Pick Yourself Up, Dust Yourself Off, and Start All Over Again

dancing by volcanoBack in the early 1930s, when America was going through some hard times, Ginger Rodgers and Fred Astaire danced their way into American hearts by offering these words of encouragement—”Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again”—in the movie Swing Time.  And America responded.

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Too Much Information Coming At You!

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It is virtually impossible to enjoy any connected electronic device today without enduring countless hours of meaningless interruptions.

I’m talking about radio, TV, Internet, smartphones and even the library research computer! Seriously—when was the last time you enjoyed commercial-free entertainment or Internet browsing? Don’t say the movie theater—unless you show up 15 minutes after the advertised start time.

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One Problem at a Time

problem solutionRecently, I had the chance to watch The Martian again. It’s a great movie. I don’t think I spoil anything if I say that at one point Mark Watney, the main character in the movie, declares, “At some point, everything’s gonna go south on you…everything’s going to go south and you’re going to say, this is it. This is how I end. Now you can either accept that, or you can get to work. That’s all it is. You just begin. You do the math. You solve one problem…and you solve the next one…and then the next. And if you solve enough problems, you get to come home.”

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