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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkytoe View Post
    I googled the phrase and it is used frequently by those promoting superior human achievement. Excel by not consuming your hours with routine, non-creative actions and thoughts. Innovate and create value through your actions. Blah.
    It is a good thought to remind oneself of the importance of each individual's contribution and impact. If a phrase has been used before in some form does not make it less worthy. Thanks for posting the OP as it made me aware of it.
    As Cicero said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”

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    It’s important to emit inspirational phrases like this to shareholders who might otherwise demand a dividend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkytoe View Post
    I googled the phrase and it is used frequently by those promoting superior human achievement. Excel by not consuming your hours with routine, non-creative actions and thoughts. Innovate and create value through your actions. Blah.
    Yeah, if you consider the source it could be a 'belch..'--keep your workers creating for you--but I like to look at it in another context--a more self-actualizing one. I've also heard this idea in the context of "Do you want to be actualized or entertained?" meaning do you want to be engaged in activities that fulfill you and your potential and make you happy or do you want to passively sit though life as a spectator?

    I think of that author I've mentioned before, William Coperthwaite, who wrote "A Handmade Life" and he had no TV or any entertainment devices, but he crafted his own chairs and his own eating utensils, getting joy out of making things that were both beautiful and functional. You don't have to sit in a yurt carving spoons, but you could spend your days "creating" health in people like Gardnr does, or "creating" safe communities like bae does, or creating fields of lilies like iris lilies does. Or, you could shop till you drop.

    I prefer to interpret Bezos's saying that way.
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    Don't care about the "who" that is saying it, but I like the phrase as well as the ones others have posted. To me, it is a reminder of many things as well as to be aware of my own unnecessary excesses.
    To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer." Mahatma Gandhi
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    Pinkytoe, this is a wonderful idea for a thread!

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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post

    I prefer to interpret Bezos's saying that way.
    I interpret it as persuade your workforce and shareholders to contribute more for less, and you’ll be able to afford an ex wife and and a fleet of space ships.

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    Make the best of the time you have---and determine for yourself what your "best" is.
    My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LDAHL View Post
    I interpret it as persuade your workforce and shareholders to contribute more for less, and you’ll be able to afford an ex wife and and a fleet of space ships.
    You are so. cynical. Thou doth protest too much. I think you're a closet socialist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    I think you're a closet socialist.
    To paraphrase a great man, I will not insult your intelligence by inferring you believe what you just said.

    I spent seven years in an unflattering uniform because I wanted to spare my country the misery the great socialist tyrannies were inflicting on anyone in their power.

    I spent forty years or so building up a pool of capital that I would be loathe to exchange for a ration card.

    I would not trust Bernie and AOC with my lunch order, much less my liberty and economic future.

    When the left talks about “unfettered capitalism”, I can easily imagine being one of the people they slap the cuffs on.

    I will take the occasional billionaire uttering platitudes over a bureaucracy issuing diktats anytime.

    If our culture has indeed become so degraded that we allow ourselves be herded down the road to serfdom, I promise to “stand athwart history yelling stop”.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LDAHL View Post
    To paraphrase a great man, I will not insult your intelligence by inferring you believe what you just said.
    I'm not insulted. It was a joke. I thank you for your service, and I respect you opinion, however it may differ from mine.
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