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Scott’s Thoughts: Embracing Change

“When you are through changing, you are through.” - Bruce F. Barton, (August 5, 1886 — July 5, 1967) American author, advertising executive, and politician There are those in business who lament change–shifts in how we communicate, the speed of technology, the feeling that what we learned a few years ago is obsolete. But adapting to [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: The Best Shortcut

“Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won’t have time to make them all yourself.” -Alfred “Freddy” Sheinwold, American bridge player (January 26, 1912 – March 8, 1997) One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was: “Before you make any major life decision, ask the opinion of five people [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Starting by Not Starting

“Each project, I suffer like I’m starting over again in life. There’s a lot of healthy insecurity that fuels this stuff.” - Frank Gehry, architect (b. February 28, 1929) There’s probably a project you have in the back of your mind that you’d like to get to, but haven’t for one reason or another. It may [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Precious Downtime

“Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.” - Louis L’Amour (March 22, 1908 – June 10, 1988) American author When we were kids, most of us remember looking forward to summer. Summer meant precious weeks off from school, a break in the routine, [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: The Gratitude Challenge

“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.” - William Faulkner American writer (1897 − 1962)   When it comes to gratitude, it’s not just the thought that counts. Engaging, encouraging, thanking, and connecting with people depends upon acting on your gratitude. Unexpressed [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: When Reason Fails

“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into..” - Jonathan Swift (November 1667 – October 1745) was an Anglo-Irish satirist, political pamphleteer, poet and cleric. Are you undervaluing the emotional side of decision making? We like to think that our decisions are rooted in rational thought. [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Guru Addiction

“If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we’d all be millionaires.” - Pauline Esther Phillips (July 4, 1918 – January 16, 2013), American advice columnist   Those new to any profession or business will find there’s no shortage of gurus lined up to tell newcomers to the field how to “make it.” This [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Doing Simple Things Well

“Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius.” -George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 — 2 November 1950), Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics What makes a garden grow? Daily attention. Observation. Watering and weeding and minding the weather. Slow and steady, with an eye on the pests, you bring [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: No Terms & Conditions

The man once dubbed “America’s rubber-faced fartsmith” by satirical news source The Onion, actor Jim Carrey had some sage advice to share at this commencement address for the graduating class of Maharishi University of Management on May 24th, 2014. The point that hit home for me was this quote:   “As far as I can tell, it’s just [...]

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Scott’s Thoughts: Opportunity Overload

“The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes.” -Benjamin Disraeli – British statesman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. More and more, we’ve become trained to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to information. This gives way to a type of confirmation bias, where our [...]

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