Franklin on The Foolish


“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do.

–Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790)
American statesman, scientist, and printer

In Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography, he lists 13 life virtues worth pursuing – several apply directly to those who drive revenue – each builds upon the previous…

  1. Temperance: Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  2. Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  3. Order: Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  4. Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.


Churchill on Ramping Down

“This is no time for ease and comfort.
It is the time to dare and endure.”

–Winston Churchill (1874–1965)
British prime minister during WWII

Sales revolution…

Too many people will lose today’s productivity in anticipation of the weekend.

On Monday, too many people will complain about the start of the week (search Twitter for the word “Mondays” at 8 am for proof).

Could you spark a little positive revolution and help someone else break out of the TGIF mentality (or yourself if it applies)? Could you help inspire a “let’s kick some @$$” Monday morning start to the week (luksa… it’s Polish for “let’s kick some @$$”… okay, it’s an acronym we made up… get a printable reminder here)?

Wouldn’t both be more fun (and profitable)? How about just starting it at home?

If you’ve not seen it, here’s 1-minute from Nike that always gets to me (in a very, very good way).

(tbif: too bad it’s Friday… the last sales day of the week)