I Hate It When People Rush Me

I don’t play golf. It’s not only because I’m a lousy player (although that has a lot to do with it).  It’s also because I hate it when people rush me at the golf course. When I used to play golf, the caddies would tell me to hurry up because there were other players whoContinue reading “I Hate It When People Rush Me”

Why There are No Patron Saints for Modern Business

The Jesuit priest in his homily for the Catholic mass service I was attending with fellow high school students many years ago declared there were no Catholic patron saints for business people.  At least there weren’t any who could be a model for those who led corporations and enterprises.  In the Roman Catholic Church, patronContinue reading “Why There are No Patron Saints for Modern Business”

What Is Stupidity?

We don’t like being called stupid.  It’s insulting and the one who says it obviously has bad intentions against the person he’s labelling as stupid.     But what does stupid mean, anyway?  It is not the opposite of smart.  Smart describes cleverness, ingenuity, intelligence, and innovation.  Ignorant would be the best antonym of smart asContinue reading “What Is Stupidity?”

The Importance of Education in a World of Word-of-Mouth

Many graduating high school students apply to colleges and universities.  Many turn to rankings to find out what college or university would be best to apply to, given whatever interests the graduating high school students may have.  US News and World Report’s Best Colleges list, for instance, relies on ranking factors that are based onContinue reading “The Importance of Education in a World of Word-of-Mouth”

Do-It-Yourself Hands-On Experience versus Delegating

A Roman Catholic church at San Mateo, California had one parish priest who not only said the Masses but also cleaned the premises, drove the car to buy groceries & supplies, and pay the bills.  Volunteers would come to help on Sundays but the parish priest was practically on his own on weekdays. Contrast thisContinue reading “Do-It-Yourself Hands-On Experience versus Delegating”

What to Keep in Mind When We’d Rather Be Somewhere Else Doing Something Else

There are times when we wish we were somewhere else doing something else. We may think this while we are running around in the middle of a busy day doing so many tasks which we wonder if they’re worth doing in the first place.  Many of us started out our careers aspiring to be artists,Continue reading “What to Keep in Mind When We’d Rather Be Somewhere Else Doing Something Else”

‘Who Cares’ Were the Best Words I Ever Used

Those two words, ‘Who Cares?’, ended my mid-life crisis and I never looked back.  But wait, is there such thing as a mid-life crisis? Some experts say it’s not real: ‘Occurrence of the midlife crisis has turned out to be myth; research shows 10–20% of people actually experience it.’ ‘Research suggests the mid-life crisis isContinue reading “‘Who Cares’ Were the Best Words I Ever Used”

The Power of Building on Ideas

We get ideas all the time.  Many we quickly forget or shelve and most don’t prosper beyond the fleeting thoughts they had been.  Many ideas are originally not ours.  Many ideas we notice while interacting with other people.  We see some that seems worth the trouble to invest time and resources in such that weContinue reading “The Power of Building on Ideas”

One-Way Conversations Are Never Good

A salesman boasted that his meeting with customers went well.  He did all the talking and pushed his customers to agree to whatever he suggested.  “Dominating the meeting is important,” the salesman said, “it avoids the meeting turning into a gripe session and at the same time, focuses on getting what we want.”  Many executivesContinue reading “One-Way Conversations Are Never Good”

Basic Needs Come First

A parish church conducted a field census of an impoverished neighbourhood.  The purpose of the census was to gather demographics, that is, how much households were earning, how many family members, if parents were married in a church, etc.  When the census takers asked about what were their most important priorities, every household replied:  money. Continue reading “Basic Needs Come First”