Embrace the Constancy of Change

“No man can step in the same river twice…”  Heraclitus (c. 500 B.C.) Change is Inevitable.  According to Heraclitus, one of the pre-Socratic philosophers, the fundamental essence of the universe is change.  In the Holy Bible, about 200 years before Heraclitus, the prophet Isaiah wrote with each new experience we learn from the past and grow into our full potential.  Buddhists (who started in a similar time period) believe thoughts formed by the conscious mind…

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The Cost of Creativity

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” Henry Ford Henry Ford Challenged the Cost of Creativity Henry Ford lived from 1863 to 1947.  While his approach to solving problems and creating value for others embodied the American entrepreneurial spirit, he didn’t invent the automobile, and he didn’t invent the assembly line or the conveyor belt.  In an era when only the wealthy could afford cars (usually driven by chauffeurs), he built…

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The Sound and the Fury

In 1950 William Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for predominantly writing about the fictional area around Yoknapatawpha County, in Mississippi.  One of his most widely known works is The Sound and the Fury, which begins with “a tale being told by an idiot.”  Does that sound familiar?  It should.  The title is taken from one of the most famous monologues penned by one of the most famous playwrights in history, William Shakespeare,…

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Do Your Core Values Reflect How You Respond to Adversity?

As I was writing my inaugural blog post (the one I posted last month) for this new business, ZipTie Advisory Group, my math skills were being challenged by the number of wildfires burning across our country’s 31st state.  With over a million acres burned or burning, this year has been one of the most brutal in California’s history, while on the other side of our country, North Carolina is facing the aftermath of Hurricane Florence,…

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