The ABCs of Leathercraft

I have a unique appreciation for the art of leatherworking.  I find there to be something very zen about the juxtapositioning of a detail-oriented craft that requires patience and restraint with the physical rigor of an upper-body workout.  Like with most bespoke goods, there’s also kind of personality to each thing that you create; a sort of energy in it from the person who made it.  Not to mention, it’s a more lucrative hobby than playing video games.

As a new dad, most of my “free time” is dedicated to watching cartoons, cleaning up messes, and making noodles, so I don’t always have as much time to invest in my extracurricular activities as I once did.  Fortunately, I’ve found a few ways to incorporate the kid into some of the projects, which not only gives me the opportunity to teach her a skill while practicing it myself… it also allows me to justify buying new tools!

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The first project I included her in was some basic stamping of letters.  Pretty simple, although a kid flailing a small mallet requires some fairly intense supervision.  We started by just letting her stamp different letters into a piece of scrap leather and letting her tell me what letter she stamped.  She really enjoyed this because it was always a surprise when she lifted the stamp and she found excitement in being able to identify the letter, but also she felt like she was making something.  (Mommy did a great job of feigning excitement for each and every battered scrap of leather she received as a gift.)

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I had always intended on making her a bracelet of sorts with all of the tiny letters stamped on it so that she could practice identifying them (in the car, at the grocery store, etc.), however she really picked up on them pretty quickly.  I think it has more to do with the fact that she’s just a sharp kid than anything I may have done, but I like to believe that every little bit helps!

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Nutella Dipped Strawberries

There’s always that moment of dread: it’s Valentine’s Day and, although you thought you had a vague plan, you realize how few details you actually worked out.  You stop by the grocery store on the way home and think, “Chocolate Covered Strawberries!  Yeah!  That’s the ticket!”  and then you realize that it’s $10+ for 6 of them… and really, who eats only 6?

I got on the googler and looked around at a few recipes and came up with a treat that was delicious and so easy a kid could do it!  (Quite Literally) (Disclaimer: Adult Supervision Required)

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What you’ll need is:

1/2 c semi sweet chocolate chips

2 heaping spoonfuls of Nutella (size of spoon varies based on your love of Nutella)

Fresh Strawberries

1/4 c white chocolate chips (optional)

The strawberries only took about 10-15 to make and were set after another 10-15 minutes, so around 30 minutes over all.  Yields roughly 12-14 dipped strawberries.

  1. Wash and dry the strawberries (yields probably about 12, but lets be honest… you’ll probably eat one or two for “quality control”).
  2. Prep wax paper on a cookie sheet to place the strawberries for cooling.
  3. Mix together the Nutella and semi-sweet chocolate chips in a small bowl and heat in 20-30 second intervals, stirring in between.  After roughly 3-4 cycles, it should be pretty creamy and smooth.
  4. One by one, grab the strawberries by the stem and dip them in the chocolate, rolling them around a bit to make sure that you get even coverage over most of the red.  If you’re not looking for picture perfect strawberries, this is a great step for the kid to do.
  5. Once you’ve filled the sheet, run out of strawberries, or the chocolate is getting too shallow, place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for about 5-10 minutes so they can begin to harden.
  6. Eat the remaining melted chocolate (share with the kid if so inclined)
  7. Once the chocolate has hardened slightly, pull the strawberries out of the fridge.  Microwave the white chocolate chips in a new bowl, again in 20-30 second intervals and stirring in between.  Once it is creamy, grab a large glob on the spoon and attempt to gently drizzle the white chocolate on top of the chocolate in some kind of Polleck-esk design.  The kid loved doing this step too, although her white chocolate application was a little bit more heavy handed.

The M.O.S.T. Wonderful Time of the Year

A kinesiologist, a mechanical engineer, and a linguist walk into an advertising professor’s office… It sound like the beginning of a bad joke, however I have the privilege of serving as the faculty adviser for UTA’s chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and recently hosted a Philanthropy meeting in my office.  I found myself falling into one of my early Strat Comm 1 lectures to help process through some problem solving they had come to discuss.  I figured if it was useful enough to share with them, perhaps someone here might find it useful as well.  

One of the principle concepts in Advertising (and Public Relations… or general planning for that matter) is establishing the Mission, focusing on the Objective, hypothesizing the Strategy, and developing Tactics in an acronym known as M.O.S.T.

Mission – This is the established purpose of the business, product, organization, cause, candidate, etc.  A Mission Statement is different than a Vision Statement as the Mission Statement establishes why the organization exists whereas a Vision Statement gives direction for where it is going in the future.

In application of the above example, Kappa Sigma doesn’t have a specific “Mission Statement”, however they do have a page detailing out what they hope to achieve as an organization.

Objective – The objective identifies the primary purpose of the project or campaign, or perhaps the problem that you are setting out to solve.  To often, people will allow themselves to loose focus of the primary objective and focus on secondary objectives because they may be more interesting or more fun.  However being able to identify the single most important thing that you want to accomplish will help you figure out a direction that can often be supplemented with secondary objectives.  Objectives need to be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Bound (S.M.A.R.T.) to truly be effective.  It is also important to identify things that you have control over so that you can be successful.  For instance, if an advertiser establishes their objective as “I want to increase sales by 5% in the next quarter”, they may be setting themselves up for failure.  The advertising campaign may be wonderful, however perhaps the product isn’t great, the pricing structure is wrong, or it’s inconvenient to purchase.  Establishing goals that put more emphasis on how you will help increase sales, such as “growing awareness”, “changing perception”, or “encouraging retrial” may be more achievable for you.

In application of the above example, the Philanthropy Committee’s primary goal was to find an opportunity to meet the annual minimum number of dollars raised for each brother in the fraternity (a minimum of $30 per person).  If there were opportunities accomplish their secondary objectives of incorporating other social organizations and/or focusing on the national philanthropy of Military Heroes, that would be ideal, however neither of these were identified as the primary objective for this particular event.

Strategy – Once you have a clearly defined primary objective, you can start developing a strategy for how to solve the problem or accomplish the goal.  Your strategy is somewhat of your hypothesis of what you think will be a successful approach to addressing the established objective.  This is more of the “how you plan to accomplish it” rather than your “what you plan on doing to accomplish it” (which is your Tactics… but I’m getting ahead of myself).  A good format to start with for writing Strategies is “I want the [Target Audience] to [Verb] [Goal]”.  If your Objective is to “Increase awareness of our product by 3% in the next quarter”, an example we might use when writing an advertising strategy could be “I want college educated Millennials in North Texas to know the benefits of using our product over our competitor’s”.  Once you have established the framework of how you plan on approaching the problem, you can move on to the actions you’ll take towards solving it.

In application of the above example, we might have said that “We want brothers of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at the University of Texas at Arlington to have the opportunity to raise donations of at least $30 per brother during the Fall semester by partnering with outside organizations on their established fundraising activities.”

Tactics – Tactics is the all encompassing umbrella for how you plan on accomplishing your strategy.  Everything from printing t-shirts to starting a facebook page to establishing an ambassadors program all fall under tactics.  Too often, people try to start with tactics.  Someone may have a great connection for a partnership or an idea for an app, however if you start with tactics, you may not be optimally approaching the way to solve the problem… or even worse, you may be solving the wrong problem all together!  Although your tactics are what will ultimately be the deliverable actions, it’s important to be intentional and deliberate about why you are doing them.  First know what your Mission is overall, then identify the potential solution for problem or opportunity in your Objectives, followed by establishing how you plan on achieving the goal through your Strategy, which will ultimately dictate your tactics.

In application of the above example, partnering with the Salvation Army to sponsor volunteers for 1 location for 1 week to ring the red bell to collection donations was a proposed tactic for accomplishing the established Objective through the proposed Strategy.

“Rejection Proof” or “How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Rejection”

A few months back, I was considering my career prospects and decided to check out a book called “Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection” by Jia Jiang.  The book follows the real-life journey of the author’s attempt to overcome rejection following a heart breaking denial of his initial entrepreneurial efforts.  He sets out to be rejected every day to thicken his skin, but is often surprised at the responses he gets from his sometimes outlandish requests.  He begins to analyze these efforts and distills them down into some fairly profound insights in the book.

There are some pretty good chuckles in the book, and even a few tear jerking moments, however I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone looking for a job, auditioning, working in sales, fund raising, or starting their own entrepreneurial enterprises.  Jiang offers insights on taking a no, positioning for yes, finding upsides and meaning in rejection, and even tips on how to give rejection.

Although the entire book is full of useful perspective, here are a few of the nuggets of wisdom that stuck with me:

  1. Rejection is an opinion of the rejector.  It is heavily influenced by historical context, cultural differences, and psychological factors.  There is no universal rejection or acceptance.
  2. Ask why before good-bye.  Sustain the conversation after the initial rejection.  Asking “why” can often reveal the underlying reason for the rejection and present the rejectee with the opportunity to overcome the issue.
  3. Rejection can be character building.  By seeking rejection in touch environments, one can build up the mental toughness to take on greater goals.
  4. Find empathy in rejection.  All rejections are shared by many people all over the world.  One can use rejection and suffering to obtain empathy and understanding of other people.
  5. Detach yourself from results.  By focusing on controllable factors, such as our effort and actions, and by detaching ourselves from uncontrollable outcomes such as acceptance and rejection, we can achieve greater success in the long run.

“Check Please”: The Art of Building Relationships Over A Meal

After completing “Start With Why” and “Leaders Eat Last”, I figured I’d take a break from leadership philosophy books and choose one for personal enrichment… more specifically, how to improve and maintain personal relationships. I’ve always thought the concepts behind the “5 Love Languages” was pretty interesting, so I downloaded Dr. Chapman’s book and started listening to it.

The idea that this wouldn’t be a book that impacted my leadership outlook was a facility.; the study of how relationships work and how people feel appreciated seems to be a pretty fundamental part of being a good leader.  After a few causal lunch outings recently, I started to formulate how a lunch could be used to build professional relationships.

“Check Please”: The Art of Building Relationships Over A Meal

Based upon the last two readings by Sinek, it seems that many companies lack communication, which creates a lack of relationships, leading to a lack of trust and security. To improve this, a potential solution might be for a supervisor make it a point to plan lunch with one or two employees a week that they oversee.

It isn’t a date, so don’t make the location anywhere too fancy, but something a little better than fast food. And just have a conversation. Listen to their ideas, learn about them, and don’t be too guarded about yourself.

Listen sympathetically, drawing them out by asking questions with a genuine desire to understand their thoughts, feelings, and hopes. The conversation doesn’t have to be about work, however if they skew that way, the objective is to understand, so resist the temptation to interrupt of defend yourself… perhaps they need to vent.

Pay attention to them, not looking around the room or checking your phone every 5 minutes. If you get an e-mail that you absolutely have to respond to immediately, let them know “My apologies, I want to give you my undivided attention, please give me 3 minutes to respond to this e-mail.”

At the end of the meal, thank them for their time, let them know that they have been heard and that, although you may not be able to do anything about their ideas immediately, you appreciate their input and will follow up with them if it develops into anything. Just before the end of the meal, let them know one thing you appreciate about them and their work. Be genuine, not a canned response, and something that shows you either listened to them or are familiar and appreciative with their efforts.

Why it (hypothetically) works:

This interaction hits on 4 of the 5 established love languages (excluding touch… let’s not make things weird). In a business scenario, substitute appreciation for love.

Quality Time – By spending time with them one-on-one and being actively engaged, they’ll feel appreciated.

Act of Service – The act of wanting to hear them voice their opinions and learn about them serves as an act of service. If it’s appropriate to offer them a ride to drive over together, it takes this concept one step further.

Gift – Although a minor investment, the gesture of buying their meal is a perceived as a gift. It seems slightly cheapened if it’s done so on the company card rather than out of pocket, however honestly, it’s unlikely anyone will really notice the difference.

Words of Affirmation – That little bit at the end will have them returning to work feeling on Cloud 9. Encouraging words is one of the cheapest investments for morale.

The book states that “Relationships are not a project to be completed or a problem to be solved”. By exercising this method, even just investing 1 hour a week in it, you might be surprised at the impact it could have on the culture of your company. Not only might you learn about new ideas, employee ambitions, or hidden talents, however you might inspire others to encourage their staff or find themselves collaborating more through similar tactics.

If you try it, let me know how it goes!

So the last will be first…

Immediately following the completion of Sinek’s “Start With Why”, I moved on to his follow up book “Leaders Eat Last”.  Based on the title, I had the assumption that it might have some religious affiliation, but it actually refers to a leadership practice common in the Marines.  It cites the idea that in the military, metals are given to those who are willing to sacrifice themselves so that others may gain, whereas in businesses, most often bonuses are given to people who are willing to sacrifice others so that we may gain.  This not only refers to earnings, but also to credit, social capital, etc.

 

“Leaders Eat Last” takes a biological look at the primal and anthropological elements that make leaders effective.  By examining the cause and effects of the body’s release of chemicals such as endorphins, dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and cortisal, the book offers neurological insights on how leaders can impact their followers (for better or for worse).

 

Summerized versions of the book are available in a number of online lectures, one of which I pulled this quote from:

 

“When we are surrounded by people who have our best interest in mind and we feel safe, we’ll organize ourselves and cooperate to face the dangers externally.  External dangers are a constant, but internal dangers are a variable.  They are a result of leadership; as to how safe they make us feel when we go to work.  When leaders don’t offer safety, we’re forced to protect ourselves from each other, exposing the group to larger dangers from the outside.  If you have to worry about politics, if you have to worry about someone stealing your credit, if you have to worry about your boss not having your back, think about the energy you invest not in your business, not in the products that you are trying to develop, not in your work, not in your creativity, but just in keeping yourself feeling safe.”

 

The teachings suggest that two of the largest responsibilities are to determine who is allowed to join the group/business (do they share the same values and beliefs, etc.) and how big the circle of safety is.  Many organizations are prone to create a circle of safety around the people at the top, actively creating an “us and them” feeling to protect their “inner circle”.  Great leaders make sure that protect extends to the outer most edges, creating a feeling of safety for everyone within the organization.

 

A few other key takeaways from “Leaders Eat Last”:

 

The author suggests that millineals don’t suffer from entitlement as much as they are distracted and impatient.  The idea of working 20+ years within an organization to reach a position where their opinion is impactful doesn’t necessarily mesh with the instant gratification era that we’ve been brought up in with so much access to technology and other resources.

 

Getting notifications, likes, and e-mails makes us feel good because the body produces tiny amounts of dopamine… the same chemical that is produced by gambling, alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs.  And it’s addicting.  Alcoholics often site that if you wake up in the morning and the first thing you need is a drink, you might be an addict.  If you wake up in the morning and the first thing you do is check your Facebook or e-mail?  Well… you get the idea.

 

The book also discusses the value of investing time and energy rather than money into personal relationships.  Whereas money comes and goes, time and energy are at a premium because they are an equal commodity among all people, and it’s one that can never be recovered.  The book provides the example that if you are moving and you have one friend who writes a check to pay for the moving truck and one who shows up to help pack and move boxes, should both need a favor on the same day, which are you more likely to prioritize?  More than likely, the one who invested their time and energy.  Unfortunately we can’t give our time and energy to everyone, so it’s important as a leader to make sure that you can create relationships and trust the people who you lead, encouraging them to create relationships and trust the people they lead, and so on and so forth.

A Non-Academic Look At Communication Theories

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well.” – Albert Einstein

Although I enjoyed my undergraduate studies in Communications, I’ve really valued my graduate courses at UTA.  Where it seems the undergraduate studies teach you the tools for success, graduate studies teach you why they work… which gives you an opportunity to adapt and innovate.

As I study for my comprehensive exams for my Masters in Communication this week, I realized how few resources there seem to be online that offer some insight on Communication Theory in easy to digest bits.  So, here we go!  These are a few of the theories I found the most interesting/useful.

Agenda-Setting Theory – The basics of this theory focus on telling people what to think about rather than what to think.  For instance, when Trump made racist comments about building a wall, it seems less likely that he really swayed how anyone already felt about people from Mexico, but it certainly made immigration the central topic of conversation.  Why does that matter?  In this example, it forced the political conversations to be about immigration reform.  A candidate who had been championing education or economics would then be forced to stray away from the more important topics that had been the focus of their campaign to engage in rhetoric about the topic at hand, which may gain them less support than if the conversations had been focused on their primary interests.

Framing Theory – Often paired with Agenda setting theory, framing theory looks more at what information is emphasized.  For instance, if a boy were to break his mother’s lamp, but then took the broken pieces and made a mosaic for his mother, their emphasis of his message when speaking to mom about it would likely try to emphasize how lovely the piece of art was rather than the fact that he had broken a lamp.  When people say they are wanting to “control their message”, they are often referring to how to frame the information they are going to be releasing.

Cognitive Dissonance – This is a concept that is pretty important in social psychology.    Cognitive Dissonance, more or less, says that everyone has an assortment of attitudes, perceptions, knowledge, and behavior that will impact how they respond to a message or idea.  It also implies that people are more likely to believe new information that aligns with their preconceived opinion rather than something contrary to their beliefs (which can often be rejected without much consideration).  This can be very polarizing, particularly when discussing hot button political topics such as gun control, abortion, or equal rights.  Outside of the political arena, it can have some interesting social implications as well.  For instance, no two people have the exact same perception of what the word “love” means because it is a concept that is constructed from every relationship they’ve ever seen or been a part of.  Someone who associates the term with the affectionate touch of their parents is going to have a much different perception of love than someone was manipulated to do things against their will with the phrase “You’d do it if you loved me.”  Same word, very different meanings based on experiences.

Semiotic Theories – Semiotic theories study of symbols and signs in communication… which is really pretty much everything.  It can be words, objects, body language, or actions that have meaning beyond what they simply represent.   Since there is never an objective relationship between language and reality, language shapes reality.  It can be somewhat complicated to study, but really pretty interesting if you can wrap your head around it.

Network Theory – Network theory is applicable to the study of technology, biology, and a wide variety of other fields, however I think it’s pretty fascinating to see how it works in communication.  If I tell a friend a secret, and they tell two people, who tell two people each, that message has moved through a network.  By understanding networks and how to study them, it becomes evident where the source of the message propagation was.  This example may seem somewhat childish, however if you start using the examination of network systems to look at things like “What caused the spread of the idea that vaccinations cause autism?” it suddenly becomes pretty interesting to figure out how that message infiltrates the population.  Propaganda studies coupled with an understanding of Network Theory is a powerful (if not scary) combination.

Diffusion of Innovations – A subset of network analysis, Diffusion of Innovations examines how a new idea, product, or believe gains traction.  It states that there are 5 different types of people who are involved in the success of an idea.

Innovators (2.5%) – For innovators, being first is important.  These are the people who will stand outside an Apple Store for hours, if not days, to be the first ones to get the new iPhone, regardless of the fact that it will be available without wait days later.  Someone who is an innovator in technology is likely very different than someone who is an innovator in fashion.  These people are the ones who start trends and movements, but only in something they care deeply about.

Early Adopters (13.5%) – The early adopters are the ones who help something get traction.  They often wait for the feedback of innovators before they will try something new, however they help spread the message.  For instance, I am much more likely to try a new app or game that my friend Rhett recommends because he follows these latest and greatest in those areas.  We have similar opinions in this area, so I let him filter through them, I try the ones he recommends that I think sound interesting, and then I recommend them to others.

Early Majority (34%) – If Rhett is an innovator, and I am an early adopter, someone who takes my recommendation is likely part of the early majority.  An idea or movement reaches its “Tipping Point” into success between 16-18%, so reaching the point where the early majority is utilizing your product is what can ultimately lead to success. These are the people who like the idea of progress, however they don’t make it part of their personal agenda.

Late Majority (34%) – These are the people who usually aren’t particularly resistant to change in an idea, however they aren’t going to go out of their way to support it either.  They’ll eventually use new technology or adapt to trends, however they probably were still using their Razor phone until it just eventually died and had to be replaced.  A smart phone is nice, but the other worked just as well.

Laggards (15%) – These people are usually actively resistant to change, and therefore the most difficult to sway their opinion on a particular matter.  These are the people who still use landlines on rotary phones simply because it’s what their comfortable with and you have zero interest in change.

An important side note: Businesses often try to target the “early and late majority” with new products because they are the largest market segment.  Unfortunately, many of these attempts fall flat because they majority often looks to the innovators and early adopters for their opinion about a product before they will ever try it.  Sinek suggests that attempting to bypass that 15% in a strategic plan is often a death wish for a product, idea, or movement.

Start With Why

Last Fall, I was introduced to Simon Sinek’s TED talk “Start With Why” during my Theories of Persuasion class at UTA.  I was fascinated by the concepts and watched the video several times over the following weeks.  When I learned it was the teaser for a book, I added it to the reading list.
All in all, the book is pretty brilliant and something that every leader, entrepreneur, and executive could likely find immense value in.  I preaches the idea that customers buy what we do not why we do it; a profit is a result of purpose, not a purpose in itself.
Sinek sites three levels of a message: what, how, and why.  Most companies advertise the “what” of their product, potentially even the “how” of their business model, but it’s rare that a company’s message will share the “why” they are doing business.  He introduces the idea that the biological makeup of the brain to explain how “why” messages appeal to the limbic brain that is responsible for behavior (like trust and loyalty) and decision making (like purchase behavior).
There are valuable insights on almost every page of this book, however I thought I’d share one take away and one (in my opinion) very powerful quote.
Something he discusses in the book is how successful ideas need visionary leaders to drive the “why” of their company, organization, movement, etc.  Leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and Walt Disney can inspire people to follow them towards their dream.
However the “why” people always need good “how” people to succeed.  These are the people who can work behind the scenes to mechanize the vision and ideas and see them into action; without them, it simply remains a dream without becoming a reality.
I feel this is really where one of my strong suit is.  I have no problem standing in front of a room full of people and rallying them towards an idea, however I find myself enjoying and being the most successful at strategizing and planning by looking at an opportunity or challenge as a puzzle to figure out the most efficient ways to make it work.
The following was one of the biggest messages that stuck out to me in the book.  It’s not uncommon that businesses might think that they have it all figured out, but really they are just succeeding despite themselves.
“There is barely a product on the market today that customers can’t buy from someone else for about the same price, about the same quality, about the same level of service, and about the same features… but if you ask most businesses why their customers are their customers, most will tell you that it is because of their superior quality, features, price, or service.  In other words, most companies have no clue why their customers are their customers.  This is a fascinating realization; if companies don’t know why their customers are their customers, odds are good that they don’t know why their employees are their employees either.  If most companies don’t really know why their customers are their customers or why their employees are their employees, then how do they know what to do or how to attract more employees, and encourage loyalty among those that they already have?  The reality is, most businesses today are making assumptions based on a set of incomplete, or worse, completely flawed assumptions about what is driving their business.”

Get Rich Slow Scheme

A while back I reviewed several lists of “Billionaires’ Favorite Books” and added a few to my reading list. Among them, The Richest Man in Babylon.

The chapters are written in parable form and worked well as an audio book; the stories provide enough information to be engaging without so much that it is overwhelming to take in all at once. It gives a lot of things to think about when it comes to investing, although it does seem takes some things for granted at times.

One of the primary lessons from the book is to pay yourself first (also part of the Dave Ramsey financial teachings). You work hard for your money, so why give it all away before saving for your own security or investing to grow your wealth. The recommendation within this book suggests saving/investing 10%, using 20% to pay off debts, and living off 70%, which seems like pretty sound advice in general.

There are quite a few good quotes and tid-bits of insight when it comes to general money management, investing, and even work ethic:

“If you desire to help thy friend, do so in a way that will not bring thy friend’s burdens upon thyself… Humans in the throws of great emotion are not safe risks for the gold lender… Better a little caution than a great regret.”
When it comes to investing in the business or venture of someone you know and/or are related to, it recommends to not loan more than what you could personally save up over the course of one year, regardless of how much wealth you may have.  If they manage the money well and turn a profit, they are a proven investment.  If they loose it entirely, it’s disappointing but doesn’t have as huge of an impact on your finances.  It is also more likely an amount they could hope to pay that amount back rather than being such a vast sum that they just write it off as impossible.
“Hopeless debt is like a deep pit into one may descend quickly and struggle vainly for many days.  It is a pit of sorrow and regrets where the brightness of the sun is overcast and night is made unhappy by restless sleeping.”
#studentloans
“The soul of a freeman looks at life as a series of problems to be solved and solves them, while the soul of a slave whines ‘but what can I do, who am but a slave’… Work well done does good to the man who does it.  It makes him a better man.”
These two quotes were from different chapters, however I feel they dovetail well.  Often when things get overwhelming, it seems most logical to stop fighting and fall in line.  While there is less struggle going with the flow of things, there is also no innovation or progress in doing things the easy way.

Book Review: “The Richest Man in Babylon” by George S. Clason

 

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