Nobody asked me but …
A rut is just a grave with the ends kicked out.
In a time of digital communication, handwritten notes are especially powerful.
If you want people to do something make it easy and safe.
The most powerful form of leadership communication is example.
A whole lot of success boils down to doing the basics day after day, with unremitting diligence.
You can be so efficient that you’re ineffective.
Context always matters.
After my father-in-law died, not one of the many letters we received mentioned his business success. Almost every one mentioned a kindness he had done.
Growth is not necessarily progress.
Anybody can be busy. The challenge is to be productive.
Excellence isn’t a competition.
No one is a leader all the time and in every situation.
Jimmy Cannon and Me
If there was one writer who inspired me to want to be a writer, it was Jimmy Cannon. I discovered him because I liked to read the paper while I ate my dinner before starting work after school. That meant I read an afternoon paper in the early 1960s. So, I’d come up out of the subway, grab the Journal-American at the newsstand, then stop at the deli for the sandwich I ate for dinner. Every night I ate the sandwich and read the paper, starting with Jimmy Cannon’s column.
I loved the way he wrote. It was clean and sharp, full of insight and opinion. Jimmy Cannon was a sportswriter, but he wrote about everything, especially in his occasional columns, “Nobody asked me but.” I wanted to write like Jimmy Cannon. I wanted to write as well as Jimmy Cannon. I’m still trying.
This post uses the title Cannon used for his most interesting occasional column. It is a pale imitation of the originals.
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