Rick Baker Thought Posts
Left Menu Space Holder

About the author

Name of author Rick Baker, P.Eng.

E-mail me Send mail
Follow me LinkedIn Twitter

Search

Calendar

<<  June 2019  >>
MoTuWeThFrSaSu
272829303112
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
1234567

View posts in large calendar

Recent Comments

Comment RSS

Money- it can build quality character...but only if it is earned with effort, over time.

by Rick Baker
On Dec 2, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Money is an illustration of Value.

Money is an extrinsic reward...something we give and get in exchange for other things and actions of Value.

Extrinsic rewards are fleeting. So, money provides some short-term gratification then that gratification dissolves.

When extrinsic rewards are received too quickly or in too-large amounts the gratification can become like an overdose drug...and dysfunctional behaviour follows...hubris, inflated ego, etc.

When extrinsic rewards are received at a steady pace, in positive better-than-average amounts, the feeling of gratification is balanced...and this is comforting. One example of this comfort is the repeated confirmation that there is no need to fear poverty. And this sort of comfortable gratification feeds and grows self-confidence...which leads to enhancements of character.

In this way, money earned over time can help a person build quality character.

Tags:

Attitude: Creating Positive Attitude | Thought Tweets | Values: Personal Values

When you make a fine argument...shut up, listen, watch, & learn.

by Rick Baker
On Nov 26, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

First, learn about the extent of the fineness of your argument. I mean, bring your thick skin and thin skull...and keep your ego under full control.

Was your argument really as fine as you thought?

People eat sour fruit sparingly. Yet they complain about it much.

by Rick Baker
On Nov 18, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Sometimes sour fruit is the best thing to consume. The British found that out several centuries ago and the practice of eating limes was encouraged by Scottish Dr. James Lind. He helped the British Navy understand limes and lime juice prevented sailors from the pain and suffering of scurvy. This fact was known prior to the arrival of Dr. Lind. And, the benefit of limes was well understood when he documented proof. Yet, the practice of eating limes to prevent scurvy was not adopted by the British Navy until some time later.

The first sailors who ate limes were ridiculed. By fellow sailors and pirates alike.

To this day the legacy of ridicule lives on in the form of a derogatory/racist ancestor of the word lime.

To this day, people resist when others try to force them to eat sour fruit.

So, take care when you try to unload sour fruit on your people.

Care taken while introducing sour fruit is inversely proportional to the amount of complaining that introduction generates. The greater the care, the lesser the complaints.

Procrastination is a lot like using your dentist's drill on your own teeth...

by Rick Baker
On Nov 15, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

If you have some skill at it, and you use it properly, then procrastination can be a very good tool and you can end up with a big healthy smile on your face.

If you use it wrong, as most people do, then you can cause yourself pained expression and a rotten taste in your mouth.

Related to this... You can put procrastination on a reduced-negative-thinking diet.

Tags:

Attitude: Creating Positive Attitude | Humour | Thought Tweets

Perhaps, complaining about other people is gratifying...perhaps, it satisfies a need?

by Rick Baker
On Nov 9, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Why do people complain about the actions of another person?

Presumably, the answer is - complaining about other people is gratifying, it fills a need. But, what exactly is that need?

And, does complaining about other people satisfy a single need? Or, does the need-satisfaction vary with the person who is the topic of complaint?

Self-monitoring: the next time you're about to complain about another person, stop and think. Ask yourself, "Why do this person's actions make me want to complain?" "What will happen if I delay complaining about this person for 15 minutes? Or, 1 hour? Or, 1 day?" "What gratification will I sacrifice if I delay or refuse to allow myself to complain about this person?"

"Man was born into fear in that he was born into a world of which most of the energies were set against him."

by Rick Baker
On Oct 28, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

An interesting quote from [Canadian-born] Basil King's 'The Conquest of Fear', (1921) Yes - most of the energies we experience are set against us…but, fortunately, (1) not the most-important one & (2) we have managed to partially-harness some of those set-against-us energies and put them to good use [as examples: fire & heat, electricity & magnetism, wind and solar energy].

490 Dutton Drive - Suite C6 - Waterloo ON N2L 6H7 - phone 519-886-6522 - fax 519-886-8795
Copyright © 2012. W.F.C (Rick) Baker. All Rights Reserved.