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We know the right things to do...even while we are not doing them.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 29, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Most of the time we know the right things to do, yet, often, we don't do those right things. 

In particular, we tend to do things that offer short-term gain over long-term gain. Dieting provides a good example. Most diets work if people follow them. Most people don't follow them. So, the reality is most attempts at dieting fail.

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Beyond Business | Thought Tweets

Battles require people; People require battles.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 25, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

We all have heard it takes two to tango. Tango requires people...two. Battles require people...at least one.

Battles are a fact of human nature.

The question is: Do you back into battles or do you pick them well?

Is logic in action when you select your battles?

Does self-control determine your battles and how you fight them? Do your battles align with your strengths? 

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Beyond Business | Questions?: The Art of Asking Good Questions | Thought Tweets

Like Beauty, Fairness is in the eye of the beholder.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 24, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Fairness - an admirable motive...but, one that has a really difficult time surviving both delivery and receipt.

Fairness - a thing that tends to be torn between biased perspectives.

The rest of the world will treat me unfairly...OK...I will live with that.

I will treat others unfairly...OK...I will live with that too.

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Maybe it isn't more blessed to give than to receive - consider the Ben Franklin Effect.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 19, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Ben Franklin found people, even people who clearly disliked him, responded positively when he asked them for a favour. As one example, back in the day - almost 300 years ago, books were very rare in New England. Benjamin Franklin asked a political opponent [who had publicly criticized Ben] to lend him one of his prized books. The person loaned the book to Franklin, who read it quickly and thoroughly then returned it. After this experience, the opponent softened his attitude toward Franklin.

These Ben Franklin experiences led to what is now known as the Ben Frankin Effect

Better to procrastinate when the task is under-whelming than when it is over-whelming.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 30, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Much as our mothers admonished about other matters and manners, "There is a time and a place". This applies too to procrastination. Procrastinate For Success

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There is no set reality; reality is but what we make of it, nothing more, nothing less, unless we ask for another's view.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 4, 2019

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Along the lines of 'perception is reality' and 'don't assume, ask questions'...and much more.

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