“One third gone and what have you done?”

The Incisal Edge Newsletter for May 1st.

“Strike another match, start anew.” (Bob Dylan)

April 30th was our financial year end for nearly two decades and I still have a feeling that I must end something and, more important, start something around that date. Whilst tidying, reading and binning yesterday I came across these lines. I don’t know who wrote them originally but I like the simple message.

  • We are where we are.

  • It matters not how we got here.

  • What matters is; what happens next.

We’re a third of the way through 2019, blink and the summer will have gone, have you made the changes that you dreamed of, taken the steps you hoped  for or chosen the new path? If not now when?

I am a great fan of goals & plans and objectives & tactics sometimes what matters most is what you do in the next 10 minutes.

Many people (especially in dentistry it seems) have a tendency towards  “perfection paralysis” they want everything to be “right” before they make changes, before they start something new and, because it never will be, because perfection never quite happens, sadly they don’t start, they don’t make the move, and they are left with their dreams, hopes and aspirations unfulfilled.
If you are one of those perfectionists
this article might help.

To read online CLICK HERE

A Builder’s Lesson

How shall I a habit break?
As you did that habit make.
As you gathered, you must lose;
As you yielded, now refuse.
Thread by thread the strands we twist
Till they bind us, neck and wrist.
Thread by thread the patient hand
Must untwine, ere free we stand.
As we builded, stone by stone,
We must toil, unhelped, alone,
Till the wall is overthrown.

A view on the 737 Max disaster..

A beautifully clear piece of “technical” writing. (Via John Naughton)

Design shortcuts meant to make a new plane seem like an old, familiar one are to blame.

“….The 737 Max saga teaches us not only about the limits of technology and the risks of complexity, it teaches us about our real priorities. Today, safety doesn’t come first—money comes first, and safety’s only utility in that regard is in helping to keep the money coming. The problem is getting worse because our devices are increasingly dominated by something that’s all too easy to manipulate: software….”

“….I cannot get the parallels between the 737 Max and the space shuttle Challenger out of my head. The Challenger accident, another textbook case study in normal failure, came about not because people didn’t follow the rules but because they did….”

Full article here

 

The Monday Morning Quote #531

“Our job in this life is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.” 

Steven Pressfield

The Monday Morning Quote #530

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.”

Bill Nye (Science Communicator)

 

The Monday Morning Quote #528

A return to an old favourite:

“To change one’s life:
1. Start immediately.
2. Do it flamboyantly.
3. No exceptions.”

William James

The Monday Morning Quote #527

For April 1st.:

“There are two ways to be fooled.

One is to believe what isn’t true;

the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”

― Soren Kierkegaard

 

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