Wednesday, January 25, 2012

f|back (nov '10): oracle friend peek-a-boo

looking up a power plant stack
wisdom words ... oracle is the nickname of a friend whom i shared about in a post back in november '10 over here. the following is a bit of a repost AND includes yesterday's oracle share.

background ... i met oracle in late 2000 through my previous business and have stayed in on/off yippity-yap contact. when i chat with the oracle, i enjoy the intellectual banter that ensues. my friend earned the nickname from the oracle of delphi - he shared a series of different answers to his young daughter's questions and/or quotes he spewed.

2012 oracle share ... attributed to his mentor (andy b.) way-back in the day-
right is always right; 
not simply when it's obvious or convenient. 

past oracle spew ... here are the little tidbits the oracle has shared ...
  • nothing is impossible for the person who does not have to do it.

  • dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today.

  • (in response to a colored spreadsheet) pay no attention to the man behind the curtain - uhm ... can you just tell me the answers?

  • (quotes aldous huxley) actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations for misery.

  • no one wins a race to the moral bottom.

  • coincidence is a result assigned by those who failed to plan.

  • (in response to a contact list i pulled together) nice work. get yourself a bucket of oats and hit the "turnout" for a rest under the apple tree. and, don't bother the geldings!

  • high performers persevere. perseverance requires optimism. hope drives achievement.

  • things of this world are neither inherently good nor evil, but it is Steve Jobs that makes them so.

  • you are the sole architect of your fortune ... and misfortune.

  • (in response to my leisurely tuesday routine in 2007 - yoga in the morn and kickboxing in the eve) meditate on this in your yoga class this afternoon, or whatever trending exercise class you San Francisco people do...
    • you achieve happiness by immersing yourself on working toward a goal.
    • when you stay focused on that goal and give it your all, happiness follows.
    • don't be in a rush to be the best, let it come from hard work.
    • develop the discipline and determination to focus on getting better, not being the best.
    (with a personal note of - "I just sent this to my daughter, and thought you could add it to your book. It is a paraphrased quote from an Indian philosopher (take note: very trendy and cosmopolitan of me), and I happen to completely agree and have been stressing this with daughter for years.")

  • creativity is intrinsically hard to manage, but there is an essential paradox whereby enough process must be introduced so that creativity is balanced by a certain level of accountability.
and finally, oracle contributed a quote i've included in my mission, vision, values statements -

sometimes logic must give way to equity.



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