Variables

It’s important to take into consideration all the variables when making decisions.

Using a simple example, if the speed limit on a road is 55 MPH logic dictates that it is safe to drive 55 MPH.

Making that decision to drive 55 MPH (or maybe a little bit faster) might seem like a sound decision but what about the other variables? Does it change anything if it’s dark outside and also very foggy? Does it change anything if the roads are icy? Does it change anything if there is an accident up ahead?

You can legally drive 55 MPH if that is the speed limit but that mean you can do so safely without factoring in all of the variables.

It’s too easy to pick the variables you like and disregard the others but easy doesn’t make it right.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Martin Luther King Jr

I thought today would be a good day to look at some Martin Luther King Jr quotes:

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

“The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.”

“At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.”

“That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.”

“A right delayed is a right denied.”

“When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.”

We are a better world because he lived and it makes me wonder, who is the next MLK?

Have a great, and thoughtful, day!

Lawrence

Genius

Without a vivid imagination, there would be no genius.

Imagining something can happen is the first step toward making it happen.

The greater the imagination the closer you can be to genius (but genius does require more than just imagination, it requires working toward the imagined goal and being willing to go in a different direction as well).

Imagine the possibilities.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

I’ll be there

Many people will be there for you when things go well.

When your team wins, they will be there for your party.

When you get a raise they will be there to celebrate with you.

When get some publicity they will be in your picture with you.

The question is, who will be there when times get tough?

When you lose who will be there to console you?

When you get fired who will be there to help?

When things go wrong it’s your real friends who will be there for you. It’s your real friends who will lift you back up. It’s your real friends who will be there when you need them. The others will be there only when they need you.

Are you there when your friends need you? If not, your not a real friend.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Discrimination and Prejudice

Most people would say they are opposed to discrimination and try not to have any prejudices.

Most people would say that what happened in World War II to Jews, blacks and others was deplorable.

Most people would say apartheid in South Africa was terrible.

The reality is many people practice discrimination (unknowingly) every day.

If you are walking down the street late at night and get nervous because you see a few black 20 year old males walking toward you, that is a form on prejudice.

If you are boarding a plane and see a few bearded Muslims with taqiyahs and think they are a risk, that is prejudice.

If you see a few Asian people sitting around and think they must be smart engineers, that is prejudice.

Many people experience prejudice on a regular basis so when you think about some of the terrible discrimination going on throughout the world and think that could never happen where you are, you might want to think again.

Have a great, and open minded, day!

Lawrence

Innovation

It’s easy to mistake innovation for progress. Innovation creates change, change may or may not result in progress.

Change for the sake of change is simply…change. Innovation in a positive direction is progress.

Just something to think about.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

The impossible

Nelson Mandela once said “It always seems impossible until it’s done”. Think about the things that seemed impossible until they were done:

1) Going to the moon
2) Running the mile under 4 minutes
3) Harnessing nuclear power
4) Electric cars

The next time you think something is impossible, realize it’s only impossible until it’s done.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Is it really broken?

Just because you don’t know how to use something doesn’t mean it’s broken.

There comes a time when instead of asking why something is broken you should ask “how do I use this?”

I realize it’s easier to blame other people but sometimes people should look within and realize they might be the ones who don’t know how to do something.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Belief

It’s easy to believe what you see.

The challenge is to see what you believe.

Sometimes it just means looking in a different direction.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Resolutions

This is the time for resolutions by many people. People resolve to work out more, eat healthier, do different things.

Wouldn’t it make sense to set SMART goals rather then resolutions?

With SMART goals, you have something that is:

1) Specific
2) Measurable
3) Attainable
4) Realistic
5) Time-based

In many cases resolutions are things that are somewhat subjective and easy to break. Be SMART and set some good goals and then work everyday to attain them.

Have a great day!

Lawrence