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Best motivational quotes
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Best motivational quotes

Best motivational quotes

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Heard in team meeting this morning, when one of the managers assigned one more responsibility to an already overloaded team member:
"This doesn't take any time. It's just a state of mind." bow

Can anyone top that?

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Not quite a motivational quote, but when describing the lengths we had to go to to verify an existing steel structure to the Project Manager, and hence the fact it would take more than a day to review, his response was... "But steels strong stuff".

I was tempted to forgo any calculations and just write that across the top of the report, but I chickened out.

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I love those "Despair" posters...

Said to me in Saudi Arabia when code was complete but untested, and customer had a deadline to start:

"Done is better than complete"

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A quote on the futility of attempting to work with certain kinds of uncertain people:

"Never try to teach a pig to dance. You'll end up failing miserably and only annoy the pig."

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My personal favorites are from my time in the military and aren't safe for polite company so I'll refrain on those.

A "safe" one that has often comforted me in tough times came from a fictionalized account of Indy racing that I read as a teenager:
"One way or another, through bruises or books, in pain or in peace we pick up a fact or two and occasionally get a glimpse of the big picture. We bleed and toil, tear and sweat, and make awful fools of ourselves at times but God willing - we learn."

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One of my favorites is when waiting for management direction in the midst of design, fabrication or testing.
"Continue as if you have no direction."

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"Motion creates emotion"

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Said to me by my immediate manager type at my leaving drinks speeches (from a job many years ago). Safe to say I was leaving in part due to his management style which drove me insane and everyones work within the team generally making him look better than he really was at engineering.

"I can't work with you, and I can't work without you.".....

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"Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement."

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"Is it the only lesson of history that mankind is unteachable?"
--Winston S. Churchill

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Rule 1: The Boss is always right
Rule 2: When the Boss is wrong , Rule 1 applies.

Rule 1: The client is always right.
Rule 2: When the client is wrong, Rule 1 applies but charge them double for the rework.

Regards
Ashtree
"Any water can be made potable if you filter it through enough money"

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My first boss had a plaque above his desk that read "New Motivation Program - Work or Be Fired"

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The boss isn't always right, but (s)he's always the boss.

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"The beatings will continue until morality improves."

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TheTick beat me to it- I was going to post that same despair.com poster!

I also like most of the rest- but one comes to mind right away:

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DVWE, I think the wording is actually "The beatings will continue until moral improves."

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
EX-Product 'Evangelist'
Irvine, CA
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It's finding someone you can't live without

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morale

batHonesty may be the best policy, but insanity is a better defense.bat
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The moral of the story is that morale is low and therefore we're going to beat you more.

--Scott
www.aerornd.com

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JohnRBaker,

Yes, I believe that is how the old saying goes. I saw that wording changed slightly a few years back by a corporate lawyer. It was a little more "ironical" smile

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From a Salada tea bag that my boss copied and enlarged and hung on his office wall, "The problem is not the problem. The problem is how you deal with the problem".

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No whining.
(You wimp)

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Claude Shannon supposedly said, "Don't try to solve a problem before its time."

An example of this is Einstein's futile attempt to solve the Grand Unified Theory that consumed the rest of his life.

Someone invented the JFET 13 yrs before even BJTs could be built. Yes, he got the patent and a place in history, but that's pretty much it.

TTFN (ta ta for now)
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This came up at a professional development session

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JHG

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Progress is made one retirement at a time.

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This one always makes me smile.




This one has a lot of truth. Thankfully the manager went before I did.

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I only quit two jobs in my life. The first when I was in high school and worked in a meat market (I still have the scars to prove it). My boss (the store owner), was a great guy. He used to work years ago as a draftsman for the Studebaker Automobile company down in Indiana, but after they closed he ended up buying this meat market/grocery store up in Northern Michigan. Anyway, I worked for him for almost 3 years until just after I graduated from high school. Like I said, he was a great boss, but he had one problem. He was a periodic alcoholic. By periodic, I mean he was stone cold sober 11 months out of the year, but each year his wife would go down to Indiana and spend a month with her family and during those 30 days he would drink himself stupid every day, and when he was drunk he was not a very good boss. He wouldn't show-up at the store, he'd miss the payroll, suppliers would come in and he wouldn't be there and they wouldn't leave the orders without him signing the invoices. We would get angry customers and they would take it out on the help. So about three weeks into his latest binge I quit and got a job across the street in the meat department of the big chain grocery store. Once I started college, my summer jobs were down-state, working as a draftsman at a manufacturing company.

The second job I quit was the job I took after college. After 14 years, and after being introduced to CAD (this was in the late 70's), I left for a much better job working for the company that developed and sold us the CAD system. It was great company to work for and the people, including my boss, were great, but this was an opportunity that I just couldn't pass up and it proved to be the right move.

Actually I did quit one other job, sort of. Two years ago (next week) I retired, after 35+ years, from that job with the CAD company.

Also note that I've never been fired or laid-off from a job, although I think I did come close a couple of time winky smile

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
EX-Product 'Evangelist'
Irvine, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

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"Hit the ground running".....i hate it

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"Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed."
Charles Schulz,cartoonist

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"Your failure to plan ahead is not my emergency"

... usually when someone calls asking if I can do something the next day and I'm already up to my ears ... or on a job site nowhere near home base, like right now ...

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I once worked at a place that threw great parties, and kept a stock of party supplies onsite.

So I'm at my desk trying to fix an errant spreadsheet and getting really tired of it, and I say to no one in particular, "I could sure use a beer right now."

The Big Boss was within earshot. A few seconds later, he slapped an ice cold bottle of Heineken in my hand and said, "Drink this, and then get back to work."

I loved that job.

Mike Halloran
Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

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Here a few items that I had on display in my office (before I retired):







And having to deal with engineering software for over 35 years, I occasionally provided my own words of wisdom:

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
EX-Product 'Evangelist'
Irvine, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

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"You can't make everyone happy, you're not beer"

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There is a problem with quotes just like with anything that is easy to abuse: they present a solution(a perspective) to a problem you do not have or currently is not of interest to you. It is like taking selfies, you just do it even if you do not really need it. So if you need a quote, get a quote or go ahead come up with one. If you do not need one, do not look for one. If you collect them, do so for future reference, say you are a writer or a speaker and you might need them later. Politicians do that all the time and it works. Otherwise it is just junk that falsely promises you that you have the best of perspectives.

ijr

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Quote (hendersdc)

"You can't make everyone happy, you're not beer"
I like that one!

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"For every expert there is an equal and opposite expert"
Arthur C. Clarke Profiles of the future

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Don't touch my RED STAPLER! or else......

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There are known knowns , Known unknowns, and unknown unknowns. But this...well its a whole new category!

Regards
Ashtree
"Any water can be made potable if you filter it through enough money"

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While none of the work we do is very important, it is important that we do a great deal of it

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Experience is what you get right after you needed it.

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Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgements.

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if you avoid failure, you also avoid success

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"You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks."
Churchill

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Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make them all yourself.

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"Competence is a rare and wonderful thing." - Eric Stromswold

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