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Harm no one. Always tell the truth. Offer a helping hand when I am able. Always do my best.

The above is my personal philosophy. I saw this online. A challenge to encapsulate your core beliefs in twenty-five words or less. I do not think I left anything out.

Of course, I could expand on it, but I would just be reiterating on the basic tenets that I stated. I am no eagle scout. But, I know some eagle scouts and they would never offer to get me a cup of coffee from Starbucks. That does not make them bad people, possibly frugal, or perhaps self-centered. Like the manager who routinely forgets to ask if their subordinates need a break or not.

I would posit if you cannot be self-aware, at least be aware of those who work hard and support you and make you look good.

But, most of us do not. We are worried about how we are perceived. We will take the credit. Cash the check. Step into the limelight and forget to thank those who made it all possible.

If you are in business, own, run, or are responsible for someone else’s livelihood, you might want to lift your head up, look around and be grateful that you have people who show up and give a damn.

You cannot do it alone. It took Jeff Bezos a while to realize this and so he increased the minimum wage at Amazon to $15.00 an hour. He either did it for the right reasons, that his people were worth it, or that his fortune would eventually take a hit. Either way, he did the right thing. I wonder what his personal philosophy is and can he extol it in 25 words or less.

Greed is not good. You cannot take it with you. You can only drive one car, wear one pair of shoes, at a time. Share, Be Kind, and do not be a jerk. It is just that easy.






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Sometimes, the harder the struggle, the greater the focus, the more meaningful the lesson.

Or, we are crushed beneath the wheel or stone of adversity.  What makes some people embrace their struggles and difficulties and succeed against great odds, and others fail and have their lives ruined never to be able to rise above the baseline of abject poverty and hardship?

I was reading Malcolm Gladwell’s recent book “David and Goliath”.  In it, he cites multiple examples of great adversities and how they are overcome.  The example that is most astonishing is dyslexia.  The expression adapts or dies really comes into play.  It is inspiring to think that people, when challenged, are able to adapt and make the most of a bad situation.

If a person cannot read and struggles all their life with an affliction that inhibits their basic practice of learning and communicating can find a way to navigate the rough waters of community, and not only get along but succeed the rest of us have a lot to learn.

Like Sisyphus who pushes the same rock up the same hill day after day after finds a way to cope with his trials.  Perhaps he looks at it as his daily cardio workout, perhaps he pushes that boulder up the hill in anticipation of the beautiful sunset and the leisurely walk down the hill, and does it all again, again for the Desirable Difficulties.

Desirable Difficulties are welcomed challenges that test us and call upon our inner strength, mental fortitude, physical stamina, or our creative, critical thinking abilities.  The person with dyslexia in the book I find most intriguing is the man who learns to listen better and develop his memory and becomes a world class attorney.  That which did not kill him made him stronger.

Like the small sapling that struggles to become the mighty oak that grows up in the shadow of truly mighty oaks has to adapt to reach for the sunlight, we must find ways to work with what we have and reach for the sky.  The small sapling may have to bend and contort, but the ineffability of success and survival requires that we find a way to be the best that we can be under any and all circumstances.