. It deserved well of its country. It was very like the present, but without the experience of the present; and forty years of experience in government is worth a century of book-reading; and this they would say themselves, were they to rise from the dead. I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accommodate ourselves to them, and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.”

––Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US President (1743-1826)

Wishing you a July 4th filled with fun, relaxation, and a pause to consider the meaning of independence. As a citizen and as a business owner, remember the promise of progress and discovery, the value of growth based on experience, with an affectionate nod to what Jefferson refers to (lovingly, I think!) as “our barbarous ancestors.”

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Worth Repeating – October 2014

Happy Harvest Time! In this monthly feature called “Worth Repeating,” I’ve harvested a small crop of posts from recent Octobers that  feel as fresh as when they were first written. Because when it comes to good productivity practices, we can all benefit from a little reminder. Next weekend, most residents of the United States will… Continue Reading

Book Report – “10% Happier” Teaches Meditation For Most of Us

“Meditation is a waste of time, like learning French or kissing after sex.” — Jack Donaghy (played by Alec Baldwin), 30 Rock By now, you have probably heard about the scientific studies that conclude that if you aren’t meditating, you certainly should be. Meditation’s documented health benefits are so many and so varied, they sound… Continue Reading

October Quote: The Essential Step to Success

Would you like the formula for success? Double your rate of failure. — T.J. Watson, Jr., former president of IBM Remember that failure is never permanent unless you stop. Fail often, fail fast, and let those around you fail, too. Perfectionism is a show-stopper. Failure is an essential ingredient for creativity, innovation, and success.  … Continue Reading

I Would Have Written Less If I’d Had More Time – why a shorter business plan is better

I’d have written a shorter letter, but I didn’t have the time. — French author Blaise Pascal Once in a while someone gets the wrong idea. They hear that I teach owners of very small businesses how to make a one- to two-page plan, and they conclude that it’s a “business plan lite.” But in… Continue Reading

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