Gary Crow Presents Audio Tidbits

Ah, The Bicycle

“The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets.” Christopher Morley’s point is certainly worth pondering, for as the famous Anon. observed, “It would not be at all strange if history came to the conclusion that the perfection of the bicycle was the greatest incident of the nineteenth century. It is as Iris Murdoch argued, “The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.” Listen in to learn more about the amazing bicycle.


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Failure Is Merely An Event

"A man may fall many times, but he won't be a failure until he says that someone pushed him." (Elmer G. Letterman) The psychology of success and failure is complex but not particularly hard to understand. It starts with personal responsibility. Unless you accept the responsibility for failure, you can't take the credit for success. Either you are the agent of your life outcomes or the victim of people who are pushing you down. What Letterman didn't say is that, if you blame others for pushing you down, people other than you deserve the praise for pushing you ahead. Now that we know that, so what? Listen and learn.


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Guts And Imagination

Starting a tidbit with a quotation or some other wise saying seems to help break the ice or since I am into clichés, it more likely is merely priming the creativity pump. Either way, a quote from Sylvia Plath struck me as useful for my present purpose, “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” Tune in to learn the point.


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Leadership Is Not About The Leader

"Making initiatives successful is all about focus and passionate commitment. The drumbeat must be relentless. Every leadership action must demonstrate total commitment to the initiative." (Jack Welch) Welch believes that leadership success depends on the focus and passionate commitment of the leader. Other authors emphasize different aspects of leader behavior but nonetheless, the leader is the prime mover, the key factor in the leadership equation. Similarly, "leadership" evokes various related images, depending on who is speaking and who is listening. Central to those images, however, are a few common characteristics that deserve your attention. Tune in to hear what they are.


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Does Believing Make It True?

According to Orson Scott Card, “This is how humans are: we question all our beliefs, except for the ones we really believe, and those we never think to question.” Wonder if this is true? If so, there are things you believe just because you believe it and others that you believe simply because you’ve never given any thought to not believing. Listen to see how this works out for all of us.


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