Jan 16, 2017

Tony Hawk on success

My definition of success is doing what you love.  I feel many people do things because they feel they have to, and are hesitant to risk following their passion.

~ Tony Hawk, professional skateboarder and entrepreneur

Grace Hopper on information overload

We’re flooding people with information.  We need to feed it through a processor.  A human must turn information into intelligence or knowledge.  We’ve tended to forget that no computer will ever ask a new question.

~ Grace Hopper, computer scientist and U.S. Navy admiral

Benjamin Disraeli on adversity

There is no education like adversity.

~ Benjamin Disraeli, British statesman

Mehmet Oz on anger

The opposite of anger is not calmness, it’s empathy.

~ Mehmet Oz, physician

Joe DiMaggio on leadership

A person doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example.

~ Joe DiMaggio

Marilyn vos Savant

Being defeated is often a temporary condition.  Giving up is what makes it permanent.

~ Marilyn vos Savant, columnist

Jan 11, 2017

Scott Peck on white lies

White lies may be every bit as destructive as black ones.  A government that withholds essential information from its people by censorship is no more democratic than one that speaks falsely...  Indeed, because it may seem less reprehensible, the withholding of essential information is the most common form of lying, and because it may be the more difficult to detect and confront, it is often even more pernicious than black-lying.

White-lying is considered socially acceptable in many of our relationships because "we don't want to hurt peoples' feelings.  Yet we may bemoan the fact that our social relationships are generally superficial.  For parents to feed their children a pap of white lies is not only considered acceptable but is thought to be loving and beneficent...  Usually such withholding and lack of openness is rationalized on the basis of a loving desire to protect and shield their children from unnecessary worries...  The result, then, is not protection but deprivation.  The children are deprived of the knowledge they might gain about money, illness, drugs, sex, marriage, their parents, their grandparents and people in general...  Finally, they are deprived of role models of openness and honesty, and are provided instead with role models of partial honesty, incomplete openness and limited courage.

~ M. Scott Peck, M.D., The Road Less Traveled, "Withholding Truth," pp. 59-60