Little Lessons

Breaking Bread with Strangers

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 20, 2018 5:01:00 AM

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“Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.” – Dorothy Day

Last weekend, I attended a dinner that will remain a treasured memory. An amazing aspect of that dinner – I’d only met 2 of the 7 people in attendance before that night.

Everyone had come to town for the 122nd Boston Marathon. One person at dinner was running, and the rest of us were supporters of her and others we knew taking on the epic course. At first, the reservations were for 4 of us, then 5, and then 7. Friends wanted to include friends, and we all wanted a fun evening.

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Topics: love, groups, listen, people

The Opening Act

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 13, 2018 5:01:00 AM

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“Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.” – Les Brown

A few years ago, my wife and I went to a Joan Osborne concert. It was a wonderful evening with Joan singing some of her classics, some blues standards, and some songs she hasn’t recorded yet. Accompanied only by a piano player (and her iPod), Joan’s sultry and soulful voice still has the power it had in the 1990s.

The surprise of the evening was the opening act. I love opening acts.

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Topics: goals, dreams, support

Removing Our Blinders

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 6, 2018 5:01:00 AM

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“We don't see things as they are; we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin

I enjoy joining groups, but I despise being put into a category. Using randomly chosen years to create “generations” splits us into “Baby Boomers” or “Gen-X” or “Millennials”. Or worse, assigning different values to someone because they happen to live in a city, or suburb or farming community. Other people want to use personality tests to assign us a color or letter profile. We’re humans, and not books to be categorized by the Dewey Decimal System.

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Topics: reflection, learning, growth, listen, challenge

Empty Spaces

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 30, 2018 5:01:00 AM

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I routinely review my calendar – daily, weekly and monthly. It’s required for me to balance the competing priorities of customer travel, prospect appointments, professional training, and writing. While this is a busy time of year, I noticed something interesting next week – an entire day with no meetings, calls or travel on the schedule.

My first reaction – I need to find something to do with that free time.

I paused and took a moment to reconsider.

My decision – leave the empty space empty.

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Topics: reflection, inspiration, moment, challenge

The Worst Kind of Ignorance

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 23, 2018 5:01:00 AM

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“The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge.” – Daniel Boorstin

I try to be an educated person. Not just by the degrees I attained in college and graduate school, but by constant reading – books, magazines and varied websites. I spend more time on subjects that interest me. For example, I’ve read more than 25 books about or by Theodore Roosevelt. While I may not be an expert, I consider myself well-informed about our 26th President.

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Topics: learning, growth

Solve Big Problems While They’re Small

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 16, 2018 5:00:00 AM

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This week, we were hit with the third Nor’easter in 10 days. The first storm stranded me in Atlanta. The second storm brought down so many trees, we were without power for 2 days. This last storm dumped over 20 inches of snow in less than a day. To clear my walk, deck, and entryway, I had to move over 90 cubic yards of snow.

What does 90 cubic yards look like? Think of a 10-foot by 11-foot room with a 7-foot high ceiling. Now fill the room with snow. That’s slightly less than 90 cubic yards.

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Topics: planning, challenge

The Glass in Front of You

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 9, 2018 3:00:00 AM

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“Being positive in a negative situation isn’t naive; it’s leadership” - Ralph Marston

On most news websites, I ignore the comments section after reading the story. However, the opposite is true for the blog that covers events in my town. The characters who post the most would fit into any novel about a small, New England town. There’s the old-timers who complain about the newcomers, the newcomers who complain about the old-timers, and then there are people who complain about everything.

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Topics: success, goals, attitude, positive

Eat Your Vegetables – A Lesson from My Mother

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 1, 2018 10:01:00 PM

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As most of my friends will tell you, I’m not a fan of green food. I won’t get upset if a pea or an asparagus spear touches my steak, but I don’t order salad as a meal. In fact, I almost never order salad with my meal.

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Topics: motivation, planning, mother

A Pause to Plan

Posted by Mark Fallon

Feb 23, 2018 5:00:00 AM

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“Let’s not make our mistakes in a hurry.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

Over the next 3 weeks, I’ll be on 12 different flights visiting 5 different cities. My itinerary will include delivering a report to one client, starting a project with another, and delivering a speech to a professional group. At the same time, I’ll be finalizing sales with at least 2 different prospects. We’re also expecting the drafts of our new eBook from the designer.

My personal life is a bit more jumbled. My responsibilities as the executor of my mother’s estate involves dealing with insurance companies, banks, lawyers, and the courts. It’s also time to file taxes, and last year’s goal of being better organized with paperwork wasn’t 100% successful. The doctor’s office just changed my appointment, so now I have to change my business travel plans too.

With all of this in front of me, what should I do first?

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Topics: success, reflection, planning

Making the Moment Count

Posted by Mark Fallon

Feb 16, 2018 5:04:00 AM

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“You are what you do, not what you say you'll do.” – Carl Jung

Time has been described as the one currency that is distributed equally to everyone. No matter who you are, you only get 60 seconds per minute, 60 minutes an hour, and 24 hours a day. The difference is how you spend your allotment of time.

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Topics: love, people, moment