"Notes" of An Elder

Adversity is an experience, not a final act.

Nothing in life is of any value unless it is shared with others.

"Notes" of An Elder is a depository of pertinent information, knowledge and wisdom. Available weekly will be an elder's "thinking menu" for your use. Enjoy this bounty.


  • Failure is never the goal — trying is.

  • Perfect timing, an idea whose time has come.

  • The moment you take a risk, you have succeeded.

  • Every failure becomes an opportunity to learn, improve and grow.

  • Each time you fail — fail better.

  • If you never get rejected, you are playing it too safe.

  • Ask questions no one else is asking.

  • There must be a distinction between opinion and fact — Truth.

  • We live in an opinion society.

  • “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” — Peter Drucker

  • Adversity is an experience, not a final act.


6 Honest Reflections

  • Who

  • What

  • Where

  • When

  • How

  • Why


  • Those who suffer most are the innocent and everyday people.

  • Most things people say are not meant to be factual statements.

  • All of us know someone who will argue with anyone about anything.

  • Listen to what you hear.

  • There are many tomorrows but only one today.

  • Unless a person undertakes more than they can possibly do, they will never do all that they can.

  • Each day do a little more than what is expected of you, and soon more will be expected of you.

  • To be born in freedom is an accident. To live in freedom is a struggle. To die in freedom is an obligation.

  • No one person is ever the single cause of a problem.

  • Don't take life too seriously because you are not going to get out alive.


Magic Question

Why is work such a battlefield?