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  • Stephen shared from The Exceptional Presenter: A Proven Formula to Open Up and Own the Room by Timothy J. Koegel
    Senior level executives, politicians and bosses are especially prone to the “Nice job” trap. These individuals are surrounded by a smoke screen of compliments and backslapping delivered by people who don’t feel it’s their job to shoot straight with the boss. They don’t want to fall out of favor, or worse yet, get fired for providing honest feedback.
  • Stephen shared from Looking Backward 2000-1887 by Edward Bellamy
    The worker is not a citizen because he works, but works because he is a citizen.
  • Stephen shared from The Price of Politics by Bob Woodward
    “One of the things we should do is take off the table growth assumptions that help us wish away the problems.” Growing the economy would increase tax revenue, but nobody knew by how much.
  • Stephen shared from Forever Young: My Friendship with John F. Kennedy, Jr. by William Sylvester Noonan, Robert Huber
    That same fall I moved with a bunch of guys into what quickly became a quintessential Animal House. I was back in Boston College at this point, which was good; working at a bar and living at party central didn’t work. It was the kind of house where sex, drugs, and rock and roll were constants. Strangers were in and out all the time; I’d come home to ad hoc parties at any hour. We all kept our bedrooms padlocked. I lasted six months there—at the end we called it the Fall of Saigon. Eventually three of us moved to a Victorian in Brookline that used to house the Church of Scientology, a place...
    Note: Yea... remember it well... I was the landlord ... eviction time.
  • Stephen shared from Are We Winning?: Fathers and Sons in the New Golden Age of Baseball by Will Leitch
    Every dad wants his kid to have a better life than he did. And I fear you won’t. I fear you won’t. And you deserve one. And so does your kid. If you ever have one. And you better have one. Because I ain’t gonna be here forever. I’d like to meet him. Or her. Clock’s tickin’, bucko.
    Note: on being thirty and not started life
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Stephen W. Smith