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Michael W Hartley
It’s About Time March 5, 2014

Joyous

“If time is precious, no book that will not improve by repeated readings deserves to be read at all.”
– Thomas Carlyle, Essays on Goethe

Complex

“Time is different for a tree than for a man. Sun and soil and water, these are the things a weirwood understands, not days and years and centuries. For men, time is a river. We are trapped in its flow, hurtling from past to present, always in the same direction. The lives of trees are different. They root and grow and die in one place, and that river does not move them. The oak is the acorn, the acorn is the oak.”
– George R.R. Martin, A Dance With Dragons

Cautionary

“The wisest are the most annoyed at the loss of time.”
– Dante Alighieri

Michael W Hartley
It’s About Time February 26, 2014

Joyous

“Time…a maniac scattering dust.”
– Tennyson

Complex

Having a companion fixes you in time and that of the present, but when the quality of aloneness settles down, past, present and future all flow together. A memory, a present event, and a forecast all equally present.”
– Steinbeck

Cautionary

“Can’t bring back time. Like holding water in your hand.”
– James Joyce, Ulysses

Michael W Hartley
It’s About Time February 19, 2014

Joyous

“Time had changed the magical to mundane”
– Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance

Complex

“Your mind is the knife that cuts the continuum of space and time into neat slices of linear experience.”
– Deepak Chopra

 Cautionary

“Ah, words are poor receipts for what time hath stole away…”
– John Clare

Michael W Hartley
It’s About Time February 12, 2014

Joyous

“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.”
– Leo Tolstoy 

Complex

Satire is tragedy plus time. You give it enough time, the public, the reviewers will allow you to satirize it. Which is rather ridiculous, when you think about it.”
– Lenny Bruce 

Cautionary

“For disappearing acts, it’s hard to beat what happens to the eight hours supposedly left after eight of sleep and eight of work.”
– Doug Larsen

Michael W Hartley
It’s About Time February 5, 2014

Joyous

“Beautiful hours move so quickly.”
– Irene Hunt

Complex

“Accidents are not accidents but precise arrivals at the wrong right time.”
– Dejan Stojanovic 

Cautionary

“Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most men throw away.”
– Charles Caleb Colton

Michael W Hartley
It’s About Time, January 29, 2014

Joyous

“Creativity is the residue of time wasted.”
–  Albert Einstein

Complex

“Deeds need time, even after they are done, in order to be seen or heard.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche 

Cautionary

“You need to make time for your family no matter what happens in your life”
– Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook

Michael W Hartley
It’s About Time, January 22, 2014

Joyous

“A man that is young in years may be old in hours if he have lost no time.”
– Francis Bacon

Complex

“Between Ennui and Ecstasy unwinds our whole experience of time.”
– Emil Cioran

Cautionary

“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.”
– H. Jackson Brown

Michael W Hartley
It’s About Time January 8, 2014

Joyous

“Jesus embraced His not enough… He gives thanks… and there is more than enough. More than enough. Eucharisteo always precedes the miracle. And who doesn’t need a miracle like that everyday? Thanksgiving makes time. The real problem of life is never a lack of time. The real problem of life – in my life – is lack of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving creates abundance; and the miracle of multiplying happens when I give thanks… it’s giving thanks to God for this moment that multiplies the moments, time made enough. I am thank-full. I am time-full. ”

– Ann Voskamp

 Complex

“Writing, the art of communicating thoughts to the mind through the eye, is the great invention of the world…enabling us to converse with the dead, the absent, and the unborn, at all distances of time and space.”

– Abraham Lincoln

Cautionary

“What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows…”

– William Henry Davies

Michael W Hartley
It’s About Time September 5, 2013

JOYOUS

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”
– Albert Einstein

COMPLEX

“It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy;–it is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than enough for others.”
– Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

CAUTIONARY

“As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.”
– Henry David Thoreau

Michael W Hartley
The Top Seven Reads For The Week Ending May 10th, 2013
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Most Money Managers Got PTSD After Lehman Collapsed, And It May Have Rewired Their Brains
By: Rob Wile (Business Insider)
A new study suggests PTSD following the 2008 market crash may have induced money managers to abandon “buy and hold” strategies. In “Financial Trauma: Why the Abandonment of Buy-­‐and-­‐Hold in Favor of Tactical Asset Management May be a Symptom of Posttraumatic Stress” published in something called The Journal of Financial Therapy, authors Bradley Klontz and Sonya Britt report 93% of respondents experienced medium or high levels of PTSD symptoms.
The Importance of Hiring ‘A-Players’
By: Vick Vaishnavi (Forbes)
For every company whose ambitions of a successful IPO or explosive growth are realized, many more flounder and fail; the margin between a growth windfall and just trudging along being razor thin.  And while there’s no such thing as a full-proof plan to guarantee a company’s eventual prosperity, I personally believe that the key differentiator lies in the company’s employees.
10 Things Every Customer Wants
By: Geoffrey James (Inc.com)
Why does a customer buy from one vendor rather than another? According to research recently conducted by The Rain Group (detailed report here), customers tend to buy from sellers who are superlative at the following tasks:
1. Bring New Perspectives and Ideas
If customers could diagnose their own problems and come up with workable solutions on their own, they would do so. The reason that they’re turning to you and your firm is that they’re stuck and need your help. Therefore, you must be able to bring something new to the table.
8 Things Really Successful People Do
By: Kevin Daum (Inc.com)
Most people claim to want success. But not everyone is willing to do the hard work and the smart work to get there. Often opportunities present themselves and because people are distracted, they miss them or give up on them before things fully develop.
Truly successful people don’t leave much to chance. They are disciplined and focused.  They constantly seek new methods to achieve more, in bigger and faster ways. Listed below are eight different practices that will help you concentrate your efforts on rising above the tide.
Marketing Through Teaching
By: Matt Baglia (Under30CEO.com)
Growing up on a dairy farm, with six brothers and sisters, it was drummed into me from an early age that humility is a virtue, and bragging, well… not so much. My parents, both humble to the core, told us that if we worked hard, and did a good job (at school, in athletics, or elsewhere) we’d be recognized for our effort and rewarded accordingly. For the most part, it was good advice. However, in today’s competitive workplace, if your plan to get ahead is based on the assumption that hard work alone will suffice, you may find yourself being left behind as the horn blowers around you land the opportunities you anticipated were yours.
8 Customers You Should Avoid
By: Geoffrey James (Inc.com)
Most of the time, customers (and prospective customers) are great. However, there are eight types of customer that are usually more bother than they’re worth. Here they are, along with some advice for coping with them.
1. The Lookee-Loo
They are “interested” in your company’s offerings but have no intention of buying from you… or anyone else. Your best defense: In your initial meeting, determine the prospect’s financial result of NOT buying. If that number is small, politely move on.
How Warren Buffett Avoids Getting Trapped by Confirmation Bias
By: Roger Dooley (Forbes)
Warren Buffett is arguably the most successful investor in history, and a good part of his success is his ability to make investment decisions without being influenced by the combination of emotional factors and subconscious biases that govern most human behavior.