Little Lessons

A Good Reason to Run

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jul 21, 2017 5:02:00 AM

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“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

Ever since I started running marathons 10 years ago, the most common question I hear is, “Why?”

  • I love taking on challenges where I may not succeed?
  • I enjoy the uninterrupted, unconnected quiet time during 18-20-mile-long training runs?
  • I’m just a stubborn “son-of-a-you-know-what”?

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Topics: veteran, running

The Photo Not Taken

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jul 14, 2017 5:00:00 AM

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“Let me, O let me bathe my soul in colors; let me swallow the sunset and drink the rainbow.” – Kahlil Gibran

The scene in front of me was even better than planned. The setting, the champagne, the smiling face next to me. The colors and the subjects were perfectly framed for a photo. Yet my smartphone stayed in my pocket.

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Topics: reflection, memories

Time to Reflect

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jul 7, 2017 5:00:00 AM

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“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway

Summertime.

Trips to the beach. Cookouts and barbeques in the back yard. Vacations filled with adventures. Vacations filled with time spent relaxing and reading.

It’s also the perfect time to reflect on the past and contemplate the future.

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Topics: goals, reflection, dreams

Finding Balance

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jun 30, 2017 5:26:20 AM

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“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” - Elwyn Brooks White

Last weekend, we treated ourselves to enjoyable getaway in Boston. Our hotel was directly across from the Public Gardens, allowing us to have dinner on Beacon Hill, and enjoy a leisurely walk back. Saturday included a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, and drinks with friends at the Top of the Hub. On Sunday morning, we awoke to a 10K road race taking place directly below us. The race was a stark contrast to our relaxing cruise on the historic Swan Boats.

Monday morning brought an early morning flight out of Logan Airport to visit a client in the Midwest. They plan on leasing new printers, so we need to analyze their production data and gather current legal requirements. During my “downtime” before dinner, I had some phone calls with a client further west, providing input on some unexpected challenges. I also talked with an association about speaking opportunity in August, and got in a couple of good training runs. All before Tuesday evening.

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Topics: hard work, reflection, inspiration

Celebrate Small Wins

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jun 23, 2017 5:00:00 AM

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“Celebrate any progress. Don't wait to get perfect.” – Ann McGee Cooper

When building project plans, I always highlight milestones – important events that mark key phases. Traditionally, milestones are used to measure progress towards the goal. I also use them for something just as important – a reason to celebrate.

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Topics: goals, motivation, attitude

You Might Be Wrong

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jun 16, 2017 5:01:00 AM

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“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.” – Leonardo da Vinci

I was so sure that I was on the right road. I had mapped out the running route from the hotel the night before, and followed the diagram in my head. Maybe if I went a little bit further, I’d get back to the main street. Then it was just a right turn, up a few blocks, and I’d be back.

I went a little further. Then a little further. And then a little further. I never found the main street. I wasn’t where I thought I was. I finally stopped, in the middle of a crowd of people walking quickly to work. I asked a man if he knew the best way to my hotel. He explained that if I went back 2 blocks, and turned right (which would’ve been on my left earlier), my hotel was only a half mile away.

Taking the time to become informed. Being prepared. Following the plan. Sounds good on paper.

But I made a mistake, and ended up in the wrong place.

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Topics: improvement, love, learning, communicate, attitude

Sharing in the Joy of Strangers

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jun 9, 2017 5:01:00 AM

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Topics: love, attitude

Power from Positivity

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jun 2, 2017 5:00:00 AM

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” – Marcus Aurelius

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For centuries, people attempted to create a perpetual motion machine – a device that once started, would keep running forever on its own energy. Designs were drafted and models were built by scientists and charlatans alike. After all, doesn’t Newton’s First Law state than an object in motion will continue to stay in motion unless acted upon?

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Topics: love, optimism, motivation, attitude

Don’t Blink

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 26, 2017 5:03:00 AM

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"Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think. So don't blink." - Kenny Chesney (Chris Wallin and Casey Beathard - songwriters)

In 1992, I attended my first national mailing conference. I was intimidated by the attendees who were experienced managers, and clearly knew what they were doing. My introvert side won out, and I kept to myself as much as possible.

On the last day, at the last class, one of the older attendees introduced himself to me. He invited me to a reception, where he introduced me to even more people. The other managers welcomed me to their group. We exchanged business cards and phone numbers (no email back then), and promised to stay in touch.

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Topics: friendship, memories, attitude

What Are You Passionate About?

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 19, 2017 4:54:00 AM

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"The biggest challenge is not to add years to your life, but passion to your years." - Harvey Mackay

In the late 1990s, I managed a print and mail department for a financial services company in Boston. I enjoyed giving tours of the operation; explaining the roles people performed, the functionality of the different equipment, and the innovative technology we implemented. My employees were used to listening to my enthusiastic descriptions, as I often asked them to stop a machine, so my voice could be heard.

There’s one tour I’ll never forget. My guest was a new account representative from an equipment vendor. I included extra information on how we had adapted the equipment from her company to even better serve our needs. We ended the visit at my office, and I asked if she had any questions. “Yes,” she replied, “How can you be so passionate about mail?”

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Topics: success, goals, attitude, passion