Wednesday, September 19, 2007

i-TFTD #60

i-TFTD #60

#60-1. "Dreams"
Hold on to your dreams
   for if dreams die
life is a broken winged bird
   that cannot fly.
-Langston Hughes

#60-2. The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
-Bishop W C Magee

#60-3. Integrity is doing what you say. Sincerity is meaning what you say.
-Bradley Havens

Maturity and growing up usually extracts the price of training ourselves to not indulge in dreaming. But all great ideas, whether product invention or business innovation, have started with someone's vision or dream.

Another thing we learn is to avoid mistakes but when taken to an extreme it becomes a big career-block called risk avoidance. Then we have to re-learn it under the name of ability to take risks. Many business leaders including Bill Gates have advised organizations to create a culture that encourages making mistakes -- not the same ones, though!

Meaning what you say requires a decision and courage, but some lack the ability to say what they mean! It is not merely a matter of having an adequate vocabulary but the constant desire to improve one's ability to communicate. People in positions of authority are able to cover up this inability by hurling phrases on their listeners such as, "Don't go by the words I use" and "Try to understand my intent, don't criticize my language!"

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