Little Lessons

Differences of Opinion

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 21, 2017 5:02:00 AM

“Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” - John F. Kennedy 

 

                               Peace Club Hayes Fallon.jpg

Lately, I’ve been participating in several discussions – in person and online – that have turned into heated debates. What started as a simple question or suggestion became a challenge to a person’s integrity and values. I wasn’t immune to the situation, allowing my own emotions to take over.

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Topics: communicate, attitude

The Benefits of a Positive Attitude. Or Did You Get Your Cherry on Top?

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 14, 2017 5:01:00 AM


"There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative." - W. Clement Stone

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Topics: inspiration, humor, motivation, attitude

Didn’t See That Coming

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 7, 2017 5:00:00 AM

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” - Dwight D. Eisenhower

uphill_trail.jpgLike so many people in today’s world, I seem to have more responsibilities than time. Work involves not only writing deadlines and multiple projects, but a hectic travel schedule. Last month, I worked in 7 states, including 4 of the 8 states that begin with the letter “M”. Not a personal record, but close.

I maintain my momentum – and my sanity – through planning. Project plans for clients and my company. Sales plans for prospects. Publishing plans for my two blogs. Running plans for my health. Every week, I spend some time looking at all those plans with a calendar. Ideas may be limitless, but our time on earth is finite.

The week begins with a sense of confidence that I can meet the challenges ahead. Meetings set, flights scheduled and hotel rooms booked. All systems go. Until...

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Topics: goals, change, planning

The Journey Has Only Begun

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 31, 2017 5:00:00 AM

“I am not going to advocate ... the abandoning of the improved modes of travel; but I am going to brag as lustily as I can on behalf of the pedestrian, and show how all the shining angels second and accompany the man who goes afoot, while all the dark spirits are ever looking out for a chance to ride.” - John Burroughs

Hands_In_The_Air.jpgTen years ago – April 2, 2007 – I began running again. I was turning 45 that year, so I decided to mark the occasion by running the Army 10-Miler in Washington, DC. It was a lofty goal, as I struggled to complete a 2-mile run at a 12 minute-per-mile pace. Two great friends – Ken and Brian – agreed to provide advice and support as I prepared for the race.

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Topics: goals, motivation, running

What Can You Do When Pushed?

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 24, 2017 5:00:00 AM

"Sometimes the best helping hand you can get is a good, firm push." - Joann Thomas

2ltFallon.jpgI had passed the physical fitness test, including the dreaded pull-ups. Now, all that stood between me and U.S. Army Ranger School was the Combat Water Survival Test, or CWST. Three stations – swim the length of the pool, jump blindfolded from a diving board, and remove my weapons harness while under water. And holding onto my rifle the entire time.

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Topics: goals, inspiration, motivation

You Aren’t Listening Yet

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 17, 2017 5:00:00 AM

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” - Plato

guitars.jpgChristina, my waitress, asked why I was visiting Baltimore. I explained that I was doing advance work in preparation for the National Postal Forum this May. I warned her that there would be thousands of people who work in mail taking over the waterfront for several days.

She laughed and said that she has a small stamp collection. Her prized possessions are her Elvis Presley stamps – both editions. That comment pivoted the conversation to music – and the wide range of artists that Christina liked.

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Topics: Reading and Books, inspiration

Your Standards for You

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 10, 2017 4:32:00 AM

“Everybody makes excuses for themselves they wouldn't be prepared to make for other people.” – Rebecca Goldstein

Long_mirror.jpgReading the news, we’re outraged at the justifications some famous person used to defend their actions. A coworker at the office trotted out another flimsy pretext for being late with an assignment. And someone else wants us to overlook their bad behavior – once again. It’s so frustrating.

It’s easy to see the faults in others. Their shortcomings are glaring examples of how not to behave. We don’t understand why people aren’t better. Of course, the view through a window is clearer than what we might see in the mirror.

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Topics: improvement, growth, honesty

Lessons from My Mother: The Dinner Table

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 3, 2017 4:36:25 AM

plate.jpgWeeknights at 6:00 sharp. Leftovers on Saturdays. Late Sunday afternoons, usually with a visiting relative. The blessing, led by my father’s brother, a priest. My father at the head of the table. The rest of us vying for the seats closest to the kitchen.

Growing up, the dinner table was a central part of my life. Dinner was the one time of day that all 10 kids and my parents were in the same room. There would be three or four conversations going on at once, with the occasional squabble sprinkled in. And of course, there was my mother’s cooking.

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Topics: family, memories

Working the Problem

Posted by Mark Fallon

Feb 24, 2017 5:01:00 AM

“No matter how bad a situation, you have to ask yourself, ‘What do I do now?’” - Robert L. Howard, Medal of Honor Recipient

Flat Tire.jpgHave you ever put off taking care of something because “it’s just a back-up”?

For a while (a long while), I’ve known that I needed to get my spare tire repaired. The sensors create an alert every time I start my car. It’s just the spare, so I wasn’t too worried.

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Topics: improvement, persistence

Our Education Has Just Begun

Posted by Mark Fallon

Feb 17, 2017 5:00:00 AM

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” - Joseph Addison

WP Library.jpgA typical Saturday morning in February. Up early, run in the light snow, followed by a hot shower and a hotter pot of coffee. Then I put on a suit and tie.

Okay, it wasn’t a typical Saturday. I don’t normally wear a suit and tie around the house, and definitely not to shovel snow. I was heading to training sponsored by the National Speakers Association’s New England Chapter. We’d spend the day learning about both the craft and the business of professional speaking. I’d also have the opportunity to network with veterans in the industry.

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Topics: learning