Wisdom Pearls – 21

 

  • Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are. (Dale Carnegie)
  • It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently. (Warren Buffett)
  • It is impossible for a man to be cheated by anyone but himself. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • Try not to be a man of success, but rather try to be a man of value. (Albert Einstein)
  • Integrity is one of several paths, it distinguishes itself from the others because it is the right path, and the only one upon which you will never get lost. (M. H. McKee)
  • A Native American grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt. He said, ‘I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, violent one, the other wolf is the loving compassionate one.’ The grandson asked him, ‘Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?’ The grandfather answered, ‘The one I feed.’ (Blackhawk)
  • Toxic vocabulary words:
    • But: Negates any words that are stated before it.
    • Try: Presupposes failure.
    • If: Presupposes that you may not.
    • Might: It does nothing definite. It leaves options for your listener.
    • Would Have: Past tense that draws attention to things that didn’t actually happen.
    • Should Have: Past tense that draws attention to things that didn’t actually happen implies guilt
    • Could Have: Past tense that draws attention to things that didn’t actually happen but the person tries to take credit as if it did happen.
    • Can’t / Don’t: These words force the listener to focus on exactly the opposite of what you want. This is a classic mistake that parents and coaches make without knowing the damage of this linguistic error.
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