When I was a kid, my dad, who was the AP correspondent in St. Paul, Minnesota, would take me down to his office. It was a wonderful place.
What made the biggest impression on me were the walls. They were covered with the memorabilia of a lifetime of front-row seats. They were his favorites from among the countless stories and columns he had written. There were the autographed photos and menus, fight posters, baseball tickets, convention schedules, political flyers, funeral programs, wedding invitations, all linked one to another by a series of his pet aphorisms. He had made up some of this fortune cookie wisdom himself. Some was straight from the cookie, printed on those tiny slips of paper and occasionally stained with tea.
As a result, I’ve been an aphorism junkie all my life.
I hang them on my own walls, carry them in my wallet, put them in my books, and stick them in my speeches.
Here are my favorites. Like my dad’s, some are my own, others are of more uncertain ancestry.
Weren’t those enough?
Excerpted from Pushing The Envelope All The Way To The Top
Seven-time, New York Times best-selling author of "Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive," with two books among the top 15 inspirational business books of all time, according to the New York Times. He is one of America’s most popular and entertaining business speakers, and currently serves as Chairman at the MackayMitchell Envelope Company, one of the nation’s major envelope manufacturers, producing 25 million envelopes a day.
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