The Wisdom Chronicle

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The Wisdom Chronicle is designed to bring nuggets of wisdom from the dozens of books I read every year. I endeavor to share the best of what I have gleaned. The determination of relevance lies with you. Blessings, J. Whiddon

  1. DONT GET LOST “In 2013, the company rolled out a new version of Google Maps. Instead of providing you with the same representation of a city that everyone else sees, it generates a map that’s tailored to what Google perceives as your needs and desires, based on information the company has collected about you. The app will highlight nearby restaurants and other points of interest that friends in your social network have recommended. It will give you directions that reflect your past navigational choices. The views you see, the company says, are “unique to you, always adapting to the task you want to perform right this minute.

What is arguably the most important way of looking at a city, as a public space shared not just with your pals but with an enormously varied group of strangers, gets lost.

In Google’s world, public space is just something that stands between your house and the well-reviewed restaurant that you are dying to get to.” Expedience trumps all.”

Excerpt From: Carr, Nicholas. “The Glass Cage: Automation and Us.”

  1. THE GOLDEN LAW “There is one all-important law of human conduct. If we obey that law, we shall almost never get into trouble. In fact, that law, if obeyed, will bring us countless friends and constant happiness. But the very instant we break the law, we shall get into endless trouble. The law is this: Always make the other person feel important. William James said: “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” As I have already pointed out, it is this urge that differentiates us from the animals. It is this urge that has been responsible for civilization itself.

Jesus summed it up in one thought—probably the most important rule in the world: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”

Excerpt From: Carnegie, Dale. “How To Win Friends & Influence People.”

  1. GEN. BRADLEY KNEW “General Omar Bradley was one of the main US Army field commanders in North Africa and Europe during World War II. Later, he was the first officer assigned to the post of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 1948, he stated this powerful insight, “We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. . . . The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants.”

Excerpt From: Lee, Richard. “In God We Still Trust: A 365-Day Devotional

  1. ADMITTING YOU’RE WRONG “By fighting you never get enough, but by yielding you get more than you expected.” — Unknown
  2. INTERESTING The words “silent” and “listen” have the same letters. — Unknown
  3. LIFE WELL LIVED? The American Dream is all about “a life well spent.” The Kingdom Dream is about “a life well invested.” — Bob Shank
  4. MENTORING “No matter who you are or what you have achieved, you are incomplete until you find a way to use the blessings you have experienced in your life to have a positive effect on others.”

Excerpt From: “Coach K’s Key Words for Success”

  1. MENTORS “The older I grow, the more I am convinced that there is no education which one can get from books and costly apparatus that is equal to that which can be gotten from contact with great men and women.”

Excerpt From: Mansfield, Stephen. “Then Darkness Fled.”

  1. CREATIVE PROCRASTINATION “Most people engage in unconscious procrastination. They procrastinate without thinking about it. As a result, they procrastinate on the big, valuable, important tasks that can have significant long-term consequences in their lives and careers. You must avoid this common tendency at all costs.

Your job is to deliberately procrastinate on tasks that are of low value so that you have more time for tasks that can make a big difference in your life and work. Continually review your duties and responsibilities to identify time-consuming tasks and activities that you can abandon with no real loss. This is an ongoing responsibility for you that never ends.”

Excerpt From: Tracy, Brian. “Eat That Frog!.”

  1. CONFUSED? “Former Fed Chief Alan Greenspan wasn’t known for scintillating or lucid speeches. He once said, “I guess I should warn you, if I turn out to be particularly clear, you’ve probably misunderstood what I’ve said.”

Excerpt From: Turek, Frank. “Stealing from God.”

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