Thursday Thoughts

I have told many people that on a bell curve of mistakes, I am well above the chart. As Thomas Watson Jr., the founder of IBM, once said ” in order to succeed, double your failures. ” The key is to learn from our mistakes, sometimes we do and sometimes we don’t. Failure is the key to success.

It’s funny but true. Only a handful of people will truly understand you and your idiosyncrasies. Think about it. Count the people in your life that you can say understand your personality and style. Those people are your true friends and if the number is in double digits, you are very lucky. It is also important to consider the fact that there are many layers beyond the surface as well as issues stemming from childhood, mental and physical challenges, and sociological situations.

Simple yet powerful. All we can do is our best. My 88 year old mother pointed that out to me. Our business was slow abd I told her that things were tough ans she asked if I was doing my best. I said yes. She said “well, that’s all you can do. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel and it’s not necessarily a train.

Sometimes we have to celebrate the small victories. Even if all that you did was to hold yourself together, then that’s ok. If you are going through a depression, for example, then holding yourself together is a major accomplishment. Don’t be so hard on yourself. I remember my psychologist once telling me that she spent the weekend in bed. It made me feel that getting through a day was just fine.

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This beautiful animal was spotted in a residential area near Montreal.

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