Little Lessons

What We Will Build

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jun 12, 2020 4:30:00 AM

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"Do not wait; the time will never be "just right." Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along." - Napoleon Hill

During the shutdown, people have turned to working with their hands as a coping mechanism. Baking bread was popular for several weeks, with people posting photos of their beautiful creations. Several of my friends are using their sewing skills to fabricate clothing and accessories. I’ve returned to my workshop.

My woodworking journey began about 30 years ago when I refinished my mother’s sewing table. It had been covered in soot due to a furnace malfunction. Using hand tools and an old belt sander, I was able to restore it. The best part of the project was the smile on my mother’s face when I delivered it to her house. Her father had been a cabinetmaker and my work brought back happy memories.

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Topics: leadership, love, mother, gift, listen, little lessons, social media, parents

There’s Nothing Left to Watch – Read a Book

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 15, 2020 4:45:00 AM

Books on a shelf
“There are so many thousand good books, in so many languages, suited for so many different moods, and needs, and individuals, that all a man ought to do is to say a given number of books proved of interest and use to him personally at a given time under given conditions.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Netflix – watched everything.

Amazon Prime – watched what was good.

Cable TV – nothing left except the news. And I can’t watch much more of that.

We need a break from the screens.

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Topics: reading list, Reading and Books, moment, little lessons, rest, social media, books

How We See the World

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 8, 2020 4:45:00 AM

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“Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.” – George Bernard Shaw

Staying at home, staring at screens. Television screens. Laptop Screens. Smartphone screens.

Our daily intake of news and opinions through cable networks, social media and messages between friends. There may be an unlimited number of choices, but we have a limited amount of time and attention. Either intentionally or subconsciously, we’ve either narrowed our channels or expanded our viewpoints.

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Topics: improvement, learning, values, growth, positive, challenge, little lessons, social media, trust, perspective, information, balance

Acting With Intent

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 17, 2020 4:45:00 AM

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“A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally.” - Oscar Wilde

A trip to the grocery store. Work responsibilities and schedules. Conversations with friends. Keeping close to family and loved ones.

With no part of our lives untouched, we’ve been forced to abandon many routines and rituals. The impact of the smallest decisions may carry serious implications. We have to weigh the potential consequences of our actions. Before running the simplest of errands, we must ask, “Why?” and “What might happen?”

Normally this type of questioning is reserved for life-changing actions – taking a new job, buying a house, getting married. But today, any physical contact may be life-changing. Anytime we leave the house, we need to know the intent of our actions.

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Topics: reflection, Reading and Books, thoughtfulness, moment, challenge, little lessons, social media, perspective, informed

Being the Essential You

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 27, 2020 4:45:00 AM

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“We have to go into the despair and go beyond it, by working and doing for somebody else, by using it for something else.” – Elie Wiesel

I love language. When reading a book, I’m always fascinated by the way great authors assemble words to form powerful messages. Like master chefs, writers take the basic ingredients – the words available to all of us – and deliver marvelous creations.

A word that has been in use a lot lately is “essential”. Only essential businesses are allowed to remain open. Only essential travel is permitted. Only essential employees should report to work.

Is your business essential? Is the trip you make to the store essential?

Are you essential?

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Topics: networking, personal relationships, fear, challenge, little lessons, kindness, letters, social media, empathy, nature, balance

New Love, New Hope

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jan 24, 2020 5:00:00 AM

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“Tá mo chroí istigh ionat.” – “My heart is within you.” (Gaelic)

Last weekend, my nephew and his fiancée were married. Their wedding was a wonderful blend of old and new. Ancient ceremonies and self-written vows. Traditional dances and modern songs. A 250-year old inn and videos taken by aerial drones.

Of course, at the center of the weekend was the oldest of emotions – love. Two people publicly committing to love and support each other for the rest of their lives. Family and friends sharing in that special moment.

The ceremony and the happy couple represent more than just a display of love for those in attendance. They represent the power that love can bring to our lives.

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Topics: love, positive, challenge, joy, little lessons, future, social media, beauty, romance

Seek Out Inspiration

Posted by Mark Fallon

Dec 27, 2019 5:00:00 AM

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“When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves.” - Viktor E. Frankl

On New Year’s Day, many of us make resolutions to improve ourselves in the coming year. We may want to lose weight, quit smoking or continue our education. Or maybe, save money to take that trip we’ve always dreamed about.

Whatever the resolution, we challenge ourselves. Of course, that undertaking is added to the others we face at work and in our personal lives. How can we overcome all these challenges?

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Topics: inspiration, challenge, little lessons, letters, social media

When Great is the Enemy of Good

Posted by Mark Fallon

Nov 29, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Lighthouse
"The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself." – Anna Quindlen

We used to go to stores to shop. If the item we wanted wasn’t in stock, a good merchant would order it, or offer something similar at the same price. Today, we expect to find exactly what we want with a few clicks of the mouse, have it delivered to our door the next day – or increasingly, the same day. And we don’t expect to pay anything extra for shipping.

In the past, we took photos on vacation, not knowing if the shot was framed correctly or in focus until the prints came back from the store. We’d share with a few close friends. If someone gave us a compliment, it was enough.

Today, we post photos on social media, expecting all of our followers, or followers of the accompanying “hashtag”, to hit the “like” button – or even better, the “love” button.

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Topics: goals, happiness, joy, little lessons, social media, balance

Finding the Positive

Posted by Mark Fallon

Oct 18, 2019 5:01:00 AM

Bentley Class of 1948 daytime
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall

Back in February, I wrote a blog post about my mother entitled, Take Heed of the Quiet Rebel. It was my annual tribute to my first teacher of life’s little lessons. I included stories of her accomplishments, including getting a college degree in 1948. The example of her life remains a guidepost for how I live my own.

A few weeks ago, I received a comment from Liz Baccala on the post. It was the sort of connection only possible in the age of the internet:

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Topics: networking, memories, mother, little lessons, help, social media, parents

What You Think You Know

Posted by Mark Fallon

Sep 20, 2019 5:01:00 AM

megatrends cover"A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read." - Mark Twain

Earlier this year, I developed a new presentation with my good friend, Sean Joyce. We wanted to emphasize the importance of humanity in a world seemingly dominated by technology. We entitled it, “Leadership in the Age of Robots.”

In one of our planning sessions, Sean brought up the concept of “High Tech – High Touch” proposed by John Naisbitt in his classic book, Megatrends. While technology is part of our evolution, our humanness is an equal partner. We must strive for balance between useful tools and critical connections.

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Topics: Reading and Books, little lessons, social media, parents, informed, knowledge, information

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