Don’t confuse name-calling with “nick-naming”. Nick names are descriptive terms for friends and enemies, terms like “Rocket Man”, “W” AKA “the Shrub”, “President Hair Do”, and “Slick Willy”. But, name-calling isn’t objective, can’t be endearing, and only serves to vent frustration from people who can’t bring the change they want.
Don’t call people “moron”, “brain-damaged”, “stupid”, or “buffoon”. Don’t imply it. Don’t talk like it. In fact, say so when other people do.
Calling names is one’s own surrender. It’s the loser throwing rocks at the tanks entering his city. Don’t ever be that guy. · · · →
Don’t be alarmed over politics. Politics are almost always predictable, in an “unpredictable” way. The more you study history, the less you’ll be surprised by any curve balls, politics notwithstanding.
Many people try to explain or understand political leaders whom they despise. But, it’s difficult to understand someone you don’t respect. And, it’s difficult to respect someone you fear because you misunderstand.
So, don’t try to understand today. Try to understand what happened yesterday. Try to know what happened yesterday. Don’t be alarmed by today’s bad news. Live today, but study the past. Then, life just might be less alarming. · · · →
Sometimes we need truth, especially when truth is as hard to find as it is to hear.
Sometimes we need correction, all the more when we’re going the wrong way.
But, we always need encouragement.
Encouragement is not a blanket claim that any ambition can be achieved by any amount of effort or by any means.
Whether chasing a goal or seeking a goal to chase, remember that success awaits everyone, on the condition that we pursue the right goal in the right way with the right effort. That’s encouraging. Remind yourself. Remind everyone you meet. Encourage. · · · →
The best method for negotiation is to know your minimal self.
There are many tactics and theories taught by many people. There is the “I don’t need you, I want you” tactic—also a truth. Then, the “you owe me” and “that’s your problem” tactics, plus the famous “over-aim to get what little you want” tactic.
But, the best method is to know your minimal from the beginning, declare it from the outset, and stick to it.
If you can compromise a point after 20 hours of talk, you never really wanted it in the first place. You should know that. · · · →