21 Suggestions for Success

  1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.
  2. Work at something you enjoy and that’s worthy of your time and talent.
  3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
  4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
  5. Be forgiving of yourself and others.
  6. Be generous.
  7. Have a grateful heart.
  8. Persistence, persistence, persistence.
  9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.
  10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
  11. Commit yourself to constant improvement.
  12. Commit yourself to quality.
  13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.
  14. Be loyal.
  15. Be honest.
  16. Be a self-starter.
  17. Be decisive even if it means you’ll sometimes be wrong.
  18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
  19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.
  20. Take good care of those you love.
  21. Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your Mom proud

Google’s Corporate Philosophy

  • Focus on the user and all else will follow.
  • It’s best to do one thing really, really well.
  • Fast is better than slow.
  • Democracy on the web works.
  • You don’t need to be at your desk to need an answer.
  • You can make money without doing evil.
  • There’s always more information out there.
  • The need for information crosses all borders.
  • You can be serious without a suit.
  • Great just isn’t good enough.

Life’s Instructions

  1. Have a firm handshake.
  2. Look people in the eye.
  3. Sing in the shower.
  4. Own a great stereo system.
  5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
  6. Keep secrets.
  7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.
  8. Always accept an outstretched hand.
  9. Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
  10. Whistle. Continue reading…

100 Whimsical Words

  • absquatulate: to flee, abscond
  • abstemious: restrained in consumption of food and alcohol
  • balderdash: nonsense
  • ballyhoo: commotion, hype
  • bindle stiff: hobo
  • bodacious: remarkable, voluptuous
  • borborygmus: sound of intestinal gas
  • cahoots (in the expression “in cahoots with”): scheming
  • callipygian: possessing a shapely derriere
  • cantankerous: irritating, difficult
  • carbuncle: pustule
  • caterwaul: to wail or protest noisily Continue reading…

Obituary

Dear friends,

It is with the saddest heart that I pass on the following. Please join

me in remembering a great icon.

The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and

complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71.

Doughboy was buried in a lightly-greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities

turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry

Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and

Cap’n Crunch. The grave site was piled high with flours as long- time

friend, Aunt Jemima, delivered the eulogy, describing Doughboy as a man

who never knew how much he was kneaded. Doughboy rose quickly in show

business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not

considered a very “smart” cookie, wasting much of his dough on

half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times, he — even

still, as a crusty old man — was considered a roll model for millions.

Toward the end, it was thought he would rise again, but alas, he was no

tart.

Doughboy is survived by his wife, Play Dough; two children, John Dough

and Jane Dough; plus they had one in the oven. He is also survived by

his elderly father, Pop Tart.

The funeral was held at 3:50 for about twenty minutes.

Tricks to Teach Your Body

Cure a Tickling Throat

When you were 9, playing your armpit was a cool trick. Now, as an adult, you can still appreciate a good body-based feat, especially if it serves as a health remedy. Take that tickle in your throat: It’s not worth gagging over. Here’s a better way to scratch your itch: Scratch your ear. “When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm,” says Scott Schaffer, M.D., president of an ear, nose, and throat specialty center in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. “This spasm relieves the tickle.”

Experience Supersonic Hearing

If you’re stuck chatting up a mumbler at a cocktail party, lean in with your right ear. It’s better than your left at following the rapid rhythms of speech, according to researchers at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. If, on the other hand, you’re trying to identify that song playing softly in the elevator, turn your left ear toward the sound. The left ear is better at picking up music tones. Continue reading…