A wise old man was once taking a stroll through a forest with a shiftless young fellow by his side. Seeking to teach him an important lesson he stopped and pointed to four plants close at hand. The first was just beginning to peep above the ground, the second was a little larger with some roots, the third was a small shrub, while the fourth had grown into a small tree.
The tutor said to his young companion, “Pull up the first plant.” The boy did so eagerly, using only his fingers. Continue reading
With the baseball just around the corner, I’m reminded of a story by Tommy Lasorda, the great Dodger manager, as he described his battle to overcome bad habits.
“I took a pack of cigarettes from my pocket, stared at it and said, “Who’s stronger, you or me?” The answer was me. I stopped smoking.
Then I took a vodka martini and said to it, “Who’s stronger, you or me?” Again the answer was me. I quit drinking.
Then I went on a diet. I looked at a big plate of linguine with clam sauce and said, “Who’s stronger, you or me?” Continue reading
Can you guess the answer to this riddle?
I am your constant companion am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure.
I am completely at your command. Half of the things you do you might as well turn over to me and I will do them – quickly and correctly.
I am easily managed – you must be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of great people, and alas, of all failures as well. Those who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine though I work with the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a person.
You may run me for profit or run me for ruin – it makes no difference to me. Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you.
Who am I? Continue reading