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Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 09/23/2019

Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 09/23/2019


Today’s perspective, below, has always fascinated me: Some coasts are set aside for shipwreck. Loren Eisley was an American anthropologist, educator, and philosopher. The quote has always resonated with me.

Not all initiatives will be successful. Not all corrective actions will be effective. Not all attempts to avoid catastrophes will avoid them.There are some roads that cannot be traveled, some seas that cannot be sailed. There are some challenges that will get the best of us.

My philosophy has always been to isolate the incident and not generalize it into a phobia. My book proposal was rejected, but it doesn’t mean I’m a lousy writer. It only means that on this day a given editor didn’t like my ideas, whether because the idea was no good, or they’ve published something like it, or the editor had a fish at lunch that has caused upset and dyspepsia. Some defeats, like some shipwrecks, are strictly stochastic.

When the ship goes on the rocks I get in a lifeboat and row away, I don’t go down with the ship. The Greeks believed there was nothing more glorious than to die on the field of battle, no matter how hopeless. The Romans believed that it was prudent to retreat and leave the field in order to fight on another day.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a Roman.

Some coasts are set aside for shipwreck. — Loren Eisley

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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