Tag Archives: Human Nature

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

You may know this famous quote from The Godfather Part II or Machiavelli, but it dates back to Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. Friends are somewhat predictable and you know their strengths and weaknesses. The idea of keeping your … Continue reading

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You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink it.

You can give someone an opportunity or you can show them a path, but they must choose to take it for themselves. This saying also fits well with trying to helping someone. You can give them all the tools and … Continue reading

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Laugh before sunrise; cry before sunset

Today’s adage comes from the middle ages. That age produced Hobbes and his reflection on a person’s short, brutish life. Many believed those who laughed or sang or enjoyed living, would soon stand corrected. Such unhelpful attitudes persist today.

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Spending time worrying about something you cannot control is like making payments on a debt you will never owe.

Some of us will spend countless hours stressing over something or obsessing about an outcome that may or may not even happen. It’s an emotion fueled by fear and worrying is our way of coping. It takes up a lot … Continue reading

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People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

People shouldn’t judge or criticize someone else for having the same flaws that they have. By doing so, it takes the focus off of themselves and onto someone else, creating a nice little buffer of cognitive dissonance. It’s easier for … Continue reading

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Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

When you decide to act on seeking revenge on someone, you inevitably end up poisoning your own mind because you are so fixed on harming someone who has harmed you. Once that seed takes root in your mind and you … Continue reading

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