Nonsense is no moral roadmap. You can’t infuse yourself with both poison and wisdom, then experience a satisfied life. So much in our world of failed advisors is nonsense. Nonsense is all a failure can teach. One of the biggest oxymorons ever is an “economics professor”; if the teacher truly understood economics, the teacher wouldn’t have a job, especially working for a bureaucratic university. That’s just nonsense.
The smokescreen is a classic confusion tactic in military and police strategy. Nonsense only blinds. So-called “wisdom” from a failure is as nourishing as bubble gum. It tastes sweet, but clogs your system. · · · →
Getting a fix on your location can be hard when we don’t want to face the ugly truth about where we really are. Maybe you don’t want to know where you are in life because it would say something bad about someone else in your life—the truth about where that person is in life. But, navigation requires knowing your location.
Mirrors are good, as every musician, dancer, and actor knows. They give us a fix on the status we need in order to navigate. But, don’t just look at it every once in a while, keep watch on it. · · · →
It’s not our weaknesses which determine our ability to work with others; it’s our strengths. Strengths cover our weaknesses, but that is not to say that covering a weakness makes a team strong. Somewhere, a team must carry all different, necessary strengths somewhere among its team members. Whether those strengths compensate for a weakness somewhere on the team is irrelevant; it is the recipe of strengths that leads a team to its victory.
How much time is wasted on evaluating people’s weaknesses or need to improve? As you improve and grow, remember: We get more of whatever we focus on. · · · →
We go forward together. That’s part of the concept of “we”—it’s a “together” sort of thing. We fail when we’re not together. We are defeated by untalented, useless, even evil people because they work together when we don’t.
No one is an island. Many twist this wisdom to mean we should let others boss us around or we should share what shouldn’t be shared. But, the insight that humans aren’t islands has a deeper undertone that victors can’t ignore: cooperation. Synergy, teamwork, strengths covering weaknesses—call it what you like. You’ll only succeed if you’re not the only one. · · · →