Monday, December 8, 2008

i-TFTD #175

i-TFTD #175

#175-1. He who praises me on all occasions is a fool who despises me or a knave who wishes to cheat me.

-Chinese Proverb

#175-2. Continual cheerfulness is a sign of wisdom.

-Irish Proverb

#175-3. Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.

-African Proverb


Anyone who has subordinates should guard against "yes-men" and ever-appreciative ones. Healthy difference of opinion is a sign of intelligence.

Continuous cheerfulness, especially in adverse times, requires a level of maturity and wisdom. Interestingly continuous smiling or laughing is notit is likely to be seen as a sign of cluelessness or lack of confidence.

Many times we act as though we want to be labelled as skillful sailors without tackling rough waters. Either give up the desire for the labelaccepting the reality of risk aversionor venture out boldly. Often we surprise ourselves discovering what we are capable of.

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