Some Thoughts From Anonymous About Difficulties

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“Some people would have us believe that there’s no difficulty in the world that cannot be overcome. How about trying to squeeze toothpaste back into the tube?”

“The person who is always looking for trouble may someday discover that he’s it.”

‘When the commencement orator tells the graduating class that the world is their oyster, he should also explain the difficulty of cracking the shell.”

“Before you begin to tell your troubles to another person, ask yourself if you would like to listen to his.”

“A lot of trouble is caused by combining a narrow mind with a wide mouth.”

Some Thoughts About Choices From Anonymous

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“Few people make a deliberate choice between good and evil; the choice is between what we want to do and what we ought to do.”

“Nature gives man corn, but man must grind it; God gives man a will, but man must make the right choices.”

“No one can grow by allowing others to make his decisions.”

“Patience may be simply the inability to make decisions.”

“It is much wiser to choose what you say than to say what you choose.”

Currently Reading: The Martian By Andy Weir

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I am about 25% through with this book and I must say that it is fantastic up to this point. I have read a review that states that the character development of the minor characters is lacking but I can’t make that judgment up to this point. Weir has made the main character astronaut Mark Watney into a man without any fear. His use of botany and mechanical engineering are unmatched and it goes to show how much effort the author did in preparation for this character. His thought process in always searching for a solution is very encouraging to me in the daily problem solving that I face every day.

I highly recommend this book and look forward to reporting on this as I finish this up, hopefully this week. I have included a video by the author from February of this year that I hope you will enjoy.

 

Some Thoughts From Anonymous On Failure

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“The only thing in life achieved without effort is failure.”

“Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

“Failure is not necessarily missing the target, but aiming too low.”

“Stopping at third base adds no more to the score than striking out.”

“Falling down doesn’t make you a failure, but staying down does.”

 

Some Thoughts About Arguments From Anonymous

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“A husband and wife in Montana make it a point not to argue over anything not worth arguing about. Of course, this leads to some dandy fights over whether or not a subject is worthwhile.”

“One of the sorriest spectacles imaginable is the anger of two people who have gotten into an argument over something that neither of them knows anything about.”

“A woman has the last word in any argument. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.”

“The only thing worse than being on the wrong side of an argument is being in the middle.”

“A fanatic is one who can’t change his opinions and won’t change the subject.”

Currently Reading: Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail Or Succeed By Jared Diamond

This is another great book by Jared Diamond and I am reading it for a specific purpose. I particularly want to understand what causes, not just in societies, but individual organizations and companies the primary reasons for their demise and damages to themselves. In this book, Diamond primarily focuses on the environment and on page 6 he puts the damage to the environment to the societies in eight categories. Here is his quote:

“The process through which past societies have undermined themselves by damaging their environments fall into eight categories, whose relative importance differs from case to case: deforestation and habitat destruction, soil problems (erosion, salinization, and soil fertility losses), water management problems, overhunting, overfishing, effects of introduced species on native species, human population growth, and increased per capita of people.”

Hopefully, by using these categories as a guide, I will be able to more deeply understand other complex adaptive systems and their ebbs and flows.

Some Thoughts From Anonymous About Extravagance

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“The average man’s ambition is to be able to afford what he’s spending.”

“If Americans bought only what they could afford it would destroy our economy.”

“It is especially hard to work for money you’ve already spent for something you didn’t need.”

“Extravagance is anything you but that you can’t put on a credit card.”

“Living on a budget is the same as living beyond your means except that you have a record of it.”