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Miki’s Rules to Live by: the Best Way to Share Information

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

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Long before I had a career and ever since I have lived by the following rule.

Whatever information, knowledge or even wisdom you are looking to teach, share or impart, whether as official teacher, mentoring manager, friend or just interested party, is more likely to be absorbed if you follow this advice.

“People learn more when they are laughing.” –Confucius

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Miki’s Rules to Live by: Who is Your Real BFF?

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ksavo/3995615036/In this age of hyper connectivity it is easy to forget that when all is said and done the only person who will always be there for you is you.

Rather than fearing this truth, embrace it.

Doing so will give you the courage to follow Mark Twain’s wise words—instead of chasing the approval of others.

Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.

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Miki’s Rules to Live by: No Regrets

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

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Looking back in my life, I can honestly say there is only one thing I truly want to change.

I can think of two more if I was granted the proverbial three wishes, but only one serious regret.

I couldn’t find a link, but according to my notes this Rule tracks back to Barbara Kerbel and in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1996.

What can’t be undone
shouldn’t leave you unstrung.

Good advice, considering how short life is.

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Miki’s Rules to Live by: Hiring

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

www.flickr.com/photos/chapree/461844276/What is the most important thing to remember when hiring?

The one thing that can keep you from hurting your team?

The one thing you should never forget?

You may interview for skills, but you hire whole people.

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Miki’s Rules to Live by: Creating the Future

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Here we are on December 26. Christmas is over and the focus turns to next week and the start of 2013.

To that end I thought I’d share these words of wisdom from Sara Paddison.

Realize that now, in this moment of time, you are creating.
You are creating your next moment.
That is what’s real.

I do my best to live by them, although I don’t always succeed as well as I would like, which is why I hold tightly to these wise words, too.

It’s about progress, not perfection.

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Miki’s Rules to Live by: Creating Change

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

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This Rule has two parts. They come from different sources, but taken together they will change your life.

The first half is from Alan Kay.

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

The second is from Anonymous.

One good wish changes nothing; one good decision changes everything.

Well, what are you waiting for?

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Miki’s Rules to Live by: What to Say When

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

People are often faced with the quandary of deciding how honest they should be when responding to some version of the classic “does this outfit make me look fat” question.

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This Rule serves as a good filter to help you decide how to respond

“Never confuse
telling people what you think
with telling them
what they want to hear.”

That doesn’t mean you should always provide the latter and not rock their/your boat.

Sometimes people really do want to know if the outfit makes them look fat.

The trick is to evaluate the situation in order to decide how to handle it.

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Miki’s Rules to Live By: Live!

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

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Today is a twofer, because these two rules go together so well in my mind.

The first rule warns against something that can happen without your even noticing.

Don’t be afraid your life will end,
be afraid it will never begin.

–Grace Hansen

The second offers a foolproof cure to something that, if allowed to go unchecked, will kill you.

The cure for boredom is curiosity.
There is no cure for curiosity.
–Ellen Parr

To live fully requires curiosity; lots and lots of curiosity.

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Miki’s Rules to Live by: Jargon Incites Violence

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Salvor Harding, a character in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, states a great truth when he says, “Violence is the last refuge of incompetence.

I plagiarized that line and applied it to the business world, especially networking events and came up with this…

Jargon is the next-to-last refuge of incompetence.

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But I have to say, people who break my rule sometimes leave me feeling incompetent enough to resort to violence to shut them up.

 

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Miki’s Rules to Live by: Everybody Knows…

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Everybody knows that exercise keeps you healthy and flexible.

Turning on a dime is the best exercise to keep your mind healthy and flexible, too.

Flexible is good, because, as everybody knows…

Flexible people never get bent out of shape.

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