On Responsibility

Responsibility is a unique concept… You may share it with others, but your portion is not diminished. You may delegate it, but it is still with you… If responsibility is rightfully yours, no evasion, or ignorance or passing the blame can shift the burden to someone else. Unless you can point your finger at the […]

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We can look up to figures who came before us, call them our heroes, and attempt in our own small measure to model our lives on their examples.  Yet, often we aspire to be like the man or the woman at the peak of their achievement.  I don’t think we do this intentionally, but rather

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Your baby’s ugly

I’ve acquired a new aversion.  I now hate the phrase: “That’s like telling him his baby’s ugly.” The offending phrase is oft used to encourage you to soften your opinion against another person’s project/position/process/behavior. The phrase is offered to encourage you to ease up on your loathing of the other’s thing (see list above).  It

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A profession

To practice a profession one must have acquired mastery of an academic discipline as well as a technique for applying this special knowledge to the problems of everyday life.  A profession is therefore intellectual in content, practical in application.” – H. G. Rickover There isn’t one accepted profession that seems to appropriately “fit” what it

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Be not afraid

Via non trita zaginiis traditionis suffocata est; non timere secare (The untrodden path is choked by the weeds of tradition.  Be not afraid to cut through.)” I love these words and I love the story behind them too. The words, “be not afraid,” remind me of a favorite Theodore Roosevelt quote which says, “There were

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