Welcome to Our Community

Wanting to join the rest of our members? Feel free to sign up today.

Sign Up

16 rules

Discussion in 'Time Out' started by glebe digital, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. glebe digital

    glebe digital Member

    Some guy from GoDaddys wrote this.......thanks to Herve for finding it. :)

    1. Get and stay out of your comfort zone.
    I believe that not much happens of any significance when we're in our comfort zone. I hear people say, "But I'm concerned about security." My response to that is simple: "Security is for cadavers."

    2. Never give up.
    Almost nothing works the first time it's attempted. Just because what you're doing does not seem to be working, doesn't mean it won't work. It just means that it might not work the way you're doing it. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn't have an opportunity.

    3. When you’re ready to quit, you’re closer than you think.
    There's an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true. It goes like this: "The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed."

    4. With regard to whatever worries you, not only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to quantify what the worst thing could be.
    Very seldom will the worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of "undefined consequences." My father would tell me early on, when I was struggling and losing my shirt trying to get Parsons Technology going, "Well, Robert, if it doesn't work, they can't eat you."

    5. Focus on what you want to have happen.
    Remember that old saying, "As you think, so shall you be."

    6. Take things a day at a time.
    No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through it if you don't look too far into the future, and focus on the present moment. You can get through anything one day at a time.

    7. Always be moving forward.
    Never stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new. The moment you stop improving your organization, it starts to die. Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way. Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen. Small daily improvements eventually result in huge advantages.

    8. Be quick to decide.
    Remember what General George S. Patton said: "A good plan violently executed today is far and away better than a perfect plan tomorrow."

    9. Measure everything of significance.
    I swear this is true. Anything that is measured and watched, improves.

    10. Anything that is not managed will deteriorate.
    If you want to uncover problems you don't know about, take a few moments and look closely at the areas you haven't examined for a while. I guarantee you problems will be there.

    11. Pay attention to your competitors, but pay more attention to what you’re doing.
    When you look at your competitors, remember that everything looks perfect at a distance. Even the planet Earth, if you get far enough into space, looks like a peaceful place.

    12. Never let anybody push you around.
    In our society, with our laws and even playing field, you have just as much right to what you're doing as anyone else, provided that what you're doing is legal.

    13. Never expect life to be fair.
    Life isn't fair. You make your own breaks. You'll be doing good if the only meaning fair has to you, is something that you pay when you get on a bus (i.e., fare).

    14. Solve your own problems.
    You'll find that by coming up with your own solutions, you'll develop a competitive edge. Masura Ibuka, the co-founder of SONY, said it best: "You never succeed in technology, business, or anything by following the others." There's also an old Asian saying that I remind myself of frequently. It goes like this: "A wise man keeps his own counsel."

    15. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
    Lighten up. Often, at least half of what we accomplish is due to luck. None of us are in control as much as we like to think we are.

    16. There’s always a reason to smile.
    Find it. After all, you're really lucky just to be alive. Life is short. More and more, I agree with my little brother. He always reminds me: “We’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time!”
    Dougmorrison and Tia17 like this.
  2. Rizzo

    Rizzo New Member

    Thanks for these GB. Would be nice to accumulate some philosophies as inspiration for those moments when you feel like you're wading through particularly stodgy porridge.

    On the theme of No 2: Never give up. (Just because what you're doing does not seem to be working, doesn't mean it won't work. It just means that it might not work the way you're doing it.) I agree it's good to try and approach a problem from a different angle if you can stand back from it (not always easy!) But the bluebottle that repeatedly headbuts the glass that would have sailed straight out the window if it'd had tried moving 5" to the right is something I keep in mind.

    Keep 'em coming...
  3. glebe digital

    glebe digital Member

    My number 17:

    "there's cheap, high quality, fast. You can pick any two that you like."

    Works a charm.
  4. timhoward

    timhoward New Member

    i love that quote "the temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed"
  5. adiboy

    adiboy New Member

    wow this is a very nice list

  6. michael_walsh

    michael_walsh New Member

    "If you think a professional is expensive wait till you try an amateur." - Henry Ford

    "The customer buys for his reasons; not yours."

    "You will get what you want only when you convince the customer he will get what he wants."

    "Don't sell the steak; sell the sizzle."
  7. AnnaJo57

    AnnaJo57 New Member

    oooh, some brain-benders and some eye-openers right there, makes me feel a bit better about going freelance :0) Thanks :grin
  8. MrHillman

    MrHillman New Member

    I love the Henry Ford quote!

    keep them coming! its fast becoming an inspirational list!
  9. Lily White

    Lily White New Member

    :laugh2 gave me a much needed giggle, well done :banana
  10. Determine

    Determine New Member

    I like number 16 the most. Of course there are moments when you cannot find the strength to smile because something really bad happened to you, but except for that it is an excellent advice in day-to-day-life. Life is full of nice, funny and adorable little details that you can enjoy.
  11. lazybones

    lazybones Banned

    wonderful. particularly number 16, i need to remind myself of it a tad more often, because i could sure use it. cheers for that!
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 2, 2011
  12. AlexMorrison

    AlexMorrison New Member

    Will definitely print this!
  13. Dougmorrison

    Dougmorrison Member


    Thanks for posting these at one of these everyone can take away and use.


Share This Page