What we call failure….

“If you have made mistakes, even serious ones,     there is always another chance for you.”  -Mary Pickford       Pickford added, “What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.” She might have been inspired by an ancient Chinese proverb: “If you get up one more time than you fall, you willRead More

The Catfish story for reals

The Catfish story Let me tell you a story of the cod fish. At the turn of the century cod fish were in much demand on the east coast. News of this tasty fish spread across the country all the way to the west coast. There was however a problem. How could they get theRead More

Codfish and Catfish

Codfish and Catfish A number of years back the codfish industry on the northeast coast of the US had a problem. The fresher the fish the better. So how could they keep the codfish fresh while they transported them across the country? When they froze the fish they lost too much flavor. When they transportedRead More

The catfish effect

The catfish effect is the effect that a strong competitor has in causing the weak to better themselves. Actions done to actively apply this effect in an organization, is termed catfish management. In Norway, live sardines are a few times more expensive than frozen ones. It was said that only one ship could bring live Sardine home, and the ship master keptRead More

The main thing

The Main thing is keeping the Main thing the Main thing.   What do you think the “Main thing” is?   Let me know your comments and then I will give you what I think “the Main thing” is.   Have a great start to the week and make BIG things happen. sysr

treating others

“If you treat men the way they are, you never improve them.     If you treat them the way you want them to be, you do.”   -Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe       These words–presented in slightly different ways in different translations–come from a character in Goethe’s 1795 masterpiece, Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship, but they almost certainly representRead More

Hunger and thirst

The story is told of a young man who approached Socrates as he sat by a lake. The young man told Socrates he would do anything to gain the wisdom Socrates possessed.     After a moment, Socrates stood up and motioned for the young man to follow him. He walked into the lake until he wasRead More

thought starter ifferisms

Here are some thought starter “ifferisms” for pondering over the weekend;   “If you are not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re playing it safe”  -Woody Allen   “If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship,     he would keep it in port forever.”  -Saint Thomas Aquinas   “If youRead More

engineering yourself

    “The more things you try, the more likely one of them will work. The more books you read, the more likely one of them will have an answer to a question that could solve the major problems of your life.”  -Jack Canfield.   How are you doing in reading, studying and expanding on your knowledge?Read More

If it is to be….

“If it is to be, It is up to me”  -anonymous   So from this little ifferism….who is responsible for you, your situation, and your success?   “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams,     and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected inRead More