Little Lessons

Still Learning After All These Years

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 18, 2018 5:01:00 AM

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

I’ve been in the mailing industry for more than 3 decades, attending national conferences and trade shows for more than 25 years, and being a presenter for the past 23 years. I’ve been there, done that, and seen it all. Or have I?

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Topics: learning, little lessons, time

No Big Wins

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 11, 2018 6:06:11 AM

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“Lessons learned by ourselves have a greater value than lessons learned through others.” – Wayne Antaw

Most of us have set goals for ourselves, or our boss has set goals for us. Some of those goals may be simple – lose five pounds, increase sales by five percent, or cut $5,000 out of the budget. Or, the goals may present a great challenge, and are what Jim Collins calls Big Hairy Audacious Goals, or BHAGs.

Meeting these types of goals will translate into what might be considered a “big win”. A bonus. A raise. Or, maybe a promotion.

But what is a “big win”? A bonus is nice, but it will only have a brief impact on your life. A raise is nicer, but even that impact diminished quickly, as we usually find a way to raise our spending levels to exceed our income. A promotion, especially if its significant, will probably have the most lasting effect.

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Topics: improvement, reflection, happiness, little lessons

It’s Okay to be Happy

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 4, 2018 4:30:00 AM

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“Your success and happiness lie in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” – Helen Keller

For most of my life, I’ve been afraid of happiness. Of course, I enjoyed the moment when things were going well. But if the feeling lasted too long, I’d become anxious. Certainly, a sensation this good can’t last. Something is bound to go wrong – soon.
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Topics: positive, happiness, joy

Having High Expectations….For Ourselves

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 27, 2018 5:01:00 AM

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“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself.” - Henry Ward Beecher

When looking for something while shopping online, we hit the “Search” button and expect:

The product is in stock.

It can be delivered to our home overnight.

And shipping is free.

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Topics: improvement, hard work, reflection, honesty, challenge

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