Simplify, Not Overcomplicate…

One of my 2016 goals…

“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential”

– Bruce Lee

My Quote for the Day…

“Don’t worry about those who talk behind your back, they’re behind you for a reason.”

I like it!

Favorite Presidential Quotes

Since it is Presidents Day – I thought I would share some of my favorite presidential quotes.

George Washington:

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.

Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.

Abraham Lincoln:

Perhaps a man’s character was like a tree, and his reputation like its shadow; the shadow is what we think of it, the tree is the real thing.

Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.

Lyndon Baines Johnson:

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: “President Can’t Swim.”

Any jackass can kick down a barn but it takes a good carpenter to build one.

Quality Quote of the Day…

My friend Demitrious passed me a link today to someone’s blog post – and after a long day…I needed a good laugh. I have had similar thoughts, but was never able to articulate it like this:

– Hey Google? I have a bug to report… I checked my calendar, and it SAYS this is 2007… Are you SURE? Cause I really, really feel like I’m in 1999 right now…

*For those non-developer readers out there, this is something you would say when you are talking to someone who is stuck in the past with development styles and terminology.

A Great Quote

I heard a great quote last night that I want to share:

It is nice to be important, but more important to be nice.

Choices

A few nights ago, while watching a show on the History Channel I heard the following quote:

It is not the choice you want, but it’s the choice you have.

As soon as I heard it I decided it was a quote worthy of writing down. The context for the quote on the show: black slaves in the US deciding whether to stay enslaved and alive, or to attempt running away and fighting for the British (Revolutionary War) and getting freedom while also risking death if they were caught running away. Obviously both choices are hard, but one must be chosen. Also, like Kyle Reese once said:

The future is not set… there is no such thing as fate, but what we make for ourselves by our own will.

All of us will sooner or later get into situations that will produce choices we may not like, but we must remember…we always have a choice. The take home message for the day…don’t live with regret. (school, family, jobs, everything)
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LBJ Quotes for the Weekend

During college, I by chance, picked up a biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson and ended up reading in and many others in between games of Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

By the end of the summer, I had a new and profound understanding of one of our greatest presidents of all time. After a hard week, I like to go back and find a quote or two to pick me up or remind me of someone who went through a lot more hard times than I hope to ever see.

This week, these quotes seemed to work:

Any jackass can kick down a barn but it takes a good carpenter to build one. – LBJ

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. -LBJ

Have a great weekend!