Monday, January 17, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day ... and Happy Birthday, Ben

Today is Benjamin Franklin's birthday (1706). I think some of his sayings are apt for our work (or not, depending on your imagination). Nothing ventured, nothing gained. (Chaucer, btw, not Franklin). Do you have other, better Franklin examples? Send them my way!

And I wonder what Martin Luther King, Jr. thought of Ben's sayings? Good food for thought, and THINKING/PONDERING/CONTEMPLATING seems to be a very good approach to today's holiday.

Little strokes fell great oaks.

Befriend the curmugeon on your tour with smiles and conversation. Find out their specific interests and point out those spots around the city.

MLK: This seems to sum up his approach to civil rights very well.

Plough deep while sluggards sleep.

Nicole may not be a farmgirl from Nebraska, but this saying fits her consistent, thorough marketing efforts throughout the year.

MLK: Again, apt.

Early to bed and early to rise, Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

All hail the Mt. Rainer guides in the summer, the BT-school bus drivers on winter weekdays and those who open up the doors and set up for the day.

MLK: This speaks to his hard work and tenacity.

Read more about Ben Franklin at The Writer's Almanac

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