Little Lessons

Choose Wisely

Posted by Mark Fallon

Oct 26, 2018 5:01:00 AM

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This little lesson occurred 10 years ago, in 2008. I share it today to honor my father, Bill and my friend, Tim. Saturday, October 27, 2018, would have been my father’s 94th birthday, and next month represents the one-year anniversary of Tim’s passing. I think of them often.

Recently, my father was telling a story about his boyhood. He and his brother had walked 5 miles to the next town to listen to the radio broadcast of President Roosevelt’s inaugural address. That’s Franklin Roosevelt, not Theodore Roosevelt (my father’s not that old).

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Topics: father, friendship, memories, little lessons, reactions, control, learning

The Slings and Arrows of Life

Posted by Mark Fallon

Aug 17, 2018 5:01:00 AM


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“Learning is a gift, even if pain is the teacher.” – James Garner

About 40 years ago, a baseball hit me in the mouth. I wasn’t a fan in the stands but playing shortstop when a line-drive was hit right at me. I was a terrible athlete and a worse baseball player. My dentist performed a root canal to stop the pain and save the tooth.

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Topics: emotions, joy, challenge, reactions, memories, learning

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: little lessons, learning, time

Removing Our Blinders

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 6, 2018 5:01:00 AM

Horse Blinders

“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: challenge, listen, growth, learning, reflection

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

Focus, Not Limits

Posted by Mark Fallon

Sep 29, 2017 5:00:00 AM

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“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

I’m currently reading “Life: The Leading Edge of Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Anthropology, and Environmental Science” (edited by John Brockman). The book is a collection of essays and conversations by scientists on their understanding of life – from evolution to genetics to the origins of life to the probability of life on other planets.

My favorite chapter is the transcript of a panel discussion on the concept of life. What makes the discussion so interesting is the varied points of views - biologists, geneticists, physicists and evolutionary philosophers. While each scientist had a primary field of study, they were also well-versed in a wide spectrum of topics. The physicist had read papers on genetics, and the biologist had studied chemistry, and so on. Their broad understanding of multiple subjects supplemented their specific fields.

We can learn from their habits. Too often, we allow our focus to become too narrow. Instead of improving our expertise in an area, our self-imposed limits stunt our growth – professionally and personally.

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Topics: Reading and Books, friendship, learning, communicate, growth

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

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: attitude, communicate, improvement, learning, love

Our Education Has Just Begun

Posted by Mark Fallon

Feb 17, 2017 5:00:00 AM

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” - Joseph Addison

WP Library.jpgA typical Saturday morning in February. Up early, run in the light snow, followed by a hot shower and a hotter pot of coffee. Then I put on a suit and tie.

Okay, it wasn’t a typical Saturday. I don’t normally wear a suit and tie around the house, and definitely not to shovel snow. I was heading to training sponsored by the National Speakers Association’s New England Chapter. We’d spend the day learning about both the craft and the business of professional speaking. I’d also have the opportunity to network with veterans in the industry.

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Topics: learning

Your Favorite Little Lessons of 2016

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jan 6, 2017 5:01:00 AM

Nieces.jpgRuminations while running. The good advice I received from my mother. An interview question that changed the direction of my professional career. Just a few of the topics that made their way to my blog.

So ends another year of stories shared with my readers, as I move forward on my journey. Thanks to the support of so many people, I continue to learn more little lessons. And write about them here.

In case you missed them, here are the 10 most read “Little Lessons” from 2016:

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Topics: growth, learning