I will not lose, for even in defeat, there’s a valuable lesson learned, so it evens up for me.Shawn Carter – American Rapper-Entrepreneur-Songwriter-Record Executive

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If you are talking with someone about important things, from the heart, with honesty, it’s entirely possible that what you’re saying contradicts what they expect.

It might because of the indoctrination of a lifetime of growing up in a particular culture.

It might be because of personal experiences they’ve had with others that didn’t work out very well.

And it might be because what you’re saying contradicts what they’re seeing.

Whichever it is, they nod their head, politely listening, but don’t change their expectations at all. Because they’ve been taught through experience not to believe that things are going to be different.

If you’ve read ten employee handbooks that say one thing when the company does another, you’re likely to not believe the eleventh one.

When you hear a boss say ‘people before profits’, you’re likely to hold back before baring your soul and sharing your fears.

“Trust me” is easy to say, especially when you mean it, but hard to hear.

Showing tends to beat telling, and it takes a very long time to earn trust when you’re running counter to culture.

Finitude and Finishiative

Finitude FIN-ə-toodPart of speech: nounOrigin: Latin, 1640s
1The state of having limits or bounds.
Examples of Finitude in a sentence “The fussy toddler’s mother was quickly reaching the finitude of her patience. ” “There is a finitude of fresh produce at the convenience store.”
FinitudeFIN-ə-toodPart of speech: nounOrigin: Latin, 1640s
1The state of having limits or bounds.
Examples of Finitude in a sentence “The fussy toddler’s mother was quickly reaching the finitude of her patience. ” “There is a finitude of fresh produce at the convenience store.”

FINISHIATIVE NOT sure, if I created it 🙂 but I have been using this ever since I joined a Management Course in IMDR Pune in 1988;  to emphasize the fact that to be successful – INITIATIVE is not enough, one must strive to Finish It the Tasks, Meet Objectives, Achieve Plans,  Attain Goals in order to be successful in our own Eyes.  And I began to use the word FINISHIATIVE in my talks, in my writing and initially people asked about it and later – as they began paying attention to my Semantics filled speeches and lectures they began to understand the meaning and some even asked me if they could borrow it.   I do not know if it originated from it as I am not able in my right memory to remember a Guru who gave me this “Made-up word”. so readers are free to use it as they deem fit.  – No credit required. 

The Myth of ‘Let Them Eat Cake,’ Marie Antoinette’s Famous Misquote

eMarch 23, 2021

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Marie Antoinette, France’s ill-fated last queen before the French Revolution, is remembered for her extravagant royal lifestyle that stood in stark contrast to the lives of her subjects, who suffered from an economic depression during her 18th-century reign. It’s a reputation that has only been reinforced by modern retellings of her life — director Sofia Coppola’s 2006 cult film Marie Antoinette, for example, depicts the young queen in pastel frills, surrounded by pastries and rococo luxury.

It would make sense, then, that the lavish monarch’s most famously quoted words would concern a fine dessert: Allegedly, when told that her subjects were starving from bread shortages, Marie Antoinette replied, “Then let them eat cake.”

The callous quip has become almost synonymous with Marie Antoinette’s name. But did the exchange actually take place? The truth is, there are no direct sources that can tie the line to the queen. Instead, it’s likely that a historical game of telephone, with some politics mixed in, has resulted in one of the most famous misquotes of all time.

Our most solid clue to the origin of the quote lies in the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, a philosopher who was instrumental to French revolutionary politics. In Rousseau’s autobiographical book Confessions, he recalls a “great princess who, when told that the peasants had no bread, replied: ‘Then let them eat brioche.’” (While the translation is different, the sentiment remains, brioche being more luxurious than regular bread.)

However, at the time of Rousseau’s writing (around 1765), Marie Antoinette was only 10 years old and wasn’t yet the queen of France. Some biographers alternatively attribute the quote to Queen Maria Teresa, the wife of the French “Sun King” Louis XIV, a century earlier — but there’s little evidence to support that claim, either.

Another theory is that the misattributed quote was born out of political convenience. Since many revolutionaries wanted to abolish the monarchy, it would suit their needs to paint the queen as ignorant or coldhearted. For years before the revolution, the French press accused her of adultery, ruining the country’s finances, and callousness toward her subjects. Many saw her as too young to be on the throne, a naive hedonist who spent her subjects’ tax money on frivolities while they starved. The sentiment ultimately led to her execution by guillotine at age 37 in 1793, shortly after the execution of her husband, King Louis XVI.

There was some truth to these grievances: Marie Antoinette was only 14 years old when she married Louis-Auguste, and became queen of France just four years later at age 18. She was undoubtedly extravagant: She had her own chocolatier, an expensive signature perfume, and a private estate that cost a fortune. And yet, for her to cruelly declare her starving subjects should “eat cake” doesn’t quite fit with other aspects of her time at court.

Marie Antoinette’s life was not only pastries and parties. During her reign, she established a home for unwed mothers and patronized a charity for the elderly, the blind, and widows. She adopted numerous children, personally tended to injured peasants, and frequently visited families in need to hand out food and supplies. During France’s 1787 famine, she even sold the royal family’s flatware to buy grain for poorer families. She also became involved in French politics over the course of her reign, attending finance and war meetings and convincing the king to be inoculated against smallpox, which made the practice more accepted. None of this suggests a queen who was ignorant of her subjects’ troubles or would mock them for starving.

Whether or not Marie Antoinette actually did brush off the need for bread, it’s no wonder the French people would have been infuriated by such a remark. The average 18th-century worker spent half their wages on bread alone. And according to France’s “Observatoire du Pain” (Bread Observatory), bread remains a crucial staple of the French diet today. In fact, in large part due to the shortages that happened during Marie Antoinette’s reign, the cost of bread in France has been either fixed or heavily regulated for centuries.

History is a matter of perspective, so it’s easy for events and words to get distorted as years pass. We may never know who proclaimed “Let them eat cake,” or whether the phrase is just a myth. Still, the quote has endured for what it represents: It remains a symbol of how too much of a good thing can distance us from reality. And it encourages us, even now, to question the systems that create such deep inequalities in the first place.

Quotes About the Spirit of Invention, From Thomas Edison to Steve Jobs 9, 2021

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Humans aren’t the only creatures on our planet that possess the gift of invention. Some species of crows have been making simple tools, such as hooks, since long before we walked the earth. And species that existed before the emergence of Homo sapiens used stone tools, spears, and learned how to control fire. But of the estimated 8.7 million species on our planet today — the vast majority of which are animals — none have demonstrated the same spirit of invention as human beings.

The wheel is a classic example of human innovation, first used around 3500 B.C. in the potter’s wheel, and a few hundred years later in chariots. But long before the wheel, we had already invented sewing needles, woven cloth, basket weaving, rope, kilns, seawalls, boats, dental drills, and the flute.

From there, people just kept on inventing, changing the world and the way we live with each momentous step. The printing press, light bulbs, clocks, and telephones; vaccines, automobiles, airplanes, the personal computer, and the internet. Famous names were etched into the history books: Archimedes, Da Vinci, Edison, Curie, Marconi, to name just a few. And today, human innovation shows no signs of slowing down, as the inventors of the present push forward with the same spirit shown by the great experimenters of the past. Here, some of these famous names share what drives them to create and innovate, despite the odds they often work against.

The knowledge of all things is possible.
– Leonardo da Vinci

As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and generously.
– Benjamin Franklin inventor of lightning rod, bifocals, and more

When I have fully decided that a result is worth getting I go ahead of it and make trial after trial until it comes.
– Thomas Edison

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
– Thomas Edison

The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention. It is the most important product of his creative brain. Its ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of the forces of nature to human needs. This is the difficult task of the inventor who is often misunderstood and unrewarded.
– Nikola Tesla

I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success… Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.
– Nikola Tesla

The inventor looks upon the world and is not contented with things as they are. He wants to improve whatever he sees, he wants to benefit the world; he is haunted by an idea. The spirit of invention possesses him, seeking materialization.
– Alexander Graham Bell

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.
– Orville Wright

An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he’s in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.
– Charles Kettering, inventor of the electrical starting motor and leaded gasoline

Every great new invention was denounced. The first motor was considered foolish. The airplane was considered impossible. The power loom was considered vicious. Anesthesia was considered sinful. But the men of unborrowed vision went ahead. They fought, they suffered and they paid. But they won.
– Ayn Rand

Believe in the power of truth… Do not allow your mind to be imprisoned by majority thinking. Remember that the limits of science are not the limits of imagination.
– Dr. Patricia E. Bath, inventor of laser cataract surgery

If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It’s much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.
 Grace Hopper, pioneer of computer programming and inventor of one of the first linker computer systems

I made 5,127 prototypes of my vacuum before I got it right. There were 5,126 failures. But I learned from each one. That’s how I came up with a solution. So I don’t mind failure. I’ve always thought that schoolchildren should be marked by the number of failures they’ve had. The child who tries strange things and experiences lots of failures to get there is probably more creative.
– Sir James Dyson, inventor of the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner

Let’s go invent tomorrow rather than worrying about what happened yesterday.
– Steve Jobs

The invention is by its very nature disruptive. If you want to be understood at all times, then don’t do anything new.
– Jeff Bezos

When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.
– Elon Musk

I guess that’s just the life of an inventor: what people do with your ideas takes you totally by surprise.
– Stephanie Kwolek, inventor of Kevlar

The Movie 2000 Premier Day

Did you know…

… that today is Pokemon: The Movie 2000 Premiere Day? On July 21, 2000, the 1999 Japanese animated fantasy film premiered nationwide in the United States. The film was released in Japanese theaters on July 17, 1999. Watch an animated film today with someone you love!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

— Paulo Coelho