Category Archives: wisdom

What is the value of Questions?

The value of questions is explored in a day at the park.

Keep Moving Forward

The motto of Sharp Innovation Solutions Inc. is to “Keep Moving Forward”. Over on the Blog of Impossible Things there is a quote by Martin Luther King Jr. to do that with whatever you have to work with.

When you love someone

The context for my October 2 “When you love someone…” speech was that at the previous Orléans Raconteurs toastmaster meeting we had a speech evaluation contest. For the evaluation competitors there was a test speaker who did a speech about his love for a falcon (I remembered the name as Avalon). The falcon was brought…

Best not to pay too much for a Bottle of Wine?

Jonah Lehrer wrote an article for Wired and the New Yorker indicating that it is best not to pay too much for a bottle of wine unless you are using the price to convince yourself that it is superior. According to the article’s sources blind taste tests have shown that people sometimes prefer less expensive…


People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have…

The True Joy in Life

“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that…


The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others. Solomon Ibn Gabirol, was an Andalucian Hebrew poet and Jewish philosopher. He was born in Málaga about 1021; died about 1058 in Valencia.