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Sunday, October 30, 2016

10/30/16 RMB Effective Achievers

10/30/16 RMB Effective Achievers

Dear Rita Mae Brown,

As much as I am enjoying regular escapes into Crozet with my current Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown collaboration, Catch as Cat Can, I am constantly drawn to the seek answers outside of my own sandbox.

Over the last week Joshua Cooper Ramo narrated his The Age of the Unthinkable Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us and What We Can Do About It as I drove to and from work and errands.

After listening carefully for the “What we can do about it” part, the answers are directed at methods long held by effective achievers.

Try, try, and try again. To accomplish one must often attempt multiple paths to the desired outcome.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. In other words, as you give you receive.

Empower others. Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats every day.

When we are tested, when our limits are stretched, we become stronger, more creative and inventive.

Everything you do affects something else.

Multiple examples are given to illustrate these concepts, from the frontlines of war to the frontlines of medicine. He emphasizes that what we know to be true today, will change tomorrow as our knowledge broadens and one element affects another.

Why did I need 8 hours of narration to tell me concepts I already knew? Because life is a story that we live. Everything we learn, we learn by absorbing other stories.

Knowing the concepts is not the same as implementing them and to implement them, we need to see how they fit in the story. We need repetition, to be reminded to do our best, because it does count. It does matter.

From person to person, nation to nation, generation to generation, it does matter.

Onward and upward,

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