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Benjamin Franklin

posted Mar 1, 2010, 9:21 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 26, 2012, 12:59 PM ]

Thirteen Virtues 

Franklin sought to cultivate his character by a plan of thirteen virtues, which he developed at age 20 (in 1726) and continued to practice in some form for the rest of his life. His autobiography lists his thirteen virtues as:

"TEMPERANCE. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation."

"SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid
trifling conversation."

"ORDER. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your
business have its time."

"RESOLUTION. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail
what you resolve."

"FRUGALITY. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself;
i.e., waste nothing."

"INDUSTRY. Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut
off all unnecessary actions."

"SINCERITY. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and,
if you speak, speak accordingly."

"JUSTICE. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that
are your duty."

"MODERATION. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you
think they deserve."

"CLEANLINESS. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation."
"TRANQUILLITY. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or

"CHASTITY. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to
dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or

"HUMILITY. Imitate Jesus and Socrates."

Points from Mark Cuban

posted Dec 29, 2009, 1:44 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 29, 2009, 1:45 PM ]

1. Time is more valuable than money
2. Random Acts of kindness
3. No Balls, No Babies
4. Work Hard, Play Hard
5. Don't let fear be a roadblock
6. Expect the unexpected, and always be ready
7. It's Ok to yell and be yelled at
8. Everybody gets down, the key is how soon you get back up
9. It's not if the glass is half empty, or half full, it's who is pouring the water
10. It's not in the dreaming, it's in the doing
11. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered
12. You only have to be right once

Dale Carnegie - How to Win Friends and Influence People

posted Dec 29, 2009, 1:42 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 29, 2009, 1:42 PM ]

Part One
Fundamental Techniques in Handling People

Don't criticize, condemn or complain.
Give honest and sincere appreciation.
Arouse in the other person an eager want.

Part Two
Seven ways to make people like you

Become genuinely interested in other people.
Remember that a person's name is to that person the sweetest and most
important sound in any language.
Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
Talk in terms of the other person's interests.
Make the other person feel important - and do it sincerely.
Show humility.

Part Three
Win people to your way of thinking

The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
Show respect for the other person's opinions. Never say, "You're wrong."
If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
Begin in a friendly way.
Get the other person saying "yes, yes" immediately.
Let the other person do a great deal of the talking.
Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers.
Try honestly to see things from the other person's point of view.
Be sympathetic with the other person's ideas and desires.
Appeal to the nobler motives.
Dramatize your ideas.
Throw down a challenge.

Part Four
Be a Leader: How to Change People Without Giving Offense or Arousing Resentment

A leader's job often includes changing your people's attitudes and
behavior. Some suggestions to accomplish this:

Begin with praise and honest appreciation.
Call attention to people's mistakes indirectly.
Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.
Ask questions instead of giving direct orders.
Let the other person save face.
Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement. Be
"hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise."
Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.
Use encouragement. Make the fault seem easy to correct.
Make the other person happy about doing the thing you suggest.


posted Dec 29, 2009, 1:39 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 29, 2009, 1:39 PM ]

An Uncommon Way To Wealth
As a Man Thinketh
The Art of War
The Art of Worldly Wisdom
The Four Laws of Debt Free Prosperity
Full Faith and Credit
How to Win Friends and Influence People
The New Machiavelli (The Art of Politics in Business)
Power (The 48 laws)
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator
Ten Theories of Human Nature
Think and Grow Rich
Traditions of Wealth

good advice

posted Dec 29, 2009, 1:38 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 29, 2009, 1:47 PM ]

We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand. 
Dream big 
Earnest is better than hip 
Don't complain, just work harder 
Treat the disease, not the symptom 
Don't obsess over what people think 
Look for the best in everybody 
Watch what people do, not what they say 
Get people's attention 
Always say, `Thank you!' 
All you have is what you bring with you 
A bad apology is worse than no apology 
Tell the truth 
No job is beneath you 
Never give up 
Be a communitarian 
All you have to do is ask. Don't be afraid to appear ignorant. 

Napolean Hill (Think and Grow)

posted Dec 29, 2009, 1:34 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 29, 2009, 1:37 PM ]

Scroll 1: Definiteness of Purpose
Successful people move on their own initiative,
but they know where they are going before they start.

Scroll 2: Mastermind Alliance
No man can become a permanent success without taking
others along with him.

Scroll 3: Applied Faith
You can if you believe you can.

Scroll 4: Going the Extra Mile
The most successful people are those who serve the
greatest number of people.

Scroll 5: Pleasing Personality
It is essential that you develop a Pleasing Personality -
pleasing to yourself and others.

Scroll 6: Personal Initiative

Scroll 7: Positive Mental Attitude
Keep your mind on the things you want and off the things
you don't want.

Scroll 8: Enthusiasm
To be enthusiastic - act enthusiastically

Scroll 9: Self-Discipline
Direct your thoughts, control your emotions
and ordain your destiny

Scroll 10: Accurate Thinking
Truth will be truth, regardless of a closed mind,
ignorance or the refusal to believe.

Scroll 11: Controlled Attention
Keep your mind on the things you want
and off the things you don't want.

Scroll 12: Teamwork
Harmonious cooperation is a priceless asset which you can
acquire in proportion to your giving.

Scroll 13: Adversity and Defeat
Remember: every defeat, every disappointment and every adversity
carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit

Scroll 14: Creative Vision
The imagination is the workshop of the soul wherein are shaped
all plans for individual achievement.

Scroll 15: Maintenance of Sound Health
play, rest, laugh

Scroll 16: Budgeting Time and Money
Tell me how you use your space time and how you spend your money,
and I will tell you where and what you will be ten year
from now. 8 sleep , 8 work , 8 recreation

Scroll 17: Cosmic Habitforce
You are where you are and what you are because of your
established habits and thoughts and deeds.


posted Dec 29, 2009, 1:31 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 29, 2009, 1:33 PM ]

Habit 1: Be Proactive
Change starts from within, and highly effective people make the
decision to improve their lives through the things that they can
influence rather than by simply reacting to external forces.

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Develop a principle-centered personal mission statement. Extend the
mission statement into long-term goals based on personal principles.

Habit 3: Put First Things First
Spend time doing what fits into your personal mission, observing the
proper balance between production and building production capacity.
Identify the key roles that you take on in life, and make time for
each of them.

Habit 4: Think Win/Win
Seek agreements and relationships that are mutually beneficial. In
cases where a "win/win" deal cannot be achieved, accept the fact that
agreeing to make "no deal" may be the best alternative. In developing
an organizational culture, be sure to reward win/win behavior among
employees and avoid inadvertantly rewarding win/lose behavior.

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
First seek to understand the other person, and only then try to be
understood. Stephen Covey presents this habit as the most important
principle of interpersonal relations. Effective listening is not
simply echoing what the other person has said through the lens of
one's own experience. Rather, it is putting oneself in the perspective
of the other person, listening emphatically for both feeling and

Habit G: Synergize
Through trustful communication, find ways to leverage individual
differences to create a whole that is greater than the sum of the
parts. Through mutual trust and understanding, one often can solve
conflicts and find a better solution than would have been obtained
through either person's own solution.

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Take time out from production to build production capacity through
personal renewal of the physical, mental, social/emotional, and
spiritual dimensions. Maintain a balance among these dimensions.

The good points

posted Dec 29, 2009, 1:25 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 29, 2009, 1:27 PM ]

Atul Gawande - See if you can keep the conversation going.
My Rule #1 Ask an unscripted question
My Rule #2 Don't whine
My Rule #3 Count something
My Rule #4 Write something

"The invention of a mechanism for the systematic publication of fragments of scientific work may well have been the key event in the history of modern science." - The physician and poet Lewis Thomas

My Rule #5 my final rule for a good life in medicine, is: Change
Nonetheless, make yourself an early adopter

Don't let yourself be. Find something new to try, something to change. Count how often it succeeds and how often it doesn't. Write about it. Ask a patient or a colleague what they think about it.

Better  three sections: Diligence, Doing Right and Ingenuity

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