Pepper de Callier | Things to Think About

"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose." -- Steve Jobs

Much has been, and will continue to be, written about this icon of creativity and accomplishment. I agree that not all references to Steve Jobs’s… read more

Pepper de Callier | Things to Think About

"Live as if you were already living for a second time and as if you had made the mistake you are about to make now."  Viktor Frankl

Author, psychoanalyst and philosopher, Dr. Viktor Frankl was a giant in the field of studying the human condition and the causal connection we have to the… read more

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"Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power."  Eric Hoffer

There is no better example of this concept than the Milgrim Experiment, which can be viewed on YouTube. In 1961, Yale professor, Stanley Milgrim conducted a series of experiments to study peoples’ reactions to… read more

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“Strife is justice: The competition of individuals, groups, institutions, states, and empires constitutes nature’s supreme court.” Heraclitus, 535—475 BCE

To many, this may seem like a negative, even fatalistic perspective on one’s life. I get that, but like so many aphorisms, it also… read more

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“I am not an Athenian, I am not a Greek, I am a citizen of the world.” Socrates

Socrates never wrote down any of his teachings, to that we owe a debt of gratitude to Plato and Xenophon. While this quote so aptly describes what I think is the proper mindset for the 21st century, it also… read more

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“The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.” William James

What a wonderful quote to pull us away from the transactionally-based, short-term thinking we all get bogged down in at times. We are so concerned with “making the numbers” this month, or this… read more

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“There is no passion to be found in playing small – settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela

For me, the value and credibility of a quote comes not only from the resonance of the words, but from the person who said it. Could there possibly… read more

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“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Proverb

What a wonderful reminder of one of the most important skills a leader, or for that matter followers, too, need to master in order to achieve lasting, sustainable results. It’s a skill that is finally being… read more

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“There’s no education in the second kick of a mule.” Anonymous

Having been raised in the farm country of the Midwestern United States and having been kicked by a mule as a kid, this quote has a special meaning for me. First of all, you can bet that after that experience, I was very… read more

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“His problem is that he is a checkers player in a chess world.” Anonymous

Isn’t the imagery wonderful in this quote? Can’t you just imagine the consequences brought about by this situation? The intricacies of the game of checkers notwithstanding, one gets an immediate sense of this quote… read more