Little Lessons

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

Your Time of Day

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 12, 2017 5:00:00 AM

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I love mornings. Waking up right before the dawn. Listening to the sounds of the world awakening. Hearing the songbirds announce the first moments of light.

I ease into my daily rituals. A quick check of email. Look over my latest writing project. Roll the kinks out of my legs. Pick out a route for that morning’s run.

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Topics: strength, hard work, goals, motivation, running

Jamie’s Parker House Rolls

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 5, 2017 5:01:00 AM

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There are some people that when you hear their name immediately make you think of a certain time and place. It may be a classroom from college. A crowded living room after dinner. A deserted beach during the winter.

When I think about my friend, Jamie, I actually think of four people. Jamie, David, Dolores, and me, sharing a meal. Dinner at a nice restaurant. Breakfast at the neighborhood diner. The best place of all – Jamie’s table.

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Topics: friendship, family, memories

The Stories of Strangers

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 28, 2017 5:06:00 AM

"I never met a man I didn’t like.” – Will Rogers

burger dinner.jpgTraveling for business means eating at a lot of restaurants; usually alone. I look for a seat at the counter in diners, or a seat at the bar in restaurants if they aren’t too noisy. Most times, I’m seated at a table for two. I use the extra space for whatever book I’m reading.

Just because I’m alone, doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy some good conversations. In fact, many of my blogs are inspired by what I learn while eating. And listening.

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Topics: networking, communicate, fear

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 

 

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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