[Life and Work] Principles & Lessons
Gordon Dean,an American lawyer and prosecutor, nine life lessons scribbled on the back of an envelope
(via Harvey Mackay | Never stop learning life lessons):
1.Never lose your capacity for enthusiasm.
2.Never lose your capacity for indignation.
3.Never judge people – don’t type them too quickly. But in a pinch never first assume that a man is bad; first assume that he is good and that, at worst, he is in the gray area between bad and good.
4.Never be impressed by wealth alone or thrown by poverty.
5.If you can’t be generous when it’s hard to be, you won’t be when it’s easy.
6.The greatest builder of confidence is the ability to do something – almost anything – well.
7.When confidence comes, then strive for humility; you aren’t as good as all that.
8.The way to become truly useful is to seek the best that other brains have to offer. Use them to supplement your own, and be prepared to give credit to them when they have helped.
9.The greatest tragedies in the world and personal events stem from misunderstandings. So communicate!
The reason I’m so impressed with Dean’s lessons is that – besides being written on an envelope – they apply across the board, to all ages in every profession. They are simple yet profound.

Guiding Principles (from within DBM):
1.Act with high trust
– Speak your heart and mind.
2.Assume positive intent
– Don’t assume as malice that which can be explained away as folly.
3.Meet current expectations
– Relentless focus on achieving objectives.
4. Do the right thing
– Always take the high road.
5. Have some fun
– You can give up all forms of misbehaving but you won’t really live any longer – it will just seem longer.

Seven Truths about Change to Lead By and Live By Rosabeth Moss Kanter

“Change is a threat when done to me, but an opportunity when done by me.”

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.”

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.”

“Change a campaign, not a decision.”

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

Everything can look like a failure in the middle.”

Be the change you seek to make in the world.”


Harvey Mackay favorite morals from 1,000+:
• They don’t pay off on effort . . . they pay off on results.
•People don’t care how much you know about them once they know how much you care about them.
•Make decisions with your heart and you’ll wind up with heart disease.
•Pale ink is better than the most retentive memory.
•When a person with money meets a person with experience . . . here is what happens . . . the person with the experience winds up with the money and the person with the money winds up with the experience.
•No one ever choked swallowing his or her own pride.
•Sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck
•If you don’t learn from your mistakes, there’s no sense in making them.
•If you think you’re irreplaceable, try putting your finger in a bowl of water and observe the hole it leaves when you take it out.
•People go around all of their lives thinking: What should I buy? What should I sell? Wrong questions: When should I buy? When should I sell?
•There is a place in the world for anyone who says, “I’ll take care of it.”
•Failure is no more fatal than success is permanent.
•We are judged by what we finish, not by what we start.
Mere platitudes? No, these words hold real meaning for me. No doubt you have learned a few lessons too, and I’d love to hear them. I’m always ready to learn something new!
Mackay’s Moral: We are all students of life – pay attention and take notes!
Harvey Mackay can be reached at harvey@mackay.com, through his website at www.harveymackay.com or by writing him at MackayMitchell Envelope Company, 2100 Elm St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414.