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If you don't have time, you have nothing.

by Rick Baker
On Aug 18, 2015

Recently, the following quote caught my attention:

"Time is the substance from which I am made."

Jorge Luis Borges

Argentine Author & Poet, (1899-1986)


Quotes about time always catch my attention…because (1) I have always been and still am fascinated by the concepts of time-physics and (2) over recent years, I am alarmed by the increasing number of people who think and say they things like, “I don’t have time.

I am not familiar with the work of Jorge Luis Borges, so I can only speculate on the context around his quote. Without context, I interpret the quote in my own way. 'Subjective opportunities' - perhaps that is the best measure of a quote's value?

Here, I will not be providing an interpretation of, "Time is the substance from which I am made." Instead, I will share some thoughts the quote triggered.

My first reaction to the quote was to do a double-take….I thought I had mis-read the sentence. After reading the quote the 2nd time and reaching a conclusion about its meaning, for some reason, a question-thought hit me:

“If you don't have time, what do you have?”

The answer to that question came quickly:

“If you don't have time, you have nothing.”

Whether or not time is the substance from which we are made, if we don’t have time then we have nothing.

Perhaps, that’s why I have such a problem when people say things like, “I don’t have time.” Perhaps, that’s why I feel their self-brainwashing is so damaging..so spirit-killing…so unnatural ...

Perhaps, that’s why I now feel the most helpful thing you can do when people say "I don't have time" is ask, "If you don't have time, what do you have?"

Since you care, you ought to offer these wrong-thinking people at least that provocation.

If you care even more about helping people make positive changes, and the situation lends itself…

Help them understand, if they continue to think and say they do not have time then they are right – they do not and never will have time.

And, help them understand, if they do not have time then they have nothing.



Footnote - article About Time



Intelligence, Accuracy, & Time

by Rick Baker
On Aug 10, 2015

Let's set Emotional Intelligence aside for the moment. 

Let's assume logical-Intelligence holds the position of authority and control over human behaviour.

With Emotional Intelligence out of our way, we can live in a three dimensional world of (logical) Intelligence, Accuracy, and Time – where success is determined by a combination of (1) possessing Intelligence and (2) possessing the ability to convert Intelligent thoughts into Intelligent actions. When observed by other Intelligent people, the people who are skilled at converting Intelligent thoughts into Intelligent actions will be seen as producers of Accurate and Timely actions.  Conversely, those who are not skilled at having Intelligent thoughts or converting those Intelligent thoughts into Intelligent actions will be seen as producers of actions that are inaccurate (errors, omissions, etc.) and untimely (procrastination, missed deadlines, etc.).

Attribution Bias suggests most people will not be able to self-diagnose their abilities/performance in these areas. On the other hand, they will be able to destructively criticize other people's abilities/performance.

All this considered, when Intelligence fails to present itself thoughts and actions business offices become battlefields where errors can quickly become the Bouncing Betty mines, the bazooka shells, and the nuclear-tipped missiles of mayhem and mass destruction.

So much for trying to set Emotional Intelligence aside… 

Victims of Time…Let's rally against that pathetic Fate!

by Rick Baker
On Aug 5, 2015

Time is not the scourge of us.

We are not pawns to be battered about by heartless Time.

And, Time cannot be our scapegoat or our excuse for lack of success.

Think of the Sun’s role in all of this. Here we are elipsing around that nearby star. Each time we complete an orbit we write off another year…call it 12 months…or 365 days…or 8,760 hours…or about 525,600 minutes…etc.

Without our Sun, Time as we know it would vanish. That considered, rather than blaming Time for our shortcomings, it makes much more sense to blame the Sun...at least for our lack of planning, our lack of action, our lack of results, and our lack of success.

Instead of saying things like, “Sorry, I didn’t have Time” we should be saying things like “Sorry, the Sun made me not do it”.

Yes, clearly, that makes a lot more sense!



Ears 3.0

by Rick Baker
On Apr 15, 2015

If you force yourself to stop being too busy, get present, and observe others you will notice many people don't listen to most people.

We've all observed people who pretty much don't listen to anyone.

We're all guilty of failing to listen to some people some of the time...despite our efforts to concentrate, from time to time, our minds naturally wander away even while we are standing face to face with some talkers.

If we've taken the time to watch people communicating and think about what we have observed then we know many people don't listen to most people.

If we've not taken the time to watch people and think about it then we are likely one of those too-busy people who don't listen to most people.

If we've not taken the time to 'self-observe' then chances are very good we are one of those people who don't listen to most people.


Overall - people's ability to listen seems to be shrinking exponentially.

If this keeps up there are bound to be some communication changes at our workplaces.

We may experience a new level of future shock...

There could be a wave of ear-testing like we have never experienced.

It is quite possible our policy makers will deliver laws requiring inattentive employees to wear artificial ears.

If we fail to pass the future hearing-standard tests then we too will have to wear artificial ears...at least during our regular working hours.

New-ear industries will spring up...future darlings for the stock markets...celebrated at our tech-innovation incubators, infomercialed on those cable TV channels, and touted by our stock brokers.


Yes - it seems we may be entering the new era of Ears 3.0!


Communication: Improving Communication | Humour | I'm too busy! - I don't have time!

There’s something about “The Details”

by Rick Baker
On Mar 27, 2015

We’ve all heard that idiom/saying, “the devil is in the detail”. And, we know it means important-troublesome things lurk in the details.

Wikipedia tells us that idiom/saying derives from a predecessor idiom/saying, “God is in the detail”, which [according to Wikipedia] means - whatever one does should be done thoroughly; i.e. details are important.

I believe that fascinating fellow James Allen would agree, “God is in the detail”. That would be consistent with his views about work mastery and bliss.

On the other hand, for some reason the saying - “God is in the detail” - was replaced with the current saying, “the devil is in the detail”.

Perhaps, when it comes to sticky idioms, sooner or later the pessimists out-muscle the optimists and positive messages are submerged in negative messages.

Regardless, it seems to me most people have a love-hate relationship with “the details”.

Some related points…

  • Most people love certain details and hate other details.
  • Many people feel work-details should be delegated down the hierarchy.
  • Many people believe positions of power & authority provide excuses for detail avoidance.
  • Many people who side-step the details expect others to delve into those same details.
  • Perfectionists have a troubled & tangled relationship with “the details”.
  • 24 centuries ago an ancient Greek fellow named Euripides said, "Leave no stone unturned." Evidently, he was all for digging into the details. And, that saying has survived the test of time.
  • A century ago, in his classic 'Pushing To The Front', Orison Swett Marden wrote, "Go to the bottom of your business if you would climb to the top. Nothing is small which concerns your business. Master every detail."
  • More recently Steve Jobs said, "This is what customers pay us for - to sweat all these details so it's easy and pleasant for them to use our computers.
Considering all these centuries of talk about the details...

There must be something in 'the details'.

Perhaps, we should check out the details from time to time.

When you stop and think about it...

by Rick Baker
On Dec 8, 2014

About that decision you just made:

  • What goal were you trying to achieve? 
  • What options did you consider? 
  • How do you know this decision is the best option?

Of course, when you believe you are too busy you will not stop to think about these sorts of things...you will just continue to 'do stuff'. 

How's that working out for you?

If it's working out well then that's good news.

If it's not working out well, you can consider a different approach...like asking yourself a short series of questions.

For example: 

  • What goal were you trying to achieve? 
  • What options did you consider? 
  • How do you know this decision is the best option?

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