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Thought Tweet #883

by Rick Baker
On Dec 4, 2013

Thought Tweet #883 "You can have everything in life you want if you just help enough other people get what they want."  Zig Ziglar


The Thinking Behind The Tweet

I rarely tweet other people's quotes. In an effort to make sure I do not annoy people by regurgitating, I save these quote-sharing tweets for true pieces of wisdom. 

When I think of common sense I think of Zig Ziglar.

Would you rather give something to a person who:

(A) Has given something you wanted to you? or

(B) Has not given to you something you wanted?

All else being equal, any normal human being would pick (A).

And - when it comes to giving and getting things we want wouldn't you agree, as a general rule, more is better?

This is not a moral judgement.

It is human nature and it is common sense.


Thought Tweets | Wisdom: Surviving the Test of Time

Thought Tweet #866

by Rick Baker
On Nov 11, 2013

Thought Tweet #866 The only reason you are not a donkey is that your mother and father were not donkeys.


The Thinking Behind The Tweet

  1. "The only reason you are not a rattlesnake is that your mother and father were not rattlesnakes." Dale Carnegie, 'How to Win Friends and Influence People', (1939 - Toronto publication)
  2. Don't judge too harshly. Don't judge too quickly. Don't judge.
  3. ...in search of political correctness...Sure hope no donkeys are reading this.

Thought Tweet #863.5

by Rick Baker
On Nov 6, 2013

Thought Tweet #863.5 A person who chases two rabbits is too busy to catch either.


The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Playing with the ancient wisdom of Confucius...“He who chases two rabbits, captures neither.”

You don't have to chase two rabbits to be too busy. [There's plenty of other ways to multi-task your way to too busy.]


Thought Tweets | Wisdom: Surviving the Test of Time | I'm too busy! - I don't have time!

Think in new/old/best ways!

by Rick Baker
On Oct 31, 2013



Many months ago I attached a Post It Note to my computer monitor. The note read, "Think in new ways!"

I wanted to remind myself to be open minded and creative. 

Some time later, while tagging a Thought Post with 'Wisdom: Surviving the Test of Time' I felt the need to cross out the word "new" and replace it with the word "old". 

I wanted to remind myself there's much value embedded in the wisdom of the ages and there's no need to reinvent the wheel.

Some time later, the Post It Note was crying out for more...like it was struggling between the "new" and the "old".

I quieted it by crossing out the word "old" and replacing it with the word "best".


Now, I am reminded regularly, throughout every work day, to 


Thinking as in Think and Grow Rich | Wisdom: Surviving the Test of Time

Thought Tweet #845.5

by Rick Baker
On Oct 12, 2013

Thought Tweet #845.5 “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

The Thinking Behind The Tweet 

I rarely tweet quotes made by famous people. However, from time to time I find a quote that resonates so thoroughly I cannot resist tweeting it. This quote passes that test for me. John Quincy Adams said this about 200 years ago. While I have not studied John Quincy Adams, I can imagine the experiences he must have lived...the son of the 2nd President of the U.S.A....knowing much about and likely meeting in person numerous great U.S. leaders like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Ben Franklin. And, of course, becoming a U.S. President himself. 

Why I find this quote thoroughly resonating... 

Actions: when you boil life down to find its fundamental elements you find Actions. You find positive Actions, which are well remembered by those who do them and those who are influenced by them. You find negative Actions, which are well remembered by those who do them and those who are influenced by them. And, you find Actions that died in thought before they occurred, which are also well remembered...often poignantly on one's deathbed.

Inspire Others: our company is named Spirited Leaders and the Baker family motto is Dum Spiro Spero

Dreams: Vision/Dreams/Imagining what could be...no question, that's a gift and a preoccupation shared by all leaders.

Learn more: Spirited Leaders place much value in life-long learning...[and I am an assessed Learner].

Do more: doing more is even-better Action...it's stepping up.

Become more: that's about growing and adding value and experiencing a fulfilled life.

If one person can inspire and help other people do these things then, clearly, that person is a leader.


Leaders' Thoughts | Thought Tweets | Wisdom: Surviving the Test of Time

Thought Tweet #823

by Rick Baker
On Sep 11, 2013

Thought Tweet #823 Self-knowledge is an essential ingredient of success...it's the 1st ingredient. Spend some time on that. You're worth the effort.


The Thinking Behind The Tweet

People who have a thorough understanding of themselves do better as business leaders. They understand their strengths and weaknesses; they understand their desires and goals, they understand their internal drivers and their behaviour; they understand their attitude toward and their reactions to situations and other people. 

And, according to Wikipedia...

The Ancient Greek aphorism "Know thyself" (Greek: γνῶθι σεαυτόν, transliterated: gnōthi seauton; also ... σαυτόν ... sauton with the ε contracted), is one of the Delphic maxims and was inscribed in the pronaos (forecourt) of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi according to the Greek periegetic (travelogue) writer Pausanias (10.24.1).[1]

The maxim, or aphorism, "know thyself" has had a variety of meanings attributed to it in literature. The Suda, a 10th-century encyclopedia of Greek knowledge, says: "the proverb is applied to those whose boasts exceed what they are,"[2] and that "know thyself" is a warning to pay no attention to the opinion of the multitude.[3]

In Latin, the aphorism is generally given as nosce te ipsum[4] or temet nosce.[5]

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