COMMENTARY: The Greyhound Principle

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Racing dogs are trained to chase a mechanical rabbit that always goes a little faster than the fleetest dog. This causes them to run faster than they otherwise would. Companies that annually set overly ambitious performance objectives for their employees employ this greyhound principle. To a point, it works. Most people achieve more when expectations are set high. The strategy … Read More The post COMMENTARY: The Greyhound Principle appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY: Enough Is Enough

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What does it take to make you happy? How much do you have to have to be grateful? To the barefoot man, happiness is a pair of old shoes. To the man with old shoes, it’s a pair of new shoes. To the man with new shoes, it’s more stylish shoes. And, of course, the fellow with no feet would … Read More The post COMMENTARY: Enough Is Enough appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY: Happiness and Purpose

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As you celebrate the Fourth of July, please take time to discuss with your family the historical and spiritual significance of the Declaration of Independence and the 56 men who risked their lives issuing one of the great documents in human history. At the core of the Declaration is the profound assertion that each of us has an unalienable right … Read More The post COMMENTARY: Happiness and Purpose appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY: Learning From Pigeons

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During an experiment, pigeons were put in cages with one green and one red button.  In one cage, if the birds pecked the green button they would get food every time.  In the other, the green button yielded food erratically and the pigeons had to persist to get enough food.  In both cases, pecking the red button did nothing.  Both … Read More The post COMMENTARY: Learning From Pigeons appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY: Being Decisive

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Frank is a new supervisor who wants to do well. Maria consistently comes in late. When he confronts her, she makes a joke out of it. Hoping to win friendship and loyalty, Frank is painfully patient with her, but Pat, a conscientious employee, urges him to do more. Soon others begin to come in late, and Pat quits. Frank feels … Read More The post COMMENTARY: Being Decisive appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY: The Road to Significance

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The most traditional way to measure the quality of one’s life is to evaluate success by listing accolades, achievements, and acquisitions. After all, in its simplest terms, success is getting what we want and most people want wealth and status. Yet, as much pleasure as these attributes can bring, the rich, powerful, and famous usually discover that true happiness will … Read More The post COMMENTARY: The Road to Significance appeared first on What Will Matter.

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Love – Compassion – Respect

Let us hear and heed the better angels of our nature, the angels that call us to think and act beyond ourselves; to respect and care about the well-being of others in our human family; and to accept our moral duty to improve ourselves and the world.” – Michael Josephson ; ; The post Love – Compassion – Respect appeared first on What Will Matter.

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Counterfeit Success

“Creating the illusion of success through false, exaggerated or misleading claims is a form of counterfeiting. You may get away with it for a while, but eventually reality will find its way to the light and whatever you acquired with false currency won’t be enough to comfort or protect you when you are revealed as a fraud.” – Michael Josephson … Read More The post Counterfeit Success appeared first on What Will Matter.

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Admiration

“When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel ; ; The post Admiration appeared first on What Will Matter.

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COMMENTARY: Is Happiness Around the Corner?

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For lots of people, happiness is just around the corner. They just need to get their degree, a particular job, a promotion, or a raise. Maybe they’re waiting to get married or have a child. Perhaps they will be happy when they retire. Alfred D’ Souza said, “For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to … Read More The post COMMENTARY: Is Happiness Around the Corner? appeared first on What Will Matter.

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