Little Lessons

Mind over Matter

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jun 21, 2019 5:01:00 AM

“Give me a place to stand on and I can move the Earth.” – Archimedes

Once upon a time, I was young and strong.

Throughout high school, and part of college, I worked summers as a landscaper. My boss loved to give me the hardest jobs, because he knew I wanted to be challenged. Dig a hole 6 feet by six feet by six feet – with only a shovel and pickax. Move truckloads of wood mulch with a wheelbarrow. Rip out a tree stump without any power tools.

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Topics: strength, improvement, networking, hard work, reading list, Reading and Books, growth, groups, challenge, little lessons

Start With an Open Mind

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 17, 2019 5:01:00 AM

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“Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.” - Madeleine L‘Engle

Recently, I delivered a presentation at the National Postal Forum entitled, “Leadership in the Age of Robots: How To Be Better Humans”. My co-presenter was Dr. Sean Joyce, an old friend and dear mentor. We had spent the previous 2 months discussing what separated humans from robots, the evolution of technology and the importance of self-awareness. We agreed on the key points we wanted to address, a general outline of the talk, and a PowerPoint deck to emphasize important ideas.

Sean began the class by warning the audience that we weren’t sure exactly what we would end up sharing. Yes, we were prepared, but the more we worked on the class, the more ideas came into play. How the audience reacted could change what might be called our “script”.

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Topics: improvement, hard work, inspiration, mentor, little lessons

Take Heed of the Quiet Rebel

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 1, 2019 5:01:00 AM

Bentley Class of 1948

“Example isn’t another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.” – Albert Einstein

In the 1940s, less than 4% of women in the United States went to college or an equivalent institution.

My mother was one of them.

In 1995, only about 15% of people in the United States had email.

My mother was one of them, too.

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Topics: hard work, love, mother, parents, trust

Create Your "Did-It" List

Posted by Mark Fallon

Feb 22, 2019 5:01:00 AM

ToDo List
"Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense." - Thomas A. Bennett

I’m a man of many lists. Writing topics, speaking topics, long-range goals, short-term goals, prospect lists, customer lists and shopping lists. And of course, the daily “to-do” lists.

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Topics: hard work, goals, persistence, challenge, wins

Having High Expectations….For Ourselves

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 27, 2018 5:01:00 AM


“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

The Work Behind the Work

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jan 12, 2018 5:01:00 AM

“In all things, success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation, there is to be such failure.” – Confucius

Sitting at your favorite restaurant, the waiter places a beautiful dish in front of you. How did they create something so wonderful in just a few minutes?

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Topics: hard work, goals

Problems Don’t Get Easier – Until They’re Solved

Posted by Mark Fallon

Aug 25, 2017 5:03:00 AM


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Topics: success, hard work, goals, motivation, attitude

A Lot of Hard Work, and a Little Luck

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jul 28, 2017 4:12:00 AM

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"Nothing worthwhile comes easily....Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last." - Hamilton Holt

A hot and humid Sunday morning in July. Instead of finding a cool beach breeze or shady swing, I was on my hands and knees weeding the front flower beds. Pulling the weeds not only gives the plants more room, the light tilling of the dirt helps the ground better absorb water. After a few sweaty hours, with a cold glass of ice water in hand, I sat and enjoyed the beauty of the hydrangea and lilies.

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Topics: hard work, motivation, attitude

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

Your Time of Day

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 12, 2017 5:00:00 AM


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