Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Compilation Show

Ever noticed that when a sitcom wants to mail one in they create compilation shows stuffed with flashbacks and old material?  I used to keep a list of stuff that people said in passing and so might otherwise be forgettable, except that the points were extra salient for the greater purpose, to me anyway.

A lot of these guys were from my working group and I don't talk to them anymore so you don't get names where celebrity isn't involved.


If you look good, you feel good.  You feel good, you play good.  You play good, they pay good.
Deion Sanders

This guy [a major decision maker] scares me because he just doesn't know [the implications of his decisions].

No one talks about what it takes to get things done, they just know when things don't get done; and take notice when they get done well.

Sometimes it's all about making the phone calls.

That's who becomes the fall guy, the one who brings the bad news [without explanation, or workable solutions].

It all boils down to:  is it costing what it's worth?

It tears him up to see people sitting around doing nothing, he'd rather not see anyone than see that.

I don't call and talk numbers until I know that shit.

Go out in front of any building.  How many statues do you see of committees?  The statues are of people who stood against the committees, people who bucked the system.
Kidd Kraddick

Don't let someone remain in a gamebreaker position if he's not performing.  In a position that's this important, average is absolutely unacceptable.
Customers for Life (a book)

You've got an owner who doesn't know, and an architect who doesn't know.  I'll tell you, there's two ways that deal can go down:  they can run the show and eat your lunch, or you can take charge and eat theirs.

People like Tiger and Jordan are greatness because the bigger the game gets the better they play.

There's always a need for people who can take a project and run with it without having to have someone look over their shoulder.

There's a balance there, when you get knee deep in details big shit is flying past you left and right.

When you're negotiating a deal it's a lot easier to get more scope [into the deal] than it is to get dollars.

All people are different, but one must refuse to allow a man to lose confidence in what it is he does.  He's gotta take some lumps and be resilient, but you can't let him get down on himself.
Troy Aikman

You have to understand the difference between being friends and being friendly.  You don't want to be friends with everybody, but it's very important to maintain friendly relationships where it's possible.

Success is determined when preparation meets opportunity.
Tony Romo

I think a great quarterback can be successful in any program, while a good, solid quarterback needs a strong system in order to be great.
Tony Romo

You have to have a common goal.  Two people working independently toward a similar, but separate goal are not in a relationship.  Why would you be together if you didn't think you accomplish more than the sum of your parts?

Things really aren't that complicated.  Don't give issues more weight than is warranted.

I had a producer tell me that if I ever commented on something that he could already see I'd be fired.  "Don't tell me that he made the putt while I'm watching golf.  I already know that."
Pat Sumrall

You can't buy experience.
Tony Romo

One is not entitled to respect, but to courtesy.

You don't want to sugar coat the truth, to yourself, anyway.

One of these days you'll learn:  Keep your head out of the jug and your dick in your pants.

My father-in-law was an old military guy.  The guy's seen it all, he told me the three keys to success:  cut your hair, shine your shoes, and shave.

Remember, you don't have to floss all your teeth, just the ones you want to keep.

Nothing is more rewarding that watching someone who says it can't be done get interrupted by someone actually doing it.

You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
Wayne Gretzky

Sometimes the race is won, not by the fastest, but by the guy who just kept running.

It doesn't matter how many pails of milk you spill ... just don't lose the cow.

Valued employees add value where none was previously expected.

If you get the lines out in the water all you have to do is let the fish come to you.  Then it's just a matter of cleaning and frying them up.

Playing the innocently ignorant card at the right time can be your best friend.

Golf taught me at a very young age I do some dumb shit when I'm on a roll.  Think the same is true with trading.

IF you can keep your head when all about you 
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings 
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!