Discipline is Remembering What You Want

Coincidentally related to my last post, here’s the current mantra of my friend Jen: Discipline is remembering what you want. Discipline is remembering what you want. Discipline is remembering what you want. And, of course, doing what it takes to get what you want.

My Balanced Scorecard — Have Fun. Do Good. Make Money.

Have fun.  Do good.  Make money. These are the things on my scorecard, and the first among them is all three. Today I was talking with some business friends including one fellow who’s trying to decide what to do with the valuable remnants of a business that recently collapsed.  He had many ideas, any of …

Shaw on Mistakes

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. – George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Shaw was a playwright and critic, not an entrepreneur.  But his words are universal.  It’s hard to find a successful entrepreneur or leader whose modus operandi is centered around avoiding mistakes.

Thomas Moore on Work

The failure to find the right job or to enjoy the one you have creates a special kind of depression. …An opus is the lifelong process of getting life together and becoming a real person, and it is no coincidence that the word is also used for a musical comopsition or an artist’s total production.  …

Cicero on Needs

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. — Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BCE) Cicero’s political career was sufficiently distinguished to earn him a place in Western history, but he’s even more famous for his work as a writer and orator.  But it wasn’t a palace and an audience that …