A “Good Job” Gets Bad Results! And Other Musings.

Tony said,

You have to do an excellent job to get good results.

If this is true, and I believe that it is, the question begs. How do you get great results? and What happens when someone only does a “good job”? No one wants crappy results, do they? To do even better you have to do phenomenal work to get great results. This is something that I must consider more. Thanks, Tony Robins for saying it.

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“90% of the people in an organization have more creative ability, talent, resourcefulness and intelligence than their present jobs require or allow.”

             —Steven Covey            — meme

I have found that this is true also. Yet it is difficult to convince others that they should stand up and put in more effort. In Thou Shalt Prosper, by Daniel Lapin there is an essay called, Get To Know Yourself, which discusses the importance of looking at yourself as “You, Inc.” as opposed to being just an employee.

This philosophy sheds light on how we can get and give more from those we work with and work for.
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Other Musings from the Month or The Rabbit Hole
I keep documents of every kinds. One of my favorites is a quotes document. I add quotes of interest, stats worth knowing, items that should not be forgotten or items that intrigue me. Following are some recently recorder items.

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Since the 1970s we’ve labeled police and firefighter as “first responders.” Prior to that, from before 1776 to approximately 1976 the people were the first responders. A neighbor, a friend, or a passerbyer. What happened? Why did we allow the government to take this responsibility away from us? Has it made us more free or less free? It appears to me that we need to learn to think more broadly when we face the decisions in our life. We tend to look for a quick fix to ease our worries not a solution to the actual problem. Why is it so?
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The Global Murder Average is 6.2 per 100,000. In the US, it is 3.38 murders per 100,000 – population 330 mil. which is lower than the world average. In Venezuela, it is 122 murders per 100,000 – population 32 mil. How is gun violence an epidemic in America based on these facts? or is it false news? Hummmm.
            — Washington Post

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The demand for bigots greatly exceeds the supply in the US.

            — Will Reilly, Hate Crime Hoax: How the Left is Selling a Fake Race War

Anyone who believes differently is uninformed. The statistics, if you care to look for them show the truth. America is the most welcoming country in the world when it comes to different ethnicities. If you don’t believe it go to another country and observe how they treat the different minorities within their borders. I’ve meet good people all over the world but accepting others as equals is more rare than is common. See the stats in Will Reilly’s book Hate Crime Hoax.

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Duty. Does it mean anything to an American anymore? What does it mean to you and to me? If there is an active shooter is it the duty of everyone present to rush the shooter and stop him? or is being cowards, what we have apparently become, better? Run, Hide, Fight is a bad plan. He who hides in a corner will be found and killed especially when the current average response time is 11+ minutes and the average crime lasting less than 90 seconds.

“…it is the duty of those who have to give to those who are in need,” said the Lord. What are duties are you bound to?
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You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.

                — Ursula K. Le Guin on the Little Prince

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It doesn’t have to be the way it has always been.

— Ursula K. Le Guin

I really like this statement. I’ve found that I too often haven’t made the life I wanted. I am a free spirit and tend to go with the flow. This has kept me from achieving more at times. Until I learned the habits of the wealthy and compared them to the habits of the poor I wasn’t being proactive in most areas of my life. I’ve come a long way since then. I’ve decided to make a difference in the many areas of my life that I heretofore ignored. Now, I am able to serve in areas where before I could only be served. I am more self-reliant and that feels good.

“Without self-reliance one cannot exercise these innate desires to serve. How can we give if there is nothing there? Food for the hungry cannot come from empty shelves. Money to assist the needy cannot come from an empty purse. Support and understanding cannot come from the emotionally starved. Teaching cannot come from the unlearned. And most important of all, spiritual guidance cannot come from the spiritually weak.”

Look up The Celestial Nature of Self-reliance by Marion G. Romney. It is an awesome speech from 1982! It should not be forgotten. We have given up freedoms for free stuff and we have suffered as a society because of it.

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We have to invite the angles that are always around us for their help! Ask for their intervention in to our life and we will be blessed more richly.

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Ask, what can I learn from this moment?
I have been surprised by the effect of this simple question. Taking pause to reflect and consider the moment has helped me learn considerably more from the situations I’ve experienced. I hope to keep this top of mind.

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When you find yourself doing what everyone around you is doing, do you pause and question you motives or do find solace in the crowd? You know that going with the flow leads to weaknesses and away from the prize of our individualism, don’t you? Choose to go your own way. You will be happier and in the long run much more successful. And you’ll get a lot more done too.

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Jealousy is both a figment of ones imagination and a self-judgment. In an attempt to dismiss the one the weak fabricates the other.

— DCF

I read a very interesting book called The Fall, by Albert Camus, considered a philosophical novel, translated from French. I only recorded one quote, which was,

“Physical jealousy is a result of the imagination at the same time that it is a self-judgement. One attributes to the rival the nasty thoughts one had oneself in the same circumstances. Fortunately excess of sensual satisfaction weakens both imagination and judgement. The suffering then lies dormant as long as virility does.”

It intrigued me and I rewrote into the above sentences. Not being a jealous person I found it to be fascinating. If this is the case, it is telling and can really assist anyone who has to deal with a jealous person. Arming them against the outburst and strengthening them to respond with force.

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Cynicism is ever the outward face of emptiness.

            — Louis L’Amour

This quote from Louis L’Amour reminds me of the above meme with the quote from G.K. Chesterton. I think of the unlearned in our day. The naive who believe what the politician says. The uninformed who believe that the intentions of the government are for the betterment of the people. The gullible who put their feelings above reason, common sense, and facts. The sheep who follow the force of the crowd and can’t look deeper than the soundbite, the meme, or their own self-interest.

The only remedy I know of is the above mentioned “self-reliance” reference. We must know our minds, know our American values, know what is best for our fellowmen. We must know that “duty” to God and Country has a role in being an American. And we must know that each action we take affects someone else, be it a neighbor, a progenitor or your community. Everything is connected and this fact will be revealed at some future point.

Are you curious about the many things you don’t know about or are you more interested in the trivialities of our society, like entertainment or sports? Though there is nothing wrong with some interest in these things by in large the are distraction from our divine purpose. We were sent to learn and to love and to progress and to master our earthly desires not to be selfish and bound by them.

A Final Note
I don’t know if you noticed but there are some commonality between most of these quotes and thought. Yet they were selected off the top. By that I mean, they were the top fifteen items on my quotes document for 2019. They came from very different sources and seemingly unrelated events over the past several weeks yet, there it is, commonality.

To me, this is yet another proof that there is order in the universe. We call it by many names but only when we are contemplative and quiet is it recognizable. It has become one of the most important elements in my life – to pause and reflect.

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