Once the city gets built, residents easily loose the conscience that built their city.
Projects yield good results because of wisdom, tough decisions, doing things that aren’t popular everywhere, even paying above market value, firing friends, and hiring enemies, all because of the quality of work that will get done. But, after the hard work, hard thinking, and hard choices become history, human tendency is to take the yield for granted.
Pile that into urban populations with infrastructure and real estate unsustainable without farmlands. Understandably, urban populations favor public spending. But, it’s big money, not bankrupt government, that spends big. · · · →
Backing down is not the same thing as being sweet and charming. Friendliness includes pushing forward, leaning on slow doors until they open.
Reject the lie that nice guys have to finish last. Actually, nice guys finish first so they can take the trophy home to their loved ones who supported them—and put up with them—through all the difficult training necessary to win.
Nothing gets done without turbulence. Races require sweat. Construction requires demolition and dust. Even trees break up the ground as they spread roots. Life grows better if you’re sweet, but winning makes your sweetness worthwhile. · · · →
Treat your friends well. Friends are friends as long as you treat them like friends. The moment you fail to forgive, fail to show mercy, or even fail to share is the moment you make your best friend into your enemy.
It’s not that your lack of compassion and kindness will offend your friend, though there is that. The problem runs deeper: Men are not inclined to die quietly.
When you fail in friendship to share and show mercy, you require that former friend to fight you to survive. That choice adds insult, so such friends won’t object to fighting. · · · →
Everyone has opportunities and no opportunity lasts forever. So, everyone has a revolving door of opportunities that come and go. But, people tend to forget, which is why people tend to take opportunities for granted, thinking every opportunity will last forever.
Sometimes you are the opportunity for someone else. Accordingly, people will take you for granted and think that your time is limitless. When they do, don’t stick around for them. It’s always tempting to stick around while ambivalent people ponder nothing infinitely; don’t.
One of the best opportunity teachers is the opportunity missed. Never miss your teachable opportunity to teach. · · · →