Things to think About

They said it…

Here are some thoughts that have informed our thinking as we have developed as a company and as professionals. If you would like to pursue any of them, please click here or call 201-357-5844..

“Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
From: A Psalm of Life

“A mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”

     Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.”

     Mark Twain

“The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike – say – a brain surgeon.”

     Robert Cormier

“Why is there never time to do it right, but always time to do it over?”

     Anonymous, but attributed to just about everybody.

“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war and then seek to win.”

     Sun Tzu,
4th Century BC Military Strategist
     The Art of War

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

     Thomas Edison

Wanna’ see what having NO vision looks like?

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”

     Ken Olson, president, chairman & founder: Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

“The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C’ the idea must be feasible.”

     A Yale University management professor in response to student Fred Smith’s paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. Smith founded Federal Express.

“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.”

     Decca Recording Company, rejecting the Beatles, 1962

Everything that can be invented has been invented.”

     Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899

“Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant, if not utterly impossible.”

     Simon Newcomb, professor of mathematics and astronomy at Johns
Hopkins University (Uttered in 1902, almost two years AFTER the
Wright brothers flew.)

That’s what having NO vision looks like!

Better than Vision

“Interesting…I use a Mac to help me design the next Cray.”

     Seymour Cray (1925-1996) when he was told that Apple Inc. had
recently bought a Cray supercomputer to help them design the
next Mac.

“You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”

     John Wooden 

“You get to be a victim only once. After that, you’re a volunteer.”

     Juanita Turner

I said it…

When things seem hopeless, remember this: How far can you walk into a forest? Only half way; after that, you’re walking out.

That which we know is a greater obstacle than that which we don’t know.

Yesterday’s paradigms are today’s prisons.

A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You’re going nowhere until you change it.

Live your life like you have double to do and only half the time to do it.

Everyone dreams during the night. It’s those who dream during the day who create change.

More important than thinking you have the right answers, is knowing you have the right questions.

The primary activity in which most adults will engage in the 21st century will be learning.

Not all communicators can lead, but all good leaders can communicate.

Save the earth. It’s the only planet with chocolate.

Our paradox: the possibility of living longer vs the probability of not. 

Org Chart: A document that explains in pictorial form how an organization is
supposed to work – and then clearly exposes why it doesn’t.

We will be a better society when we wait on line to vote, not to buy iPhones.

The past we know does not have to be accepted as the designer of the future we don’t know.

Every box of raisins is a tragic tale of grapes that could have become wine.

Too many people think they’re right for the simple reason that they’re surrounded by people who agree with them.

A day feels like a year when you haven’s accomplished anything; a year like a day when you have.

To too many people, a conclusion is the place where they got tired of thinking.