Little Lessons

Stay Amazed

Posted by Mark Fallon

Sep 7, 2018 5:01:00 AM

Whale Fluke

“The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” – Eden Phillpotts

I recently went on a whale watch. Conditions were just right, and we saw about a dozen of these amazing mammals. Several came surprisingly close to the boat, as if they knew we were desperate to get a good photo – especially the iconic fluke as they dived for more food.

This was perhaps the 10th time I’ve been on a whale watch cruise. I’ve been on tours leaving from the tip of Cape Cod, from the Boston Aquarium, the North Shore and Nova Scotia. One boat was even smaller than the leviathans we stalked with our cameras.

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Topics: positive, reactions, attitude, inspiration, wonder

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: moment, challenge, inspiration, reflection

Your Favorite Little Lessons of 2017

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jan 5, 2018 4:54:00 AM

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The events of 2017 were a reminder of the importance of the people we let into our lives. In the most significant moments – whether in mourning or celebration – it’s the people around us who make a difference.

The journey continues. We can’t go back in time, so we must move forward. Thanks to the support of so many friends, I’ll continue to learn more little lessons. And write about them here.

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Topics: love, inspiration, friendship, goals

Sincerely Positive

Posted by Mark Fallon

Oct 6, 2017 5:03:00 AM

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“Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” – Voltaire

It’s not the best of times. Hurricanes and flooding destroying homes on islands and on the mainland. Dozens killed and hundreds injured in a horrific attack on concertgoers. The opioid crisis continues unabated. Tense international disputes involving nuclear weapons. Divisive domestic political fights on a wide range of issues.

And those are just the topics dominating the headlines.

Often lost in the storms are the private struggles of so many people. Parents raising children amidst an uncertain future. Adult children caring for aging parents suffering from mental and physical impairments. People quietly grappling with problems only their loved ones understand.

In each of these stories we encounter heroes. People showing up with boats, supplies and food. Strangers throwing themselves on top of others, offering their own body as a shield from the bullets. Survivors using their status to raise awareness and funds. Individuals who decide to get out of bed, and push through another day of challenges.

Life is tough and difficult and beautiful and precious.

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Topics: optimism, attitude, change, inspiration

A Light Needs Darkness to Shine

Posted by Mark Fallon

Sep 22, 2017 5:00:00 AM

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"Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark." – Kate DiCamillo

On a bright, sunny day, go outside with a strong flashlight. Turn on the light. You probably won’t see any difference.

Sit in a dark room. Light a single match. Your surroundings are transformed.

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Topics: inspiration, love, goals, running, marathon

Leadership Books That I’ve Enjoyed Reading

Posted by Mark Fallon

Sep 8, 2017 5:00:00 AM

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“If a man or woman is fond of books he or she will naturally seek the books that the mind and soul demand.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Recently, a friend posted a question on Facebook – “Mark, What's the best book about leadership have you read and recommend?” That’s a good question, and difficult to answer.

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Topics: Reading and Books, inspiration, leadership, learning

Switching Things Up

Posted by Mark Fallon

Aug 11, 2017 5:00:00 AM

coffee cup deck.jpg“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

About 10 years ago, I began running marathons. One of the elements of training is the weekly “long run”. For me, a long run is between 12 and 20 miles. That translates into 2 to 3 and a half hours of running. Now that I’m 55, those runs can take a lot out of me.

Until recently, I almost always completed my long runs on Sunday. I often travel on Mondays, so I had a built-in rest day on my calendar. I’d leave the house around 6:00 on Sunday morning, returning around 9:00. After refueling, stretching and recovering, it would be close to noon. That meant it was time to start reviewing my calendar and packing for the week.

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Topics: inspiration, change, 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: reflection, inspiration, hard work

The Benefits of a Positive Attitude. Or Did You Get Your Cherry on Top?

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 14, 2017 5:01:00 AM


"There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative." - W. Clement Stone

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Topics: attitude, inspiration, motivation, humor

What Can You Do When Pushed?

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 24, 2017 5:00:00 AM

"Sometimes the best helping hand you can get is a good, firm push." - Joann Thomas

2ltFallon.jpgI had passed the physical fitness test, including the dreaded pull-ups. Now, all that stood between me and U.S. Army Ranger School was the Combat Water Survival Test, or CWST. Three stations – swim the length of the pool, jump blindfolded from a diving board, and remove my weapons harness while under water. And holding onto my rifle the entire time.

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Topics: inspiration, goals, motivation