Category Archives: Making the most of what you’ve got

Being famous doesn’t always mean being admired

In the closing years of the nineteenth century the Cherry Sisters performed to packed theatres throughout the American Midwest. Their fame came from them being unbelievably bad actors that people came to throw vegetables at. Amazingly, the girls were then … Continue reading

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Do it anyway

The famous English preacher John Stott was a great advocate of the importance of practicing virtue even when the consequences work against you. He said: ‘Some People are illogical, unreasonable and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people … Continue reading

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The eternal harmony

Sir Michael Costa, the celebrated conductor, during a rehearsal, stopped the music and said, ‘Where is the piccolo?’ It turned out that the piccolo player, thinking that his contribution would not be missed amid so much sound from dozens of … Continue reading

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God’s alternative makes sweeter music

There was once an Italian boy named Antonio. He loved music and wanted above everything else to become a singer, but whenever he tried to sing his friends laughed at him. However, his village was home to Nicolo Amati, the … Continue reading

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Assuming too little too often

Nobel prize-winner Richard Feynman, while visiting his old high school, was surprised to find that his grades there were not as good as he remembered and that his IQ level was reported as being only a bit above average. That … Continue reading

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Don’t give up

Have you ever wondered how come a can of WD 40 got such a strange name? Well the W D stands for ‘water displacement’, and 40 refers to the number of times the inventors tried to develop a formula that … Continue reading

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Calculated risk takers

A few years ago Cornell University conducted a survey of a wide range of people to find out what people most regret. They discovered that twice as many people were bothered more by what they did not do rather than … Continue reading

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Measuring wealth

When most of us think of misers we think of Ebenezer Scrooge. But whereas Scrooge was a fictitious character, John G. Wendel and his sisters were real, and probably the most miserly people of all time. They inherited a vast … Continue reading

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First things first

Years ago, a medical student at Montreal General Hospital, worried about his final examinations and what he should do with his life, picked up a book and read twenty-one words that changed his life, and through him have influenced generations … Continue reading

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Happiness is not a destination

One of life’s persistant myths is that things will be better when we get to a certain point we haven’t reached yet – like when the mortgage is paid off, when the kids leave home, when we make that sea … Continue reading

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