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
- QUALITY OR QUANTITY “Fully 85 percent of your happiness in life will come from happy relationships with other people, especially those closest to you, as well as the members of your family. The critical determinant of the quality of your relationships is the amount of time that you spend face-to-face with the people you love, and who love you in return.”
Rule: It is the quality of time at work that counts and the quantity of time at home that matters.
Excerpt From: Tracy, Brian. “Eat That Frog!.”
- LEGACY “If you walk away from the truth, the linkage to the gospel may be severed for your descendents. Is there anything in life that is more important than that?”
Excerpt From: Dobson, James. “Your Legacy.”
- THE BIBLE “Isn’t it interesting that the Book of Exodus, which was written nearly 3,600 years ago, is still relevant to our lives today? It is because the biblical text was “God-breathed.” It was written by forty authors over a course of 1,500 years, on three continents and in three languages. There has never been another book like the Bible, yet it has been banned in public schools, in most universities, and in the public square.”
Excerpt From: Dobson, James. “Your Legacy.”
- ATTITUDE “The last of the human freedoms [is] to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” — Victor Frankl
- LIFE’S FAST PACE “There is more to life than just increasing its speed.”
- ULTIMATE CHOICE “We don’t choose where or when to be born. We don’t choose where or when to die. But we do choose how to live in between.” –Unknown
- HABITS “The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread, but every time we repeat the act we strengthen the strand, add to it another filament, until it becomes a great cable and binds us irrevocably, thought and act.”
–ORISON SWETT MARDEN
- PRAISE OVER CRITICISM “In the early nineteenth century, a young man in London aspired to be a writer. But everything seemed to be against him. He had never been able to attend school more than four years. His father had been flung in jail because he couldn’t pay his debts, and this young man often knew the pangs of hunger. Finally, he got a job pasting labels on bottles of blacking in a rat-infested warehouse, and he slept at night in a dismal attic room with two other boys—guttersnipes from the slums of London. He had so little confidence in his ability to write that he sneaked out and mailed his first manuscript in the dead of night so nobody would laugh at him. Story after story was refused. Finally the great day came when one was accepted. True, he wasn’t paid a shilling for it, but one editor had praised him. One editor had given him recognition. He was so thrilled that he wandered aimlessly around the streets with tears rolling down his cheeks. The praise, the recognition, that he received through getting one story in print, changed his whole life, for if it hadn’t been for that encouragement, he might have spent his entire life working in rat-infested factories. You may have heard of that boy. His name was Charles Dickens. Use of praise instead of criticism is the basic concept of B. F. Skinner’s teachings. This great contemporary psychologist has shown by experiments with animals and with humans that when criticism is minimized and praise emphasized, the good things people do will be reinforced and the poorer things will atrophy for lack of attention. Excerpt From: Carnegie, Dale. “How To Win Friends & Influence People.”
- SELF-DISCIPLINE “Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.” — Elbert Hubbard
- NOW “There’s no time like the present and there’s no present like the time.” –Unknown
- FAILURE’S TRICK “Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to QUIT. That is exactly what the majority of men do.
Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one when success is almost within reach.
One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.”
Excerpt From: Hill, Napoleon. “Think and Grow Rich.”