S:1352 Principle: Skepticism

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.) Skepticism is a useful tool, in moderation. But, like any talent, it can be overdone. And any talent overdone can become a hindrance. Problems with skepticism arise when it becomes a default approach to life. Smaller doses work better.…Continue Reading →

S:1346 Principle: Life Rules

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.) Yes, Life Rules is a play on words. There are some immutable rules, Life Rules. Those rules, being immutable, thus Rule. Fighting them is not a good idea. Some Life Rules: Water runs downhill. Trees grow up. Everything ends.…Continue Reading →

S:1343 Principle: Potato Chip Payoff

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.) Do you like to eat potato chips? Or know someone who does? People who eat potato chips do so to get a payoff. Right now you may be raising your hand to make the argument that potato chips are…Continue Reading →

S:1336 Principle: Explain

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.) Life is too short to have to explain yourself. Explaining, justifying, working to be understood, trying to be being accepted, these and other activities are a waste of your time. Thinking that you need to do them is the…Continue Reading →

S:1334 Principle: Negative Spaces

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.) In the visual arts the space between the images is called negative space. In many works the negative space is what makes the image work. In music the negative space – the silence – between the notes is what…Continue Reading →

S:1331 Principle: From Dinner To Diner

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.) Sometimes I never know where an initial S3MC thought will take me. This was one of those times. Had a thought about sitting on a beach and having a crab nibble on my toe, then picking up the crab…Continue Reading →

S:1324 Principle: Balance

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.) Balance is a universal myth. And an individual truth. Work/life balance, work/family balance, living a balanced life, and other descriptors for the ‘balance’ topic are widely used, their meanings assumed. Implied in the word is that there is an…Continue Reading →

S:1317 Principle: Caregiving

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.) Ignoring the fact that caregiver and caretaker, while sounding like polar opposites, have an equivalent meaning. Ah, the joys of the English language. Let’s use caregiver in this S3MC. Caregivers have two motivations: want-to and should-do. Should-doers are motivated…Continue Reading →

S:1316 Principle: Just Decide To

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.) A recent situation brought this Principle to the surface. When confronted with a fork in the road and with each road leading to unknowns and possible painful consequences, along with possible wonderful outcomes, there was a bit of frozen…Continue Reading →

S:1315 Principle: Why Work?

(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.) A character in a book, when asked by another why he was quitting his job and heading out into the world, replied, “I’ve been working since I was 10. I just want to find out why.” There are so…Continue Reading →

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