PM Quote of the Day — Margaret Thatcher

I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.

This quote from the Iron Lady resonated with me, because I’m feeling harried and impatient right now.  It is the end-of-year rush and everyone’s trying to book my time, get decisions made (the more hurried and ill-thought through the better), cadge some budget, etc.   From my experience, we run the risk of making bad decisions and generating useless deliverables just to tick off MBOs and get “home for the holidays.”

Perhaps this also works in reverse.  If I show patience maybe I can delay or mitigate the worst of the Christmas rush.  That I can make sure that I get my own way; or maybe more appropriately, that I point us in the “right” way.

PM Quote of the Day — Augustine of Hippo

Patience is the companion of wisdom.

This quote from the Doctor Gratiae* reminds me that even virtues can’t stand alone. Sometimes I know the next right or good thing to do.  However, this knowledge is useless to be if I insist on instant gratification.  Too often, I want what I want when I want it.  Which is now!

When I pair patience with wisdom, many wonders happen in the fullness of time.

* Saint Augustine is honored in the Catholic Christian church as a “Doctor of the Church“.  He was dubbed the Doctor Gratiae or the “Doctor of Grace.”  He was an interesting character to say the least. His most famous quote is “O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet.”

PM Quote of the Day — George Eliot

It is never too late to be what you might have been. 

What if you haven’t started college and you’re about to turn 30?  When you’re 34 will you be happier with a degree or without one (and still saying you’re too old to get one)?

What if you don’t make VP by the time you’re 40?  Does that mean you’re washed up?  What will you do with the rest of your life?

We set — or accept the imposition of — arbitrary milestones for success so early in our lives.  But do so they make any sense at all, especially considering that many of us will live well into our 80s?  Perhaps our greatest achievements are far ahead in our futures…

  • George Foreman knocked out Michael Moorer to win the heavyweight championship AND introduced the George Foreman Grill at age 45.
  • Ray Kroc didn’t start the McDonald’s that we know today until he was 53.
  • Satchel Paige pitched three shutout innings in the major leagues at age 59.
  • Michelangelo was over 70 when he finished the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel. 
  • Grandma Moses didn’t start painting until her 70s.  
  • Goethe was over 80 when he finished Faust. 
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