Wisdom for the 2022 Workplace

Written by Di Princell

January 4, 2022

It’s great to be great, but it’s greater to be human ~ Will Rogers

One of my father and husband’s favorite TV characters was Andy Rooney, who appeared at the end of every 60 Minutes episode with a short critique on the condition of the world. Andy was the dessert at the end of the informative and serious news program, culminating with a rise of his bushy eyebrows, a twinkle in his eyes, and his witty, often acerbic insights about the way things were. And was often said, he could say so much with just a few words.

Here are a couple of Rooneyisms that could make any workplace better:

I’ve learned . . .

 

  • That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.
  • That just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my day.
  • That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
  • That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.
  • That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
  • That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.
  • That under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
  • That being kind is more important than being right.
  • That money doesn’t buy class.
  • That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.
  • That life is tough, but I’m tougher.
  • That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.
  • That nothing in fine print is ever good news.
  • That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
  • That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.
  • That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.
  • That I can’t choose how I feel, but I can choose what I do about it.
  • That age is nothing but experience, and some of us are more experienced than others.

2022, a Year of Health, Kindness, and Prosperity for ALL ~ The RIBBIT Team

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