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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, November 30, 2016 – Tom Clancy

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, November 30, 2016  – Tom Clancy

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“America is the most inventive country in the world because everybody has access to information.”

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“Fighting wars is not so much about killing people as it is about finding things out. The more you know, the more likely you are to win a battle.”

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“I was one of the first generations to watch television. TV exposes people to news, to information, to knowledge, to entertainment. How is it bad?”

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“I’ve made up stuff that’s turned out to be real, that’s the spooky part.”

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“In the Soviet Union it was illegal to take a photograph of a train station. Look what happened to them. They tried to classify everything.”

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“It’s not right to say that our loss in Vietnam turned out to be a gain. But lessons were learned. And they were the right lessons.”

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“Life is about learning; when you stop learning, you die.”

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“Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed.”

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“No matter what you or anyone else does, there will be someone who says that there’s something bad about it.”

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“Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away.”

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“People live longer today than they ever have. They live happier lives, have more knowledge, more information. All this is the result of communications technology. How is any of that bad?”

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“Probably what pushed the Russians over the edge was SDI. They realized they couldn’t beat us.”

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“Show me an elitist, and I’ll show you a loser.”

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“The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people.”

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“The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”

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“The good old days are now.”

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“The human condition today is better than it’s ever been, and technology is one of the reasons for that.”

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“The U.S. Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they’re protecting us.”

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“There are two kinds of people: the ones who need to be told and the ones who figure it out all by themselves.”

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“There used to be this country called the Soviet Union; it’s not there anymore. Our technology was better than theirs.”

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“There was a time when nails were high-tech. There was a time when people had to be told how to use a telephone. Technology is just a tool. People use tools to improve their lives.”

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“Whenever somebody comes up with a good idea, there’s somebody else who has never had a good idea in his life who stands up and says, Oh, you can’t do that.”

Wikipedia:  Tom Clancy

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, November 29, 2016 – Henry David Thoreau

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, November 29, 2016 – Henry David Thoreau

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“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.”

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“A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.”

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“Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.”

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“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?”

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“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”

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“Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.”

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“Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”

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“Dreams are the touchstones of our character.”

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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

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“How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.”

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“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”

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“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”

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“If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.”

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“If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.”

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“In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.”

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“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”

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“Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.”

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“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”

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“Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.”

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“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”

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“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”

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“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”

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“The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free.”

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“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”

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“There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.”

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“What is once well done is done forever.”

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“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”

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“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.”

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“The fate of the country does not depend on how you vote at the polls — the worst man is as strong as the best at that game; it does not depend on what kind of paper you drop into the ballot-box once a year, but on what kind of man you drop from your chamber into the street every morning.”

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“I heartily accept the motto, “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe — “That government is best which governs not at all”; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.”

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“If a man walk in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. As if a town had no interest in its forests but to cut them down!”

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“I wish to suggest that a man may be very industrious, and yet not spend his time well. There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living. All great enterprises are self-supporting. The poet, for instance, must sustain his body by his poetry, as a steam planing-mill feeds its boilers with the shavings it makes. You must get your living by loving.”

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“Do we call this the land of the free? What is it to be free from King George and continue the slaves of King Prejudice? What is it to be born free and not to live free? What is the value of any political freedom, but as a means to moral freedom? Is it a freedom to be slaves, or a freedom to be free, of which we boast? We are a nation of politicians, concerned about the outmost defences only of freedom. It is our children’s children who may perchance be really free.”

Wikipedia:  Henry David Thoreau

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Monday, November 28, 2016 – Plato

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Monday, November 28, 2016 – Plato

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“A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.”

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“A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.”

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“And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.”

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“Courage is knowing what not to fear.”

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“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”

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“For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.”

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“I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict.”

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“Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil.”

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“Life must be lived as play.”

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“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”

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“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

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“Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”

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“If on the other hand I tell you that to let no day pass without discussing goodness and all the other subjects about which you hear me talking and examining both myself and others is really the very best thing that a man can do, and that life without this sort of examination is not worth living.”

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“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”

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“Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.”

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“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

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“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”

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“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”

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“There is truth in wine and children”

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“Ignorance, the root and stem of every evil.”

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“Those who tell the stories rule society.”

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“There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.”

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“The measure of a man is what he does with power.”

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“Death is not the worst that can happen to men.”

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“Character is simply habit long continued.”

Wikipedia:  Plato

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Sunday, November 27, 2016 – Michelangelo

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Sunday, November 27, 2016 – Michelangelo

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“A beautiful thing never gives so much pain as does failing to hear and see it.”

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“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”

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“Faith in oneself is the best and safest course.”

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“Genius is eternal patience.”

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“It is necessary to keep one’s compass in one’s eyes and not in the hand, for the hands execute, but the eye judges.”

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“Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.”

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“There is no greater harm than that of time wasted.”

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“Yet I am learning.”

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“If you knew how much work went into it, you would not call it genius.”

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“The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one’s self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.”

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“What do you despise? By this you are truly known.”

Wikipedia:  Michelangelo

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Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Saturday, November 26, 2016 – Bo Schembechler

Mad As Hell And… Quotes of the Day – Saturday, November 26, 2016 – Bo Schembechler

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“When your team is winning, be ready to be tough, because winning can make you soft. On the other hand, when your team is losing, stick by them. Keep believing.”

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“Those who stay will be champions”

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“If I make a mistake, I’m going to make a mistake aggressively and I’m going to make it quickly. I don’t believe in sleeping on a decision.”

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“A Michigan man will coach Michigan.”

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“We want the Big 10 championship. And we’re going to win it as a TEAM. They can throw out all those great backs and great quarterbacks and great defensive players throughout the country and in this conference. But there’s going to be one team that is going play solely as a team. No man is more important than the team. No coach is more important than the team. THE TEAM! THE TEAM! THE TEAM! And if we think that way, all of us, everything that you do you take into consideration what effect does it have on my team? Because you can go into professional football, you can go anywhere you want to play after you leave here, you will never play for a team again. You’ll play for a contract. You’ll play for this. You’ll play for that. You’ll play for everything except the team. And think what a great thing it is to be a part of something that is THE TEAM! We’re going to win it. We’re going to win the championship again because we’re going to play as a team better than anyone else in the conference. We’re going to play together as a TEAM. We’re going to believe in each other. We’re not going to criticize each other. We’re not going to talk about each other. We’re going to encourage each other! And when we play as a team, when the old season is over, you and I know it’s going to be Michigan again. Michigan!”

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Book Review: Bo’s Lasting Lessons, Three Star Leadership Blog – (Amazon.com Bo’s Lasting Lessons)

“Successful sports coaches seem to think that it’s part of their game plan to write books. After all, they’re celebrities of a sort and they know something about “winning” which is a popular topic with readers of all kinds.

Bo Schembechler is one of the most successful coaches in the history of college football. He coached Michigan football for twenty years, compiling a record of 234-65-8. During that time his teams won or tied for the Big Ten championship 13 times. He never had a losing season.

That’s why it’s somewhat amazing that it took so long for Bo’s Lasting Lessons to appear. But Bo Schembechler always did things his own way.

There are three big lessons in this book: values matter, keep the rules simple, and enforce them no matter what.

Values mattered for Schembechler. Honesty was the big one. He was going to be honest no matter what and he expected the same from his coaches, his players, and everyone else. The idea was simple: always do the right thing.

He kept the rules simple. He also made sure everyone who worked for him understood the rules. They included how players were to sit in team meetings and how they were expected to dress on road trips.

He enforced the rules he had. If anyone broke Bo’s rules there were consequences. And those consequences were as inevitable as nature.

Those are the big lessons, but there are lots of lessons and bits of wisdom scattered through the book. Here are some of my favorites.

If you’re the boss you have to accept the fact that you’re the bad cop and your assistants will be the good cops.

Don’t hire smart people and then not listen to their opinions.

Seek mentors, not money, especially in the early stages of your career.

Whatever your philosophy, whatever your standards, whatever your expectations, you establish those on day one. Don’t waste a second!

Recruit for character.

Develop leaders underneath you.

Goals can’t come from the top down. They’ve got to come from the people responsible for achieving them. Your job is to help them get there, and remind them every day what their goals are, and what they have to do to make their dreams come true.

Scuttle the star system. Give everyone a role and make it important.

Emphasize execution, not innovation.

There are lots more but you can find them for yourself when you read the book. I’ve got lots of things underlined, and Post-It notes dangle off lots of pages.

There are some things to watch for. First off, some of Bo’s recommendations don’t translate well to any environment other than an athletic team. Be prepared to modify them to suit.

And some things that Bo did back in the Sixties and Seventies aren’t things you can do today. Some of that involves privacy laws. Some of that is the way the world has changed. Be prepared to adapt that material, too.

Over the years, I’ve read lots of books by athletic coaches about how to achieve personal and business success. I’m almost always disappointed, but not this time.

This is an enjoyable and helpful book, in part because co-author John Bacon lets us see what I’m sure is the authentic Bo Schembechler. And Bo was a wise man and clear speaker.”

Wikipedia: Bo Schembechler

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