Words to Live By

My Personal Mission Statement

Karl Martino, 2/18/2000

To live my life as an expression of the principals I believe in:

People shine when given the chance to create, express and grow. Empower.

People feel the need to be understood, just as, or even more strongly then the need to be loved. Listen.

People don’t need more opinions, we already drown in data. People need clarity. Drill down.

People learn from example, not only from words. Exemplify.

People are attracted to honesty and have bullshit detectors. Be true.

People need new experiences to expand their knowledge of reality. Adventure.

People can learn from their mistakes. Recognize, don’t fear failure.

People search for simple solutions to problems when they are rarely simple. Dig.

People shine when they believe they can make a lasting impact, this may be the core of everything we do. Inspire.

People and companies are driven by visions, not ideologies. Lead.

Ignorance is fear of the truth. Truth is more important than pride. Learn.

A life without passion is a life not lived. Live.

Faith is the cure to doubt. Have Faith.

When you forgive, you are forgiven. Forgive.

Love is stronger than death. Love.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten

Copyright 1988 Robert Fulghum

Share everything.
Play fair.

Don’t hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life – learn some and think
some and draw some and paint and sing and
dance and play and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world, watch out
for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.
Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup:
The roots go down and the plant goes up and
nobody really knows how or why, but we are
all like that.
Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even
the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all
die. So do we.
And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books
and the first word you learned – the biggest
word of all – LOOK.

The Storyteller’s Creed

Copyright 1988 Robert Fulghum

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge.
That myth is more potent than history.
That dreams are more powerful than facts.
That hope always triumphs over experience.
That laughter is the only cure for grief.
And I believe that love is stronger than death.

The Fifth Discipline

Copyright Peter Senge

The committed person brings an energy, passion,
and excitement that cannot be generated if you
are only compliant, even genuinely compliant.
The committed person doesn’t play by the rules
of the game. He is responsible for the game.
If the rules of the game stand in the way of
achieving the vision, he will find ways to change
the rules.
A group of people truly committed to a common
vision is an awesome force.
They can accomplish the seemingly impossible.

St. Francis of Assisi

make me an instrument of Your Peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow Love;
Where there is injury, Pardon;
Where there is doubt, Faith;
Where there is despair, Hope;
Where there is darkness, Light;
And Where there is sadness, Joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not
So much seek to be consoled, as to Console;
To be understood as to Understand;
To be loved as to Love;
For it is in Giving that we recieve;
It is in Pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

The Laws of Data Smog

David Shenk

  1. Information, once rare and cherished like caviar, is now plentiful and taken for granted like potatoes.
  2. Silicon circuits evolve much more quickly than human genes.
  3. Computers are neither human nor humane.
  4. Putting a computer in every classroom is like putting an electric power plant in every home.
  5. What they sell is not information technology, but information anxiety.
  6. Too many experts spoil the clarity.
  7. All high-stim roads lead to Times Square.
  8. Birds of a feather flock virtually together.
  9. The electronic town hall allows for speedy communication and bad decision-making.
  10. Equifax is watching.
  11. Beware stories that dissolve all complexity.
  12. On the information highway, most roads bypass journalists.
  13. Cyberspace is libertarian.

The Seven Habits

Stephen R. Covey

  1. Be Proactive
  2. Begin with the end in mind
  3. Put first things first
  4. Think win/win
  5. Seek first to understand, then be understood
  6. Synergize
  7. Sharpen the saw