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Words of Wisdom

Words of Wisdom from Saint Seraphim of Sarov Drink water from the spring where horses drink. The horse will never drink bad water.Lay your bed where the cat sleeps.Eat the fruit that has been touched by a worm.Boldly pick the mushroom on which the insects sit.Plant the tree where the mole digs.Build your house where the snake sits to warm itself.Dig your fountain where the birds hide from heat.Go to sleep and wake up at the same time with the birds – you will reap all of the days golden grains.Eat more green – you will have strong legs and a resistant heart, like the beings of the forest.Swim often and you will feel on earth like the fish in the water.Look at the sky as often as possible and your thoughts will become light and clear.Be quiet a lot, speak little – and silence will come in your heart, and your spirit will be calm and full of peace.

Everything in Life Has an Opportunity Cost

You Can Do Anything but Not Everything.

Doing One Thing Makes You Sacrifice the Opportunity to Do Something Else of Value

An opportunity cost is the cost of passing up the opportunities that a different option would have afforded.

Opportunity Costs Apply to All Your Choices—Big and Small

Learn to Evaluate Life Choices Via the Lens of Opportunity Costs—The Stakes Become Clearer.


Absence of evidence

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

Excerpt from Wikipedia

The difference between evidence that something is absent (e.g., an observation that suggests there were no dragons here today) and simple absence of evidence (e.g., no careful research has been done) can be nuanced.

Indeed, scientists will often debate whether an experiment's result should be considered evidence of absence, or if it remains absence of evidence. The debate is whether the experiment would have detected the phenomenon of interest if it was there.

Done is better than perfect

Perfect is the enemy of good

Facebook's 5 core values via Mark Zuckerberg & Sheryl Sandberg
Be boldBuilding great things means taking risksThe riskiest thing is to take no risks.Focus on ImpactFocus on solving the most important problems. If we want to have the biggest impact, the best way to do this is to make sure we always focus on solving the most important problems. Move FastBuild more things and learn faster. Move fast and break things.The idea is that if you never break anything, you're probably not moving fast enough.Be OpenInformed people take better decisions. People with more information can make better decisions and have a greater impact.Build Social ValueBuild real value for the people. Focus every day on how to build real value for the world in everything they do.
Resources: Facebook's 5 core values via Mark Zuckerberg & Sheryl Sandberg

You are what you choose

Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice.

Gifts are easy -- they’re given after all. Choices can be hard.

You can seduce yourself with your gifts if you’re not careful, and if you do, it’ll probably be to the detriment of your choices.

How will you use your gifts? What choices will you make?
Will inertia be your guide, or will you follow your passions?Will you follow dogma, or will you be original?Will you choose a life of ease, or a life of service and adventure?Will you wilt under criticism, or will you follow your convictions?Will you bluff it out when you’re wrong, or will you apologize?Will you guard your heart against rejection, or will you act when you fall in love?Will you play it safe, or will you be a little bit swashbuckling?When it’s tough, will you give up, or will you be relentless?Will you be a cynic, or will you be a builder?Will you be clever at the expense of others, or will you be kind?Source:Remarks by Jeff Bezos, as delivered to the Class of 2010 (Baccalaureate, …

Leadership and Retention

Leadership is About Influence - Not Authority

"Respect is how to treat everyone, not just those you want to impress." ~Richard Branson

Great leaders don't set out to be a leader. They set out to make a difference. It's never about the role – It's always about the goal.

“It’s amazing how much you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." Harry S. Truman

“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.” John Maxwell

A boss has the title. A leader has the people. ~ Simon Sinek

"Take care of your employees and they will take care of your business. It’s as simple as that." Richard Branson

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou

"Culture is more important than vision. Some leaders have great vision, but have created a toxic culture where that vision will never happen." ~ Phil Cooke